With a rollout of the largest piece of bureaucratic madness looming and destined for several levels of outright failure, Republicans in Washington decided in their infinite wisdom to use passage of a continuing resolution to take a stand against the Affordable Care Act. Instead of letting Obamacare roll out and be seen for what it is – a nightmare wrapped in a quagmire of administrative red tape – Republicans decided to sweep in and focus attention elsewhere.
Former President Bill Clinton sat down with longtime pal George Stephanopoulos Sunday and weighed in on a host of issues across the political landscape; but his comments regarding GOP efforts to foil Obamacare are certain to steal the headlines. “I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails.”
The Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked Tuesday afternoon and quickly suspended; but not before the hackers tweeted a breaking news message that President Obama was injured in an explosion at the White House. News of the fake tweet quickly spread and is believed to have contributed to a short, and sharp, drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made an appearance on Meet the Press Sunday to respond to a recent judicial ruling striking down his “soda ban” as “arbitrary and capricious.” “I do not think we should ban most things. I do think we there are times when we should infringe upon your freedoms. For instance, when you’re drinking, we shouldn’t let you drive. Uhhh. If you’re carrying a gun, we shouldn’t let you on an airplane.
An explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada killed seven Marines Monday night and left several more injured according to reports confirmed in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. The cause of the accident is said to be “under investigation.” As I said above, the explosion occurred at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. That’s Harry Reid country, which means he immediately had something to say about the tragic loss of life. Sadly, he chose to exploit the loss of life to press his political agenda. Never let a crisis go to waste. I’ve posted two videos below. The first shows Harry Reid addressing sequester and implying it had a hand in the tragic accident. The second was released by Harry Reid’s office and stops just as the Senate Majority Leader begins playing politics with a tragedy. Perhaps, even his staffers realized his comments were in poor taste.
On Thursday, after watching a video of Iowa school children pleading with the White House to “please let us visit”, Fox New personality Eric Bolling offered to pick up the tab for an entire week of White House tours if the Obama administration would acquiesce. The plea and the generous offer were in response to the administration’s announcement that all White House tours are cancelled until further notice due to cutbacks resulting from sequestration.
Sometimes a “real world” example is the best way to make a point; and sometimes the world of sports provides the best examples – even if the dollars and cents are anything but “real world.” Americans for Tax Reform ran some numbers this week and realized Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco is not the highest “paid” player in the National Football League – as was reported extensively last week when news of his new contract was announced. You see, there’s a difference between what a player is “paid” and what he actually earns after taxes. That’s “take-home-pay” to folks like you and me. And in the case of the Ravens quarterback, the difference amounts to millions of dollars.
Senator Rand Paul ended his 13-hour “talking filibuster” of Obama CIA director nominee John Brennan at approximately 12:40 ET Thursday morning. Hoping to press the Obama administration and its Justice Department into a public written statement reversing course on the legality and constitutionality of “drone strikes on Americans on American soil”; Paul vowed to “speak until I can no longer speak.” Luckily, a few of his Senate colleagues joined the endeavor and managed to give the Junior Senator from Kentucky a few moments to catch is breath. In total, seven Republicans and one Democrat (Ron Wyden of Oregon) played a role in the filibuster – the first of the “old school” talking variety since 2010.
Tuesday, the White House announced it would suspend all public tours of the Executive Mansion – effective Saturday; until further notice. According to The Hill, those scheduled to visit the White House in the coming days received an email Tuesday informing them of the cancellations – citing cutbacks to staffers resulting from sequestration.
During the month of February–as President Barack Obama was warning Americans they would see dramatic effects in their lives if “sequestration” of some planned federal spending kicked in–the federal government’s debt climbed by $253.5 billion. That one-month increase in the debt was nearly six times as much as the $44 billion in spending cuts the Congressional Budget Office estimates will take place in all of fiscal 2013 as a result of sequestration.