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Republicans 2016 – Paul Ryan – ‘The man with the worst memory in American politics’

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There are lies.

There are damn lies.

And then there’s Paul Ryan…..

I put Ryan no higher then 5 on the list of possible Republican Presidential nominees.

His budgets are his problem.

Putting money ahead of people is just wrong but it’s the only thing Ryan can do to ‘balance’ his budgets.

Adding to Ryan’s woes is a great piece by Steve Benen.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember that he used to refer to his own plan to end Medicare as “vouchers.”

‘Ryan doesn’t remember taking credit for the sequestration policy he later condemned’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember learning about Democratic alternatives to the sequester’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember what happened with the 2011 “super committee.”

‘Ryan doesn’t remember Bill Clinton’s tax increases’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember the times he condemned social-insurance programs as “taker” programs’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember all of the times he appealed to the Obama administration for stimulus funds for his congressional district’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember his marathon times’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember how much he was inspired by Ayn Rand’.

‘Ryan doesn’t remember his own speeches’.

‘Everyone can be forgetful once in a while, but the Republican Budget Committee chairman seems to forget rather important details and developments so often, it’s rather unsettling’.

‘The alternative, of course, is that Ryan’s memory is fine and he shamelessly lies when it suits his purposes’.
From : http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/19/17374249-the-man-with-the-worst-memory-in-american-politics?lite

 

Saving America 1.1 – Is President Obama a 1 term President?

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No it’s not some perverted form of ‘March Madness’ over
here at the Last of the Millenniums.

It’s a very serious question.

“Otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising
their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might
aspire to the rank of republicans”.
James Madison

Is President Obama, in effect, a 1 term President because a minority of the Majority in the House of
Representatives, a ‘handful of tyrannical nobles’ as it were, is using ‘governing by obstruction’?

Obama won the Presidential election. 66 Million votes to
Mitt Romney’s 61 Million.(1)

Obama won the electoral college 332 to Romney’s 206.(1)

The Democrats gained 2 seats in the Senate and 8 seats
in the House while winning the majority of votes cast
nationwide.(2,3 & 4)

Yet in actual governing, were it not for the Speaker
overiding the Hastert Rule 3 times (Fiscal Cliff, Sandy
Aid and Violence Against Women Act), there would have
been almost no legislation passed favored by the
Democrats and President Obama.(5, 6 & 7)

And Speaker Boehner has already been warned that if he
over rides the Hastert Rule one more time, he will lose
his Speakership and be primaried.(8)

The Sequester cuts which everybody agreed would be a
disaster to our defense, went into place seemingly with
Republican blessing.(9)

And Paul Ryan had proposed yet more cutting (albeit NOT
in defense) in his latest budget.(10)

We are looking at watered down versions on ‘gun
control’, immigration, climate change in the Senate that
regardless of what passes, won’t pass in the House.(11)

So in effect, unless Speaker Boehner over rides the
Hastert Rule, risks losing his leadership (and trust me
this IS a case of better the devil you know) and
possibly lose his job in a year and a half, President
Obama and the Democrats, having won the election, are
powerless to a small group of Conservative Republicans
in the House.

I give you James Madison’s Federalist Paper #39 :

“It is essential to such a government, that it be
derived from the great body of the society, not from an
inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it;
otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising
their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might
aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their
government the honorable title of republic”.
@ :
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch4s
24.html

That ‘handful of tyrannical nobles’ is that small
minority, holding a Nation hostage to THEIR principles.

So my answer is yes. President Obama having won
re-election will be in effect a 1 term President.

Not by his doing. He wants to govern.

Not by the Country’s doing. We elected him – again!

President Obama will be a 1 term President, blocked from
governing much less passing any legislation he favors by
a small minority of ‘Conservative’ Republicans.

This is and will be our reality for the next 2 years.

Even then, if the House, unlikely, comes back into
Democratic hands,

See : ‘Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik: The Early Line on
the 2014 Midterms’
@ :
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014241278873238267045
78354351814013058.html

By then, every eye and piece of legislation will be
viewed under the lens of 2016.

The only positive variable here is that should or if the
Nation’s reaction to ‘government by obstruction’ is so
large that the Democrats DO take back the Hosue and gain
6 seats in the Senate, President Obama could, could have
a year to pass favored legislation.

I’m not holding my breath.

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1 – @ :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_
election,_2012
2 – @ :
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/usa-campaign-s
enate-idUSL1E8M75XU20121107
3 – @
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251256527
4 – @
http://www.latinospost.com/articles/6859/20121113/electi
on-2012-results-democrats-win-more-votes.htm
5 – @
http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/12/boehner_the_fisc
al_cliff_and_t.html
6 – @
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/16/16543237-sa
ndy-aid-passes-house-hastert-rule-in-trouble
7 – @
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/02/vawa-passe
s-hastert-rule-takes-tumble
8 – @
http://www.politicaldog101.com/2013/02/26/boehner-warned
-not-to-make-a-deal-with-the-president-on-taxes/
9 – @
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130221/DEFREG02/302
210018/White-House-Republicans-Don-8217-t-8216-Care-8217
-About-Sequester
10 – @
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014241278873240964045
78356733687767090.html
11 – @
http://themoderatevoice.com/178383/a-tyranny-of-the-cons
ervative-minority-controls-the-legislative-process/

All Politics is Local – Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘GOP plan would add $300 million to higher ed budget’

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Republicans – ‘We have a plan to save education we just can’t tell you how we’ll pay for it’.

OLYMPIA – ‘Senate Republicans announced what they dubbed a bold plan to reverse the trend in the state’s public colleges and universities, saying they wanted to add $300 million to the budget for higher education over the next two years and cut tuition by 3 percent’.

‘The extra money amounts to a 10 percent increase in overall state spending on higher education, with $50 million directed at increasing slots for science, technology, engineering and math degrees and $26 million more for state need grants for students’.

‘But in announcing the plan, sponsors refused to detail how they would find that $300 million in a budget that already is out of balance and has competing demands for the money that is expected to be there. They won’t raise taxes, they said’.
From : http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/mar/20/gop-plan-would-add-300-million-to-higher-ed-budget/?print-friendly

 

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