Monday, October 5, 2015

Kill the filibuster. Kill it now.

Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter 


Traditions are nice and institutional prerogatives can be important, but right now on Capitol Hill, the tails are wagging the dog. The filibuster is already dead – Harry Reid killed it when he chose to disregard it to pack the District of Columbia Circuit – and pretending it isn’t is not only ridiculous but it is ripping the GOP apart. It’s like a legislative Weekend at Bernie’s starring pouty Mitch McConnell and fussy little Lamar Alexander.
The filibuster, a mere Senate tradition and not a constitutional mandate, is not just an obstacle to enacting our conservative agenda. It is driving the destruction of the separation of powers. It has turned the legislative branch into Obama’s personal love slave, and this guy is into some sick, freaky stuff.
Obama uses the filibuster, with the aid of his Senate minority minions, as a way to prevent accountability. By refusing to allow a vote on any issue Obama disapproves of, the Democrats are able to leverage the slobbering assistance of their mainstream media friends into placing the blame for a “dysfunctional” Congress onto the GOP despite the fact that the only people preventing the Congress from passing anything are the Democrats. Obama never has to take a real stand. He never has to veto popular legislation. He never has to explain why he is refusing to sign a bill, or why he is shutting down the government.
Instead, you GOP sad-sacks find yourselves selling out the people who sent you to Washington time and time again because Obama can use the filibuster to ensure that the blame for everything lands squarely on you. And you just take it. It’s like an abusive relationship. “Gee, maybe if I was nicer to him he’d let me govern,” you whimper just before he pushes another half-grapefruit in your collective faces.
Obama is Lucy with the football, and you aren’t even Charlie Brown botching the kick. Charlie Brown at least deserved sympathy. You tools are Charlie Brown’s even stupider cousin Myron Brown, who Lucy literally tells, “Come try to kick the football, but when you do I’m totally pulling it away and laughing at you when you fall on your butt.” And then he does it anyway.
This probably makes Ted Cruz Snoopy, the one character who sees clearly what’s happening and who you therefore blame instead of Lucy Obama.
This clusterfark needs to stop. Sure, McConnell and the rest of Team Failure want to retain the illusion that the Senate is some collegial “cooling saucer” of democracy, but their 1962 high school civics class fantasies about how politics works today must give way to reality. Our opponents are not well-meaning fellow Americans who merely want the best for our country just like us. They are dedicated progressives who want to ratchet this country to the left, disregarding the voice of the majority of Americans and systematically violating our rights. Their poisonous ideology must be ruthlessly and completely defeated.
Fight, you gutless wimps! You can’t even pass laws addressing the IRS campaign against our political allies or stopping the Dems from giving $500 million a year in our money to fund baby dismemberment factories. Why? Because of some tradition that’s not even going to be a tradition anymore once the Dems retake the Senate – which they will next year, thanks to you, unless you pry your collective heads out.
Obama is beating your brains in and he is liberating the executive branch from any kind of accountability or checks by other branches. If the legislature can’t legislate – and it can’t because it won’t – it is no longer a co-equal branch of government. It’s just the political catamite of the guy down the street in the White house.
The Republican traditionalists would literally destroy the entire branch in order to save one extra-constitutional, obsolete custom in one of the houses. No wonder people call the GOP “The Stupid Party.”
What’s worse is that we all know that the filibuster is a dead tradition walking. The Democrats aren’t going to be so fussy next time they get a majority. They are going to kill it dead the second it becomes useful to do so and not pause to mourn. You GOP weasels are simply setting yourselves up for a royal shafting when your enemies choose the time and place to drive a stake through its flailing heart.
We keep hearing how McConnell is some sort of legislative genius. Maybe he should start proving it. Without the filibuster, he can send piecemeal bills to Obama’s desk and force him to veto or sign each painful, embarrassing one. He can start doing what the GOP promised to do in 2010 and 2014.
The rise of Donald Trump can be traced directly back to the stubborn, cowardly refusal of the Senate GOP to adapt to modern realities. We voted these guys into office with a mandate, and they promised to act. Their sorry procedural and institutional excuses are just not going to cut it. The GOP can end the filibuster tomorrow. It is choosing – choosing – not to. Which means it is choosing not to do what it promised to do.
Astonishingly, the GOP elite is stunned that Donald Trump is mopping the floor with the establishment candidates. You have not kept your word, Congressional GOP. Boehner was only the first to pay the price. If you don’t end the tyranny of the filibuster and start doing what you promised us you would do, and but quick, you are next.
Kill the filibuster. Kill it now

CHAFFETZ IS THE RIGHT PICK FOR SPEAKER

boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/05/15 | Bob Lonsberry 

Boehner was the lesser of two evils.

But not by much.

You had Obama on the one side and Mr. Spray Tan on the other, and the hatred of one did not mean the love of the other.

And for five years he failed.

Handed the speakership by a pissed-off public, he did nothing with it. He didn't figure out how to handle Obama, he didn't figure out how to handle Reid, he was clueless with Pilosi and rudderless with the Republicans. He could neither command nor cooperate.

Nor could he speak.

As half the population was left without a voice, he gurgled nonsense, completely unable to articulate or inspire. And when he did get a sentence out, half the time it was in derision of the people and principles which empowered him.

Boehner failed his party, the House and our country.

There are lots of different ways to be Speaker. He didn't figure out any of them.

Now his wingman is up for the job.

Which sounds like a heaping helping of same-o same-o.

SSDD – same crap, different day.

And nobody in America has an appetite for that – most particularly the people who have given the Republicans control of the House. Because this isn't about which snake climbs to the top of the heap, it's about saving America, about doing what's right, about standing up in our generation to protect and preserve the principles of American liberty.

And preserving liberty is always a here-and-now proposition.

We don't want to be blown off to another election, manipulated for more donations or inflamed for a party's benefit.

We want to get crap done.

And we want to start now.

And to do that we need a speaker with brains, backbone and voice. Someone who can preach what we believe, stand up when he needs to stand up, and figure out how to go forward within the inspired confines of our constitutional system.

The Constitution demands cooperation, compromise or consensus. It punishes the extremes and rewards coalitions, making sure that the American ship of state stays in the main channel. The Constitution forces the government to do those things which are simultaneously respectful of the rights of all and the wishes of the majority.

The Speaker is the point man, the leader who more often that not has to bring the ball down the court and set up the play.

Boehner couldn't do that.

And you can't teach others to do what you can't do yourself, so the likelihood that Boehner's wingman can get the job done isn't very great.

Which gets us to Chaffetz. Jason Chaffetz. House Oversight Committee, fixture on Fox News, watchdog of Obama and the Constitution.

Yesterday he said he wanted to be Speaker.

Here's hoping the Republicans in the House are smart enough to give him the job.

Because it's time for someone different. Someone who isn't a go along to get along, who doesn't have his lips stuck on leadership's derriere, who believes in American principles, has fought for American principles and can use the bully pulpit of the speakership to speak powerfully and convincingly for American principles.

And Jason Chaffetz can do that.

He is a common-sense guy next door who doesn't back away from a fight or get bashful when it's time to say what's in his heart. He isn't obnoxious or rude, he can work well with anybody, and he knows and does what's right.

Most importantly, he is a good communicator of the conservative message.

In an era when the country is increasingly liberal, and the left has taken vilification and mockery as its favorite tools, fewer and fewer Americans know the principles upon which their Republic is built. Real leaders of the Republican Party – and true servants of the country – must teach them. Ronald Reagan – often cited and seldom truly understood or followed – was an evangelist of conservatism. He taught people, in an affirming, positive way, what their freedom was and where it came from. He didn't live off the cultural understanding of an earlier day, he actively built that understanding every day.

That's what Jason Chaffetz can do.

From his first days in the House, he has been a media darling. Comfortable, approachable, affable, he's a lot less talking points and a lot more straight talk.

He would be a positive face for the House and the Republican Party.

A positive young face.

In the House, he has been unflinching in his oversight role, tackling anyone and taking heat from the Obama Administration for doing so. Just last week we learned that the Obama Secret Service, in a hatchet job that reeked of Watergate, had violated federal confidentiality law in an effort to take him down.

In this case, you can judge a man by his enemies.

If Obama hates him, then he's alright by me.

But Chaffetz isn't a bomb thrower. He doesn't want to tear the temple down, he wants to cleanse it. He has shown an ability to work within the structure of caucus leadership, and to reach across the aisle. And while a purist, he is not a martyr. He understands that without compromising principle or betraying constituents, there is room for the accommodation of others' views that is inherent in our Constitution.

Those are good traits in a Speaker.

And trying something new is a good trait in a party.

Especially when what you're doing doesn't work.

America has given the Republicans the House.

Specifically, conservative Americans have given Republicans the House.

It's time for a Speaker who will do something with it.

The U.S. Postal Service Continues To Burn Money!

Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2015 | Ken Blackwell 


Most people are going to tell you that they can’t stand seeing good money go to waste. When it comes to the U.S. government, however, wasteful spending continues to be the name of the game. A repeat culprit of government waste—the United States Postal Service (USPS), which recorded a revenue loss of $5.5 billion dollars in 2014 alone—is considering a $6.3 billion purchase of mail delivery vehicles using an unnecessarily expensive, out-of-date approach it employed nearly 30 years ago.
Of course, maintaining one of the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleets comes with its costs, but it appears the service has done little to minimize those. Like it did in the 1980s when the Postal Service purchased its iconic “mail truck” that we see today, the aptly-named Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV), the USPS is again considering buying up to 180,000 custom-built, identical vehicles, and keeping them for decades. This decision is illustrative of just how stuck in years past our government can be. The average age of an LLV vehicle is 24 years, they cost a fortune to maintain due to their age, and don’t include features as basic as air conditioning and anti-lock brakes.
Not every mail route is the same, so there is no reason why we should pigeonhole one vehicle into a variety of applications, where they will be underused or inappropriate for the job. The type of delivery vehicle needed in urban areas such as Manhattan is different from what is needed in rural Montana. Instead of giving one company billions of dollars to build a costly new delivery vehicle from scratch exclusively for USPS, the Postal Service should purchase vehicles that are in the market today and can be easily adapted for the diverse needs of the Service.
Buying or leasing cars, vans, or SUVs of different sizes off the shelf and modifying them slightly would generate significant cost savings for the Postal Service while giving it the flexibility to cater to specific routes and the needs of its drivers. What’s more, by turning over the fleet every 10-12 years, the Service will be able to take advantage of reduced maintenance costs, new technological developments and better gas mileage, something it has not done with its current stone-age mail trucks.
According to a report commissioned by Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a group dedicated to improving America’s national and economic security by reducing its dependence on oil, and for which I serve as Senior Advisor, USPS could save up to $1.9 billion by using a mixed fleet of off-the-shelf vehicles instead of building a new vehicle all over again—one we would be stuck with for another 20-25 years. No wonder private sector package delivery leaders such as FedEx and UPS all rely on a mixed fleet of regular consumer vehicles that have been slightly customized to meet their needs.
Saving money on fuel and maintenance down the road is a no-brainer. The old fleet of LLVs averages about 10 miles per gallon, a joke by today’s standards and one of the reasons why it costs more every year to send a letter or a package. To illustrate how silly this is, a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck has a combined mileage of 22 mpg—more than double that of the much smaller LLV.
Who knows what our cars and trucks will look like in 20 years, but with the introduction of new technologies like crash-imminent braking, more efficient engines, or even alternative fuels, it’s safe to say that the cars of tomorrow will be very different from the ones you and I drive today. For the safety of its drivers and the financial health of its business, USPS should design its fleet in a way that allows the Service to adopt new automotive technologies over time and reap the financial benefits.
It’s not a bad thing for the USPS to follow the example of its contemporaries in the private sector by taking advantage of higher efficiency and more cost-effective vehicles to conduct its business. If the Postal Service wants to do things the right way, it should make sure to take a good look at all its options before spending billions of dollars on a new fleet. Instead of being the poster child for government waste, USPS has the chance to show that efficiency is important, and that it is capable of making smart financial decisions. Let’s hope that it does.

Smart Meters, Watching Our Lives

Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh 

Unbeknownst to most of us, homes are now fitted with smart water meters, smart gas meters, and smart appliances that communicate with each other and with the “mother ship.”
Under the guise of climate change advocacy which pretends to save the planet from a non-existent anthropogenic global warming, people across the globe have been forced by utilities and their governments to accept smart meters as readers of their electricity consumption. I called these smart meters in my book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” drones attached to our homes.
Smart meters are being deployed without debate and without the informed consent of homeowners. They inspect homes 24/7 through several pulses a minute and without a warrant, over-bill, cause home fires, result in environmental and health problems, are vulnerable to hacking, and data obtained from such smart meters are sold to third parties without homeowners’ consent.

Obama’s lousy new normal: Job growth disappoints yet again!

Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Herman Cain 

One of the biggest wastes of time imaginable is to read news stories about what’s expected in upcoming economic reports. Late last week, we were regaled with stories about how economists were expecting news of robust job growth, and how this would be followed by serious consideration on the part of the Federal Reserve Board to finally raise interest rates—which have been kept artificially low for years in the hope of spurring job growth.

But as is so often the case, the reality didn’t meet the expectations. Job growth stumbled again, with only 142,000 nonfarm jobs added to payrolls in September. And that follows an August that was even worse, at just 136,000. We’re not even adding enough jobs to keep up with the growth in population, which means that glorious 5.1 percent unemployment rate you keep hearing about is only because so many people are leaving the workforce and no longer being counted.

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