The Only Fight Worth Having

We conservatives have waited for this for 17 years:  a definitive fight over excessive government spending.  Believing this to be the last chance to save the Republic from irresponsible and unsustainable spending, key conservatives have finally decided to stand up and be counted.  The energy felt in the grassroots is significant, and growing with each barricade and closure imposed by the president’s “Operation Maximum Pain.”

David Limbaugh at Townhall.com has written a column entitled, “Obamacare: A hill To die on.”

Here is an excerpt:
ETA: an excerpt just won’t do it justice. — Here is the full column ……..

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Notwithstanding the naysayers from the left and right,
the bullying White House is running scared, as evidenced by its increasing nastiness, name-calling and petty manipulation of the government shutdown.

President Obama must be shocked that his usual demagogic tricks aren’t working this time, that instead of the Republicans caving in deference to his dictatorial demands, they are united and holding firm, and that he, not the Republicans, is cratering in the polls.

The apparent panic of the mainstream media liberals is another good barometer. From ABC to NBC to CNN, liberal hosts are increasingly anxious and combative toward Republican congressional leaders who fearlessly accept their invitations to sit for combative ambush interviews.

ramirez-obamacareCNN’s Candy Crowley was particularly frustrated with Sen. Ted Cruz’s unwillingness to affirm any of her negative predispositions and accusations against him and other Republican leaders. He simply would not take the bait as she pressed, over and over, to get him to openly concede that the GOP is responsible for having shut the government down.

At every turn, Cruz batted away Crowley’s pointed jabs, allowing her no openings — not even any courtesy sympathy points. No, he would not admit that the Republicans had shut down the government or were obstructing a compromise. President Obama flat-out refused to negotiate, and House Republicans have sent him bill after bill authorizing the funding of government, with each one being summarily rejected by his First Person-ness.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Rand Paul similarly denied host Savannah Guthrie any foothold in her attempted battle formation to take him down. He would not permit her to characterize the shutdown as the fault of the GOP or confess that Republicans had failed to submit the dictatorial Obama a “clean CR.”

To the contrary, Paul insisted that Congress had sent the Senate no fewer than six clean bills, which it could have approved as is and sent to President Obama for his signature.

She thought she’d nail him, though, by playing a clip of Paul talking to Sen. Mitch McConnell wherein Paul said he believed that the GOP strategy is working and that they are going to “win.” Paul would not take the bait and assured her that the Republicans aren’t viewing this as some partisan game but that the best interests of the nation dictate that Obamacare be stopped in its tracks. By “winning,” Paul meant that he thinks the Republicans are going to succeed if they maintain their current course.

“We’ve been offering compromise after compromise,” said Paul. “But you hear from the president and his men and his women, ‘No negotiation.'”

Guthrie persisted, suggesting that “compromise” would involve accepting parts of Obamacare at least. “What part of Obamacare do you like and want to keep? Which half of it?”

Again, Paul wouldn’t bite. He told her in no uncertain terms that he does not like any part of Obamacare and that his role is to provide oversight for legislation. His Kentucky constituents overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare, and he intends to fight it. The compromise was in allowing the remainder of the budget bill to go through as it was. Contrary to Guthrie’s implication, Republicans were not playing games, said Paul, by passing piecemeal legislation and sending it to the Senate. This is the way Congress used to work and is supposed to work.

Cruz made the same point to Crowley when she accused Republicans of blackmail with the piecemeal approach. “For hundreds of years,” Cruz said, “the way Congress is appropriated has been one topic at a time. How is it blackmail to say, ‘We think we should fund the veterans? Do you agree?’ That’s a yes-or-no vote. Now, Harry Reid refuses to let the Democrats vote on that. But how is it blackmail to say, ‘We may not agree on everything, but is there anything we can agree on?’ We ought to agree on supporting our veterans.”

Cruz and Paul’s refusal to surrender to pressure from Obama, Senate Democrats, media liberals and establishment Republicans is energizing the grass roots throughout the nation. People are cheering them on social media and in neighborhoods across America.

Establishment Republicans strongly criticized Cruz for allegedly refusing to honor party rules and succumbing to the wishes of his more seasoned colleagues to stand down. But he refused to allow them to force him inside that Beltway box that has crippled their imagination, their courage and their willingness to fight for the people.

People are witnessing the frightening rollout of Obamacare, with its exorbitant costs and its assault on our liberties. The people are seeing firsthand that Obama has been dishonest from the beginning about every aspect of this law. They are also aware that he is not the nonpartisan he pretended to be but a dictatorial statist who is driving our nation into bankruptcy. In addition to Obamacare, Obama simply refuses to rein in government spending.

But if Cruz and Paul had not stood up and grass-roots conservatives had not held tough, the public would have assumed, as usual, that Republicans had lost their willingness to fight for them and were resigned, essentially, to one-party government.

Republicans may not win this round, but they’ve already come much further than the pessimists predicted and, as a result, given patriots reason for hope again.

Obamacare, as Cruz pointed out, will not automatically implode, if at all, without first doing irreparable damage to our health care system. He and Paul and the rest of the fighting Republicans understand that this is indeed a hill to die on.

We must continue to cheer on and rally behind the Republicans who are fighting in the arena on behalf of the American people.

But, this time it’s different?

“If the President takes us to war without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment. The Constitution is clear. And so am I.”

-Joe Biden, 2007

“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

-Barack Obama, 2007

Three weeks ago we closed embassies all across the Middle East from fear of an al Qaeda attack; now we want to help them in Syria?

Racist employer: Obama won, so I fired 22

From the Elections Have Consequences Department

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — A Las Vegas business owner with 114 employees fired 22 workers today,  as a direct result of  Obama’s re-election. …

“I’ve done my share of educating my employees. I never tell them which way to vote. I believe in the free system we have, I believe in the right to choose who they want to be president, but I did explain as a business owner that I have always put my employees first. I always made sure that when I went without a paycheck that [I] made sure they were paid. And I explained that I always put them first and unfortunately I’m at a point where I’m being forced to have to worry about me and my family now and a business that I built from just me to 114 employees.

“I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.   …

I had to lay off 22 people today to make sure that my business is gonna thrive and I’m gonna be around for years to come. I have to build up that nest egg now for the taxes and regulations that are coming my way. Elections do have consequences, but so do choices. A choice you make every day has consequences and you know what, I’ve always put my employees first, but unfortunately today I have to put me and my family first, and you watch what’s gonna happen. …. There’s a tsunami coming and if you didn’t think this election had consequences, just wait.”

This guy is an obvious racist millionaire who didn’t get the hope and change memo.  He should have his taxes raised and his books audited by the IRS.   /s

Dear Grim Reaper

So far this year, you have taken away:

1) My favorite musician, Michael Jackson;

2) My favorite actor, Patrick Swayze;

3) My most beautiful actress, Farrah Fawcett;

4) My original “Guitar Hero,” Les Paul.

Just so you know, my favorite politician is Barack Obama.

(borrowed from Bill Vaughn @ facebook)

The enemy is Barack Obama

“…we need to remember that the enemy here is George Bush…”,
Howard Dean, Sept 25, 2003.

Over the years, democrats have not failed to cheer every bit of bad news as yet another opportunity to blame George Bush. If it was bad news for America, it was good news for the democrats.

And, now we keep hearing this “unity” BS? Even Republicans are quoted as saying they hope Obama succeeds.

Not me.

I haven’t forgotten, Howard Dean, or Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid, or Teddy Kenedy, or the rest of you leftist bastids.

I’m going to show Obama the same respect you and the rest of the democrats showed to George Bush. So, try this on for size …

We need to remember. The ENEMY is Barack Obama.

Oh yeah. I like it a lot ………. LOMA, baby. LOMA.

The Arrogance Of Obama

Dangit, I tried. I was really trying to get away from the politics and get back to other issues. But THIS is just beyond believable. See the videos below.

I am THE ONE

I am THE ONE

I really cannot believe the arrogance of That One. Only a plumber? Who the HECK does he think he is? Oh yeah, he’s The MessiUH.

H/T Instapundit

Plumbers do important work. Politicians work to be important . . .

And no, I’m not a plumber. But the plumbers that I do know make a lot of money.

Don’t forget this one!

Michelle Malkin has more: Operation Destroy Joe The Plumber

Belmont Debate

Here are a couple of items from tonight’s debate that sent a tingle up my leg ….

This snippet from Obama on government spending (from CNN transcript, emphasis mine),

“So we’re going to have to make some investments, but we’ve also got to make spending cuts. And what I’ve proposed, you’ll hear Sen. McCain say, well, he’s proposing a whole bunch of new spending, but actually I’m cutting more than I’m spending so that it will be a net spending cut.”

A net spending cut? That’s the first time I’ve heard this. It is nowhere to be found at his website. Perhaps he has detailed these spending cuts somewhere else. Or perhaps it is similar to the so-called “peace dividend” of the Clinton Administration when only the Defense budget was cut.

In fact, Major Garrett reporting on Fox News stated that the Obama Campaign described the spending cuts as a combination of savings that will be realized by withdrawing from Iraq, and by sunsetting the rate reductions in the Tax Reform Act of 2001. In other words, there are no targeted spending cuts in any government spending programs at all.

And later, responding to another question on fiscal policy, Obama said,

“It means looking at the spending side, but also at the revenue side. I mean, Sen. McCain has been talking tough about earmarks, and that’s good, but earmarks account for about $18 billion of our budget.

Now, when Sen. McCain is proposing tax cuts that would give the average Fortune 500 CEO an additional $700,000 in tax cuts, that’s not sharing a burden.”

If I’m doing my math correctly, 500 CEO’s getting a $700k tax cut comes to some $350 million. A tidy sum, to be sure, but it pales next to the $18 Billion in earmark pork barrel spending that Obama minimizes. The fact that Obama himself has requested more in earmark pork barrel spending than would be raised by his targeting of the CEO’s of the Fortune 500 speaks for itself. This was a poorly played piece of class warfare, but it does speak to the need of the Right to put the TCFTR meme to bed once and for all.

Huck, are you listening?

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