davidl on July 13th, 2011

Throwing Granny under the bus, from James Taranto, Wall Street Jourmal: President Obama is pulling out the big guns and pointing them straight at your grandmother. “Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3” absent an agreement with Congress to raise the debt ceiling, CBS News reports: […]

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davidl on March 30th, 2011

Trump Card, Donald Trump continues to play the role of useful idiot,from Newsmax: Potential 2012 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump is doubling down on his call for President Barack Obama to produce a birth certificate, saying “facts are emerging” that have raised a “real question” as to whether Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as […]

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Eric Florack on December 2nd, 2010

I have to give Bruce McQuain credit. He writes, today: I know this comes as a shock – shock I tell you – but the left is just in a tizzy today about the GOP Senate caucus’s unanimous decision not to allow anything to go forward in the Senate’s lame duck session until the tax […]

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davidl on December 2nd, 2010

Welcome to December, from 13WHAM: Rochester, N.Y.— The first day of the December brought some more holiday-like weather as the Rochester area saw the first major snow accumulation of the winter season. Early Wednesday morning rain caused several car accidents and traffic tie-ups. As of the afternoon, conditions worsened with reports of slushy roads and […]

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on January 27th, 2010
Tonight
Art will be a featured guest at the Des Moines Register’s web site tonight during the President’s speech in an online chat.  You can join us at this link starting at 7:45 PM.

Well, friends, tonight could well be one of the most anticipated State Of The Union Addresses in many years.  In a period of disappointment following the grand illusion of hope put forth by the President and Congressional Democrats, tonight’s speech may well a pivotal driver to the 2010 Congressional Elections.

Health Care

Look for President Obama to sound confident and yet cautious on this topic.  He may well fire barbs at the Republicans in Congress, but the fact is that House and Senate Democrats had the ability to make this happen months ago if they had the intestinal fortitude to put personal pride, personal gain and “pet ideas” aside and come to a consensus on what most of us would agree is a critical issue in America.  But the President won’t point any of that out.

The Economy

There will be more demands to poor money into the hands of businesses and citizens… unfortunately it will likely be more of the same non-stimulating “stimulus” money, feeding […]

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Eric Florack on January 22nd, 2010

Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere… The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble IDIOCY SQUARED: I mentioned in last night’s Ramble that the Democrats are busy avoiding the real issue… and used that blithering moron Krugman as the example target. : But even Krugman can’t bring himself to admit the […]

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Eric Florack on October 27th, 2009

Over at Reason this morning,  Peter Suderman suggests something …(Link repaired….Editor) … that I”ve been slowly coming around to, myself. He looks at the on again / off again agreement between the White House and the Democrats in Congress, on what is or is not supportable in a government run ‘option’. (We both know in […]

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davidl on June 10th, 2009

The Mew York State democrates are having a temper tantrum and throwing a hissy fit: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The Senate session planned by a coalition of New York State Republicans and two dissident Democrats isn’t starting on time as planned. […] No one knows for sure if the power grab will hold, but Senate […]

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Eric Florack on January 13th, 2009

WASHINGTON -(AP)- (Timothy Geithner)… President-elect Barack Obama‘s choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the nation’s economic rescue disclosed publicly Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication that Senate Democrats tried to brush aside as a minor bump on an otherwise smooth path to confirmation. […]

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davidl on January 7th, 2009

Breaking: WASHINGTON – The Associated Press has learned Senate Democrats plan to accept Roland Burris for President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant seat. NBC news reports Burris is meeting with the Senate leadership now as Senate Democrats look for ways to defuse the standoff that has denied Burris a Senate seat. Dirty Harry as attributed by Bob […]

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Welcome one and all to the most intense nightly read on the sphere.. Bitsblog’s Nightly Ramble Friday!!!  TGIF!  Last warm day of the year up here, most likely. We got to 65 or so today… that makes it nearly 5 days in a row. Not really all that odd, but as the number of warm […]

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Eric Florack on August 5th, 2008

Last night here and the night before over at Q&O, I wondered if Nancy Pelosi wasn’t setting us up for some reason. At Q&O I said: She’s got better access to the numbers than any of us, and she knows full well the numbers are against her in the congress… Else she’d not be playing […]

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Eric Florack on June 16th, 2008

From the LA Times this morning: In 2006, John F. Kerry explained the Senate’s 77-23 passage of the Iraq war resolution this way: “We were misled. We were given evidence that was not true.” On the campaign trail, Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged blame for her pro-war vote by claiming that “the mistakes were made by this […]

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Look, I think Wayne Allard is a putz… an admittedly quick assessment based on limited info. But he got this one right: May 1st, 2008 – Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) joined New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici, the Republican leader of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and other Republican Senators […]

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