Saturday, April 9, 2011

John Boehner closes the deal to avoid government shutdown

'It’s a big deal. It shows a great deal of leadership,' said Dave Camp of John Boehner. | AP Photo
John Boehner closes the deal to avoid government shutdown
- Politico
Government shutdown avoided, White House and Republicans reach deal - Politico
Budget Deal to Cut $38 Billion Averts Shutdown - NYT
Obama takes credit for 'biggest annual spending cut in history'... -
Who Won the Shutdown Showdown? It Wasn't Even Close -
Over the next decade the cuts are expected to save hundreds of billions of dollars.

The deal mandates a host of studies and audits of Obama administration policies. It also blocks additional funds for the IRS sought by the Obama administration and bans federal funding of abortion in Washington, D.C.

The history of offers on this bill goes something like this. Democrats first offered no cuts, then $4 billion, then $6.5 billion, then $33 billion, then settled at $38.5 billion.

Boehner made numerous adjustments to his offer in recent days too, but started at $32 billion, then with a Tea Party push went to $62 billion, then dropped to $40 billion, then $38.5 billion.

Democrats claimed they met Republicans halfway after the $10 billion in cuts that already passed this year were approved. They settled late Friday night at three and a half times more.

Boehner came in $8.5 billion higher than the halfway point between his high offer of $61 billion in cuts and the Democrats opening bid of zero cuts.

It was not a totally lopsided bargain. Dems have some silver linings. There were no votes on defunding the EPA or PBS and NPR. Democrats fought for and won a $2 billion cut from the Department of Defense, knocking the military appropriation for the rest of the year down to $513 billion.

But the GOP had to be able to see this as a win in the end, because it is puny compared to what they want to do next.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget resolution proposes cuts of $5 TRILLION in the next 10 yrs.

Reactions on the right:
Obama 2009 Flashback: Obama Pledges To Cut Deficit In Half By End Of First Term - Flopping Aces
The Budget Deal---Good or Bad? - Yid With Lid
Michele Bachmann against $39 billion deal. Calls it a disappointment. - cubachi
REPORT: Deal Struck, Averts Shutdown (Insert ’30 Pieces of Silver’ Joke Here) - The Other McCain
Crazy things the left say about budget cuts - Hillbuzz

Friday, April 8, 2011

Obama hailed the deal as "the biggest annual spending cut in history."

'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown
House Speaker John Boehner said that over the next decade it would cut government spending by $500 billion — and won an ovation from his rank and file, tea party adherents among them.
"This is historic, what we've done," agreed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the third man involved in negotiations that ratified a new era of divided government.


Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) compared House conservatives to a flea Friday as rhetoric in the spending fight intensified.

Schumer, who has been criticizing Republicans all day, said in a floor speech Friday that conservatives were the flea controlling the dog, which he said in this case is a federal government that could shut down at midnight.

“What we have here is a flea, wagging a tail, wagging a dog,” said Schumer, chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
“The flea are the minority of House Republicans who are hard right, the tail is the House Republican caucus, and the dog is the government,” Schumer explained. “That flea is influencing what the dog does ... and it is sad....”

Humboldt Republican Women: April Newsletter

HRWF April 2011 Redwood Alert

DNCer: Facebook event: Let's dump trash at Boehner's pad

Facebook event: Let's dump trash at Boehner's pad
Organizers of the event - Jonah Goodman and Nolan Treadway - write on the page that even if the government shutdown doesn't occur, they will "move forward with this event, we'll provide details on location(s) and we'll make sure it's done in a sanitary and respectful way. Please don't list any personal addresses for members of Congress on this page."

Goodman is listed in the Democratic National Committee network. Treadway is the political and logistics director for the liberal group Netroots Nation.

Tea Party Activists are in Position to Challenge Green Groups at the State Level

Tea Party Activists are in Position to Challenge Green Groups at the State Level - NetRightDaily
Thanks to the ingenuity and vision of key activists who are going local rather than fixating on Washington, D.C., the Tea Party is in position to challenge the power and influence of state level green groups. For decades, well-funded environmental activists have operated at expense of industrial development and private landowners without any meaningful response.

But in the time that has elapsed since the 2010 elections, average citizens and elected officials who are connected with the Tea Party have oriented themselves against green pressure groups. This approach is very much in keeping with the advice of Ned Ryun, executive director of American majority, a grassroots organization headquartered in Va., has the right idea. He recommends that the Tea Party take full advantage of its decentralized structure and burrow in locally....
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

In Wisconsin: "David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County..."

"David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County... after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon." - Althouse
Apparently, Justice Prosser won the election! According to the latest count. The AP tally that everyone was looking at had the Winnebago County number wrong: - Althouse

Previously: Kloppenburg declares victory. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.'" - Althouse


Photo via Drudge

◼ washingtontimes: Obama vows to veto short-term bill GOP Approves 1-Week Extension...
◼ latimes: House passes measure to keep government open another week - President Obama has threatened to veto the measure, which funds the Department of Defense through September and pays for an additional week of government operation — with $12 billion in cuts. Democrats seek a one-week extension at existing spending levels. Includes $12b in cuts, pay for troops...
◼ businessweek: House Passes One-Week U.S. Budget Extension; Obama Would Veto
◼ Obama veto would lead to shutdown: Cantor CANTOR: Veto means shutdown...
◼ thehill: Boehner: Congress shouldn't be paid in event of shutdown
◼ breitbart: Sen. Reid says he expects 'shutdown'...
◼ Eric Cantor: GOP: WE WILL NOT LEAVE...

“I am a political supporter of your current efforts regarding the budget repair bill.”

Wisconsin DOJ Open Meetings Expert Secretly Gave Advice To Fleeing Dem Senators
As reported at Wisconsin Politics:
...State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) released an e-mail from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Bellavia that raises serious ethical and legal doubt on the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s ability to defend the enactment of the Budget Repair Bill and the Open Meetings Law Case in Dane County. The e-mail from a senior member of the Wisconsin Department Justice shared sensitive legal advice with fleeing Senate Democrats that he may have obtained as a part of his duties for the department.

Additionally, the opening line of Bellavia’s February 27, 2011, e-mail to Senator Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Madison) reads: “I am a political supporter of your current efforts regarding the budget repair bill.”

“I have little faith the Wisconsin Department of Justice can be trusted to fairly and impartially represent the taxpayers on all matters relating to the Budget Repair Bill becoming law. In my view, this Assistant Attorney General has crossed the line and should do the honorable thing and resign immediately,” Nass said.

More stunningly, Assistant Attorney General Bellavia is the agency’s top expert on the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law and may be participating in the Department of Justice’s effort to defend the Legislature in the Dane County Open Meetings Law Case. Rep. Nass sent a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting an investigation of the Bellavia matter....

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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll -15

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15
"Sticker shock" for Obama's pricey April SF fundraiser -- $35,800 PER PERSON? - sfgate

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jerry Brown Suggests SEIU Take Republicans to Lunch

Jerry Brown Suggests SEIU Take Republicans to Lunch - Michelle Malkin
If Republicans regularly lunched with the SEIU, both sides might end up a lot of things, but “in better shape” is very unlikely to be one of them.

I can't believe my best friend is a Republican

I can't believe my best friend is a Republican - Salon

Paul Ryan's Adult Conversation
( – House Budget Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said President Barack Obama’s budget strategy is to “do nothing, punt, duck, kick the can down the road” while the debt remains on track to eventually hit 800 percent of GDP. Ryan added that the CBO is saying it "can't conceive of any way" that the economy can continue past 2037 given its current trajectory.

Ryan also said that the House Republicans’ FY2012 budget, which he unveiled yesterday, would save Medicare and help the United States avoid a debt crisis.
Paul Ryan's Adult Conversation - Peter Ferrara/American Spectator
Real, Powerful Spending Cuts

Ryan fully delivers on the campaign promise of Republicans to cut federal spending, cutting the spending President Obama proposes in his disgracefully inadequate budget by $6.2 trillion over the first 10 years alone. In contrast, President Obama's budget actually proposes to increase runaway federal spending by $400 billion over the old CBO current policy baseline. President Obama has actually already increased federal spending by 28% compared to 2008, to $3.819 trillion this year from $2.983 trillion in 2008, after promising repeatedly in the 2008 election that he would adopt a "net spending cut." He then proposes in his 2012 budget to increase federal spending by another 57% to $5.756 trillion by 2021 according to CBO. That's not radical, irresponsible and extreme? Ryan's budget would spend a trillion dollars less in 2021 alone.
Ryan's budget would reduce domestic federal spending to below 2008 levels, restoring pre-stimulus, pre-bailout spending, again as promised. Federal spending is reduced to below 20% of GDP, the long-run, postwar, historical level, by 2015. With that level of federal spending prevailing on average for 60 years since World War II, to call it radical, irresponsible, and extreme is itself unprofessionally irresponsible and misleading.

FLASHBACK: Obama in 2009: Medicare and Medicaid 'are really breaking the bank'...

85 GOP Congressman To Harry Reid: Resign

Letter urges Senate majority leader to give up post as government shutdown looms. - Real Clear Politics

The road to shutdown

The road to shutdown: Here's how Boehner says we got here UPDATED: Pelosi response Mark Tapscott/Washington Examiner
Unless something dramatic happens in the next 12 hours or so, a partial government shutdown appears all but inevitable, as President Obama earlier today rejected a House GOP proposal for another stop-gap continuing resolution that would have cut $12 billion from 2011 outlays.
White House blasts Ryan budget proposal - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
The White House has just released this statement on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal:
The President believes that dramatically reducing America’s long-term deficit is essential to growing our economy and winning the future. Today, Congressman Ryan laid out his vision for how to do that, and he is right that we cannot solve our fiscal challenge by focusing on the narrow slice of domestic spending that has occupied so much of our recent attention. But while we agree with his ultimate goal, we strongly disagree with his approach. Any plan to reduce our deficit must reflect the American values of fairness and shared sacrifice. Congressman Ryan’s plan fails this test. It cuts taxes for millionaires and special interests while placing a greater burden on seniors who depend on Medicare or live in nursing homes, families struggling with a child who has serious disabilities, workers who have lost their health care coverage, and students and their families who rely on Pell grants. The President believes there is a more balanced way to put America on a path to prosperity. But despite our differences, all of us – Democrats and Republicans – have an obligation to find common ground in a way that is true to our values and meets our responsibilities to the American people.
If Obama believes there is a "more balanced" way than Ryan's approach, why hasn't he pursued it in the past two years?
Government shutdown looms as budget talks stall - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner
Hardball: Boehner to introduce one-week budget with $12 billion in cuts - HotAir
Didn’t Obama already rule out any new short-term budget resolutions? Why, I believe he did. So here’s Boehner playing hardball with slightly more than 48 hours to go before the shutdown: Either O can change his mind by agreeing to it and sparing America the post-apocalyptic ordeal of a week or two without nonessential federal employees, or he can dig in and let the sky fall over $12 billion — which is less than the amount added to the deficit in two days during February.

Rep. Mike Pence: ‘The debt stops here’ - Cubachi
Allen West: “It’s about coming here with a common sense approach” - Cubachi
Speaker Boehner gets three minutes of President Obama’s time… - RedState
…for the trivial issue of trying to avoid a government shutdown this Friday. Unfortunately, it was only three minutes; nothing was accomplished in that time period, which means that we’re still on track for said government shutdown by the Democrats. And there probably won’t be any more meaningful negotiations today, mostly because President Obama has dinner plans tonight. Dinner plans involving Al Sharpton - because while keeping our soldiers paid and everything is all very well, what’s really important is the 2012 election.
Obama To GOP: Getting Your Way 'Is Not How It Works'... - Real Clear Politics via Drudge

Derailing Brown's Tax Plan

Derailing Brown's Tax Plan
By Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator (4.4.11)

Governor Jerry Brown's foolproof plan to deal with California's $26 billion deficit hasn't quite gone off the rails, but it's teetering.

The plan, announced early in his new term this year, was to call a special election in June to let the voters decide whether to extend for five years several taxes about to expire. At first, the idea polled well, including majority support for the tax extensions. This, along with some legislative budget cuts, would solve the problem. If the voters said "no" to the tax extensions, severe cuts would ensue, but the voters would have been warned in advance. It was the perfect way for the Democrats to avoid being held responsible for cutting popular programs. If the people voted against the tax extensions, they couldn't blame the legislators.

Getting to the special election required a two-thirds vote of the legislature. The Democratic majority is not quite lopsided enough to do this without some Republican votes. Gradually, Republican resistance to the costly special election stiffened. Brown taunted the Republicans to come up with their own plan for solving the deficit. His self-imposed deadline of March 10 for the enabling vote came and went. A small group of Republican legislators began meeting with Democratic counterparts and the governor's staff to see if a deal could be struck. They would deliver the votes in exchange for public employee pension reform. That's the last thing the Democrats want, for these unions are the state's biggest special interest and the financier of many Democratic legislative campaigns.

Next, the Republicans came forth with a comprehensive list of four dozen elements to a deficit-reduction plan. Brown acted surprised, though this is what he had requested. He abruptly cut off talks with them. Now it's back to politics as usual. He's about to barnstorm, including a visit to the district of the Senate minority leader who, Brown says, " leading the charge to block any other alternatives other than massive and destructive cuts." This translates into English as "blah, blah, blah, blah."

Meanwhile, voter support for the special election and the tax extensions is slipping. Brown's main option now is to get a petition drive mounted to collect enough signatures for a November ballot issue. This is high risk. Tax issues on the ballot historically see their support decline as election day comes closer. If they are not well above 50 percent when campaigning begins, they are usually defeated. November is well beyond the June 30 date when the 2011-12 budget is required by law to be adopted. If it loses in November, the last arrow in Brown's quiver will be to blame the Republicans -- again. Yet it would be the Democratic majority that must enact the "massive and destructive cuts." Who will the people blame for that?

Many Democratic legislators don't want to think about that, so they are turning their attention to more serious business. They have introduced 2,323 bills this year, covering such urgent issues as a revised definition of olive oil, Parks Make Life Better Month, tax credits for commercial space vehicles, Spay Day, regulation of caffeinated beer, how to describe a dog pound, and regulation of pavement reflectivity in order to reduce global warming.

Peter Hannaford

Peter was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, beginning in the 1970s. He was vice chairman of the Governor’s Consumer Fraud Task Force, then the governor’s sole public appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, then Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, Sacramento.

When Mr. Reagan’s second term expired, Peter and another senioir aide, Michael Deaver, founded a public affairs/public relations firm in Los Angeles (Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.) and Mr. Reagan became their lead client. They managed his public program until his election as president. In his 1976 campaign for the presidential nomination, Peter was his co-director of issues and research. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications consultant to Mr. Reagan.

With the Reagan victory in November 1980, both men could not go into the White House. Mike Deaver did, as deputy chief of staff, while Peter continued with the company to manage it. He movedits headquarters to Washington, D.C. During the Reagan years he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including membership on the United States Information Agency’s Public Relations Advisory Committee, the board of trustees of the White House Preservation Fund, consultant to the President’s Privatization Commission and active in the President’s Private Sector Initiatives program.

After nearly three decades in Washington, Peter returned to his native state of California in 2006.
He remains a member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Committee on the Present Danger and a senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs/strategic communications firm. Currently, he is chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party and lives in Eureka.

He is the author of 11 books (most of them about U.S. presidents) and a frequent contributor to opinion magazines and their online editions.

◼ Related: Redistricting Reform, California Style
Jerry Brown's Dilemma

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Big News re: The Budget

Republican Budget Plan to Eliminate National Debt: Ryan
The Republican budget proposal will eliminate the national debt while still preserving costly entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, Rep. Paul Ryan told CNBC.

Speaking just hours before the spending plan gets its formal introduction before Congress, Ryan, head of the House Budget Committee, said the debt will peak at 74.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2014 and then drop from there.
GOP Budget Proposes $6 Trillion in Spending Cuts - CNBC
Ryan: Budget Fights Moral Decline as ‘Dependency and Passivity’ Weaken the Country
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will warn at AEI today that the country is at a “tipping point” in its debt crisis that threatens to “curtail free enterprise” and lead to a “gradual moral-political decline as dependency and passivity weaken the nation’s character.”

The Wisconsin Republican detailed in today’s Wall Street Journal the magic numbers everyone has been waiting for: $6.2 trillion in cuts from President Obama’s budget over the next decade; $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction, as compared to Obama’s promised $1.1 trillion.
Barack Obama's appearance at the briefing underscored his direct involvement in the process. | AP photo

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on congressional leaders – especially Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) – to act like “grown-ups” and avert a government shutdown after they made no apparent progress in reaching a budget agreement at a White House meeting earlier in the day.
Congress makes first major dent in health care law

GOP keeps its powder dry as Obama runs unopposed

GOP keeps its powder dry as Obama runs unopposed
Byron York/Washington Examiner
The 2012 presidential race is on. Barack Obama is now formally running for re-election. Unopposed.

Of course, that's only technically true; a number of Republicans are clearly running for the White House. But so far none has made the big, official announcement. Given that Obama's job approval ratings are not so hot -- he's at 46.5 percent approval in the RealClearPolitics average of polls -- that strikes even some of the various Republican candidate camps as a little odd.

US Republican budget plan would cut $5.8 trln in 10 yrs

US Republican budget plan would cut $5.8 trln in 10 yrs - Reuters
A Republican budget plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday would cut $5.8 trillion from U.S. spending over the next 10 years, a congressional aide familiar with the proposal said on Monday.
March Madness: U.S. Gov't Spent More Than Eight Times Its Monthly Revenue - CNS News
The U.S. Treasury has released a final statement for the month of March that demonstrates that financial madness has gripped the federal government.

During the month, according to the Treasury, the federal government grossed $194 billion in tax revenue and paid out $65.898 billion in tax refunds (including $62.011 to individuals and $3.887 to businesses) thus netting $128.179 billion in tax revenue for March.
At the same, the Treasury paid out a total of $1.1187 trillion. When the $65.898 billion in tax refunds is deducted from that, the Treasury paid a net of $1.0528 trillion in federal expenses for March.

That $1.0528 trillion in spending for March equaled 8.2 times the $128.179 in net federal tax revenue for the month.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Allen West Sets the bar Where it Should Be.

h/t: New Zeal

Calif. budget list a byproduct of GOP frustration

Calif. budget list a byproduct of GOP frustration
JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—When Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he was ending budget negotiations with Republicans, saying their demands were too much and came too late in the process, he rejected a lengthy list of requests GOP lawmakers wanted in exchange for their votes.

His rejection led Republicans to question whether the Democratic governor was serious about compromise, as he repeatedly has claimed. But it also gave rise to criticism that Republican lawmakers had overreached and, in the end, failed to get any of the changes to employee pensions, business regulations and state spending they have desired for years.

As the blame game continues in the Capitol, the failure of the budget negotiations highlights a political dynamic that has been at the center of the dysfunction in the state Legislature — a minority party embittered by years of losses and a majority party, the Democrats, that resents having to get Republican approval to pass the kinds of budgets it wants.

Hillary voters aren't only willing to pull the plug on their fellow Democrats -– they're willing to yank it like they're starting a lawn mower.

John Phillips: Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012 - latimesblogs
Hillary voters weren't swooned by Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries and many are abandoning him in public opinion surveys today. But are they mad enough to ride the elephant in 2012?

Get out the saddle, because that's exactly what they did in 2010.

In the midterm elections, while it's true the Democrats were routed everywhere, they got especially creamed in states where Hillary did well. In House races, the Democrats lost four seats in Florida, six in New York, five in Ohio, four in Pennsylvania and three in Texas –- all states Hillary carried in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Meanwhile, the Democrats strengthened their hand in places that went heavily for Obama in 2008 –- with pickups in Hawaii, Delaware and the MSNBC prime-time lineup.

The lesson: Hillary voters aren't only willing to pull the plug on their fellow Democrats -– they're willing to yank it like they're starting a lawn mower.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

GOP budget plan to cut more than $4 trillion

GOP budget plan to cut more than $4 trillion

"By cutting spending, reforming entitlements and growing our economy"

Democracy Alliance’s New Project

◼ from ...a pilot project of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of changemakers committed to strengthening democracy by investing in and fostering collaboration among progressive leaders and institutions...
George Soros’s Democracy Alliance, a billionaires’ club that aims to turn America into Greece, has a new project.

It’s called New Media Ventures.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Barack Obama’s speech on Libya

Down the rabbit hole once again
If you want to read a really acerbic critique of Barack Obama’s speech last week in Libya, take a look at Adam Garfinkle’s interlinear blogpost in the American Interest blog. Just click on the footnote numbers and you can read his response to that part of the speech. It’s a followup to his “down the rabbit hole” blogpost...
Down the Rabbit Hole, Redux: 43 Notes
Down the Rabbit Hole - Adam Garfinkle/the-american-interest
define “civilian” for me. What does it mean, folks? Does it include fairly well organized groups of Libyans attacking in formation with machine guns mounted on flatbed pick-up trucks? Apparently so, to some spellbound souls. This turns the Clinton Administration’s amusing little tiff over what “is” is into truly small change as America’s language follies go.

57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts

GOP, Dems at Odds on Deal to Avert Shutdown - Newsmax
Ryan: GOP Budget Aims for $4 Trillion in Cuts - Newsmax
Sen. Sessions Doubts Shutdown Will Occur - Newsmax
“Millions of Americans participate in the tea party, tens of millions of Americans support and believe what they are saying,” Sessions said. “And they are right fundamentally — maybe they don’t understand all the realities of Washington politics — but fundamentally they know this country is on a path to fiscal disaster . . . this Democratic leadership proposes nothing but to attack the people that are trying to get this country on the right course.”
Voters down on government shutdown? Maybe not - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts - Rasmussen


“When you start talking about government as ‘we’ instead of ‘they,’ you have been in office too long.”
--Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States (1973)