August 12, 2015

AP’s Crutsinger Predictably Ignores All-Time One-Month Govt. Spending Record

Records are made to be broken, but apparently government spending records are not meant to be reported.

The Monthly Treasury Statement released today showed that the federal government spent a mind-boggling $374.86 billion in July. That’s an all-time single-month record, surpassing the previous high of $369.39 billion “achieved” in August 2012. Yes, there was a calendar “quirk” which caused this month’s report to include five Fridays of disbursements; but that happens four times a year, and a record is a record. Of course, Martin Crutsinger, as he rehashed his shopworn fibs about how the government has piled up deficits during the Obama era, did not cite the new spending record, or even its amount (bolds are mine):

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Text of Resolution to Vacate the Office of U.S. Speaker of the House (Where’s ‘USA Brad’?)

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 pm

I heard an update on this matter this morning when a local station interviewed Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, who is one of four cosponsors of the resolution submitted by Mark Meadows (R-NC) to vacate the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives currently held by John Boehner of Ohio.

So I though I’d look it up.

Here it is:

H. RES. 385

Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 28, 2015

Mr. Meadows submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules

RESOLUTION
Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.

Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decisionmaking, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;

Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the executive and judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American people;

Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;

Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;

Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;

Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;

Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and

Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.

The other two cosponsors are Waler Jones (R-NC) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.).

It’s hard to argue against the validity of any of the items listed.

Exit question for the folks at COAST who preferred the openly misogynist “USA Brad” Wentstrup over Jean Schmidt three years ago, and who seem not to have noticed that he recently hasn’t voted as conservatively as Schmidt:

Why isn’t “USA Brad” a cosponsor of this resolution?

Maybe he likes the visibility Boehner has given him to pretend that the Republican establishment in Washington is legitimately interested in “focusing first on jobs and the economy.” Where’s the evidence, Brad?

Specifics:

  • There was no way Schmidt could be outdone in her voting record as evaluated by Americans For Prosperity, as she got 100 percent from the group for her 2011 voting record, despite receiving no money that year from the Koch brothers. Wenstrup has matched that 100 percent, which is fine, but it’s obviously not an improvement.
  • More important, Wenstrup has been a big letdown according to the tougher evaluators at the Club For Growth, whose 2014 scorecoard shows the turned in an utterly disgraceful 69 percent, placing him 107th among all House members. Schmidt got 80 percent in her final year (81st place). And while Wenstrup’s “lifetime rating” based on two years is 80 percent compared to Schmidt’s 79 percent over about seven years, Wentstrup is clearly sliding downhill quite quickly.

NewsBusted (072815)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:25 am

This is the start of a catch-up campaign, so here goes:

Topics:
– President Obama
– Overtime Pay
– Hillary Clinton
– Iran
– British Royal Family
– Greece
– Oregon Marijuana
– Starbucks
– Martin O’Malley

Best Lines:

  • “President Obama has proposed making 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay. Aides say that after 6-1/2 years in office, Obama feels he hasn’t killed enough jobs.”
  • “Greece is set to receive $95 billion in new loans. To give you an idea of how broke they are, they want the U.S. to co-sign.”
  • “Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s campaign is off to a slow start. Six weeks after announcing his candidacy, he’s still trying to shore up his base — Mrs. O’Malley.”

Arrest of ‘Special Assistant. to the President’ Gets Scant, Poor-Quality Press Coverage

My, the news about Barvetta Singletary’s domestic violence arrest involving gunfire has been kept mighty quiet.

Press reports have typically opened by describing Ms. Singletary as “a White House staffer.” Several paragraphs later, readers learn that she is — or perhaps “was,” as she has for now “has been placed on temporary unpaid leave and is banned from White House grounds” — the “special assistant to the president and House legislative affairs liaison.” Though it’s impossible to be certain given bureaucratic bloat, this would seem to be a position which reports directly to Barack Obama. Even if it isn’t, can anyone imagine a similar circumstance generating so little notice during a Republican or conservative presidential administration?

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081215)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Accra, Ghana:

Aug 12, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent.

“Every life is created in the image of God, protect it!” said one marcher’s sign. “Abortion is evil, stop it!” said another. Another marcher’s sign stressed the eternal values of life and faith.

Some carried signs that objected to international organizations that promote abortion in Ghana. Other signs accused African governments of promoting a “culture of death.” Still others stressed the importance of reserving sex to married couples, the Catholic News Agency of Africa reports.

The Aug. 8 march was organized by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It was one of the events of the bishop conference’s Aug. 7-8 pro-life conference intended to promote reflection on the Gospel of Life. The conference focused on protecting life and family values. …

Go here for the rest of the story.