Here is Senator Tim Scott at CPAC 2014 being his usual dynamic self:
Here is Senator Tim Scott at CPAC 2014 being his usual dynamic self:
Here is Paul Ryan’s CPAC 2014 speech with a fine introduction buy Townhall’s Guy Benson:
Up until two weeks when my apartment got flooded I was on the path to attending this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, but for obvious reasons it looks like I will barely be able to even follow the events at this years conference. Here is the list and approximate starting time of today’s speakers.
9:00 a.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
9:16 a.m. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey
9:24 a.m. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan
9:40 a.m. South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
10:19 a.m. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell
11:45 a.m. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
12:00 p.m. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
12:16 p.m. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
12:31 p.m. Utah Sen. Mike Lee
2:45 p.m. Donald Trump
Other than Donald Trump, I find this to be a really interesting list of speakers. I’m most interested in how Mitch McConnell will be received given he is the current whipping boy of the so called “tru-cons.” I’m also curious to see if this year the conference turns into a “establishment” vs “grassroots” battle or if the majority will remember the Democrats are our adversary.
Unfortunately, this year I doubt I’ll be able to post clips in a timely fashion like I have before, but on a happy note, it looks like I should be able to return to my home sometime next week.
Back in the days of the Bill Clinton era the motto was “deny, deny, deny.” President Clinton’s most famous denial, his liaison with Monica Lewinsky, is remembered by all. What has been lost in history was Clinton’s pattern of denial is what got him elected. From the Orlando Sun, August 1, 1998:
Whether about Gennifer Flowers, smoking marijuana, dodging the draft or, now, Monica Lewinsky, Clinton has found that hanging tough can get you through tough times.
In telephone conversations with Flowers, for instance, Clinton told her: “If everybody’s on record denying it, you’ve got no problem”; and “If everybody kind of hangs tough, they’re just not gonna do anything”; and “They can’t a story like this unless somebody said, `Yeah, I did it with him.”’
The problem for Clinton turned out to be that Flowers later said she did have sex with him. But Clinton denied it. When the story broke during the critical New Hampshire primary of 1992, Clinton repeatedly said there had been no affair with Flowers.
And voters seemed to believe him. Clinton, who also denied dodging the draft and breaking the laws of this country by smoking marijuana, came in second in New Hampshire after many had counted him out. He went on to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
It was not until January of this year – with no more elections to face – that Clinton admitted to having had sex once with Flowers.
Denial still looks like Clinton’s defense of choice.
Days after the Lewinsky story first broke, CNN’s John King reported that on one audiotape Lewinsky quotes the president as “There is no evidence, so you can deny, deny, deny.”
In the current era of Obama the motto is delay, delay, delay. As Jonathan Tobin observed:
From its inception, the strategy behind the Obama administration’s implementation of ObamaCare has been simple: to frontload the benefits and postpone the pain and costs of this massive government intrusion into the private sector for as long as possible. This deceitful approach enabled President Obama run for reelection in 2012 on the spurious promise of extending insurance coverage to the poor and those with pre-existing conditions without being held accountable for the problems with the law that would only become apparent in his second term.
Here we are well into Obama’s second term and the number of delays to his signature legislation has become down right incalculable. Seriously, you cannot find a definitive number of delays this law has endured. I can say we are closing in on thirty, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an article stating more than thirty. I think, however, we are at the point were the number of delays are not nearly as important as for their reasons. With the Democrats senate majority at stake we are met with this headline from the Hill: “New ObamaCare delay to help Democrats in midterm elections”
The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.
These cancellations are still going to happen, the question is will the American people be fooled. Back in 1971, the rock group The Who proclaimed: “Won’t get fooled again” while many consider this to be a song for the leftists ,Peter Townsend said of the song:
It is not precisely a song that decries revolution – it suggests that we will indeed fight in the streets – but that revolution, like all action, can have results we cannot predict. Don’t expect to see what you expect to see. Expect nothing and you might gain everything. The song was meant to let politicians and revolutionaries alike know that what lay in the center of my life was not for sale, and could not be co-opted into any obvious cause
Many of us did know what the results of an Obama presidency would be. We understood what he meant when he promised “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” But more Americans were fooled… again. Leaving me thinking of the old proverb: “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”
I have an addendum for those who are constantly fooled, but I maintain a family friendly blog
While I’m directing my personal energies elsewhere, it is impossible to ignore the feckless approach by our fraudulent Commander-in- Chief regarding the latest events in Ukraine.
There is a part of me who feels a certain vindication, because I was one of those who vehemently defended Mitt Romney when he called Russia our “number one geo-political foe” and not just from liberals.
I’m not going on a rant, I don’t have to. Judge Jeanine Pirro says everything that needs to be said.
I just wonder how many people our lifting their heads up from their gadgets to comprehend what’s happening to our country.
As I continue to contend with my apartment (it’s dried out quite nicely and repair work will soon begin,) I wanted to take a moment from my sabbatical to discuss something that happened yesterday.
I do not get offended easily, especially by politicians, but this statement from the President to Organizing for Action volunteers truly rankled me.
For those of you who do not know, Organizing for Action evolved from the President’s re-election campaign apparatus Organizing for America. Most of you know my ambivalence to institutional religion, but I have always acknowledge a belief in some sort of higher power.
After all, among friends I have often claimed the status as the universe’s favorite chew toy.
At this event, President Obama gave his followers two directives:
This is “God’s Work?”
Imagine, if you will, President George W Bush telling his volunteers that peddling his policies was “God’s work”
Equally offensive, is his notion that those of us who do not agree with his policies do so simply because we “can’t stand the President,” listen to the “wrong newscast,” or are “cynical.”
I’m not going to go an a rant about this. I have too many other things that require my personal energies. I am tired of this man.
He has managed to divide us like no other President.
Even his opposition is divided.
His goal of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 is another tool of division.
While the CBO claims the increase would raise one million people out of poverty, it also states that by 2016 it ill be at the cost of 500,000 jobs. Charles Krauthammer said it best:
What this is, is a transfer of wealth from some low-income earners to other low-income earners. Some — of course, this is so obvious, not rocket science — some will be better off, will make more, but others are going to lose everything. They’re going to lose all of their income, and they’re going to lose the first step on the ladder into employment, which is the hope for the future.
So it’s a high price. You can make your choice, but there isn’t a free lunch. They are running ads saying give America a raise, as if it’s no cost. It is a cost, and it’s other low income people who will be the ones who pay it.
What else would we expect from this nation’s most divisive President?
I have often stated I live in one of the bluest counties of (despite our current Governor) a very blue state. I can tell you, there are many who supported this man that are very disappointed and it’s not for the reasons the President would have you believe.
They are almost as tired of this man as I am.
By this November, they will be.
Since I have limited web access, I thought I would just have a little fun today. While I had problems with yesterday’s video, I’m confident today’s will stay operational.
Make no mistake there is nothing funny about the disaster known as Obamacare, but if democrats feel the need to laugh win questioned about the program, I’m certainly going to dip into that medicine. Especially if it’s at their expense: