What Did CNN Reporter Say About The Tea Party?

Say what? I didn’t hear that right, did I? Listen and decide for yourself….

Yes, CNN’s Jim Acosta actually defended the Tea Party folks. Although I applaud him for trying to be fair and put a stop to some of the outrageous rhetoric coming out of the media, I have to wonder…is his job secure now?

Republicans Got What They Wanted

In the clamor to blame Republicans for the government shutdown and to claim victory in the agreement to keep the government running for a whopping three months, Democrats are missing the point.  Yes, the GOP’s image took a beating in polls, but so did congress as a whole, and President Obama particularly.

Republicans kept the president on the defensive.  At times he acted like a spoiled child, while other times he acted like a bully refusing to negotiate.  I think everyone knows that the president is supposed to put the country ahead of his desire to get his way.  In my opinion, we don’t have that.

Senator Reid came across as a stodgy, wealthy, old white guy.  Wait a minute, isn’t that what the GOP is accused of being?  Reid has gone on such a power trip who knows if he’ll ever touch down to earth again.  And Pelosi?  Her comments are becoming more and more bizarre, and she appears to be succumbing to senility.

Republicans just might find themselves satisfied with the outcome of this battle.  They kept their main issue, the Affordable Care Act, front and center.   The President had hoped to return from the Congressional recess to push the immigration bill through the House.  Instead, for the better part of the past six weeks, the conversation has been about Obamacare, sequestration, spending cuts, and avoiding fiscal catastrophe.  Even with the newest crisis shoved down the road for three months the sequestration is still in place, which has severely hampered some government agencies with cutbacks and lack of funding.

The battle has, also, shown that Republicans are willing to stand on principle and fight for what is in the best interest of, not only the current population, but future generations that are now saddled with an ever increasing debt.

Julian Zelizer of CNN Opinion stated it this way:

Just as many Americans seemed to accept sequestration, conservative Republicans have not yet felt any serious political threat as a result of their having forced a government shutdown.

Nor is it clear that there will be any negative consequences to them for having gone to the brink of a federal default in their fight for concessions on the budget deal.  If they are left standing, there is little reason to think that they won’t use these tactics once again.  The last month offers them a template.

Furthermore, the current deal simply postpones any decision and actually sets up another round of fights when Congress returns from its winter break in December.  the new year will look very much like the one that came before.

Given the pattern we have seen, conservative Republicans will be just as likely, even more likely, to employ the same kind of aggressive tactics and try to force the administration into accepting deep cuts in domesticate spending if Obama wants to keep the economy in stable condition.

Conservatives will be even more emboldened as they seek to please their constituents going into the 2014 midterm elections.  The deal that emerged from the Senate is simply a continuation of the kind of political chaos that we have witnessed since the 2010 midterms.  Obama will have to start fighting on this issue as soon as the ink is dry.

Obama has spent much of his second term on defense, responding to pressure from House Republicans to cut spending and trying to combat their use of radical procedural weapons.

This crisis was clearly the most dangerous moment for the country.  And it is true that Obama and congressional Democrats walk away having achieved important objectives.  After all, the government is up and running again, at least for the time being, and Congress has raised the debt ceiling, thereby averting a global meltdown.

But Republicans have defined the national agenda and forced a deal that doesn’t resolve debate.  Just the opposite:  It ensures that the fights will continue and the threat of default continues into the foreseeable future.

Until Democrats find a way to reach some kind of long-term budget accord by building sufficient pressure – and electoral support – to push back against the Republican Right, they’ll find themselves on the losing side of this issue over and over again.

President Obama Has the Authority to Decide What to Close During the Shutdown

Amber Alert Website

If Conservatives could get this statement to resonate with the American people – I think the 2014 election and 2016 would turn against the Democrats in a VERY BIG way.

“Congress holds the purse strings and decides when to release the funds. However, billions come into the government each and other month. The President and his administration make the decision what to pay with that money. Again — the President has control of what is paid and what is not paid.”

Almost nothing Obama does surprises me – but even he must have a conscience about some of the decisions being made by his administrations during the partial government shutdown. But let’s go back to some “old favorites” from the Obama administration….

  • Never let a crisis go to waste — that seems to still be the mantra for this administration.
  • We don’t care how long the shutdown lasts – we’re winning — Even for this administration that is a ridiculously immature statement and it shows NO regard for the well being of the American people.
  • I think it’s fair to say that — during the course of my presidency — I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party. And have purposely kept my rhetoric down,” Obama told CNBC. — I just want to know how he keeps a straight face when he says these things.
  • They decided to close –
  • The WWII Memorial – this is an open air memorial, so are they trying to shut down the grass? Then when a group of veterans decided to break through the barriers, more guards were sent to stop the men and women who EARNED that memorial – than he sent to Benghazi.
  • The Vietnam Memorial – also an open air memorial was closed. Yep, again, they want to close down the grass. Actually – it takes more people to stop visitors than to just allow visitors.
  • And the list goes on and on — but this one really ticks me off. They shut down or should I say, didn’t make the effort to keep the Amber Alert website open. Yes – that’s right, the website that is used for Amber Alerts is closed. The picture above is a screenshot I took before midnight on Sunday October 6th.

Letting that website close is almost as irresponsible as basically using the American people as guinea pigs (and using our health care) as a vehicle to inflate Obama’s ego. But that’s a topic for another day…..

One day maybe Obama and the people in his administration will learn that people’s lives are far, far more important than his ego and whether he “wins”.  Is it any wonder so many people act as if their lives and the lives of others have no value….

Obama Pelosi and Reid Reign Led to Obamacare

I just spotted this post in my Facebook newsfeed and as I read through it – however, I beg to differ with this writer on WHO is the problem. My perspective is that the biggest part of the problem resides in the Senate and the White House. Take a look at his article and let me know what you think.

I totally agree about a reign of morons — but I think that applies to our president who seems to be under the impression he is a king and can do anything he wants – including picking and choosing which parts of a law will be enforced and who will be expected to live under it.

His post shows the extent of what some on the left seem to feel is true and who totally misses the point on what is being done and why….

Just a few changes I would make — the red portions are my additions….


In the year of our Lord 2008, the voters of the United States elected the worst President and in 2006 the voters of the United States elected the worst Congress in the history of the Republic. There have been Congresses more dilatory. There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress — or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress (the senate) — a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one, ….

Read more: Government Shutdown – The Reign Of Morons Is Here – Esquire 

Government Shutdown: Who is Really at Fault?

In all my years of watching the political scene, I don’t think I’ve ever seen our government in such disarray as it is now.  For the past 5 years, it has been nothing but infighting, name-calling, ridicule, and, let’s face it, Republican/Conservative bashing.  An interesting article in CNN this morning, clearly stated what I’ve been saying for most of Obama’s presidency.

We expect our presidents to be leaders of all the people, not a single party or ideology.  We want them to rise above the squabbling and keep us on track.  The harsh rhetoric that the president has been directing at Republicans suggests that he is less interested in settlement than unconditional surrender.”

Seeing this statement written by David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, and a former adviser to four presidents, I feel vindicated.  Obama is not and has not been the president for all Americans.  You only have to listen to his speeches, if you can make it through an entire one, to know that.  They consist of ridiculing Republicans/Conservatives and the Tea Party.  He ridicules the Republican-lead House for not doing his bidding.  In all this ridiculing, does he put forth a “real” solution to anything?  How many times has he stated that he will not negotiate with Republicans?  

If only Democrats/Liberals/Progressives would listen, I would like to ask them how they would feel if a Republican president refused to negotiate with their elected representatives.  Would they feel bullied by the president?  Would they feel that they do not have a say-so in their own country?  I think the answers are glaringly evident.     

Yes, that is one red line that Obama will stand behind.  If Republicans in congress listen to their constituents and try to govern for the people and by the people, our president picks up his toys and goes home.  Or goes to the golf course.  It’s childish behavior in the extreme, and, even though the MSM has tried to protect him, he has shown the world that he is not a leader.

But, who will be blamed for the government shutdown?  Why, Republicans, of course.  The MSM, MSNBC, etc will make sure of that.  Instead of demanding that the President of the United States stop this behavior and begin working for the country as a whole, their one-sided reporting allows Obama to continue bullying the opposition.  They give Reid and Pelosi full rein to bash their Republican/Conservative peers, but what does the media report about the Republican party? — “they eat their own.”

Everyone knows Obamacare is not ready to be implemented.  Obama, himself, has unconstitutionally delayed several facets of the bill.  But, for the “masses”–that’s us, folks–this unpopular, unexplained, massive overhaul of our great healthcare system is shoved down our throats.  The polls show that about 70% of Americans do not want Obamacare.  It doesn’t matter what we want.  Obama wants it, and his minions in congress and the MSM, will see that he gets what he wants.

Does anyone really know how this bill is going to work?  Does anyone really understand?  Talk to your friends and neighbors and you’ll find that most everyone is confused.

Obama has shoved this on us without ever explaining exactly what it means to those of us who have worked hard for our entire lives to have the benefits we have.  This is a travesty perpetrated on the American people.

But, who will be blamed for the government shutdown?  Why, Republicans, of course!   

To read the entire article:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/opinion/gergen-shutdown/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

WWII Vets Show Younger People How Its Done

WWII Vets Visit WWII Memorial During Government Shutdown

I absolutely love this story — these vets show why they are known as the “Great Generation”. Younger people – you need to take note and you should spend some time learning about what your grandfathers and grandmothers to guarantee the liberties and freedoms so many people take for granted…. I am totally opposed to the rampant entitlement mentality that is so prevalent, but these vets definitely earned the right to visit this memorial. Government shutdown and DC gridlock be damned…  I don’t agree with some comments by this author, but the vets story is great.

Additional Updated Article – http://dcclothesline.com/2013/10/03/the-greatest-generation-teaches-those-in-dc-a-lesson-in-backbone-and-courage/

Veterans Occupy World War II Memorial Closed Because of Shutdown


A group of World War II veterans aren’t letting a pesky government shutdown stop them from visiting a Washington, D.C. memorial. These are your first, and probably only, bad ass heroes of the government shutdown.

….  As a result, all national parks and open air memorials are closed across the country. One of the more depressing casualties of the shutdown: a group of 91 veterans who travelled on an Honor Flight from Mississippi might be locked out from a scheduled memorial visit Tuesday morning.

The chance that they might miss out on their visit because of political gridlock was sad, depressing news. “It actually requires more effort and expense to shut out these veterans from their memorial than it would to simply let them through,” Rep. Steven Palazzo conceded on Monday.

But did these veterans let the shutdown stop them? No, no they did not.


It’s now a party down there, with Iowa veterans joining in on the fun. Shane reports park police have completely given up trying to keep people out of the memorial.

For more pictures, the full article and a video, visit – http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/10/veterans-occupy-world-war-ii-memorial-closed-because-shutdown/70068/