Establishment Republicans have learned the hard way..

Oh For FFS..... that teaming up with President Obama is not a good thing for your party.  Apparently, if the Republican’s agree with Obama, the Dems will also jump ship.  Either way, Obama can’t get anything done now.

Today, the President lost his attempt to get the first part of his Trade Authorization to allow for fast track of negotiated agreements.   When the electorate is asked to support something that comes with reports of “secret” legislation and “I can’t answer whether I have seen this or not” responses to reporters questions, you can imagine why there would be some distrust.

If there is anything that is to be learned, once again, it is that the President assumes too much.  Waiting for the last minute to sell something that, by all intents and purposes, should have been an easy effort, even for your own party which is supposed to be in lock step, its that clear understanding is important.  Too bad, the narrative got lost in all the “double secret” crap.

McConnell and Boehner have managed to piss off enough people that, they themselves, may also be headed for their own, and hopefully, final crisis.  They brought this on themselves.  They only opposed Obama with no backbone which brought scorn from the Conservatives when it came to immigration and budget at the beginning of the year.  Then, thinking that “Free trade” agreements, a staple of Conservative principles, was accepted by Obama, Conservatives were quick to wonder why this alignment was taking place.

So when everyone asked for the legislators to “show your work”, they rebuffed, essentially saying, “We need to pass this so you can see what was in it.”  Rep. Paul Ryan, who had a good deal of respect for using that line against Nancy Pelosi, quickly adopted it here, only to see his own credibility take a major hit.  If Obamacare itself has a majority DISAPPROVAL where Pelosi used that same tag line, what makes you think that will work for a procedures change in Congress where no one can read what the changes were about?

The natives are growing restless, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader and you remaining establishment cronies.   Perhaps you should start listening to what the constituents are saying.

Sex Trafficking Morality: You Can’t Save the Young Girls without Abortion.. wut?

wait_wutSex Trafficking legislation in the Senate is held up due to a provision in the legislation that prohibits money from a new fund in the bill to pay for abortions.  It’s a single line in the bill that has caused Dems to go crazy.

What is more astonishing is this bill’s history, and how it all came about.  Townhall has a great fact checking article that summarizes key facts about this legislation and evolution.

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IRS to Expand Policing Political Non-Profits

dont-tread-on-meYou would think that problems Lois Lerner created would have made for smarter agency heads.  You’d be wrong.  From Politico:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency may expand a yet-to-be-released rule governing 501(c)(4), “social welfare” groups, to include political groups known as 527s, which focus on elections. It could require them both — as well as other types of tax-exempt groups — to operate under the same definition of “political activity.”

“If it’s going to be a fair system, it needs to apply across the board,” Koskinen said when asked by POLITICO if such groups would be included in the new rule. “[I]f we have a set of definitions for 501(c)(4)s, what about everybody else? Can they do more or less [political activity]? And for us as (an) administration, for ease of administration, it makes sense to have this common definition.”

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I don’t think that word means what you think it does..

facepalmIn a discussion on my Joni Ernst narrative piece, the commenter “flintandsteel” used the word “seditious” in describing the Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran.  I generally wave off this kind of hyperbole because, mostly, it’s used for effect.  Liberals use such words, especially out of context, when there is serious butthurt about something Republicans do against the President.

However, I noticed a number of my liberal friends were also using these words on Facebook posts, tweets, and comments on various articles around the interwebs.  It was bad enough that the word “treason” was used, which, under the Constitution, has a totally different meaning. Continue reading