Daily Archives: January 21, 2011

Keith Olbermann out

9:43 p.m. | Updated Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately.

Well, look for him to show up in the Obama administration soon.  I joked he would replace Robert Gibbs, but I would not be surprised.  Or at the Daily Kos.  He spent a lot of time guest blogging over there anyway.

Posted:  01.21.11

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Tea Party to republicans – some straight talk on spending cuts

Well, now, tea party guy puts it on the line, talks in language easy to understand.  Republicans in the cross-hairs.  But the republicans are in rehab and so far they are doing just fine.

Posted:  01.21.11

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How far we have come since January, 2010

We’ve come a long way, baby.

Just think. Last year this time, we were reeling from the ramming of Obamacare through the congress, in the midnight hour. All the power was in the House and the Senate and the presidency in the hands of the democrats, including their mouthpiece the mainstream media.

The republicans had been written off, declared to be out of power for at least the next 40 years. Maybe a little hope of gaining a couple seats here and there. It looked pretty bleak. But the tea pot was percolating.

What a difference a year makes.

The republicans took control of the House in November, gaining more than 60 seats. (I can’t seem to find an exact number on that. I goes from 60 to 65.)

It’s only January 21st and Obamacare has been repealed in the House of Representatives. A huge victory. Will Harry Reid have the courage to have a vote on it in the Senate?

The republicans have written a bill for deep spending cuts, amounting to $2.5 Trillion dollars.

Nancy Pelosi had her big fine office in the brand new $621 million dollar Visitor Center, .which opened in 2008. (Congress added $88 million to the original project budget to build office space for the House of Representatives and Senate) I’m sure she thought she would inhabit that new office until they had to take her out on a stretcher.

Visitor comment: “House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office has a huge arched marble foyer and the words, “House speaker Nancy Pelosi” is in fancy swish letters above the threshhold of the foyer, not even the door, I’m talking about THE ENTRANCE TO THE ENTRANCE, like you are about to enter a shrine.”

Now she’s in the small office she designed for the minority leader and John Boehner is in the one she designed for herself.

The mainstream media just attempted once again to run over and silence conservative voices (tea party, Sarah Palin, talk radio) and they fell flat on their faces. They ended up looking a bunch of buffoons and actually gained support and credibility for our side, while proving themselves to be utterly incapable of covering a major event without trying to score politically. Of course, they did not even try to do anything but report a fantasy narrative that they wanted to promote. They think the American people are reeeal dumb.

I have seen a poll that said only 15 percent believed them, another up to 35 percent, which is only the small MSNBC audience who will believe anything. That leaves the vast majority of Americans and independent voters not buying anything they are saying. They will never again be able to float a big lie and have anybody believe them.

The American people love fairness and anybody could see, when looking at the real facts, that they were shamelessly promoting a lie. Some continue to do it, defending themselves and doubling down. That’s good. It’s just perfect that they re-enforce their unreliability.

So it’s all good. We have the wind at our back. On to 2012 when we take the white house.

Posted: 01.21.11

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House republicans propose huge cuts in spending

In a bill called “Spending Reduction Act of 2011” proposed by members of the conservative Republican Study Committee, many cuts are listed.  Cheers!

Here’s just a few cuts proposed:

  • Eliminate all remaining “stimulus” funding. $45 billion total savings.

  • cut public broadcasting subsidy $445 million annual savings

  • cut international fund for Ireland $17 million annual savings

  • cut half funding for congressional printing and binding $47 million annual savings

  • cut Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.

  • cut federal travel budget in half $7.5 billion a year

  • trim fed vehicle budged by 20 percent $600 million a year

  • cut intercity and high speed rail grants $2.5 billion

  • cut Title X Family Planning $318 million

  • cut presidential campaign fund $775 million over ten years

  • no funding for federal office space acquisition $865 million

  • require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees $1 billion

  • prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees $1.2 billion over ten years

  • eliminate death gratuity for members of congress (no dollar amount given)

  • eliminate mohair subsidies $1 million

  • Economic Assistance to Egypt. $250 million annually.

  • eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs $900 million

Posted:  01.21.11

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