Plenty going on in politics today, but first - the good folks over at T-Nation and Biotest sent me some of their new “Brain Candy” energy shots. Seems like its about twice the size of the typical energy shots (5 Hour Power, etc) and has about twice the vitamin B12 – 15,000%. It’ll be good stuff if I ever decide to stay up for more than 24 hours again, or if I just need an extra boost to power through my day. Thanks T-Nation!
On a less serious note (“less” is not a typo), John Boehner failed to convince enough Republicans in the House to vote for his “Plan B”. Thank God! Even after all of the arm twisting, back-room deals, and kicking conservatives off committees, Boehner still wasn’t able to get enough support for his bill from his own party. If it wasn’t clear before, this is a strong sign that the current Speaker of the House is a weak leader.
As Rush Limbaugh pointed out on his show today (as he has been for the past few weeks), Republicans must stand on principle and not cave to Democrat demands of raising taxes. Sometimes that means that they will need to actually battle it out with Democrats, but these politicians were not sent to Washington to be an “Approved” stamp on anything the other party wants. If Republicans abandon their principles – one of which is to NOT RAISE TAXES – then they will lose credibility and have nothing else to run on.
Can John Boehner actually stand up to Obama? He doesn’t have a majority in the Senate, and not a huge one in the House. Whatever he passes will have to pass the Senate before it can be signed by the President. We all know this. Republicans are stuck in an interesting spot, but there is something they can do. Pass a bill that lowers the bottom 3 tax brackets and keeps the top 2 brackets the same. This shows that Republicans want to lower taxes (particularly those paid by the “middle class”). If Democrats don’t vote for it; then its on them.
John Boehner and the Republicans should take this idealogical battle to the people of America. The public is hardly involved in the discussion. What did Boehner do after he was unable to rally support for Plan B his proposal? He left. He’s on break until after Christmas. Funny. I know a lot of people who are working Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – and they actually get their job done! No vacations for these bums in Congress. You can clock out once the work is finished. If you aren’t able to finish it, then let’s get someone who can!
These are the same people who recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act that severely weakens the 6th amendment of the Constitution. All Americans are entitled to a fair trial by a jury of their peers, but the NDAA give the federal government the power to detain citizens indefinitely without a trial. Someone can literally arrest you, and keep you in a federal prison without even informing you of the charges brought against you. What happened to a criminal’s right to confront his accuser? Well, if the accuser is the federal government apparently those rights don’t exist.
In regards to gun control, Bronco Bama has given Joe Biden the task of developing new government solutions to the supposed crime problem in America. Biden was given a month to come up with some great ideas. In the meantime, the NRA already established the National School Shield Program which will enable schools across the country to participate in actively protecting their students with retired police and security personel. It took the NRA a week to figure out a real solution, put someone in charge of it, and begin implementation of it, with the goal of having schools protected by the time kids return to class from Christmas break. Leave it to a private organization (the NRA) to do something better and faster than the government (Joe Biden).
That’s not the only example of private organizations performing better than the government. Since August, the Federal government has been trying to figure out what to do with former Marine, Jon Hammar, who has been unjustly held in a Mexican prison. Only within the last week or so has the story gone public, thanks largely to Fox News raising awarenes. People around the country made the demand that Hammar be released by Christmas to his family. He was released today. A private organization (Fox News) does a better job than the government (US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton).
Its just so easy to pick apart the government. Washington in particular is filled with people who really have no idea what they are doing. And these are the people that will be in change of your healthcare!!! AHHH!!!