"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Odds and Ends During the Christmas Holiday Season

Since the midterms are over, we are going to be taking several days off each week until after the New Year starts and the new Congress is sworn in on January 3rd. In there will be a trip to Colorado to see the granddaughters, hosting Christmas, and a trip to a Bowl Game for the Sooners which we will learn the Bowl assignment after the Big 12 Championship on Saturday Night at Jerry's World. Choice is Fiesta or Alamo Bowls -- both places are great to visit and watch the Bowl Game!  

We are now in December, the mid-term elections are almost a month ago, and for the most part all the races are certified except for one Senate race where Joe Miller in Alaska cannot admit he lost to Lisa Murkowski's write-in.  Wish Alaska would hold a vote today and he would probably lose more than 2-1 after all his shenanigans since the election. 

Not the most honest candidate in the world and if he had any class, he would throw in the towel but as long as he keeps getting money from the Tea Party Express and others, why should he concede?   The list of Joe Miller baggage continues to grow the longer this is drug out by Miller.  Reminds us of Al Gore in Florida in 2000!  Yesterday an Alaska judge ruled there will be a hearing on the 8th as they need to get this fast tracked in order to certify the election. Of course Miller whined and said he couldn't be ready. Sarah Palin chose his wife to be on the Judicial appointment board to give her a job so now she is part of the process choosing judges. So far several judges have dropped out as they said their dislike of Miller was too great for what he is doing to Alaska.

Way to go DeMint, Palin, and the Tea Party Express to keep money flowing into his coffers so he can fight the election results which are going to remain that Lisa Murkowski is the winner because no matter how you slice it, she is over 2,000 votes ahead if every ballot Miller objected to is thrown out including one that reads Murkowski, Lisa, Republican. Miller said since it says Republican it is his vote. That is the kind of idiot tactics the man is using. He has ZERO class. Best guess is that when he is ruled against on Wednesday, he will take it to the AK Supreme Court, and from there to Federal Court to keep this election tied up in Court. Does that sound very Republican to you? Doesn't to us but then we don't think building a Berlin type wall on the border with guards waiting to shoot is very American either but Miller does.

At last count Republicans had picked up 63 seats in the House which is more than we could have imagined a year ago. Speaker-Elect Boehner and his leadership team are preparing to take full control of the House on January 3rd, 2011.

The Food Act did pass the Senate but by most accounts it is so watered down that the House under Speaker Pelosi most likely will not pass the bill. 

Republicans led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stood up to Reid in the Senate and told him to pass the Bush Tax Cuts and the Budget or they are not going to continue hearing and voting on anything else.  With Sen Kirk (R-IL) in the Senate the hand of the GOP has become strengthened which is why Reid took so long to seat him.

Wikileaks is still going on with security 'supposedly' being tightened but then the State Department has never been one to keep secrets very secure.  Looks like Hillary is at the brunt of this fall out.  Also came out that Bradley did this because of 'gay' slurs according to some pundits.  Just great they want to repeal don't ask, don't tell right after this happens.  Not sure that is going to happen or anything else unless the Senate takes up the Bush Tax Cuts and the Budget.  We can hope for a stalemate this month until the new House and Senate are seated in early January!

This morning Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner had this headline for his column which we think is the best suggestion we have seen so far:

Lame ducks should stop quacking and go homeBy: Examiner Editorial 12/01/10 8:05 PM

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., expressed frustration to a fellow back-bench Democrat about having little or no clue what was going on in the lame-duck Congress.Viewers of C-SPAN 2 were treated to a rare moment of Washington candor on Tuesday. Unaware that he was sitting in front of a live microphone in the Senate chamber, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado expressed frustration to a fellow back-bench Democrat that "the whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don't get to a discussion before the break about what we're going to do in the lame duck, it's just rigged." The takeaway from this revealing incident is that even Senate Democrats returned to Washington this week with little or no clue what their leaders were cooking up for the interregnum before the new Congress is sworn in next month.

Unfortunately, we now know much more about the plans of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to grab at third-rail issues and make a last push for failed progressive ideas. Senate Democrats have moved to ram through a new version of the DREAM Act, which offers a conditional amnesty to some illegal immigrants, as well as a terrible bill that forces local governments to let their firefighters unionize. Meanwhile, House Democrats on Tuesday passed a party-line bill that keeps the government running only until Dec. 18, a hint that they might still attempt a last-minute spending spree on their way out the door.

The result of the 2010 election should have convinced congressional Democrats that they no longer have the public's trust. After losing their large House majority and six Senate seats, they shouldn't be pushing the same left-wing agenda that got them thrown out on their ears. This Congress should simply finish essential business and get out of town. First, fund the government at its current level until early next year. Second, prevent a New Year's tax increase so that businesses can plan for proper withholding from employees. And if Congress wants to keep the temporary 99-week unemployment benefits regime in place, then extend it long enough for the new Congress to make an informed decision about the program's future.

Sitting members of Congress were indeed elected to serve until their terms expire in January. But the operative word is "serve." Instead of searching for new, last-minute methods for steering state and federal funds to favored constituencies, Democrats in Congress should heed commentator P.J. O'Rourke's observation that the November election results delivered a restraining order from voters on the Congress that approved Obamacare, a failed economic stimulus package, and a $13.5 trillion national debt.

Source: Washington Examiner

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