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It’s always worse than you think, Washington D.C. edition

October 12th, 2013 - 10:46 am

Obama signed POMA even though it cut sharply against his Maximum Pain strategy, but that was because he had his usual Plan B: ignore federal law. As Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky explained on the Corner, administration lawyers issued tortuous guidance, twisting a statute that directs the payment of death benefits into a prohibition against the payment of death benefits. The idea was to add POMA to the community organizer’s propaganda campaign: to show that the Republicans would betray even our fallen heroes if that’s what it took to deny health care to millions of Americans.

But the president who slept through the Benghazi massacre once again forgot that our military is not just an agitprop. Our soldiers really do put their lives on the line, and lose them — as did the one marine and four soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last weekend. That made it all too real. When bereaved families were suddenly denied death benefits by our government, there was no hiding the fact that the commander-in-chief had, yet again, abandoned those who’d made the ultimate patriotic sacrifice. What’s more, this dereliction was nothing more than crass political calculation — or, as it turned out, miscalculation.

Public anger erupted and even the Associated Press courtiers were reduced to reporting a sharp drop in the president’s approval rating. Congressional Democrats scrambled and a superfluous, face-saving death-benefits law was enacted so the White House could try to pretend the president now had payment authority he’d previously lacked. Administration lawyers continue to mumble about how, though Obama felt really terrible about it, the perfectly clear POMA had been “too vague” to help military families in their time of need.

My do I loathe these people.

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In 1961, President Kennedy committed the US to the space race and getting to the moon first before the USSR.

All the greatest minds in aerospace were engaged in the endeavor. Max Faget, chief design engineer and with many achievements to his record and Dr Robert Seamans, Associate Director for NASA, believed that the way to get there was by sending a giant multi-story high rocket to the moon and back, as seen in the science-fiction movies of the time.

An engineer by the name of John Houbolt sent a letter to Dr Seamans and, knowing it could cost him his career, he explained why Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was the ONLY way to get to the moon and back.

His peers, his superiors and directors and managers thought he was nuts. He was going against the "conventional wisdom" set forth by all the great, established, track-record minds.

Wernher Von Braun decided that Houbolt's idea, that LOR was the ONLY way to get to the moon won out and, as history shows, that's how it was done.

He stood his ground. He believed in a superior idea. He explained it repeatedly to deaf ears for some time. He is now recognized for his major contribution to the whole program.

Cruz is a voice of sanity and reason among all those established types who want to go to the moon in a big, bulky, expensive, unaffordable rocket that can't be safely navigated to the surface. Or rather, all the establishment types who like to raise the debt limit repeatedly, borrow our way into oblivion and look down their noses at the little people (you and I) and scoff and believe that we cannot possibly fathom the complex workings of the government.

This is nothing new. It's been going on for millenia.
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"Pantywaists from both parties are screaming that Ted Cruz is an extremist who is wrecking the GOP, but is he? "

Of course he is ... ... ... just like Reagan.
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Ted Cruz is the point man for the movement that will save the GOP and the United States of America, possibly.

If there is enough time.

Else, stick a fork in America. It's done.
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"A Republic, if you can keep it."
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"Is Ted Cruz wrecking the Republican Party?"

We should all chip in and buy him a bigger hammer. The Gutless Old Pussies are at best 50% responsible for the debacle.
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Jaybug, you have an absolute right to remain silent...Y'all have already destroyed our country with your votes for a criminally insane megalomaniac. We are trying to save y'all from driving over a cliff to your eternal doom and you fools are snickering as you attempt to evade your wouldbe rescuers, who do not loathe ,but pity you. But, on the up side, your user name seems well chosen.
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The thing is that we loathe you as much as you loathe us. But what you ignore is that we WON the last election...we re-elected President Obama;
you idiots promised a Romney win (hee hee) and we (quietly) laughed at you. Now, in payback, you're prepared to destroy the country.
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No skippy, that would be your dolt of a president doing the destruction... deliberately cherry picking things to close in a halfassed attempt to enrage the public only at the GOP..

he is instead, has gotten them enraged at him as well.. 37% job approval?.. when Bush was that low you idiots were dancing in the streets at your successful media propaganda campaign..

You clowns have decided to destroy the country if you can't get 100% of your way, a childs mind at work, and folks are seeing it. My GOP hating mother in law is now so damned mad at Obama for destroying her healthcare plan, she's going independent.. and cursing Obama like she used to curse Bush..

You only succeeded in owning that debacle outright, you can't blame anyone BUT you people.. The GOP at least tried to stop that trainwreck, which has never been popular, never least so than now..

after it continues to screw the dem blue collar base as it did my wife's mother..

expect to cry a lot in 2014.
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Having voted for a Republican president every time since Richard Nixon, I can only say that Ted Cruz will be the death knell of my beloved party.

While he seems to be a both learned and brilliant man, he has about as many negotiating skills as Harry Reid, with no end game in sight.

Purity is a wonderful concept, but it ain't working. Now the libtards have seized the opportunity and are going after Sequester, Part II.

Watch. A cave is coming.
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With a name like that, I highly doubt you're a long time GOP supporter,

People like you raged against Reagan in 76, how DARE he run against Ford.. the perfect rino candidate, don't we know those conservatives are crazy?.. wanna start WW III?..

Folks like you said he'd never get a deal with the Soviets..

He not only did, the first in history to actually reduce the numbers of warheads instead of manage their increase...

He ushered in the Soviet collapse..

so scuse us for not taking the supposed middle approach seriously from people in the party who have been consistently wrong about what we CAN do..
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The face that the establishment Republicans put forth is the same face we see on the other side of the aisle, and that is an ugly face. Ted Cruz is considered by them to be a radical right wing nut, but what he puts forth is more in line with the grassroot Republicans that did not vote in the last election. And they did not vote because they are fed up with the self serving establishment toadies. The GOP is committing suicide by following the moderate/progressive Republicans down their primrose path to socialism.
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exactly...

Ted Cruz is vastly more in line with the party base.. and that's why they hate him, he doesn't toss his principles the minute he gets sworn in for party perks and special favors.. The kind of man who can rise to statesman..

If there is another historic figure looming on the horizon, odds are, it's Ted Cruz who can be the president we need. We've always been blessed to have the right people in place when history shifts into another phase, the last was Reagan..

I'd bet the house Cruz is the next.
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Is Ted Cruz ruining the Republican Party? I don't think so. It seems to me that the Republican Party has succumbed to the same erosion of character, fascination with the superficial over authenticity and a need for the approval of those who represent the lowest common denominator (the media) that the Democrat Party succumbed to long ago. The creeping mediocrity and elevation of ideas based on anything but substance and reality has become so epidemic in our world that there's so way out in sight. To think that any single politician is responsible for this bottomless societal fissure we're sinking into is as pie-in-the-sky as thinking one sole politician can save us. The self-indulgent and short-sighted collective created this catastrophe and it will take many - if not all - of us to get ourselves out. If that's even possible.
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Cruz is a voice of truth and reason. But he is not alone on Capitol HIll. Not quite. He speaks for the conservative base in opposition to the self-serving D.C. ruling class. This conflict has been a LONG time building. The base has suffered years of bullying, condescension, and insult. And now it has bust wide open. And the RINOs are growing as shrill in their protest as the Far Left. And they are right to squeal. Because their time has run out.
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I am currently reading "The Federalist Papers" that explain the Founder's ideas behind and what exactly they were doing when they wrote the Constitution. So far, from what I have read, Cruz is doing exactly what the Framers intended Congress to do. When one side of Congress goes too far it is up to the other side to stop it.
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