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Republicans strike back at Harry Reid for calling ObamaCare victims liars | Human Events

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Dingy Harry

In response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bizarre declaration that all ObamaCare horror stories are false, and all the people lodging complaints are liars, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put together a devastating video that hits Reid with the weapon every ObamaCare-defending Democrat fears most: the truth.  Short, simple, and damn near nuclear:

The media loves to give Reid a pass for these nasty little smear jobs, but this time he’s run afoul of the very same personalization Democrats are normally good at exploiting for their advantage.  There are too many ObamaCare horror stories, too many ordinary Americans with names and faces; the magnitude of deception and failure built into this bill is too large to be ignored.  If there was any winning play for the Democrats in 2014, slandering all of these people as liars was not it.  They won’t be intimidated into silence, either.

The fate of the nation really shouldn’t be decided by individual anecdotes; gigantic programs which effect millions of lives should not be judged in a contest between a dozen people who really like them, and a dozen people who hate them.  But such individual anecdotes have enormous currency in politics today, and no one has spent that currency more freely than the Obama Democrats, who have reduced the use of human props at press conferences to near-parody.  They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t think it was working, so of course they’re uncomfortable when the same tactic is turned back against them.

In the case of ObamaCare, the weight of bulk data is also behind opponents.  There’s a good reason happy stories from satisfied customers are hard to come by.  A stunning CBS News / New York Times poll this week found only six percent of Americans claiming to support the Affordable Care Act in its current form, while support for full repeal was 42 percent.

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House passes Ryan-Murray budget agreement | The Daily Caller

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WASHINGTON — Members of the House on both sides of the aisle held their noses and voted to pass a compromise budget agreement on Thursday, as both sides acknowledged that it was not all they wanted, but was perhaps the best they could get under the circumstances.

The vote passed by a wide margin, 332-94. 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats voted in favor of the budget plan; 62 Republicans and 32 Democrats voted against it.

The budget agreement was forged by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, and will now go to the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the plan would reduce deficits by approximately $85 billion over the next decade.

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Senator Cruz returns to Texas welcome after shutdown battle – Yahoo News Canada


SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, returned home to a rousing welcome in Texas on Saturday after his attempt to derail Obamacare with a shutdown of the federal government led to sharp criticism of his tactics as reckless and futile.

“After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America,” Cruz joked in speaking to a crowd of about 750 people in a packed downtown San Antonio hotel ballroom.

Cruz was greeted with an eight-minute standing ovation in an appearance organized by the Texas Federation of Republican Women. People in attendance, many of them wearing red to show their support for keeping Texas a conservative-leaning state, lined up to greet him.

The speech and another talk earlier in the day at a panel in Austin marked Cruz’s first public appearance in his home state of Texas since his part in the showdown in Washington over the rollout of Obamacare that resulted in a 16-day shutdown of the federal government that ended on Thursday.

A related stalemate over the debt limit threatened to lead to a default on U.S. government debt until the Senate on Wednesday voted 81-18 to end the crisis and the House of Representatives followed with a vote of 285-144 to approve the plan, allowing government to open without defunding Obamacare.

Cruz in his speech in San Antonio blasted Senate Republican leaders for “failing to stand with House Republicans against the train wreck that is Obamacare.”

He declined to criticize any Republicans by name.

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Why are phones for Democratic Congressmen and Senators Silent?


If ObamaCare is so great, why are the phones for Democratic Congressmen and Senators silent?

While Republican switchboards are jammed, those for Democrats are eerily quiet. Why is that? Where are all the Americans who WANT ObamaCare? Why aren’t they calling to encourage their representatives to stand firm and vote for ObamaCare?

Just asking…

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RINO Traitors


Well….both Senators from Tennessee (Corker & Alexander) and Georgia (Chambliss & Isakson) have screwed Ken and me.

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Is your Senator on the list of the 27 RINO Traitors?

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Mark Steyn a candidate for US Senate? | The Daily Caller


On his radio show on Thursday night, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbied National Review columnist and occasional fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh to make a run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat against the current incumbent, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Hewitt on Friday had announced the launch of SteynforSenate.com, where one can sign a petition to encourage him to run as well as be notified how to contribute to his campaign in the event he does run.

But in his regular appearance on Thursday, Steyn expressed his disappointment in the lack of the quality of candidates considering a run for the seat, but he didn’t entirely rule it out either.

“[M]y heart sank somewhat when I read in the Union Leader, I think it was the other day, about those who were preparing to run against Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate seat,” Steyn wrote. “And I wish this state was the way it was 20 years ago, but the New Hampshire Republican Party was too often was content to be in office rather than in power. That’s a problem with the Republican Party generally, I feel. And suddenly I regret that Jeanne Shaheen was able to defeat John Sununu six years ago and I will take yours advice having just given my Palmerstonian speech, I’m not sure that’s something Granite Staters are ready for.”

Steyn noted the difficulty of running as a writer, having in one way or another offended the sensibilities of potential voters. But he also pointed out that it was something London Mayor Boris Johnson had been able to overcome, having been a journalist and the editor of The Spectator.

“One of the great things about running — about writers running is they have hostages to fortune at least, they’re the people least suited to run for office in the United States because they don’t just have one damaging quote for somebody you know like that fellow [Todd] Akin or whatever it is. There’s like half a century terrible quotes where the writer runs.”

Steyn mocked his own eligibility, having been born in Canada.

“I don’t know whether I should aim a little higher,” he added. “I don’t know whether I could dust off my Hawaiian birth certificate and just run straight for President. I might as well. Everybody else, everybody else Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio has some sort of incipient birther problem with the 2016 campaign. So I might as well just throw my hat in that one as well.”

But there have been some questions as to whether or not Steyn would be constitutionally eligible for a run. Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states one must be at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state they would be representing and a U.S. citizen for no less the nine years. But according to Hewitt, the 17th Amendment eviscerates all those requirements and leaves it solely in the hands of the voters.

“The 17th Amendment comes along and says nothing about that,” Hewitt said on his Friday program. “It just says the senator shall be directly elected.”

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Senate passes its first budget in four years on 50 to 49 vote – The Hill’s On The Money


The Senate early Saturday passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49.

The close vote was a big victory for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had to overcome large differences within their caucus to push the resolution through.

Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end.

Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) missed the vote.

All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Democrats had been dogged by criticism for failing to approve a budget resolution since 2009 and the vote removes that GOP talking point from the political scene.

Had the budget failed, it would have been a significant setback for the Democrats and raised questions about the party’s ability to govern.

via Senate passes its first budget in four years on 50 to 49 vote – The Hill’s On The Money.

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The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Ted Cruz Sends CPAC Home Happy


Ted Cruz shuns the lectern.

An Ivy League debate champion, Cruz prefers to pace the platform without notes, which allows him to walk to the edge of the stage, look the crowd in the eye, and punctuate his points with swift hand movements. He finds his cadence and energizes the crowd with calls — “On guns, do we surrender? Or do we stand up now?” — that demand an audience response. He’s erudite, quoting Madison and Jefferson, yet approachable, cracking jokes and quoting lines from ’80s movies.

If organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference aimed to fire up attendees and send them home happy, they could hardly have picked a better closing speaker than the junior senator from Texas.

The affable Cruz laid down a conservative governing agenda, point by point — leaving, of course, plenty of time for cheering in between. Repeal Obamacare. End corporate welfare. Build the keystone pipeline. Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency. Audit the federal reserve. Halt quantitative easing. Abolish the Department of Education. Expand school choice. Stand with Israel. Stop sending foreign aid to enemies.

Cruz said that the dirty secret in Washington is that conservatives have been winning the argument, and he cited as examples the controversies over drones and the “sequestration” budget cuts.

He mocked the sequester cuts as overhyped, and said President Obama’s “scare America tour” reminded him of this scene from Ghostbusters.

“In honor of the sequester, for each of you who went to dinner last night, your meals were reduced by 2.4 percent,” he joked. “I can see the looks of hunger and famine in your eyes. Indeed, I don’t know how you’re possibly still able to stand on 97.6 percent of your dinner. And I’ll always be haunted by the sight of Newt Gingrich’s emaciated face.”

He spoke at length about the GOP filibuster staged by Rand Paul earlier this month over the Obama administration’s opaque drone policy. Senator John McCain described the filibuster as a stunt and called the participants “wacko birds.” It’s a label Cruz seems content to wear.

“I have to admit, when Rand and I first heard that, we thought maybe that was a new kind of drone,” he said. “But if standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird.”

Perhaps to deflect the speculation about political ambition that inevitably accompanies a gig headlining CPAC, Cruz himself noted that he was only sworn in 10 weeks ago. He has already drawn buzz as a potential presidential contender, and one who could bridge the gap between Hispanic voters and the GOP.

That day might still be a long way off. But while they wait, Cruz will surely give conservatives plenty to watch in what remains of his Senate term — all 306 weeks.

via The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : Ted Cruz Sends CPAC Home Happy.

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