House Votes 269 – 161 To Raise Debit Limit and Cut Spending

Posted Posted in American Debt Linit, Gabrielle Giffords

No American default now.

The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future.The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday, the deadline for Congress to act before the government loses its ability to pay all its bills.

The 269-161 vote in the House came after Republican leaders spent the day urging recalcitrant conservatives to support the bill.

The bill would raise the debt ceiling by more than $2 trillion and cut federal spending by a similar amount over the next decade. A special congressional committee would be set up to consider entitlement and tax changes.

So, the long Washington drama is over and default has been averted.

On a happy note, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of an assasination attempt in January returned to the House and cast her vote for the Debt Limit bill.

Vice President Joe Biden Likens Tea Party Americans to TERRORISTS

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Good ol’ Slow Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth again.
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit.

Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in the room.

Biden’s office declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session.

Earlier in the day, Biden told Senate Democrats that Republican leaders have “guns to their heads” in trying to negotiate deals.

The vice president’s hot rhetoric about tea party Republicans underscored the tense moment on Capitol Hill as four party leaders in both chambers work to round up the needed votes in an abbreviated time frame. The bill would raise the debt limit by as much as $2.4 trillion through the end of next year and reduce the deficit by an equal amount over the next decade.

Democrats had no shortage of colorful phrases in wake of the deal.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) called it a “Satan sandwich,” and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called seemed to enjoy the heat analogy, saying: “the Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.

The Vice President of the United States should immediately apologize. This statement is just BULL.

Rep. Mike Doyle should apologize as well.

I thought President Obama and the Democrats called for “CIVILITY” after the Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting?

AZ-Sen: Senator John Kyl to Retire – Seat Downgraded to Leans Republican

Posted Posted in Gabrielle Giffords, Janet Napolitano, Jeff Flake, John Kyl, John Shadegg

Arizona Republican Senator John Kyl

At 68 years old, Arizona U.S. Senator John Kyl is calling it quits.

Three-term Sen. Jon Kyl will announce his retirement at a noon ET news conference Thursday in Phoenix, two Republican sources confirmed to Fox News.

The Arizona lawmaker, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will be the fifth senator scheduled for re-election next year to announce a departure from Congress in 2012.

Kyl, 68, served four terms in the House before winning a Senate seat. In 2006, he was named one of the 10 best senators by Time Magazine.

“He’s leaving now at the top of his game, he has money in the bank, and he’s one of the few long-term incumbents who doesn’t face a Tea Party challenge,” a senior Senate GOP aide with knowledge of Kyl’s decision said.

Kyl has never lost an election, and would not have been expected to lose a vote for a fourth term. He will be 70 years old when he leaves.

Good for Kyl as he leaves with enough years to enjoy life and leaves at the top.

For Republicans, this may not be so good as this seat would be an easy hold for them. In fact, Larry Sabato has downgraded GOP prospects to “Leans Republican.”

So, who are mentioned as possible replacements?

Republicans: Rep. Jeff Flake, former Rep. John Shadegg and probably countless others in the Arizona Legislature

Democrats: Former Arizona Governor and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano and Rep Gabrielle Giffords (if she rehabs in time).

Day By Day January 14, 2011 – Everything Old is New Again

Posted Posted in Day By Day, Gabrielle Giffords


Day By Day by Chris Muir

Chris, I never thought of the connection of the LEFT in America blaming Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh for the Tucson shootings and the Nazi’s blaming the Jews for the cause of their problems in Germany.

The LEFT with their media organs at NBC and the LEFT Blogosphere are quick to blame the RIGHT. Discussion of regulating Talk Radio which leans RIGHT is noteworthy.

During the Iraq War the LEFT reminded Americans that dissent was one of the highest forms of patriotism. I don’t think that means state supported propaganda, regulated free speech and the demonizing blame game.

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House Speaker John Boehner Declines Obama Tucson Trip and Then is Criticised

Posted Posted in Barack Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, John Boehner, Maria Cino

GOP House Speaker John Boehner speaking in the House regarding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the Tucson Shooting Incident
Unfair to criticise House Speaker Boehner?
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) turned down an offer by President Barack Obama to travel on Air Force One to Arizona for a memorial service on behalf of the victims of Saturday’s shooting, a decision that has upset some Democrats.

Senior Democrats – who to date had been impressed with Boehner’s response to the Arizona tragedy – expressed surprise at what they saw as an unmistakable misstep by the new speaker: appearing at a partisan political event on the same night as the the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Arizona congressional delegation come together at the memorial service for the victims of an attack that nearly took the life of a member of the House. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was critically wounded in Saturday’s attack, while six other people died and a dozen more were wounded.

“It is disrespectful for Speaker Boehner to skip joining the President’s and bipartisan congressional delegation to the Tucson Memorial so he could host a Washington D.C. cocktail party for RNC members,” said a Democratic leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity

Yes.

And, Boehner would have been criticised if he had gone – probably by the same Democrat operatives.

The Maria Cino RNC event was planned anyway and Speaker Boehner could not have made Air Force One, the flight and attend the Capitol Prayer Service.

The Boehner staffers also insisted that, as speaker, Boehner’s place is on Capitol Hill, not in Tucson. They noted that Boehner had opened an hours-long tribute on the House floor Wednesday to Giffords and the other shooting victims and attended a bipartisan prayer service afterward. Because Air Force One left at 1 p.m., Boehner couldn’t have flown to Arizona and also attended the Capitol prayer service.

But, nice try by the Democrats to paint Boehner as an unfeeling MORON who intentionally disrespects the President and slights the Tucson shooting victims, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.