Archive for the ‘Democrat’ Category

More federal funding for ACORN despite indictments

May 24, 2009

Under the guise of due process concerns, congressional Democrats have opened the way for organizations with criminal histories to gain greater access to taxpayer funds. Exhibit A here is the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), now under investigation in at least 14 states for voter registration fraud.

Earlier this month, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, sponsored an amendment to the $140 million Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act. The Frank measure allowed organizations being investigated by state or federal authorities on corruption charges to receive federal funds as long as they avoid conviction. Frank argued that his amendment, which was approved by the House, protected the presumption of innocence in federal spending.

But federal ethics rules have long stipulated that either an actual or apparent conflict of interest can put a government employee at risk of prosecution for ethics violations.  So, if the Frank amendment becomes law, the federal government will have a double standard, ignoring the presumption of innocence for its employees with apparent conflicts of interest, but extending the presumption to its funding recipients.

ACORN claims to be non-partisan, but it and its many affiliates have ardently supported Democratic incumbents and candidates at all levels of government.

Read the rest from the Washington Examiner:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opin
ion/More-ACORN-funding-despite-indictm
ents-45954362.html

China’s Bloodshed in Tiananmen Should Be Remembered By “White China Day”

May 21, 2009

Wang Dan, a key figure in the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China, said Thursday he hoped the nation would be “covered in white” to mark the anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen crackdown.

“We are promoting a campaign called ‘White Clothes Day,'” Wang, who was jailed for years in China before being exiled, told AFP from Taiwan, where he was staying temporarily to continue his fight for democracy.

“That means we appeal to Chinese people to wear white clothes (the colour of mourning in China) on June 4 to remember June 4, and we hope that on that day, we can witness a China covered in white,” he explained.

Studying at Peking University in 1989, Wang was first on a list of 21 most wanted students in China after the army cracked down on the Tiananmen demonstrations, killing hundreds, and possibly thousands.

After being arrested, Wang was sentenced to four years in prison in 1991 and freed in 1993. He was re-arrested in 1995 after continuing to campaign for human rights and democracy and sentenced the following year to a further 11 years in jail.

But in 1998, he was exiled to the United States where he continued his fight for democracy in his country.

“We are also inviting over 50 former participants of the 89 movement to get together again after 20 years in Washington DC to have a candle ceremony,” Wang said, adding exiled dissidents would hold a press conference on June 4.

Chinese authorities have reinforced security and the surveillance of dissidents in the country as the ultra-sensitive anniversary approaches, fearing trouble.

Wang Dan, a key figure in the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China, said Thursday he hoped the nation would be “covered in white” to mark the anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen crackdown.

“We are promoting a campaign called ‘White Clothes Day,'” Wang, who was jailed for years in China before being exiled, told AFP from Taiwan, where he was staying temporarily to continue his fight for democracy.

“That means we appeal to Chinese people to wear white clothes (the colour of mourning in China) on June 4 to remember June 4, and we hope that on that day, we can witness a China covered in white,” he explained.

Studying at Peking University in 1989, Wang was first on a list of 21 most wanted students in China after the army cracked down on the Tiananmen demonstrations, killing hundreds, and possibly thousands.

After being arrested, Wang was sentenced to four years in prison in 1991 and freed in 1993. He was re-arrested in 1995 after continuing to campaign for human rights and democracy and sentenced the following year to a further 11 years in jail.

But in 1998, he was exiled to the United States where he continued his fight for democracy in his country.

“We are also inviting over 50 former participants of the 89 movement to get together again after 20 years in Washington DC to have a candle ceremony,” Wang said, adding exiled dissidents would hold a press conference on June 4.

Chinese authorities have reinforced security and the surveillance of dissidents in the country as the ultra-sensitive anniversary approaches, fearing trouble.

Read the rest from AFP:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090521/wl_a
sia_afp/chinapoliticsprotesttiananmen_200
90521084755

[In most of Asia, white is the color of death and mourning.]

Saying What’s Necessary to Win

May 18, 2009

“Is it possible for us to join hands in common effort?” he said. “As citizens of a vibrant and varied democracy, how do we engage in vigorous debate? How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?”

That was Barack Obama at Notre Dame on Sunday.

A very liberal president at a very liberal university saying what people want to hear: we can all get along.  There is middle ground.

But those words could have come from “moderate” Republicans like Lindsay Graham too.

Graham said on Sunday that he wanted Republicans to win: and was ready to fall back and make concessions on some issues like abortion.

So leaders in both parties seem ready to say what it will take to get elected.

Gone is the man or woman ready to say what he or she really believes, it seems.  And stick to those positions.

Meanwhile more voters now seem to be saying that abortion is wrong….

A few years after George Bush said, “You are either with us or against us,” nobody seemed to be with him.

The lesson many politicians learned, and Barack Obama more than most, was to just say what makes people feel good.

We’ll close Gitmo.  We’ll end military tribunals.  We’ll get out of Iraq (and fast).  I didn’t hear Jeremiah Wright.  There’s middle ground on killing or not killing babies.

We can spend borrowed money to create jobs, cure the environment, get global education and health care and never mind the debt….

The pendulum may be swinging the other way……Back toward reality.

At the White House today Barack Obama will be faced with reality in the form of Benjamin Netanyahu who really does believe President Ahmadinejad when he says he wants to erase Israel from the map.

Middle ground could come with some expense.

America one day soon may again favor a politician of principle that tells us the ugly truth about his or her beliefs, gets elected, and sticks to his or her principles…

Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/18/vi
deo-graham-reaches-out-to-pro-choicer
s-at-sc-gop-convention/

Related:
Understanding America’s Shift on Abortion
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/1
7/pithiest-summation-of-obamas-ab
ortion-remarks-at-notre-dame/

Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

May 14, 2009

Madame Speaker, please resign now.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has now become more than a distraction.  She has risen above that.  Pelosi is now a dangerous distraction to the Obama agenda that gives life to the Republicans and emboldens dissent on every issue she and the Democrats are pushing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Above: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled about the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The president needs to ask Pelosi to resign. Now.

Pelosi is doing more harm than the former head of GM, who Obama gleefully discharged.

From May 19:
Pelosi Is Now Obama’s Biggest Anchor, Liability

If Obama does not do that — if he fails to ask Pelosi to step down or he delays action — he will harm his own chances of future success.

Keeping the interrogation debate fueled, as Pelosi did today, can easily kill all chances to get a health care bill this year.

If the president asks for Pelosi to resign, he still has some hope of getting his agenda and his administration back on track.

Pelosi took the lead on the “stimulus” earlier this year, and so far Obama has not taken any heat for the sorry details contained in that bill.

Now Pelosi has said she’ll be the lead sled dog on health care: which should not please Obama, Rahm Emanuel or any red blooded American one bit.

This is a time for Democrat discipline — a trait that party is not known for.

By keeping Pelosi, Obama risks undisciplined, lurching action in the House of Representatives — where he enjoys a huge Democrat majority that should be translating into rapid fire, disciplined action on all front.

In stead, it is now a safe bet that Republicans will join Pelosi in her request for a “Truth Commission” — and that train can go in any number of uncontrollable and unpredictable paths.

Pelosi has mixed politics and national security and national intelligence issues into an untenable Gordian Knot.

Her own staff has already threatened other Democrats not to initiate ethics complaints.

Pelosi has only been allowed to continue her questionable practices because of an understanding, all Obama loving media.

Ms. Pelosi has abused her office and sacrificed what little confidence the American people had in the Congress to change the tone and move forward: not look back.

And she has done so by lying and by asking us all to lose trust and faith in the American intelligence service…..

Related:
Pelosi Vehemently Challenges CIA’s Account of Briefings To Her on Waterboarding; Agency “Lied to Congress”
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Congressional Democrats Warned Against Ethics Investigations of Other Dems
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Pelosi Squashes Obama’s Message
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CIA Enhanced Interrogation Technique Memos Requested By Cheney Will Not Be Made Public
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Pushy, Stupid Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/14/pelos
i-the-cia-and-the-dems-dangerous-bl
ame-game/#comments

Hot Air:
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/14/vid
eo-pelosi-goes-nuclear-on-the-cia-over-tort
ure-as-cheneys-memo-request-is-denied/

Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency
http://neoavatara.com/blog/?p=4898

Republican Discord: Steele vs Romney; Huckabee vs Cantor, Boehner, Pence, Alexander, McConnell & Kyl.

May 14, 2009

President Obama poked fun at the travails of the Republican Party last weekend, telling the party’s chairman that no, the GOP does not qualify for a bailout, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset.

From CNN

 

Though the president was just looking for a laugh at the annual White House Correspondents dinner, Republicans have a tough road ahead as they try to rehabilitate their party.

“When a party goes out of power so spectacularly as the Republicans have over the last couple of elections, it’s going to take a while for a leader to emerge,” said Candy Crowley, CNN’s senior political correspondent. “And we should say that when a party is out of power, usually the leader emerges when they nominate their next presidential nominee.”

In recent weeks, the GOP has received more attention for a steady spout of infighting than it has for its message.

The latest matchup: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele vs. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a likely frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly "freewheeling," one CNN analyst says.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly “freewheeling,” one CNN analyst says.

Steele cast doubt on Romney’s conservative credentials Friday and said the Republican base rejected Romney because “it had issues with Mormonism” and was unsure of Romney’s commitment to opposing to abortion rights.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/
05/13/republicans.family.feud/index
.html#cnnSTCText

Related:
Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

Obama’s Careless Disregard for Law

May 14, 2009

Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones. And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law. The Obama administration is bold. It also is careless regarding constitutional values and is acquiring a tincture of lawlessness.

By George F. Will
The Washington Post

In February, California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature, faced with a $42 billion budget deficit, trimmed $74 million (1.4 percent) from one of the state’s fastest-growing programs, which provides care for low-income and incapacitated elderly people and which cost the state $5.42 billion last year. The Los Angeles Times reports that “loose oversight and bureaucratic inertia have allowed fraud to fester.”

But the Service Employees International Union collects nearly $5 million a month from 223,000 caregivers who are members. And the Obama administration has told California that unless the $74 million in cuts are rescinded, it will deny the state $6.8 billion in stimulus money.
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Such a federal ukase (the word derives from czarist Russia; how appropriate) to a state legislature is a sign of the administration’s dependency agenda — maximizing the number of people and institutions dependent on the federal government. For the first time, neither sales nor property nor income taxes are the largest source of money for state and local governments.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy
n/content/article/2009/05/13/AR2
009051303014.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Pressure mounts for probe of Pelosi in waterboarding

May 13, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is sticking to her story that she did not know the CIA was using waterboarding on terror suspects even as key Republicans cast doubt on her claims and members of her own Democratic leadership are calling for a full airing of the intelligence briefings she received.

The latest GOP attack came from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who said that Pelosi “should have acted” when she found out about waterboarding in 2003 from an aide who had been briefed on the tactic, rather than silently concur with the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jane Harman of California, who at the time sent a protest letter to the Bush administration.

By Susan Ferrechio
The Washington Examiner

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/poli
tics/Pressure-mounts-for-Pelosi-waterboa
rding-probe–44840002.html

Pushy, Stupid Practices of Pelosi, Murtha Back To Haunt Them?

May 13, 2009

In Washington, you make friends and enemies the same way: you throw around your weight and influence and get money for people and projects that can help you.

This is a two edged sword: the more people you please the more want to take your scalp and nail it to the lodge pole.

So now Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha are the targets of those that wish for their demise.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

Pelosi may be in the process of a hoisting on her own petard.  She knew about the waterboarding and did not object.  Then she lied about it.

Murtha has funnelled money to his district in such a wasteful and fraudulent way for so long that it was inevitable he’s become a target.  His gross accusations against U.S. troops in war also roiled his detractors.

So now both are under fire…..

Related:
Pelosi Urges Republicans To Rise Up! Challenges tea parties. Does she have swine flu?
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“Democratic Party is Bought and Paid For By The Unions” Lawmaker Says
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Pressure mounts for probe of Pelosi in waterboarding
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Politico Says Pelosi Knew Of Waterboarding:

With the “what did she know and when did she know it” questions more or less resolved — Pelosi learned that the Bush administration was waterboarding detainees no later than February 2003 — Republicans are now directing their attacks on the muted, indirect way in which she responded.
http://www.politico.com/news/st
ories/0509/22448.html

Murtha Opponent Says Congressman’s Aide Threatened Him
http://www.politico.com/news/storie
s/0509/22449.html

Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”
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Your Tax Dollars Built John Murtha Airport and You Pay About Half of the 3 Flights Per Day for 20 People

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/14/video
s-the-obamacard-and-the-airport-for-no-one/

Republicans Determined to Lose?

May 13, 2009

Of the two main American political parties, Republicans are now clearly distinguished by their driving desire to lose. Every faction seems determined to rule the kingdom of irrelevance.

By Michael Gerson
The Washington Post

Witness the reaction to the National Council for a New America — an anodyne “listening tour” by Republican officials recently kicked off at a pizza parlor in Northern Virginia. Social conservatives attacked this forum on education and the economy for the offense of not being a forum on abortion and the traditional family. Neo-Reaganites searched the transcript for nonexistent slights: How dare former Florida governor Jeb Bush criticize “nostalgia” for the “good old days”? Why didn’t he just spit on Ronald Reagan’s grave? Other conservatives criticized the very idea of a listening tour, asking, “What’s to hear?”

During a recent conversation, Bush described himself as “dumbfounded by the reaction.” He added: “I don’t think listening is a weakness. People are yearning to be heard. Perhaps we should begin with a little humility.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
/content/article/2009/05/12/AR20090
51202880.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Democratic Party a “One Man Show” — After Obama, It’s a “Second-Division Ball Club”

May 12, 2009

Charlie Crist announced his run for the Republican Senate seat from the state of Florida today.  The highly popular and successful governor is a moderate in keeping with those that favor a “big tent” for Republicans….

Related:
Republican Party Dead? Hardly. Polls Show Erosion and Doubt in Democratic Advantage

Borrowing Needed For Social Security? We Weren’t Supposed To Ever Get There
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Pelosi Knocked Off Her Game: Tortureous Explanations Punishes the Facts

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By Pat Buchanan
WorldNet Daily

As was evident at the White House Correspondents Dinner, it is deja vu, 1961, all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president – and an adoring press corps.

“I am Barack Obama,” the president introduced himself. “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter and applause.) Apologies to the Fox table. (Laughter.)”

What is also evident is that, without its new superstar in the lineup, the Democratic Party is a second-division ball club. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not terribly formidable. Last fall, the Congress they ran had an approval rating below Vice President Cheney.

Why then is the Republican Party agonizing publicly over what it is supposed to do? If history is any guide, the pendulum will swing back in 2010.

After all, in 1952, Eisenhower was elected in a more impressive victory than Obama’s, and ended the Korean War by June. And, in 1954, he lost both houses of Congress.

Lyndon Johnson crushed Goldwater by three times the margin of Obama’s victory. He got Medicare, Medicaid, voting rights and a host of Great Society programs. And, in 1966, he lost 47 House seats.

Ronald Reagan won a 44-state landslide in 1980, cut tax rates – and proceeded to lose 26 seats in 1982.

Bill Clinton recaptured the presidency for his party in 1992 after 12 years of Republican rule. In 1994, he lost 52 seats and both houses of Congress.

Read the rest:
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PA
GE.view&pageId=97847