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Payoffs for Senators Typical in Health Care Bill

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 in Political Issues

Sen. Ben Nelson’s hardly the only lawmaker extracting sweetheart deals out of the health care reform bill. 

While the Nebraska Democrat got a particularly juicy concession in exchange for a “yes” vote on the 10-year, $871 billion package — permanent and full federal aid for his state’s expanded Medicaid population — support from a slew of other senators likewise came with a price. 

Western states got more money for hospitals that serve Medicare patients. Louisiana got up to $300 million in Medicaid benefits. The list goes on. 

Senate Republicans lined up Saturday to decry the latest deal targeted toward Nebraska, which was decried as the “cornhusker kickback.” 

Votes have been bought,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said. 

But Senate Democrats said the payoffs are nothing unusual, and in fact typical

“People fight for their own states. That’s the nature of a democracy,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on “Fox News Sunday,” defending Nelson against withering attacks from the GOP. 

“This is just part of the normal legislative process,” said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

As a measure of just how typical they are, a slew of payoffs and concessions have been struck over the past several months. ...

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Kucinich Measure to End Afghanistan War Gains Cosponsors

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 in Political Issues

By Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer

Dennis Kucinich‘s proposed congressional effort to end the Afghanistan war has gained a dozen bipartisan cosponsors during the week the Cleveland Democrat has circulated it.

Here’s the cosponsor list provided by Kucinich’s office: John Conyers, Jr.; (D-MI); Ron E. Paul (R-TX); Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD); Bob Filner (D-CA); Walter Jones, Jr. (R-NC); Lynn Woolsey (D-CA); Edward Whitfield (R-KY); Michael Capuano (D-MA); Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL); Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ); Eric Massa (D-NY); and Alan Grayson (D-FL).

“At a time when 15 milllion people are unemployed we cannot continue spending hundreds of billions of dollars on disastrous wars,” Kucinich said in a press release. “My resolution will force a debate and vote on the war in Afghanistan. Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to start and end wars.”

Kucinich’s office said a similar privileged resolution to end the war in Pakistan will be introduced at a later date. Privileged resolutions require a House of Representatives debate within 15 days of introduction.

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Ron Paul Grills Hillary on Foreign Policy, Bush Doctrine

Posted on Dec 04, 2009 in Political Issues

On Wednesday, Ron Paul had his allotted 5 minutes to ask questions during a joint hearing regarding U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan. He used his time to fight for his own view on a non-interventionist foreign policy and he did so rather sarcastically.  Then he questions the top 3 foreign policy makers in the U.S. (other than Obama) whether or not they believe in the “Bush Doctrine” of “preventive war”.

Unsurprisingly, they didn’t answer the question as Paul’s time ran out.

Ron Paul has, in my opinion, consistently been one of the hardest hitting Congressmen in our lifetime.  He grills Ben Bernanke over Federal Reserve policy, demands answers from committees and when they begin stuttering, schools them appropriately, and now he is opening the eyes of the Left by showing that this Administration is no different from the last.  The only change we’ve received is the cover model, not the articles inside.  I hope people begin to wake up soon.  It’s not the Left vs. the Right; it’s the State vs. You.

YouTube Video can be found HERE –...

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Libertarians Opposed to New Afghan War Plans

Posted on Dec 02, 2009 in Political Issues

December 2, 2009

Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
E-mail: wes.benedict@lp.org
Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222

Libertarians opposed to new war plans for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – The Libertarian Party (LP) today expressed its opposition to the Afghanistan war plans announced by President Barack Obama last night.

Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the LP, said, “Rush Limbaugh should buy Obama a nice cigar. The liberal president has done exactly what the conservative leader wanted: escalate the war.”

William Redpath, Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), commented, “This is further evidence that the differences between Republicans and Democrats are, at most, rhetorical. This president, whose votes made him the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate, has just announced an escalation of a foreign war. His campaign promise of ‘Change’ now sounds a lot more hollow.”

Redpath continued, “Some congressional Democrats may make a rhetorical show of opposing Obama’s decision, but that is all it will be. Obama is guaranteed to get the additional troops and funding that he wants.”

Redpath continued, “Instead, Congress should re-assert its authority in matters of war, by passing legislation that terminates the president’s authorization to make war in Afghanistan, and that calls for an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan....

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Obama Sends 30k More Troops to Chase CIA Assets

Posted on Dec 01, 2009 in Political Issues

Washington (CNN) — President Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan but has set a date of July 2011 to begin drawing down American forces, senior administration officials told CNN Tuesday.  The president has a goal of withdrawing most U.S. forces by the end of his current term, the officials said. Obama’s first term ends in a little more than three years.  The president is ordering the Pentagon to complete what the officials called a “surge” of reinforcements to Afghanistan by the summer of 2010. A transfer of security responsibility from American and NATO forces to Afghan forces is slated to begin roughly a year later. 

[Hayden’s Note: Gee, where have we heard this line before?  I could have sworn we had said numerous times that a “transfer of responsibility” would occur.  And then 6 months later, “A transfer of police authority will occur soon”, blah blah blah.  Do you realize this is the same dog and pony show that it’s been for the last 6 or 7 years?  Nothing has changed.  Obama, a liberal – who typically oppose increases in war efforts – is saying the exact same things that the Conservative war mongers are saying. ...

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Ron Paul’s Bill to Audit Federal Reserve Passes Key Hurdle

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in Political Issues

Huffington Post

In an unprecedented defeat for the Federal Reserve, an amendment to audit the multi-trillion dollar institution was approved by the House Finance Committee with an overwhelming and bipartisan 43-26 vote on Thursday afternoon despite harried last-minute lobbying from top Fed officials and the surprise opposition of Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had previously been a supporter.

The measure, cosponsored by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), authorizes the Government Accountability Office to conduct a wide-ranging audit of the Fed’s opaque deals with foreign central banks and major U.S. financial institutions. The Fed has never had a real audit in its history and little is known of what it does with the trillions of dollars at its disposal.

The amendment expressly blocks Congress from interfering with the independence of monetary policy decision-making, but opponents of the measure said that the political pressure would inevitably follow.

A desperate, last-minute attempt to thwart the move came in the form of an amendment championed by Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) and described by its supporters as more reasonable. On Tuesday, however, the Huffington Post reported that, on a close reading, his amendment would in fact decrease transparency at the Fed by adding additional restrictions....

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ACORN Sues Congress (LoL) for Defunding It

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 in Political Issues

Source: Raw Story

Hayden’s Note:

……Hahahaha.  I’m sorry, would you like some french cries with that?  I have been waiting for this to pop up.  It’s utterly amazing that they actually believe they are above the law and can sling mud on Congress, calling them the law-breakers.  My usual problems with Congress aside, I believe they made the right move – and acted quickly – in defunding this racist, greedy, fraudulant organization of taxpayer money.  ACORN screams foul, stating that they are entitled to due process.  Well, I’m no lawyer – but Congress and others pulled their money out of the organization due to an over whelming majority of people losing faith in the company to do business fairly.  They have barely BEGUN the criminal investigation – which is giving them due process in accordance with law.  See my other story here about investigators in New Orleans serving a search warrant on ACORN’s National HQ.

The community organizing group ACORN, recently walloped by conservative activists who posed as a prostitute and a pimp and tried to get employees to incriminate themselves, is suing Congress for defunding its organization....

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Daniel Estulin Talks about the G20, African Union & IMF

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 in Political Issues

By James Corbett – The Corbett Report

via: BlackListedNews

In an exclusive interview with The Corbett Report earlier today, Daniel Estulin revealed the behind-the-scenes details of last week’s G20 Finance article_pyramid_eyeMinister’s meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland. Many of these details come from actual G20 documents that his sources were able to sneak out of the meetings in spite of security measures which, Estulin notes, were unprecedented “even by Bilderberg standards.” These documents, which contain valuable information about the conference, are available at BilderbergBook.com and have been  mirrored on The Corbett Report homepage. They were smuggled out at great personal risk and need to be disseminated widely.

The key issue discussed at the meeting, according to Estulin, was “the next step in globalization, which is the creation of the African Union.” This is part of an unfolding agenda of the ceding of national sovereignty to unnaccountable regional governments which can more easily administer and implement the aims of the financial oligarchs. One of these aims is the elite’s exhaustively documented penchant for population reduction, including tying development aid to population control problems....

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Fox News: Bill O’Reilly Wants to Kill All Muslims

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 in Political Issues

[Hayden’s Note: Bill O’Reilly is just a jack-ass.  I don’t know how else to put it.  There are no other words to describe it because I try and maintain a certain level of civility here at TiT.  He is paid to scream and make noise about anything he possibly can in order to get people riled up and join his  political base, which I would describe as a truly ‘far right fundamentalism with extreme interventionist policies’… or in other words; a loud-mouthed, delusional war mongering corporate puppet.] 

Raw Story
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In an interview with Lt. Col Ralph Peterson Tuesday following the memorial for Ft. Hood shooting victims, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly declared, “we can’t kill all the Muslims.”

“It’s clear that the problem is Islam,” Peterson quipped. “Where are the Southern Baptist suicide bombers? Where are the Methodist marketplace massacre types?”

“It was an act of terror,” O’Reilly remarked. “Let me play devil’s advocate here. Barack Obama wants to win hearts and minds in the Middle East, in the Muslim world, which is a good thing. And you know that....

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Pelosi Dismisses Democratic Losses in Virginia and New Jersey

Posted on Nov 04, 2009 in Political Issues

Pelosi dismisses Dem losses in Virginia and New Jersey

Source : Politico

Hayden’s Note: I’m sorry, but can Nancy Pelosi truly be this ignorant and in denial?  Read on to understand…

Most House Democrats tried to put a good face on Tuesday’s election results, saying they picked up two more votes for a sweeping health care bill that could be on the floor as early as Friday.

But it can’t make it any easier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she works to corral the last holdouts she needs to pass legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system.

Of course, the speaker, who told POLITICO recently she’s “not big on showing weakness,” brushed aside questions about how the Democratic gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey would impact her final tally and instead trumpeted the two special election House wins. 

“From our perspective, we won last night,” the California Democrat told reporters during a Wednesday photo op. “We had one race that we were engaged in, it was in northern New York, it was a race where a Republican has held the seat since the Civil War....

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Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed ‘gutted’ in Committee

Posted on Nov 02, 2009 in Political Issues

Bank-connected Congressman Watts Blamed for Undermining Bill

By Drew Zahn

Source: WorldNetDaily


U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has complained that the bill he sponsored calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve has been “gutted” by congressional committee, pointing specifically to a legislator whose campaign coffers have been boosted by the banking industry.

As WND reported, Paul sponsored H.R. 1207, a bill requiring the Federal Reserve – an organization that’s independent from the U.S. government but nonetheless oversees U.S. monetary policy – be opened to oversight by Congress. The plan compiled over 300 co-sponsors in the House before being sent to committee.

But in a telephone interview with a Bloomberg reporter, Paul said the teeth have been ripped out of the bill.

“There’s nothing left; it’s been gutted,” Paul said. “This is not a partisan issue. People all over the country want to know what the Fed is up to, and this legislation was supposed to help them do that.”

Paul told Bloomberg the bill has been stripped of provisions that closed loopholes protecting the Fed, including exemption from audits of transactions with foreign central banks and protected communications between the Board, reserve banks and staff....

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