Eating Their Own

I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time. Liberals have come from so many different angles, and so passionate about different things, that I knew in my heart there would come a day when maybe the environmentalists would be at odds with the gays. Maybe it was the women’s libbers tearing into the unions. Or maybe it was one minority pitting itself against another. Whatever the case, it seemed to me to be just too large of a tent with too many diverse platforms to be of use and agreement to everybody.

Now they’ve decided to eat their own.

It’s happening here in the great state of Arizona. Progressives, pissed as can be that Arizona Senator, Kyrsten Sinema has come out and basically said she cannot support a $3.5 trillion liberal wish list bill, that it’s too much money. And that has raised the ire of the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s of the world. It’s also rankled AOC and her Whackjob 5 (I think there’s five now, right?) Anyway, it’s got them so upset that they can’t see straight.

Instead of doing what Democrats always do, which is circle the wagons around their own, progressives are taking a page out of the Tea Party fiasco of a decade ago. Remember when the Tea Party was really strong in the GOP? They decided that they were going to replace RINO’s with more conservative members. They ended up exciting the Republican base by putting up very conservative folks. Now, these folks weren’t bad. They espoused conservative ideas, and did so openly and unabashedly. And they won primary elections against incumbents. The problem came in November when they had to go up against a more moderate Democrat and they ended up losing. So, unbeknownst to the Tea Party at the time, they helped the Democrats not hurt them. And where is the Tea Party today? Exactly!

Democrats are going down that same path. When progressives decide they are going to vote against a reconciliation bill unless they get their way with a $3.5 trillion spending bill. And that has Nancy Pelosi over a barrel. She wants to help Joke Biden with his agenda, but she doesn’t have the numbers to make it work. In fact, she cancelled yesterday’s vote in the House because she doesn’t have the numbers to pass it and doesn’t want the embarrassment of losing the vote on one of Biden’s key (and only) agenda items.

So, Sinema, who isn’t up for election until 2024 (the same year Biden is), is going to be “primaried” by the Democrat socialists. Apparently, they’ve never been strong in their history lessons!

Frankly, Sinema is a little too liberal for me, but she is one of two Democrats (Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the other) who have stood up to Chuck Schumer in the Senate and have voted their conscience and broken with the party several times. Certainly, Kyrsten has proven herself to be much more reliable than our other Senator, Mark Kelly, who faces an uphill reelection bid next year.

But one would think that a Democrat is better than a Republican, at least if you’re a Democrat, right? I mean, unless you’re talking about someone like a Mitt Romney, or Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski, who flips more times than a light switch, you probably want someone in your own party. If Sinema is up against a formidable Democrat in a primary and loses, what happens to the Democrats’ chances of keeping the seat blue? Answer: bupkus.

But it’s time for these guys to continue to implode. It does make me feel a little better that frankly, the Republicans aren’t the only party that screws things up! At least we aren’t out there stealing votes, right?

Carry on world….you’re dismissed!

The Pelosi Gambit

Nancy Pelosi is in a world of hurt today. The Speaker of the House, who loves to pontificate how she controls everything going on in Washington, at least in Congress, is not in control apparently. She is at the whim of about 14 people. And all of them are Democrats.

At issue is the prospect of the Senate passed bi-partisan infrastructure bill, which came in at about $1.2 Trillion, failing if the federal budget isn’t passed first. The only problem Pelosi has is that she has about three votes as a margin to pass the infrastructure bill. She would prefer to hold on to that bill and pass it along with the much larger $3.5 Trillion additional bill that gives Democrats all the candy they couldn’t do in a bi-partisan attempt.

And there’s the rub.

Pelosi has received a letter last week from nine of her very own party members stating that unless she tackles the budget first, they won’t be voting for the infrastructure bill. That means the infrastructure bill fails, and Joe Biden doesn’t get the big win he was hoping to get in his first year with control over both sides of Congress. The nine members are all moderates, and don’t want to see the country over-spending, which has been the main cause of a marked spike in inflation this year.

But, if Pelosi does cave on the infrastructure bill, she runs the risk of pissing off the five members of the Whackjob five, AOC’s group, which have been calling for both of the infrastructure bills to be voted on together. They want to tackle that before they look at the federal budget for next year. If Pelosi doesn’t go along with them, she will get the budget, but not the infrastructure. If she goes with the moderates, she gets the infrastructure, but not the budget. It’s a conundrum she hasn’t been used to dealing with.

I have to admit, it’s rather fun to sit back and watch liberals eat themselves on these issues. I was beginning to think Republicans were the only ones that were never in lock step with each other, but it appears that not everyone is in lock step with much going on in the House either.

There really isn’t any solution to the problem, unless Pelosi decides to play tough. If she does that she’s going to alienate one of the two groups. The question then becomes which group is going to cause more crap for her up the road. We’ve seen that AOC and her gang of whackjobs don’t have a problem spewing venom, even if it’s against their own party. They are committed to pushing socialism regardless of the costs to Democrats as a party. The other nine are much more moderate. These are more like the “blue-dog” Democrats that were relatively conservative on fiscal issues, and liberal on the social issues. If Pelosi were to have to choose one group, I bet she’d choose to placate the Whackjob segment, and threaten to not back the nine moderates. That would allow her to maybe primary the nine in their districts with more liberal Democrats and hopefully she could win both sides eventually. That’s a really long and dangerous putt.

The Republicans are poised to take over the House next year anyway due to several retirement issues, a really bad image that the Democrats have because Biden has been screwing up so much lately, and because of redistricting which is said to basically give Republicans anywhere between five and nine seats just because of the way the districts in the various states are redrawn due to the 2020 Census. Any angst by Democrats in the House that could cause voters to change their minds or elect someone in a primary that is unelectable in the general election only furthers the GOP cause. And that speeds up Pelosi’s ultimate demise and retirement from the House.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Cuban Crisis – Si! AOC “Contribution”? No!

I want to thank everyone for supporting this blog over the past couple of weeks. Normally I try to make sure that I’m somewhat up to date with current events…though I do tend to let things settle in a bit before commenting on them. Too often in our society, we are really quick to comment on things without knowing the facts. It usually is better to let the emotions cool down and look at things logically. Just to fill you in, I’ve been out of town seeing family for the past couple of weeks and most of the blogs you read were written before I left (though I did try to keep updated on your comments and any real breaking news).

That said, I’m back, and wanted to comment on AOC and her idiotic comments regarding Cuba and blaming the United States for the terrible conditions on that island nation to our south. Blaming a 60 year old embargo that was put in place by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, expanded in October of 1960, and then renewed by John F. Kennedy in 1962. Pretty much every president until Bobo Obama had followed that embargo. But AOC thinks that the government of Cuba, who is clamping down on dissidents and protesters in that country isn’t at fault for the poor conditions of those people. She blames the US. Claiming that “everyday” people are being hurt by the embargo, she says it’s our fault. Of course she would. Would you expect a dyed in the wool socialist to back a democracy or a communist country?

America needs to wake up and realize that AOC is nothing more than a mouthpiece for George Soros. She spews his pre-approved comments almost daily. Saying that the US is guilty for the way Cuba has been run, is about as stupid as saying that Cuba needs to be commended for granting black revolutionaries asylum. Oh, wait! She did that, didn’t she?

And there is the the point. Here you have an uber-leftist snowflake liberal, someone that makes Bernie Sanders look like John Birch, and the media fawns on her every word and listens to her. What would happen if she were treated like about 350 of the other Congressmen and women in the House. I bet if you took leadership and your own representative out of the mix, you probably couldn’t name fifty other House members. Yet we all know who AOC is because she has a big mouth and she’s not afraid to use it.

Look, Cuba is a repressive dictatorship that sits on it’s people. It doesn’t allow it’s own people to own anything. Farmers can’t sell their food. You can’t go in an open a grocery store or a restaurant. You work basically for the government. It sounds like where the US is going to be in about 10 years unless we put a stop to the idiot left and their dreams of a socialistic utopia. Cuba is a poor excuse for a country, but a great example of why liberalism doesn’t work. If you get out of line, they take you away. If they can’t re-educate you, they either keep you in jail or you just plain disappear. Let me put it this way. If Cuba were such a great country, why do people who live there want to leave it so badly? Why is it that the rest of the world isn’t clamoring to move there? I mean, they are in the Caribbean for cryin’ out loud! The weather is great (except with hurricanes). Who wouldn’t love that?

But when you have about a quarter of your population living below the poverty line (it’s currently 10.5% here), you know you’re not doing well.

AOC would be best served, as we all would be, if she’d keep her mouth shut. And the media would be best served if they helped by just ghosting her.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden’s Approval Continues To Crash

And you can’t blame Republicans for the latest drop in the approval numbers. This one comes to us from Newsweek, a rather liberal publication. They have basically stopped drinking the Biden Kool-Aid, and have actually started reporting some very interesting (and for Biden, troubling) information.

The last numbers that were released were from April of this year. It showed Biden with 54% approval rating, down from first year April numbers from Trump, Obama, and George W. Bush. The May numbers are even worse. Biden slipped another 6% to 48% approval and 43% disapproval in the latest poll.

What is interesting is that there was a gain in his approval numbers. It came from Republicans believe it or not! The GOP folks asked in the 810 respondent survey showed an increase from 11% approval to 19% approval. He dropped from 95% to 86% among Democrats, and went from 47% approval to 36% among Independents.

A whopping 80% of the country said that that we are going down the wrong road when it comes to the health of this country. That number was 90% in April, but the increase, once again, came from Republicans. Democrats saying we are on the right path dropped from 93% to 58% in one month! Independents rating us as doing the right thing with 32% compared to 38% in April.

So what does this mean? Basically, Democrats aren’t happy with Biden at all. They are not supporting his spending plans, and aren’t happy with his policies either at home or abroad. The mere fact that Republicans are giving him higher numbers than what Democrats are is very interesting to say the least. Maybe that’s why people like AOC and the Whackjob contingent, Bernie Sanders, and Chief Wahoo Elizabeth Sanders are not happy with Biden’s plans. And I think overall, most Republicans see the fear they felt when Biden was elected and was going to cater to the left wing of the party. They see that’s probably not going to happen, especially since more moderate Senators like Manchin and Sinema are starting to pull away from the uber-leftist-snowflake agendas being foisted by Chuck Schumer and company.

What the overall situation shows is that though Biden stresses he’s trying to bring the country together, more and more of his own people aren’t supporting him. And while a few more Republicans are, it isn’t enough to drop him into numbers that are close to him having a more negative than positive image among the voters. That’s a very rare instance to happen this early in a presidential term. Even Donald Trump was positive at this point. For Biden to show his weaknesses as much as he is should be sending red flags and blaring alarms through the White House.

The big question is, is there anything they can do to stop the bleeding?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Face of Ineffeciancy

When you think about it, there are actually a million different ways to rate lawmakers. There’s popularity of course, there’s name recognition (much different from popularity), there’s the myriad of PAC’s who rate lawmakers as to how they vote on that particular PAC’s issues, and then there’s probably the most important, but least heard from.

That would be Efficiency.

There are 240 Democrat Congressmen and women in the halls of Congress right now. And the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University wanted to see who it was that was the most and the least efficient when it comes to actually doing their job; i.e. passing bills.

The most efficient Democrat from last year isn’t even in Washington, DC any longer. That would be New York Representative Nita Lowey from Westchester, who retired at the end of the term. During her tenure in Congress, Lowey offered up 29 major bills (not naming buildings or railroads after people), and had seven of them passed. John Katko, a Republican from Syracuse, New York was second. He had six of his bills signed into law.

And one of the least efficient, ranking 230 out of the 240 Democrats ranked? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC introduced 21 bills during her first term in office. None of them received backing from a number of her colleagues and the bills went nowhere. Thus, while probably one of the best known as far as name recognition or followers on TikTok, AOC trails the field when it comes to actually being able to do her job.

And her buds in the Wacko Five are actually faring better than she is.

Ilhan Omar introduced 33 bills. But none of them reached the Committee level or made it to the House floor either. She ranked just ahead of AOC because she tried more times. And Rashida Tlaib actually scored in the top half of Democrats at #92 with some bills making it to committee, and one actually becoming law.

And what does all of this tell us?

It tells us that the people that we hear from a lot in Washington, DC are not the people that are actually getting the job done. I mean, how many of you had ever heard of Nita Lowey, unless you’re from the New York City area? And how many of you have actually heard of John Katko unless you live in Syracuse? Probably none. You never see them on Fox News or CNN. There’s probably a very good reason for that. They are too busy working “for the people”.

What this list should tell us is that the people that are always looking for the cameras to espouse their views, people like Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler, or Nancy Pelosi, aren’t the ones that actually do anything in Congress. Oh, they may be viewed as the “leaders”, but are they really leading if they aren’t actually writing bills? Isn’t that after all, why we put them there in the first place?

The federal government is filled with egomaniacs from both parties who’s only job is to get in front of as many TV cameras as they can find and become better known. After all, winning the “name game” is one way to advance your career. Such a sad way!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Not EVERYONE Will Be Happy Under Biden Presidency!

And I’m not speaking about Trump supporters. That’s a no-brainer. No, I’m referring about people on the left. There will be a ton of liberals and Democrats that are going to be very unhappy that Joe Biden is in the White House. Why you ask? Simple…

  1. Jim Acosta & The Liberal Mainstream Media: Trust me, they know it already. Jim Acosta has made a career out of Trump bashing. But that’s over. He’s going to have to figure out a new demon to go after, and it can’t be Joe Biden. So, what’s a White House reporter to do when you can’t make a scene in front of the current president? Same goes for Morning Joe and his wife, the broadcast networks and their nightly news anchors, pretty much everyone at CNN and MSNBC, and the New York Times and Washington Post. Those folks have lived on bad news, fake news, and screaming about Trump for four years.
  2. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: How will this socialist react to a president from her own party? We don’t know because she’s never had to do that before. Is she going to climb on board the Biden train and praise him? Is she going to call him “not liberal enough” when he doesn’t move as quickly as she wants? You know Biden, while left of Trump, isn’t a socialist, and doesn’t look like he’s going to be going that way, at least this early in the game. So, what’s a former bartender from The Bronx to do?
  3. Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders: Here are two more people in the same boat as AOC. Now, I’ve read that Warren is actually happy with the new top cop at Wall Street, which should be interesting. Socialism running a financial market? How in the world does that work? And both Sanders and Warren have to be a little more than upset that they were personally snubbed by Biden when it came to joining his administration after both hit the campaign trail hard to get Joe votes.
  4. Hollywood Producers: So, why in the world would Hollywood leftists not be in favor of “their guy” in the White House? Simple. They no longer are going to be able to produce those salacious mini-series, with all of the rumors (and some facts) of Trump’s misbehavings. There was a lot of money made in the movie and TV industries over the last four years on shows and movies that dealt with Donald Trump and his administration’s foibles. And in this COVID era, where most of Hollywood has been shut down for almost a year, that was one thing that was relatively easy to do. Not so anymore.
  5. Bob Woodward: Yup. The guy that found himself in a similar position some 50 years ago at the beginning of his career thanks to Watergate, finds himself reliving the scenario at the end of his career. With Trump gone, Woodward’s chances of scoring huge success with a tell-all, inside-the-White House type of book are pretty much nil. I mean, what’s he going to write about? Joe has a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning to keep his triglycerides down?

It’s not going to be all roses and sunshine for the left over the next couple of years. Media outlets are already saying that Biden has two years to accomplish whatever he wants to do before the Senate flips back to the GOP and the House also moves right during the midterm elections. Frankly, while history would suggest that, I think it’s a little early to make that call. The GOP is about as adept at stepping on it’s own member as much as the Democrats have been. I will say that Nancy Pelosi will either be retiring or stepping down as Speaker in 2022…that’s pretty much assured…and the GOP should be very unhappy at that. She’s been a great fundraiser for not only the Democrats, but also the Republicans!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

AOC Takes The Win

After all of the conjecture, all of the hyperbole, all of the crap it turns out that nothing changed in the NY-14th District last night in the race for the House of Representatives seat. The hope among a lot of people was that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would get upset by former CNBC anchor, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. It was not to be.

With all of the districts reporting in, AOC won with almost 70% of the vote in the Democrat primary. Caruso-Cabrera was second with 19%. Two other candidates had less than 5% each. Some 27,272 votes were cast.

Now, if you look at that district, that was about 10% of the electorate turned out to vote. I know that there were a lot of folks in both the Bronx and Queens, which make up the NY-14th, that were upset with AOC for her getting rid of Amazon, costing a few billion to the New York economy. Governor Andrew Cuomo wasn’t a fan of hers, Nancy Pelosi wasn’t a fan of hers, and neither was most of the folks in the Democrat-controlled House. But in the end, she prevailed.

So, we have to wait until August 4th to see if Rashida Tlaib can win her primary in the Michigan 13th District. She’s going up against Brenda Jones, who’s currently the President of the Detroit City Council. That one may be tough to call… and then a week later, Ilhan Omar will try to win reelection when she takes on several candidates in the Minnesota 9th District. She’s had some legal problems during her first term, and it’s not a sure thing for her there…we’ll just have to wait and see.

Certainly not the news I was hoping to report today, but as they say, it is, what it is!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Another AOC Fantasy

Last week, in a pique of ignorance and stupidity, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unleashed yet another barrage against the United States Constitution. In this particular tirade, she decided that it was time to abolish the Electoral College “because it was racist”. Now, frankly, I’m not quite sure how an inanimate object that has no feelings and projects no feelings can indeed be racist, but let’s go with this, ok?

In AOC’s world (and we’re not quite sure where that world is yet), this racist atrocity needs to be wiped off the face of the Constitution. Apparently, not only absent during four years of higher learning in economics (which she received a degree in), but she also must have been doing some women’s march during her high school civics and government classes, because she really doesn’t understand the process.

First of all, if we even wanted to abolish the Electoral College, it would be a feat unheard of in US history. It would have to pass both houses of Congress with a 2/3 vote. That is highly unlikely in this very partisan-charged day and age. Even if it managed to get through the House and Senate, it would have to face the states, where 38 states would have to ratify it. Seeing how there are many more smaller states than larger states, and the smaller states want to have some say in who gets elected president, the likelihood of this passing is also nil.

The only other way to change the Constitution is with a Convention of States or COS. This has be called for by the state legislatures of 34 states. At the COS, EVERYTHING is on the table. Yes, you can call it to abolish the Electoral College, but if there are enough votes, you can also do away with the First Amendment, or the Second Amendment, or you can add an Anti-Abortion Amendment. Anything can happen.

Now, the obvious question is, has there ever been a move like what AOC is proposing before? Of course! In fact, there have been several. It was tried in 1969-1970 (called the Bayh-Celler Amendment), in 2005, 2009, and 2016. The Bayh-Celler Amendment actually passed the House of Representatives, but was shot down when it was filibustered in the Senate. The other three times never got out of committee.

AOC’s idea is just a bad one. Yes, it would give New York, Texas, Illinois, and California the impetus to control who gets elected president. And yes, it would mean that no one would visit Iowa, or New Hampshire, or South Carolina to win their primary. As long as you can get the nomination, you only need to win five states to win the White House. I think the other 45 states might have something to say about that.

It’s too bad the media spends so much time covering what this girl has to say. She obviously isn’t very smart, and obviously doesn’t understand politics very well. She’s certainly never read the Constitution, and can’t for the life of her figure out how things are done. I guess one could say, she’s a shining example of today’s educational system!

Thanks, National Education Association!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Pelosi’s Quagmire

Nancy Pelosi is in a very tentative position these days. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is trying to control her party. But she isn’t doing a very good job. It seems four women, all freshmen Congresswomen have turned the tables on her. And Pelosi is finding herself doing things she really doesn’t want to do because she knows it’s going to hurt her party next November. But if she doesn’t follow through with it, she could ostracize these four women, and they have become the face of the Democrat party.

In a very short span, Pelosi broke House Rules when she called Donald Trump a racist on the House floor, something that is totally taboo. She then denied she did it, saying that she had cleared it with the Parliamentarian (she hadn’t). Then, to appease her base, she allowed them to take up valuable time to vote on censuring Donald Trump over his tweets, that she called racist, but no one was singled out; no one was derided by their color or national origin. The vote to censure Trump passed, with four Republicans joining the Democrats, oh…and one Independent…that idiot from Michigan who called for Trump to be impeached before he dropped out of the Republican party and became an indy.

As if that weren’t enough, Pelosi the very next day, allowed a floor vote on whether to open impeachment proceedings against Trump. That was tabled, with only a handful of Democrats wanting to proceed with impeachment. And if THAT weren’t enough, she followed it up by holding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Attorney General William Barr in “criminal contempt of Congress”. It’s really a no-nothing charge. The same thing was done to Eric Holder in the Obama administration over his refusal to turn over documents for Fast & Furious. Nothing came of that one either (except a waste of time).

What Pelosi is NOT doing? She’s not tackling any of the salient issues of the day. Where is the attempt to “fix” Obamacare? Where is the immigration reform bill? Where are the bills that help strengthen our infrastructure? Where is the bill to strengthen our border? We haven’t seen anything (other than the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Bill) that actually means anything get passed by the House. Why? They’ve been obsessed with trying to find any ties between Donald Trump and Russia…or Donald Trump and obstruction of justice…or Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein. They have wasted six months of time trying to proceed on a witch hunt that hasn’t produced anything. And they aren’t going to be able to pass anything in the last six months of this year. Next year is an election year, and nothing of consequence gets passed then. So, basically, the Democrats are going to try and hold on to the House by telling America that they’ve tried (and failed) to convict Donald Trump of anything. Too much time listening to Maxine Waters and AOC, not enough time actually working for the people.

And you don’t think the people will remember that? That should be on the mind of every single Republican running for the House next November. That should be top of every candidates’ mind running against Democrats next year…and the current Republicans should tell voters that’s why they need to go back…to actually DO something!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

So, Were Trump’s Comments Racist?

The House of Representatives are all atwitter trying to decide whether or not to “censure” the President Of The United States because of Twitter comments made. Now, the comments didn’t name anyone specifically…and basically said that if you don’t love this country, you should leave and go back where you came from.

Frankly, I’ve said the same thing for decades, so I guess they should probably censure me as well.

This goes right along with the thinking that anything you say against any Democrat office holder that they don’t agree with. In this particular instance, Trump was probably talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and her three little socialist buddies. And while Trump didn’t mention them by name, the question remains, were his comments racist?

The answer is no. He said nothing other than if you don’t like it here, go back where you came from. That could be Brooklyn, Detroit, or Massachusetts, or Africa. What’s so racist about that? Absolutely nothing!

Actually, the House is getting to the point where Nancy Pelosi is losing control of the party she’s supposed to be the head of (at least in the House) because of four little girls that probably were mistakes being elected there. These four want to change America by ripping up the Constitution and copying something out of the 1919 Soviet Union Constitution (which they never followed).

What’s really interesting is that America knows all about these four women basically because of the drive-by media’s coverage of them. Anytime they spout off about anything, they’re automatically front page or lead story news. What’s interesting is that the four socialist members of the House are already four of the best known Democrats in existence. Yes…AOC is better known than Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi. She is the new face of the Democrat party. That is something Donald Trump and Republicans everywhere probably relish.

What is interesting is she also has only a 22% approval rating. Socialism is approved by 18% of “swing voters”, and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) has an approval rating of 8%. How in the world do you win elections with numbers like that?

Let me back up. These numbers come from an INTERNAL Democrat poll. The numbers were never meant to get released to the public, but there was an unimpressed Democrat that decided that this move to the left would basically tank the party. And he/she is absolutely right.

So, when you hear comments from this “squad” of little girls with no real education, even less common sense, realize exactly that someone else is driving the bus. They just aren’t smart enough to get behind the wheel.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!