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18 of the Most Cringe-Worthy Phrases Ever Spoken By a Politician

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

 

 

When we think of politicians, we tend to think (or at least hope) that they are somewhat intelligent people. However, sometimes even the most intelligent people have some not-so-intelligent moments. Here are 18 of them:

1.) “If a president of the United States ever lied to the American people he should resign.” – President Bill Clinton (D)

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2.) “The Gulf War was like teenage sex. We got in too soon and out too soon.” – Senator 
Tom Harkin (D)

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3.) “I don’t understand how they can call me anti-Latino when I’ve made four movies in Mexico.” – former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

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4.) “I cook occasionally just to see how easy women’s work is.” – former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D)

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5.) “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” – Vice President Joe Biden (D)

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6.) “I am not a chauvinist, obviously. . . . I believe in women’s rights for every woman but my own.” – Chicago Mayor Harold Washington (D)

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7.) “It’s a racist tax.” – Florida Rep. Ted Yoho (R) on the civil-rights consequences of taxing tanning salons, which supposedly discriminates against white people

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8.) “I don’t care anything about your disability.” – Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D), quoted in a federal lawsuit brought by an employee who alleged failure to accommodate her disability

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9.) “I think incest can be handled as a family matter within the family.” – Arkansas Rep. Jay Dickey Jr. (R)

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10.) “The roads in Missouri were much more terrifying to me than the attacks on the World Trade Center, because I really did think my life was far more at risk.” – former HHS Secretary and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D)

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11.) “No, no. I have been practicing… I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” – President Barack Obama (D)

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12.) “I know what Victoria’s Secret is. She’s a slut.” – Wyoming Rep. Barbara Cubin (R)

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13.) “I am working for the time when unqualified blacks, browns and women join the unqualified men in running the government.” – Texas State Rep. Frances “Sissy” Farenthold (D)

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14.) “I’m not against the blacks, and a lot of the good blacks will attest to that.”- Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham (R)

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15.) “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.“- California Rep. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D)

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16.) “In two previous gentlemen’s statements on the amendment, both of them referred to the Affordable Care Act, which is the accurate title of the health care reform law, as ‘ObamaCare.’ That is a disparaging reference to the President of the United States. … It is clearly in violation of House rules against that.” – Florida Rep. and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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17.) “My fear is that the whole island [of Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.” – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson (D)

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18.)  “I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children. An alien to me is someone from out of space.” – Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson (D)

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Makes you wonder how they managed to get elected in the first place…

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Harkin: ‘Is It a Spending Problem? No … It’s a Misallocation of Wealth’

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This is from CNSNews.

Shame on the people of  Iowa for electing this mental midget.

Shame on you for reelecting this mental midget.

We need to remove this mentality from Congress.

 

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said on Thursday that U.S. government does not have a spending problem, but America suffers from “a misallocation of wealth.”

“I look at it this way,” Harkin said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the law that includes the automatic spending cuts referred to as “sequestration”). “We’re the richest nation in the history of the world.  That kind of begs the question doesn’t it? If we’re so rich, why are we so broke?”

“Is it a spending problem? Harkin said. “No, it’s because we have a misallocation of capital, a misallocation of wealth.”

“All of this wealth that’s been built up by hard-working Americans has been accumulated into fewer and fewer and fewer hands all the time,” Harkin said.

Harkin, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, criticized a U.S. tax code he said benefits wealthy people.

“I tell you we’ve got to get back to a better, rationale system of revenues and spending in this country and back to our obligations,” Harkin said. “I just feel very strongly, that it’s not just appropriations that’s causing this problem.

“It’s the lack of the revenue that we should be taking in to meet our obligations as a country,” Harkin said.

But Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who said she supported tax increases for the wealthy and opposed letting sequestration commence, took issue with Harkin’s views on federal spending.

“It’s very difficult to follow the eloquence of my colleague from Iowa,” Collins said. “The fact is, however, I believe we do have a spending problem and the $16.4 trillion dollar debt is ample evidence of that.”

 

Sen. Harkin to Retire

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This is from The Washington Free Beacon.

 

It is not any loss Tom Harkin is leaving the Senate.

One less DemocRat Progressive Communist in the Senate.

 

Citing old age, Senator to retire amid questions of cronyism

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin will retire from the Senate at the end of his term in January 2015, the Associated Press has reported.

The 73-year-old Harkin told The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” noting that by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

The AP noted that Harkin has $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning to attend a fundraising event next month.

Harkin has come under scrutiny for his relationship to donors and thepolitical science institute at Iowa State University named after him.

PMX Industries, which manufactures sheet metal and has millions of dollars in contracts with the U.S. Mint, donated to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy. Harkin has advocated shifting from the dollar bill to a dollar coin.

Herbalife, a health and nutritional supplement company, also donated to the institute, but it has also been Harkin’s largest contributor to his campaigns. Sen. Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, wrote the wellness title in Obamacare, and has appeared in promotional material for Herbalife.

The Iowa Board of Regents, on which Harkin’s wife sits and which approved the institute, voted to prohibit any new institutes from being named after active politicians.

 

Democrats Job Plan Could Leave 768,000 Unemployed

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This is from Godfather Politics.

The DemocRats want to raise the minimum wage.

The minimum wage increases  job prospects decline.

When it is raised dramatically even more jobs go away.

This wage increase will cost between 250,000 to 768,000 jobs die.

Jobs and economy are the top topics for most Americans.  The Obama administration has had three and half years to address the matters and turn things around, but they haven’t.  The only successful thing the Democrats have achieved is pointing the finger of blame at Republicans for their own failures.

When the Democrats have tried to kick start the economy and create jobs, they’ve done so by throwing money into the air and hoping it lands on enough businesses to prompt them to start hiring.  First there was the famous Stimulus plan that tossed over $800 billion dollars into the air.  Some of it landed on General Motors, some landed on companies like Solyndra, First Solar and Beacon Power, some landed in the pockets of bureaucrats, politicians and friends of Obama and some of the Stimulus money fell on businesses overseas who did create jobs – over there.

When that didn’t work, some Democrats advocated another stimulus.  Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-CA) has been pushing for a $1 trillion stimulus for social programs which she says would fix everything.  This came about after the U.S. credit rating had already been lowered because we can’t pay our debts.

Now, a number of Democrats have hatched another plan that they claim will help lower and middle class Americans.  They want to raise the minimum wage limit by 35% and then tie it to the inflation rate.  They also want to increase the minimum wage paid to employees who receive tips by over 200%.

Three different bills have been introduced to accomplish this:

  • Rep. George Miller (D-CA) has introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 which would raise the minimum wage by 35%, from the current $7.25 to $9.80 per hour and then index it to inflation.  It would also raise the minimum wage for tip earners by over 200% by increasing it to 70% of the minimum wage.
  • Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-CT) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) have introduced the Rebuild America Act which also would raise the minimum wage by 35%, from the current $7.25 to $9.80 per hour and then index it to inflation.  It would also raise the minimum wage for tip earners by over 200% by increasing it to 70% of the minimum wage.
  • Rep. Jessie Jackson Jr. (D-IL) introduced the Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012, which would raise the minimum wage by 38% from the current $7.25 to $10 per hour and then index it to inflation. It would also raise the minimum wage for tip earners by over 200% by increasing it to 70% of the minimum wage.

Business sectors that would be most affected by the minimum wage hikes would be retail, restaurants, hotels and entertainment.  Many of these businesses are barely surviving in today’s struggling economy.  Being forced into a 35% increase in wages would be more than their bottom lines can afford.  The results would be more layoffs and more businesses closing their doors, resulting in lost jobs.

According to the Employment Policies Institute, the number of jobs that could be lost by such a huge increase in the minimum wage could run from 256,200 to 768,600. This would hit the younger workforce (25 year old and younger) the hardest since they make up nearly 50% of those earning minimum wage at this time.  The unemployment rate for this age group is already at 23.8%.

Michael Saltsman, a researcher with EPI commented on their findings saying:

“The Democratic Party still refuses to acknowledge that wage hikes kill job opportunities.”

“As the election season heats up, the Democratic Party should not lose its focus on finding policies that increase job opportunities instead of reduce them.”

So once again we see a concerted effort on the part of Democrats to only make our employment and economic situation worse.  They remind me of a program I watched recently where a doctor back in the late 1800’s offered a cure for a particular ailment.  It turned out the cure itself was fatal and patients started dying.  I can only wish for a similar outcome as that doctor was charged, tried and found guilty of his crimes.  If only history would repeat itself once again.

Harkin: Free Birth Control Mandated Because Women ‘Have Terrible Menstrual Cramps’

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This is from CNSNews.

After reading this article all I can say is WTF are you saying Senator?

Even for a DemocRat your ramblings are in the twilight zone.

CNSNews.com) – Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today justified what the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called an “unjust and illegal mandate” that forces Catholic business owners to provide coverage for free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs because, Harkin said, some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual pain.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work,” said Harkin. “I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor.”

In an interview with CNSNews.com, Harkin at no time contested that the regulation required Catholics to act against their faith. Instead, he likened forcing a Catholic to purchase health insurance that covers sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to forcing Quakers to pay taxes to cover a war.

“It’s like a Quaker who pays income taxes,” said Harkin.   “They have to pay income taxes.  Quakers, as you know, have unalterably been opposed to war and military spending.  Yes, some of their taxes have to go to that.”

The “preventive services” regulation, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), goes into effect on Aug. 1. It mandates that nearly all health insurance plans must offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.

More than 40 Catholic entities and business owners have filed suit against the mandate arguing that it violates the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion by forcing Catholics to buy and/or provide health plans that violate Catholic teaching.

Last Friday, a federal judge in Colorado issued a temporary injunction stopping the Obama administration from enforcing the regulation against Hercules Industries, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business owned by a Catholic family.

During a press conference on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Harkin, “The Catholic Bishops have unanimously declared this regulation to be an ‘illegal and unjust mandate.’  A judge on Friday issued an injunction, in Colorado, stopping it from being enforced on a Catholic small business owner.  Do you believe that the federal government has a moral right to force Catholic small business owners to act against their faith?”

Harkin said, “What I do believe is that the Obama administration carved out a very sensible, sort of middle ground exception to this, in which churches, religious organizations, certainly are exempted from this, but for-profit businesses, a broad variety, they don’t have to pay in if they don’t want to for the individual, but they do have to pay into the health care and it’s up to the insurance companies whether or not they want to carry this as a provision. So, I think the exception that the Obama administration come up with is sensible.”

“I think we also have to keep in mind, a lot of times we talk about birth control or contraception, many times for many young women of child bearing age, it’s not just to prevent a birth, or prevent a pregnancy,” he said.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work.”

“I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor,” said Harkin.  “Are we now being told that a woman has to take that prescription from a doctor, and take it and show it to her employer?  Or show it to her insurance company about what the diagnosis is?  You wouldn’t ask anyone to do that.  I wouldn’t ask any woman to do that. So, I think that we have to move ahead on this.”

Harkin continued, “I don’t know what the outcome of this case in Colorado is going to be, I know it’s a preliminary injunction while the case, while it’s decided. I don’t know all the facts of the case, I just don’t, but I do believe that we have carved out, the Obama administration carved out a viable exception for religious organizations, churches.”

Contrary to Harkin’s assertions, the religious “exemption” in the HHS regulation applies only to religious organizations organized under the section of the tax code reserved for churches per se. It does not apply to Catholic hospitals, schools or charities, or to individual Catholic workers or business owners. Nor does it apply to insurance companies.

Under Obamacare, all businesses with 50 or more full-time employees must purchase government-approved health-care plans for their workers or face steep penalties and all individuals must purchase health insurance whether they run their own business or work for somebody else.

 

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