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Dirty Harry: The 12 Craziest, Most Insane, Looniest Things Harry Reid Has Said And Done

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This is from The Daily Caller.

How hard was it to just pick twelve things loony uttered by Dingy Harry Reid?

 

In honor of Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid’s announced 2017 departure from the Senate, The Daily Caller News Foundation has assembled just a few of the craziest, most insane, looniest things the gentleman from Nevada has shared with us over his decades in office.

1. Oh, the Asian jokes…

Reid apologized in August for for making a few offensive and super lame Asian jokes at an Asian Chamber of Commerce event. “I don’t think you’re smarter than everybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid said to a few laughs. Then he quipped, “One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

He later said the jokes were in very poor taste: “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.” (VIDEO: Harry Reid Jokes About Asians)

2.  That thing he said about Obama…

Reid personally apologized to President Barack Obama in 2010 for saying Obama’s “light-skin” and lack of “a Negro dialect” would help his presidential campaign in 2008. His comments were recorded in the book “Game Changer.”

“He [Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately.” Reid later said he “deeply regrets” using those words. (RELATED: Reid Condemns Rancher For Racist Comments)

3. Nuking the Senate…

In 2013, Reid damaged the Senate by changing the way judicial and executive nominees are confirmed. The move, known as the nuclear option, lowered the number of votes needed to confirm appointees from 60 to 51, which dealt a serious blow to the traditionally strong power of the minority party. The rule change allowed the Democrat-controlled Senate to push through several contentious appointees.(RELATED: Thanks To Nuclear Option, Senate Dems Confirm Radical Judge)

4. “That’s a clown question, bro”…

Reid borrowed a then-viral line from a baseball player to deflect an immigration question in 2012, saying “That’s a clown question, bro.”

The Nevada baseball player, Bryce Harper, had used the response to deflect a question about a game-winning home run, and his comment went viral. About a week later, a reporter asked Reid a question about immigration, and after a long pause he said, “I don’t want to answer that question. That’s a clown question, bro.” (RELATED: Reid Steals Bryce Harper Line To Deflect Immigration Question)

5. Just lying about Mitt…

Reid made a completely unfounded accusation in 2012 that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes. “He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years!” he told the Huffington Post. “Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?” The claim was based on an anonymous source and was later completely discredited. (RELATED: The Source Of Harry Reid’s Lie)

6. That stinky American rabble…

Reid expressed relief when the Capitol Visitor Center was completed in 2008 because he would no longer have to deal with smelly tourists. “My staff has always said, ‘Don’t say this,’ but I’m going to say it again because it’s so descriptive, because it’s true,’” he said at the dedication. “In the summertime, because [of] the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”

7. What’s an Internet…?

After successfully shepherding Obamacare through the Senate, Reid had a hard time dealing with the law’s flawed implementation and blamed the horrendous roll out of Healthcare.gov on old people’s inability to comprehend and use the Internet.

“There are some people who are not like my grandchildren, who can handle everything so easy on the Internet,” he explained in March of 2014. “And these people need a little extra time. The example they gave is, a 63-year-old woman came in and said ‘I almost got it, [but] every time I was just about got there, it would cut me off.’ We have a lot of people just like this, through no fault of the Internet, but because people are not educated on how to use the Internet,” he concluded.”(RELATED: Reid Blames Healthcare.Gov Mistakes On People’s Inability To Use Internet)

8. The Americans are lying thing…

Reid also had a hard time dealing with the Obamacare horror stories that began to come in, and declared all of them to be complete lies. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” he said on the Senate floor in February 2014.

“We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it’s ruining in Republican stump speeches, and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers,” he added. “But then those tales turned out to be just that: tales. Stories made up from whole cloth. Lies distorted by Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.” (RELATED: Harry Reid Lies About His Lies About Obamacare)

A month later, Reid denied he “never said a word” on the floor about those Obamacare stories.

9. That Koch addiction…

On the topic of Charles and David Koch, Reid became completely obsessed with the wealthy conservative brothers. His Koch addiction even affected his professional life, taking over his Senate website. He posted a list of “facts” about the brothers, violating strict rules prohibiting the use of senators’ .gov websites for personal or political purposes. Reid later removed the piece under pressure. (RELATED: Harry Reid Goes On Koch-Fueled Rampage) 

10. No Hispanics Allowed…

While campaigning in Nevada in 2010, Reid spoke incredulously of Hispanic Republicans. “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” he said to an audience full of Hispanic voters. “Do I need to say more?”

11. Clarence Thomas is what now?

Following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision last year to allow for-profit businesses not to provide their employees with contraceptives on religious grounds, Reid let it slip that he thinks Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is white. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we’re going to do something about it,” he told reporters. The Senate will act to “ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men,” he said. But Thomas, one of the five justices who sided with Hobby Lobby, is black. Whoops. (RELATED: Harry Reid Slammed By Hometown Paper For Race-baiting)

12. A Lesson in anarchy

In 2013, Reid said the tea party is an anarchist movement comparable to the violent anarchists some say started World War I. “They did damage to property and they did physical damage to people,” he said in an interview on KNPR. “The modern anarchists don’t do that — that’s the tea party,” he admitted. “But they have the same philosophy as the early anarchists: They do not believe in government. Anytime something bad happens to government, that’s a victory for them. And that’s what happened. We have absolute gridlock created by a group of people who represent few Americans.”

Americans shouldn’t get too sad, though: Reid assured us he’s not going anywhere for the next 22 months.

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Harry Reid to Retire From Senate in 2016

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This is from The New York Times.

How close are criminal charges to being leveled against Dingy Harry Reid?

Dingy Harry as managed to become like most DemocRats in Congress a multimillionaire on Congressional pay.

 

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”

He has already confounded the new Republican majority this year by holding Democrats united against a proposal to gut the Obama administration’s immigration policies as well as a human-trafficking measure Democrats objected to over an anti-abortion provision.

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” said Mr. Reid, who used a sports metaphor about athletes who try to hang on too long. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”

Mr. Reid’s tenure has become increasingly combative in recent years and included a procedural change on nominations that infuriated Republicans. He also came under fire for blocking floor debate, and even some of his Democratic colleagues suggested that he was stifling the Senate. Just this week, he alienated House Democrats who thought he was sabotaging a compromise on Medicare.

His departure at the end of 2016 will create an opening both at the top of the Senate Democratic hierarchy and in a Senate contest that would have been a megaspending slugfest in the presidential battleground of Nevada. Conservatives such as Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who were a favorite target of Reid criticism in 2014, would have spared no expense in trying to oust him.

Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, who helped Democrats capture the Senate in 2006 and has led their political messaging operation, is considered the favorite to succeed Mr. Reid as party leader. Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, could also be a contender for the job, but it is unclear how strongly he would pursue it.

In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, the state’s former attorney general, is considered a strong Democratic candidate with Mr. Reid out; the Republican field will be fluid and is likely to include Michael Roberson, a State Senate leader.

Mr. Reid had previously insisted he was running and said he was confident that he could have triumphed next year had he decided to seek a sixth term. The onetime amateur boxer noted he might not have even run in 2010 if Republicans had not made such a point of trying to unseat him.

He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.

“I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” he said. “These are big, expensive states.”

First elected to the House in 1982, the former trial lawyer and head of the Nevada gaming commission won his Senate seat in 1986 and joined the leadership about a decade later. Mr. Reid took over the top job in 2005 after Tom Daschle, then the leader, lost his re-election bid.

After a tough election night in 2004, some other top Democrats suggested they might want to consider a leadership bid, but Mr. Reid had the election sewn up by the next day. He is the longest-serving member of Congress from Nevada, and the second-longest-serving Democratic leader after Mike Mansfield of Montana.

Like his chief adversary, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, Mr. Reid learned the workings of the Senate in the trenches as the vote-counting whip and takes pride in his floor expertise.

Unhappy with the slow pace of judicial and executive branch confirmations, Mr. Reid engineered a change in Senate procedure in 2013 that allowed Democrats to overcome filibusters against nominees with a simple majority. The change led to a flurry of new judges being named to important appeals courts, though Republicans accused him of changing the nature of the Senate and running roughshod over the minority.

After the election of Mr. Obama and Democratic gains in 2008, Mr. Reid did the deal-making and vote counting required to push through the new health care law with no Republican votes and the economic stimulus with just a handful.

“I am so happy that we were able to get the health care bill passed,” he said, acknowledging that there were times he wondered why he did not give up. “Like a fool, I kept coming back.”

After opposing a more forgiving immigration policy earlier in his career, Mr. Reid became a champion of granting legal status to immigrants living in the country illegally, an evolution he attributes to his relationship with his state’s growing Hispanic population. He was crucial to Senate passage of bipartisan, comprehensive immigration legislation in 2013 — a bill the House did not take up — and said the advocates for the immigrants would ultimately prevail.

“We have won that debate,” said Mr. Reid, who has also made pushing for expanded use of alternative energy a legislative priority.

His strict management of the Senate the past few years became an issue in the 2014 elections as Republicans accused him of stifling debate and denying even Democrats an opportunity to push their priorities on the Senate floor. He blamed Republicans for the legislative gridlock, citing their deep opposition to Mr. Obama and their determination to deny him any victories.

Mr. Reid said he believed the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case that allowed a flood of money from superrich Americans into politics had been a disaster for Congress, even as he acknowledged that he had to adopt some of the same tactics himself to keep Democrats competitive. His push for reining in unlimited spending is likely to be a priority for him in his remaining months.

Mr. Reid said he had seen one important change for the better in the Senate: an influx of female senators.

“This place is so much better because of women,” he said. “Men and women are different, and they have changed the dynamic of the Senate.”

 

Boehner Throws in with Obama

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This is from Rush Limbaugh.com.

RINO John Boehner  and the Establishment Republicans are trying to screw us once more.

I hope Princess Fauxahontas Warren is able to kill this bill in the Senate with Dingy Harry Reid’s help.

Then when the bills dies maybe a coup d’etat will happen in the House and RINO John will be replaced.

I would like to see Trey Gowdy (R-SC) replace him and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Senate Majority Leader. 

 

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RUSH:  Okay.  So let me see if I have this right.  We’re supposed to be entertained by the apparent fight, disagreement, fisticuffs, whatever, going on between the Democrats, Obama and Pelosi and that lamebrain Elizabeth Warren.  We’re supposed to be excited by this?  Ah, gee, you talk about getting misdirected.

JOHNNY DONOVAN:  And now, from sunny south Florida, it’s Open Line Friday!

RUSH:  The news is that the Republican Speaker of the House has thrown in with Barack Obama.  I don’t care what the Democrats are doing.  What does that matter?  Holy smokes.  John Boehner has just squandered the election results before the Republicans even are sworn in to run the Senate, along with the House, if I’ve got this right.

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RUSH: There is a major falling out taking place in the Democrat Party, and we’re supposed to be enthused by this, by the way, we’re supposed to be excited by it.  We’re supposed to sit back and, whoa ho, man, Washington is getting good, there’s trouble in paradise in the Democrat Party.  Yeah, we’re supposed to look the other way while our Speaker of the House gets in bed with Obama and advances the Obama agenda, takes care of it, amnesty, Obamacare, fully funded, done deal.  The election must not have mattered.

And then we got Elizabeth Warren out there who’s staking her claim to the presidency while Mrs. Clinton isn’t looking. To show you how out of whack things are, Elizabeth Warren of, “You didn’t build that. You didn’t make that happen” fame, well known communist socialist Elizabeth Warren is now being credited as practically the only person in Washington standing up for the little guy via her opposition to some of the relaxation of regulations in Dodd-Frank and some of the campaign finance.  By the way, about that campaign finance stuff, that everybody’s upset about in the omnibus bill, I’m gonna tell you exactly what that is.

We had a caller about it yesterday. The lady was fit to be tied. She was angry and she was right to be, because the limits have practically been obliterated, which means that corporate donors can just start giving left and right. It used to be a limit of $37,000. Now it’s $737,000, something.  It’s incredible.  But the point of it, do you know why it’s in there?  You know why?  The Republicans put it in.  You know why it’s in there, folks?  This is how corporate America’s gonna defeat the Tea Party.  By allowing limitless donations from that crowd under the rubric that it’s campaign finance and money is speech and freedom of speech and First Amendment. The theory is that Main Street, Tea Party people can’t come close to competing with corporate money.

So it is a Republican establishment ploy that kind of dovetails nicely with Obama sicking the IRS on the Tea Party to basically eliminate them as a viable threat by relaxing a registration in Dodd-Frank that pretty much permits corporations to spend any kind of money they want on politics.  It’s kind of a dichotomy.  It’s a dilemma, in terms of figuring out what to think about it.

Let me tell you about a congressman named Marlin Stutzman.  Marlin Stutzman is a Republican from Indiana, and he is claiming, he’s put out a press release on this now.  He’s admitting to this publicly. He’s not relying on a publication to say it, he’s saying it himself that he was lied to; that he was lied to by the Republican leadership; that the Republican leadership reneged on a deal they made with him to get his support for the omnibus bill.  Want the details?  He said, “I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the cromnibus back on the floor. The American people deserve better.”

See, Marlin Stutzman, Republican, Indiana, was one of the last Republicans to vote in favor of the rule allowing the House to fully vote on the omnibus spending bill, the $1.1 trillion omnibus.  National Review Online reported that Marlin Stutzman, Republican, Indiana, backed the rule at the last minute.  He was one of two Republicans on whose vote this whole thing hinged.  Stutzman has now issued his own release admitting that this is true.

Stutzman backed the rule at the last minute after the Republican leadership told him that they would pull the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, once the rule was passed, and they would replace it with a short-term continuing resolution that conservatives, including Stutzman, wanted, and that they would take up the whole thing next year after the Republicans and the new Congress are sworn in, and he was lied to.

In other words, the leadership in the House went to Marlin Stutzman and said, “Hey, if you vote for the rule, just give us the — we need the rule.  Our reputation, our image, we just want, we need the rule, vote for the rule and we’re gonna pull the omnibus and replace it with just a couple, three-month, two-month, whatever, continuing resolution.”

And Stutzman said, “I supported the rule because I was informed by leadership that the cromnibus was dead and a short term CR would take its place.”  He was lied to flat-out because they didn’t pull the bill obviously.  They lied to him to get his vote.  We’re not supposed to pay any attention.  We’re supposed to be watching the fallout on the Democrat side, right?  We’re supposed to be entertained. We’re supposed to be looking at Elizabeth Warren and Pelosi at war with Obama and we’re supposed to get our jollies with that, while our people were lied to, Marlin Stutzman, just blatantly, openly lied to to get his vote.

For the rule, he was told they would pull the full-fledged bill after they won the rule, but they had to win the rule for their reputation, for image, you know, protect Boehner’s Speakership and all that.  “After President Obama came out in favor of the cromnibus, Republican leaders spent the day whipping their members and hoping that Democrats would deliver the requisite number of votes.” What you had at the end of the day, Barack Obama was whipping votes for John Boehner.

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RUSH:  Yeah, so here’s what happened.  The leadership goes to Marlin Stutzman, and they lied to him, said, “Marlin, if you vote for the rule, then fine,” ’cause Stutzman wanted a continuing resolution of a couple of weeks or a month just to get us into January when the Republicans actually take control.  He didn’t want to vote for the full-fledged $1.1 trillion bill.  Leadership said, “Marlin, look, if you just vote for the rule, and we’ll pull it then.  We just need the victory on the rule.  We can’t let the rule go down.  So Marlin, vote with us on the rule, and we’ll pull the omnibus and replace it with a short-term CR.”  And he did.

That made the vote 213 to 213.  They still weren’t there.  Now we’re at a tie, and a tie is a loss.  They actually, to win on the procedural vote or the vote on the rule.  So it was at that point the leadership went to a Santa Claus impersonator in the House, and this man is named Kerry Bentivolio.  It all came down to him.  He’s an outgoing House member from Michigan.  He is a Tea Partier, for all intents and purposes.  He’s a reindeer farmer in his spare time and he was the deciding vote on the rule.

They got to him and they convinced him somehow to switch his vote from “no” to “yes” and that made it 214 to 212.  The Stutzman vote got them to 213 tied.  And as Bloomberg reported it, “Kerry Bentivolio, the retiring Michigan reindeer farmer, changed his vote and saved Christmas.”  It was a tweet from Dave Weigel at Bloomberg, because, you see, if the rule hadn’t passed, it would have derailed the whole omnibus and made a government shutdown possible.

That’s another thing.  Elizabeth Warren, is, for all intents and purposes, threatening to shut down the government.  Now, where this thing is in the Senate’s kind of up in the air, but she’s threatening to shut down the government.  And the media is praising her.  The media is praising her for principled opposition.  And, as you know, Republican shutdown, why, it’s the end of the world, it’s the end of everything as we know it.

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RUSH:  So why? Why was and why is Barack Obama whipping votes for John Boehner?  Let’s review here, because it may be hard to follow. It may be hard to keep some of this in mind.  The reason is because the media is reporting this as, for all intents and purposes, a done deal.  They are reporting that all the action was in the House, and once the House voted for the $1.1 trillion omnibus, since the Democrats run the Senate it’s a fait accompli that it’s gonna get done.

That’s not the case because there’s a flamethrower over there named Elizabeth Warren, and she’s not happy with what’s in the Republican bill — and neither, for that matter, is Nancy Pelosi.  So the Senate’s not done on this.  They did a couple-of-days spending bill, and the Senate’s gonna take its time and still argue about it, debate this.  Now, the consensus is that the Senate will ultimately pass it, because that’s what Obama wants, and the Democrat Party’s still loyal to him

But that’s not a fait accompli.

So I guess the takeaway here is: It’s not done yet, despite the reporting and the slanted nature of the reporting that makes it look like it’s done because of the vote that happened in the House.  There is still the Senate to contend with.  Now, let’s take a look at what is being reported here.  What’s being reported — and is this in the Drive-By Media, various places.  I just made some crib notes here to remind myself in some sort of chronological order.

President Obama and John Boehner want a bill that the bases of their respective parties reject.  Boehner is enabling (or did enable) the passage of a bill in the House that the Republican base wants no part of.  They don’t want Obamacare fully implemented or funded, and they do not want Obama to get away with this executive amnesty.  Boehner has worked with Obama

And the Republican version of the bill in the House flies in the face of what both the Democrat base and the Republican base want.  The Democrat base doesn’t like the relaxation of regulations in Dodd-Frank, which is campaign finance, basically. There’s some things the unions don’t like about pensions as well, because their pensions are gonna end up being devalued.

There are a couple other things in it that the Democrat base is not happy about.  Another thing being reported is that Elizabeth Warren is taking a stand on an issue that, if successful, would embarrass Obama.  This is being reported.  This is not my opinion.  You can find this story somewhere in the Drive-By Media stash today. The stand that she is taking on the issue is a very populist stand.  It is a stance against Wall Street.

Wall Street has been given a great gift in the omnibus spending bill: Relaxation of regulations on Dodd-Frank.  Opposing Wall Street… Remember Occupy Wall Street?  Opposing Wall Street is a huge ticket item for Elizabeth Warren, particularly if she wants to run for president.  The presumptive nominee, of course, is Mrs. Clinton.  We’re right back where we were 2007 and 2008 with the Washington establishment of both parties concluding that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee.

We’ve been there.

We’ve done that.

And out of the blue, in 2007, came Barack Hussein Obama.  Out of the blue this year is coming Elizabeth Warren, and she’s got a ready-made entry and a ready-made ticket with her populist opposition to the Wall Street favors that are in the omnibus bill.  Obama is in favor of relaxing those regulations on Wall Street because Obama is in bed with Wall Street and has been from the get-go, but his base is not really aware of that.

The Democrat Party base has been driven insane with hatred for Wall Street. They’ve been driven insane with hatred for the US military. They’ve been driven insane with hatred for the CIA.  The Democrat Party base has been driven insane by the radical nature of what everybody thinks are mainstream Democrats.  Obama is as closely tied and in bed with Wall Street as anybody is, and Elizabeth Warren is not.

And she is distancing herself from the Democrats and particularly from Obama in a major way by taking a stand on that issue regarding Dodd-Frank.  If this bill goes down to smithereens because of this, it would be an embarrassment to Obama.  Again, this is what’s being reported.  It is also being reported that Barack Obama is being abandoned by Democrats by the score on this because the Democrats are not happy with a couple of provisions.

See, the Democrats are not invested in Obamacare to the degree that you would believe.  Remember, Obamacare is why they lost, in their minds — and you’ve heard by now the old stat that half the Democrat senators remaining in the Senate who voted for Obamacare, for one reason or another, are gone.  We’ve had Chuck-U Schumer and Tom Harkin and a number of other Democrats publicly throw Obamacare under the bus claiming it was bad bill.

(summarized) “It was a mistake timing-wise. We shouldn’t have done it before we shored up the economy.” There are Democrats running away from Obamacare.  It’s John Boehner who’s in bed with Obama on Obamacare, not the Democrats.  And one of the things we’re supposed to be taking great satisfaction from watching is the Democrat fallout over Obamacare.

But Boehner has picked up the slack there with the Republican omnibus bill, which fully funds it.  So now the Democrats are free to walk away from it, which they wanted to do and have.  So when you see it reported that Democrats are abandoning Obama by the score, one of the things they’re abandoning him on is Obamacare.  Look, they have lost big in the last two midterm elections.

This is still… The scope of this defeat is still not accurately reported in the Drive-By Media, although if you keep your radio tuned to this station, you will soon hear that the Washington Post has a story today which fulfills a prophecy of mine back in 2008, 2009. I wasn’t the only one, but I might have led the pack on this, as referring to Barack Obama’s presidency as Jimmy Carter’s second term.

Today’s Washington Post pretty much says that, and they do it with polling data.  They do it on the basis that there is a nationwide malaise among the American people, that they are despondent and depressed and feeling hopeless. There’s no opportunity for the American dream. There’s no opportunity for economic advancement.  It’s not a pretty picture, and it’s being painted in the Washington Post.  Jimmy Carter’s second term.

That term isn’t actually used, but all the comparisons to Jimmy Carter are made in the story.  Another story being reported today is that Democrats who may run for president in 2016 think they don’t need Obama’s support.  This is being reported.  I’m not offering my opinion here.  I’m giving you a little list here of the things that are being reported today in the Drive-By Media.  Now, remember, Hillary has tried to separate herself from Obama on foreign policy.

All of the Hillaryites… If you’ve been paying attention the past few months, then you well know and you remember how all these Hillary people are out there ripping Obama on all kinds of things (Benghazi, you name it) all to protect Hillary.  Elizabeth Warren is also in this list of Democrats who may run for president who think they don’t need Obama’s support.  The media is speculating whether that’s true or not.

The reason these stories are interesting to the Drive-Bys is, “Are these Democrats right?  Can they actually get the nomination? Can they get elected? Can another Democrat — Hillary or Warren — become president without help from Obama?  Can they do it without needing Obama’s assistance?”  The media, the Drive-Bys are extremely curious about this.  Remember, they’re fully invested in Obama, and they’re not comfortable with all this fallout.

They’re not comfortable.

Even though Obama’s lame duck and all that, they’re not comfortable with this open diss that is taking place.  It’s also being reported that the omnibus spending bill is a push for deregulation.  That plays right into Elizabeth Warren’s hands.  That’s Wall Street being deregulated, and the Democrat base does not want Wall Street deregulated.  The media’s also reporting that Barack Obama’s signing off on a bill that reduces spending.

Democrats supposedly don’t like that.  Now, I don’t know where they get that, but their story nevertheless is being reported.  Another story that’s out there is that the Republicans in February will shut down Homeland Security if they don’t get their way on immigration reform.  So that’s a list of the stories that are out there that are bending and shaping all of this about the spending bill and the Democrats’ betrayal of Obama over in the Senate and what it might mean.

But while all that is going on, again, John Boehner has Barack Obama whipping Democrat votes for him.  It is Obama talking to recalcitrant Democrats in the Senate trying to get them on board to vote and support the Republican bill.  It’s not Dingy Harry.  Pelosi is in this mix, too.  She’s not happy, along with Elizabeth Warren.  Now, these, quote/unquote “facts” as they’ve been reported are as incongruous as I can imagine.

Why are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer, working so hard on John Boehner’s behalf?  That’s what’s happening.  That’s what you need to take away from this.  You’ll find some people telling you to, “Hey, you know, sit back and enjoy this infighting in the Democrat Party.”  Well, go ahead if you want.  I mean, if that lights your fire, have at it.  But I’m telling you: The thing that’s happening that fascinates me is all these Democrats working so hard for John Boehner.

That’s what fascinates me.

Obama, Biden, Dingy Harry, Steny Hoyer.  The reason why is it’s Boehner’s doing their bidding.  It’s Boehner’s bill they want.  Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House. His bill is what Obama wants.  That’s why they’re working.  That’s why they’re whipping votes for Boehner.  That, to me, is what’s newsworthy today.  Not the fact that there may be some fallout in the Democrat side.

I mean, that is newsworthy because we don’t get treated to that very much.

It’s true the Democrat Party is in big disarray, and if the media were half interested in it or half honest about it, you’d know that.  But they’re not.

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RUSH: Obama went on ESPN Radio today to tell people there that he really cares about sports. That’s what he’s really into most of the time, but he takes time out to do president stuff. During the interview he was talking about the similarities, comparing politics and sports.

OBAMA:  The one difference is that, y’know, in politics, sometimes people forget we’re actually all on the same team, uhhh, and that’s the American team.

RUSH: Right.

OBAMA: A-a-and, you know, it’s one thing in sports if, y’know, you go into the, uh, Eagles stadium or — or the Raiders stadium (snickers) and folks are hollering at you and you’re the opposing team. Sometimes, uh, I think in politics we, uh, forget that we’re not actually on different teams.

RUSH:  Well, you could fool me!  You could fool me.  So you know what he’s trying to do here, is trying to act bipartisan all of a sudden.  Now, I’m sure this has something to do with this stupid omnibus thing here.  There are a lot of people trying to save John Boehner’s bacon right now is what I think is going on, including Obama.  Boehner is making himself an MVP up there at the White House.

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Canadian Writes Misguided Letter Asking Us to Send Obama to Canada

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This is from the Tea Party Bulletin.

I think that Richard Brunt must be hooked to an IV of the Obama Kool-Aid as well as smoking with the Choom Gang.

I say send Obama, Mochelle, Dingy Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi  and Eric Holder to Canada.

 

I like folks from Canada. I’ve had close friends who are Canadian, and my impression is that they are genuinely nice people.

But every group apparently has crackpots.

Take this guy: Richard Brunt  wrote a letter to The Detroit Free Press actually titled, “America doesn’t know how good they have it with Obama.” Yes, really.

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He says that many Canadians don’t understand why Americans gave the smackdown to Democrats in the recent mid-term elections. He says that Obama lowered unemployment rates, lowered gas prices, got Osama Bin-Laden, and made the U.S. a leader in the world again and… get this… respected in the world again.

Now, I don’t know what Kool-Aid this guy has been drinking, and I don’t know where he is getting his information, but I have never gotten the impression that Obama brought “respect” to the U.S. internationally. Respect? Really?!?

And, how about those gas prices and decreased unemployment? Maybe this guy doesn’t understand how the unemployment rate has been recalculated to make it look good because areal unemployment rate of 12.6% doesn’t look low or lowered to me. And it still costs out the nose to fill up my gas tank.

Brunt actually says that the U.S. “deficit is rapidly declining.” Interesting, because it really sounds like he is confusing deficit and debt. Just to be clear:

Debt: Total owed from past and present borrowing. Deficit: This year’s borrowing.

You can get more detail about the deficits over the past two administrations here. The point to be made is this, though: it doesn’t matter if the deficit is decreasing if there is no surplus because the amount of debt will keep increasing without a surplus to pay it off.

So, wow, Obama decreased the amount of budget deficit from some of his previous years. Woo-hoo, I’m excited now because that just means that he slowed how quickly we’re digging a hole. Itdoes not mean that the hole is getting smaller or being filled in to get us back to level ground.

So, he misuses terms and makes questionable assertions and then says that voting for candidates that lean toward Tea Party policies “defies reason.”

What really defies reason is this guy’s Liberal Logic and his closing request: “When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?” Let me tell you, Mr. Brunt, if Biden didn’t scare me so much, I’d ask you to take Obama now.

 

 

Pelosi Asks Dems To “Stand With Her And Fight Against The Tea Party”…

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This is from Weasel Zippers.

San Fran Nan has some serious brain damage.

I think most Democrats want to steer clear of Pelosi,Reed etc.

 

 

If it wasn’t for Nancy Pelosi this country would have been overrun by Tea Party terrorists a long time ago.

Dear Drew,

This was a tough November, there’s no doubt about it. The Tea Party has even more allies in Congress.

But we cannot be defeated. It is more important now — maybe more important than it’s ever been — that we stand with Nancy in the fight for middle class families.

Will you sign on to stand with Nancy and fight against the Tea Party?

The Tea Party is almost certain to ram through the Ryan Plan to end Medicare as we know it. They could try to privatize Social Security or restrict women’s access to health care.

Everything we’ve fought so long to achieve is still on the line.

Nancy will not sit by and watch the Tea Party chip away at America’s middle class. She is running to be the Democratic Leader in the 114th Congress so she can continue to fight for our families and our future.

She needs each and every one of us with her.

Stand with Nancy in support of middle class families and values. Sign on today.

Thank you.

Team Pelosi

352 Reasons Harry Reid and Senate Democrats Are Actively Working To Stop Congress From Doing Its Job

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

Dingy Harry Reid and Joseph Goebbels share the same philosophy when it comes to lying 

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”Joesph Gobbels

 

Barack Obama and the Democrats have railed against the “do-nothing Congress” (translation: House Republicans) for nearly six years. So what are the facts? Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) recently addressed the charge:

Currently, 352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid’s desk. Of these bills:

– 98% passed with bipartisan support
– Nearly 70% passed with 2/3rds support or more
– Over 50% passed with no opposition at all
– And 55 were introduced by Democrats

And still, Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote.

So, surely the Democrats are confused, right? Of course they’re not; when you and your president have zero very little on which to run, blame the other guys for your failures. Politics 101, right, Harry?

Harry Reid Slammed By Hometown Paper For ‘Race-Baiting’

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Dingy Harry Reid is a senile fool that needs fired, then put in a mental facility for the safety of the public.

 

 

The largest newspaper in Nevada is taking the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to task, saying that the Democrat’s recent comments about Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas highlight a pattern of race card rhetoric.

“Harry Reid is the da Vinci of distraction,” reads the editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which was posted online Friday.

“The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him — and there have been plenty the past few years — the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric,” the editorial continues, adding that Reid “has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.”

The trigger for the Review-Journal was a comment Reid made earlier this week after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court sided with Hobby Lobby, allowing it and other “closely-held” corporations to skirt the Obamacare mandate that requires companies to provide health insurance plans to their employees that contain coverage for certain contraceptives. Companies like Hobby Lobby can now cite their religious principles in deciding to not provide coverage for those contraceptives.

An angry Reid criticized the decision, saying, “The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by the virtues of five white men.”

The issue there is that only four of the justices that sided with Hobby Lobby are white. The fifth justice was Clarence Thomas, who is black.

Sen. Reid’s slip was no accident,” reads the Review-Journal editorial. “He believes racial and ethnic minorities are ideologically monolithic constituencies who are incapable of independent or — gasp! — right-of-center thinking.”

“In the majority leader’s mind, Mr. Thomas is not an African-American because the justice doesn’t blindly subscribe to liberal orthodoxy,” the paper wrote, before pointing out other examples of Reid compartmentalizing minorities.

During his 2010 re-election campaign, Reid said of Latino voters, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK? Do I need to say more?”

 

As the editorial points out, Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, is Hispanic.

“Never mind that Sen. Reid himself, like the entire Senate Democratic leadership, is as white as an Irishman in a snowstorm,” the editorial continues, arguing that after more than five years of Democrats controlling the White House and Senate, unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics “remains scandalously high.” (RELATED: Harry Reid Apparently Thinks Clarence Thomas Is White)

Reid’s proposed solution to the problem, a higher minimum wage, will make the problem worse, according to the paper.

“Quit the race-baiting already, Sen. Reid,” the editorial continues. “You’re clearly colorblind — in all the wrong ways.”

Despite the brutality of its take-down, the Review-Journal left out one prominent example of Reid’s awkward race-based remarks. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Reid said that then-Sen. Barack Obama would be electable because he is “light-skinned” and speaks with “no Negro dialect.”

Reid apologized in 2010 for those comments.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/12/harry-reid-slammed-by-hometown-paper-for-race-baiting/#ixzz37I5aAyAa

Harry Reid’s Crusade Against the Koch Brothers Threatens Your Free Speech

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This is from The Foundry.

Dingy Harry Reid and the DemocRats are getting desperate to stay in power.

To that end they are using the cover story of muzzling The Koch Brothers to restrict every bodies free speech rights.

In doing so they will be able to control the press and stay in power.

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised the Senate will take up a proposed constitutional amendment this year that would radically alter the First Amendment.

The Senate resolution would allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on election campaigns and independent political speech. Reid and others insist restricting the amount of money that may be raised and spent on political speech is not the same as limiting speech. That’s like saying that limiting the amount of newsprint a newspaper can buy does not limit its speech.

Having lost the battle at the Supreme Court, Reid and his cohorts are now pushing this constitutional amendment to reverse decisions—including Citizens United v. FEC andMcCutcheon v. FEC—that protect the rights of Americans to speak their minds about elected officials and candidates and to engage in the political process.

Shutting down conservative speech certainly appears to be a motivating factor behind this push to amend the First Amendment. Reid has given many interviews and speeches on the Senate floor demonizing the Charles and David Koch for “dumping unseemly amounts of money” into politics, “rigg[ing] the system” and “trying to buy the country.” Of course, he never mentions efforts by big Democratic contributors, such as George Soros and the SEIU. Imagine the audacity of those “un-American” and “shrewd businessmen” (Reid’s words) who would back candidates and causes they believe will make America better.

Champions of the proposed constitutional amendment claim it will “level the playing field” in elections. But that’s wrong for two reasons.

1) The amendment expressly exempts the press. The New York Times and MSNBC may continue to spend as much money, newsprint and airtime as they want to support their preferred candidates (or attack those they oppose), but the Kochs and other Americans would be severely restricted in their political activity and speech.

2) This proposed constitutional amendment would protect incumbent politicians.Allowing Congress to regulate the raising and spending of money in campaigns will tie the hands of candidates seeking to unseat them, which is already a long shot. Incumbents are able to amass war chests over the years. As Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government has pointed out, even if a challenger “run[s] a flawless race,” the incumbent has “a dramatic advantage in issue knowledge, local media contacts and relationships.”

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on this proposed constitutional amendment. It’s not easy to amend the Constitution (of more than 11,500 proposed amendments, only 27 have been ratified by the states), so S.J. Res. 19 is likely to end up as a talking point used to rile up the anti-Citizens United base in advance of the 2014 election.

Heritage will hold an event today at 2 p.m. that will feature a panel of campaign finance experts. Bobby Burchfield, who argued McCutcheon v. FEC, Don McGahn, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and Heritage scholar Hans von Spakovsky will discuss this attempt to silence free speech by amending the Constitution.

 

Harry Reid: Benghazi is a Koch brothers plot

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

What a warped black soul Dingy Harry Reid has lying this way.

The said part is that beyond any doubt everything Reid said he seriously believes.

 

 

House Speaker John Boehner can put his plans for a select committeeto investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi on hold. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has gotten to the bottom of the scandal:

It’s the Koch brothers’ fault.

Yes, the Nevada Democrat’s obsession with billionaires Charles and David Koch extends to blaming them for the Republican-controlled House’s desire to get to the bottom of why the Obama administration blamed a terrorist attack on an obscure anti-Islam video (to protect President Obama politically, according to emails newly obtained by Judicial Watch in a lawsuit).

Here’s Reid’s statement on Boehner’s announcement Friday:

Republicans are showing yet again that they have nothing to offer the middle class. Republicans care more about defending billionaires like the Koch brothers and trying to rekindle debunked right-wing conspiracy theories than raising the minimum wage or ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work.

Those crafty Koch brothers — is there anything they can’t do?

Unions lash out at ObamaCare regs

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This is from The Hill.

Be careful of what you wish for you just might just get it.

The Union Thugs got their wish for Obamacare now Obamacare is now biting them on their fat thug asses. 

 

Leaders of major labor unions say they are “bitterly disappointed” with the regulatory changes made to ObamaCare, arguing they do little to help workers who are suffering under the law.

In a letter dated Monday, leaders of major unions told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that proposed regulations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would do nothing to help union health plans.

 

“If the administration honestly thinks that these proposed rules are responsive to our concerns, they were not listening or they simply did not care,” read the letter from Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and D. Taylor, president of Unite Here.

They said the administration has failed to address their concerns about worker health plans, and the healthcare law threatens to lower living standards for the working class.

“It would be a sad irony if the signature legislative accomplishment of an administration committed to reducing income inequality cut living standards for middle income and low wage workers,” the labor leaders wrote.

O’Sullivan and Taylor suggested that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, in a recent letter to some lawmakers, might have misled lawmakers to believe that the new rules have addressed unions’ concerns about the healthcare law.

“That letter has been construed by some to suggest that the very serious concerns of ‘Taft-Hartley’ multi-employer health and welfare trust funds and other non-profit self-funded plans with the ACA has been addressed,” Taylor and O’Sullivan said in the letter. “This is simply not true regardless of the secretary’s good intentions.”

A Labor Department spokesman noted that the regulations in question are open for comment and said the department welcomes input from the public.

Unions have been clashing with the administration for months over the healthcare law’s impact on multi-employer health plans, which by some estimates, are held by roughly 20 million people.

The administration decided that the healthcare law does not provide tax subsidies for the Taft-Hartley plans. But union officials argue that interpretation could force their members to lose their insurance plans, which are nonprofit and thus receive a tax break, and be forced to buy more expensive coverage in the state-run exchanges.

In addition, unions have bristled at several of the law’s taxes and fees on their members’ health plans, including a reinsurance fee that will tax health plans from 2014-2016 to help stabilize the individual market as more sick patients come on board.

Other unions, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Teamsters, have also spoken out against ObamaCare.

Many unions threw their full weight behind the reform law when it first passed in 2010. Since then, labor leaders have tried to work with the White House on shaping the ACA but to no avail.

“Once we realized the ACA would not let us keep the health care we had, we spent three years presenting the administration with reasonable fixes to the ACA’s problems. All of them were rejected and the proposed regulations offer virtually no assistance toward any of these solutions,” said the union leaders in their letter.

The dispute over ObamaCare has created a rift between the White House and unions, the Democrats’ traditional political allies.

In September, the AFL-CIO passed a harshly worded resolution at its convention in Los Angeles that criticized several aspects of ObamaCare. That measure was fiercely debated by labor leaders and was passed despite an effort by the White House to stop it in its tracks.

In October, the administration proposed regulations that could waive the reinsurance fee for self-administered health plans in 2015 and 2016, though not 2014.

Republicans attacked the new rules as a “bailout” for the administration’s political allies. GOP lawmakers have also touted union complaints, as they have worked to roll back the healthcare law.

Business groups have problems with the law as well and have lobbied against the reinsurance fee. Last year, a loose coalition of industry associations and labor unions, including LIUNA and Unite Here, formed to support legislation that would end the fee.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/healthcare/196861-unions-lash-out-at-obamacare-regs#ixzz2ru0n7eY6
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