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October 11, 2013 - 10:54 am
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It’s striking how little Barack Obama actually has to do in order to get his way. He doesn’t have to negotiate, he doesn’t have to offer concrete proposals, he just has to be. It’s equally striking how lucky he is. The past fortnight should have killed off his presidency. His signature law was implemented, and it was an instant embarrassment. Fiasco. Evidence that Big Government is a Big Fail. Nothing but glitches as far as the eye can see, and it’s demonstrably destroying livelihoods all over the country. Whether that was part of the plan or not — Harry Reid says it was — the fact is, Obama made promises about that law that are clearly not being kept. Everyone knows it. Yet so far he is escaping the voters’ wrath, while the Republicans fighting to kill that law are taking a beating in all of the polls, and in some polls more than others.

It’s just not fair that the “fairness president” gets to behave so unfairly yet continues to stay ahead of his opponents.

Now the Republicans look set to stage what might be called a strategic retreat.

House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday.

Republicans also seek changes in the three-year-old health care law known as Obamacare as part of an end to an impasse that has roiled financial markets and idled 350,000 federal workers.

President Barack Obama has insisted he will not negotiate with Republicans over federal spending — or anything else — until the government is reopened and the $16.7 debt limit raised to avert the possibility of default.

Yet, regarding benefit programs, Obama has backed an increase in Medicare costs for better-off seniors, among other items, and that idea also has appeal for Republicans.

Strategic retreats are not always bad things. They may allow a battered force to exit a losing battle, regroup and heal up, then live to fight and win another day. Essentially, that’s what happened in The Empire Strikes Back once the rebels lost Hoth. Was Luke a surrender monkey for heading off to find Yoda and get himself jedified?

But the GOP’s new offer seems to bank on that old Obama stance on benefit cuts, which means it banks on him being consistent, which in turn means it banks on the media making sure that he stays consistent.

The latter is not going to happen. The media haven’t called him out for being Two Face on the debt ceiling, opposing raising it in 2006 in stark terms and now demanding raising it in equally stark terms. The media won’t even ask him about the Obamacare rollout. They’re not going to hold him to account for some old stance he took more than five minutes ago. Not. Gonna. Happen.

In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, under the proposal Congress and the White House would explore ways to ease across-the-board federal budget cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replace at least part of them with benefit-program curbs that have been included in recent presidential budgets. Officials who described the approach did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

Why should the sequester be eased at all? It’s living proof that when Obama scaremongers, he’s either clueless or lying. He predicted dire doom and gloom if the sequester kicked in. The sequester kicked in months ago. We’re still here. Obama’s predictions read like Mayan prophecies of the end of the world now.

Yet the media still fails to laugh in his face.

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The word is out that the Republicans are offering unconditional surrender in disguise. They will give Obama a "clean" Continuing Resolution that will fund Obamacare completely, tie it to the Debt Ceiling which will be raised; and in return get an "agreement" to TALK about spending and deficit reduction at some time in the future. The Republicans will present this as a major victory, and tell everyone to calm down. There are other critical deadlines and reasons for this.

Saturday, Glenn Beck will have a mass demonstration in DC to clean and maintain the National Monuments Obama has barred Americans from. Obama's Brownshirts will not likely be able to restrain themselves, and there will be provocations and attacks on the civilians there.

Sunday, Veterans will be in DC to liberate the WW-II and Vietnam Memorials and protect Veterans paying respects. The Left dares not just let either go by without appearing weak. Either demonstration will almost surely mean that the Brownshirts cross the line of what is tolerable. I suspect that the Veterans, at least, will not be in a tolerant mood. I know that if I was at either demonstration, I would be prepared for extreme events, and being prepared would please my inner seditious self.

Once it hits the fan, and it is likely to, it will be politically impossible for the Institutional Republican Tories to side with the King's Men, as their heart desires. So they have to surrender and try to defuse this before Obama's people push things too far for the Republicans to cover up.

This is a skirmish in the Conservative War of Independence.

And the Tories are actually getting caught between a rock and a hard place. Their collaborationist game is running out. Either they openly stand with the Democrats against their own base and the American people, or they become a real opposition party. Both will cost them more than they want to pay; but they have a lot more practice at the former than the latter. So they surrender now to avoid the choice.

Subotai Bahadur
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I think everyone is missing the point. Obama only is doing well, because the Republican Party is so divided. The Right and Left wings of it are duking it out. This is absolutely necessary. The Cruz faction is about reforming the government by first reforming the Republican Party. You cannot reform the government using the same old GOP, because they are part of the problem. One thing at a time.

This looks like a loss, now, but it is a strategic victory for reform, because more and more people are getting the message about the very real problems. The MSM is focusing on the blame, but they cannot help but air the arguments of the reformers. So, they win the blame game, but the reform message is getting out. That message would not get out, if both sides were busy actually making deals.

The Right wing of the GOP is growing in numbers and influence. Leaders are stepping forward. They are actually having the necessary fights. I know it is working, because the establishment people are tearing out their hair. This keeps up, and I might eventually call myself a Republican and be proud to do so.
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We complain and complain about the MSM - but how many are still tuning in to their favorite MSM station entertainment programs? Still watching ABC, NBC, CBS - or their cable offshoots? Like USA Network (CBS) or ABC Family? If you're watching any of their programming, you're giving the MSM the wherewithal to continue it's agenda.
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Sen. Reid and Pres. Obama appear they are attempting to arrogate to themselves the authority to demand specific terms in a spending bill from the House. This they do not have the authority to do. Nonetheless we should keep this thought in mind as we consider our present circumstances.
49 weeks ago
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I don't suppose for a moment that intelligent, virtuous patriots are in the majority. If that notion is correct, how will we ever return to constitutional government when our current dictator's time runs out?
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During the Revolutionary War, it seems that about a third of Americans were strongly pro-British, about a third tried to stay out of the conflict, and about a third were pro-independence. Of the third that were pro-independence, only a few were willing to stand and fight. Sometimes great changes only take a few.
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Jefferson cautioned us that "a nation which expects to be ignornat and free expects what never was and never will be". since John Dewey's Laboratory Schools in Chicago we have been headed down the Track to Ignorance.
49 weeks ago
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Long determined concerted march through the institutions.
49 weeks ago
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Islandweller and I are on the same page, and I suppose he left out , in his evaluation of our electorate, the morally challenged, the slothful and the sociopathic,ie, obama supporters. Importing millions of hispanic illegals, given their rapid reproduction rates means that within the foreseeable future they will be in the majority, control the country, and the USA will have become another Mexico; ie, a hell on earth. Blacks will face worse discrimination than they did antebellum.Whites, too, will be the object of racism, but will be treated with greater concern accoeding to the perception that cowboys are smarter and more deadly than indians. That is partly because indians favor knives and cowboys sixguns.Otto McNab, Michener's Texas Ranger prototype, observed that, "Meskins an' real people cain't never live together", in spite of the fact that, as a boy, he lived beautifully with his mexican stepmother and aunt as well as with his mexican mentor. What he was unable to communicate was that the cultural, traditional, values and behaviors are so different between the vast majority of whites and mexicans that peaceful coexistence is not a realistic probability. The Demonrats suppose that an hispanic majority will ensure their perpetual control of this country. But they will find that the Law of La Raza will reign supreme and that only those with hispanic surnames will be elected.Perhaps Reid can become Ruiz, Pelosi, Perez and obama maybe Quintero?
49 weeks ago
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So how did the USURPER win TWICE well perhaps the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is a clue it just confirms what many of us have known for a long time and that is the American people are composed mainly of celebrity worshiping Low Info morons, dedicated Academia and Lame Stream EneMedia brainwashed Left wing moonbats and the just plain STUPID.

To all those wondering how the Obamination still rates 40-47% support. Sit down and just think about it a little. There are 13% of the population who voted for him because he looked the same as them I refer of course to BLACKS of whom 96% RACISTLY voted for him TWICE and that same 96% support him still and will continue to do so no matter what . Its what RACISTS do. Then there are the 20-30% of Americans who are dyed in the wool Academia and Lame Stream EneMedia brainwashed brainwashed Left Wing Islamophile PC, MC , green NAZI moonbats. Who also are incapable of change or logic or common sense. Then there are the 10% who are just plain STUPID.

So you see the Obamination is SURE of between 43-53% cretinous , brainwashed and RACIST support no matter what he does . Of course when he and the corrupt Democraps get the nailed on moonbat voters ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AMNESTY will bring them its all over.

You have been warned.
49 weeks ago
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John RINO McCains idiotic comment throughout this shutdown have just confirmed what a USELESS president he would have made , even worse than the USURPER if that is at all possible.
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Sometimes I wonder if it was God's mercy that McCain was defeated. McCain sounds like Jimmy Carter too often. A "President McCain" may have put the GOP completely out of touch and made them useless, while Obama may end up being the catalyst for its revival into a party that will stand and fight for what is right.
49 weeks ago
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The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll just confirms what many of us have know for a long time and that is the American people are mainly composed of the Low Info morons and the just plain STUPID.
49 weeks ago
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I've been reading some of the articles that Matt Drudge has posted on his website. The spectacle of the court jesters.... er - republicans.... er - RINO's! - tripping over each other in their attempts to appease the Boy King would be funny but for the fact that they are all selling out the future of this country - all in an attempt to make a place for themselves at the Boy King's table.

They'll be lucky if they get table scraps.

How pathetic!

Anyone still think we don't need a third party?


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I'm waiting to see the outcome and fallout of this 'crisis' before I go so far as to support the forming of a third party. I have reached my limit, though. Foul this up and I'm gone, GOP.

"Give us a majority in 2014 and we'll end Obamacare." the GOP promises. Granted, with a majority, they probably will—but given the GOP's recent past, why should we not expect them to pass a lot of other big, bloated socialist programs while killing Obamacare? Will they continue to use crazy math where cutting growth counts as cutting spending? We want substance, not rhetoric.
49 weeks ago
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Not disagreeing with you at all, but one slight technical correction. We need a SECOND party, because we do not have an opposition party at all.

Subotai Bahadur
49 weeks ago
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I wrote Paul Ryan (sadly, he is my representative) that I will support and vote for anyone who primaries him. I expect, as many here are saying, that the promised future negotiations won't happen and we will have gotten nothing in return for our efforts to stop or change Obamacare and implement real budget reforms. Paul Ryan is now the darling of the New York Times just like John McCain was before he got slammed by them as a presidential candidate.

The republican party is split and the split just got larger. Conservatives and Constitutionalist are the wave of the future only if we recognize and support them. The war isn't over but the sides are being clearly defined.
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