Public employees who want to engage in political activity should take time off to do so. That happens routinely in New Hampshire, for example, when a member of the governor’s staff takes a leave of absence to work for his or her reelection campaign.What were New Hampshire taxpayers getting for their money when they paid Mead’s salary? What does any taxpayer, particularly those who are undeclared voters or members of a minority party, get when state employees do the work of political parties on the job? Not anything they’d willingly pay for. The next session of the Legislature should specifically prohibit on-the-job political activity by all state employees.
No Labels, the latest of many left wing funded efforts to drag the right into the middle and the middle leftward, is looking for you to help them spread their message. But before you drop your values, abandon your principles, and jump into the center, you might want to know something about their latest pitchman, or should I say woman, Catherine “Kiki” McLean.
Catherine is hailed as a “Founding Leader” of No Labels, a group on a stated quest to fight hyper-partisanship, but she is promoting a middle of which she has never demonstrably been a part.
During the 2008 election season, McLean served as a senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign and frequently appeared as an on-air surrogate for the Obama for America campaign.
Catherine worked strategy for John Kerry in 2004
She was the press secretary for Presidential Candidate Al Gore.
Kiki is a former communications director for the Democrat National Committee, and has been a national Spokesman for the Democrat Party.
She was press secretary and adviser to Tipper Gore during the 1992 general election where she supported Gore’s role..and was on the presidential transition team.
So you would be right to question what this “Leader” considers the common good or the shared goals of a bi-partisan nation, when her bread has always been buttered from the left, by left wing leaders, and the promotion of progressive socialist policy, through hyper partisan politicians, willing to ignore laws and intimidate opponents to keep power.
Catherine “No Labels” McLean also has an extensive donation history, call them bipartisan Hallmark cards of appreciation with pictures of dead presidents on them. And it is only Bipartisan if you mean “both kinds of democrats.” But they are all democrats. “Obscure” democrats like John Kerry, John Dingell, Dick Gephardt, Blanche Lincoln, Robert Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Robert Casey, and Kirsten Gillibrand. In fact, the closest Kiki “No Labels” gets to an independent donation in the left wing firmament is Joe Lieberman when he was a democrat and again while he was still a democrat running as an independent.
So as you consider the notion that Kiki is promoting a new “third way,” away from hyper-partisan politics, just remember the company she keeps, and the candidates and causes she funds, and then ask yourself if her real motivation is to empower some mythological bi-partisan middle, or to continue pushing the center leftward by hiding the labels, or in typical Orwellian fashion, renaming them.
Rumor has it Mr. Obama gave a speech yesterday about something. I didn’t watch it and with good reason. Been there, done that. Two faced, self contradicting, tired, and repetitive. Put another way, Big Ben, Parliament.
Nothing (new) to see here, just move along. It’s like that family party you go to. You know the one. Same people, same food, same conversations. Uncle Joe always nods off. Aunt Nancy looks like she starched her face then took a box of happy pills. And Cousin Barry, well he just goes on and on but it’s just another skeleton without any substance, or maybe the parts to a skeleton, or better yet the directions to a store where you might find the parts, but no instructions on how to put it together. (After which we must then find something of substance to attach to that.) That was Obama’s speech. Like I said; Big Ben, Parliament.
But plenty of other people did take one for the team. They suffered through it, and they had plenty to say about it. So for your reading enjoyment and mine, I have curated content from around the internet, about the speech.
Moe Lane- Red State “I am *done* with President Obama”
Democrats: cut the President out of the loop. His presence in this discussion insults both parties at this point. Send him off to a permanent round of golf games and trips to various parts of the country:
Speaking of being kneecapped, Robert Gates found out only yesterday that one of the big “ideas” in Obama’s framework of an outline of a plan was to squeeze defense for extra savings.
Beyond the obligatory calls for wringing the fat from defense spending and taxing the inexhaustible rich, which even some big media sources openly acknowledge won’t solve anything, his central idea is to somehow control health-care spending, presumably by performing the Jedi mind trick on doctors coast to coast to get them to lower costs.
Victor Davis Hansen –The Corner
The president gave the sort of scare speech he not long ago warned against, and blasted the income-tax rates he not long ago agreed were necessary — in a context in which he has just presented a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit of the sort he now says is unsustainable, and has warned about recklessly voting against raising the debt ceiling in a fashion that he himself had once done, in a larger landscape in which he had once damned attacking Middle East countries in optional wars, Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventative detention, intercepts, wiretaps, Predators, and leaving troops in Iraq, and then embraced or expanded all that and more (this list is infinite and includes everything from drilling to campaign financing to earmarks).
John – Powerline
If Obama wants to make a serious debt reduction proposal, it has to be presented in detail, in budgetary form, so that it can be analyzed properly and scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Obama hasn’t done that; instead, he purports to shave trillions off the national debt with breathtaking insouciance:
Bryan Preston – PJ Tattler
Spending reductions in the tax code…that’s what President Obama called the thing that we commonly call “tax cuts” in his speech today.
Clive Crook – The Atlantic
There was no sign of anything worth calling a plan to curb borrowing faster than in the budget. He offered no more than a list of headings under which $4 trillion of deficit reduction (including the $2 trillion already in his budget) might be found–domestic non-security spending, defense, health costs, and tax reform. Fine, sure. But what he said was devoid of detail. He spent more of his time stressing what he would not agree to than describing clear proposals of his own.
More words, more contradictions, same old tired rhetoric…and no plan. Someone else will figure that out. He’s just the idea guy. But after someone else figures it all out, he’ll be back to take the credit.
“Political Incivility is Not the New Hampshire Way” is the title of Jeanne Shaheen’s Op-Ed in the Morning Sunday News. I can only assume she is not familiar with her own State Democrat Party leadership, some of the people who have helped her get elected like Kathy Sullivan, and others; people who are on the record saying any number of uncivil things. And we’re not even talking about implications of cross-walk manslaughter, nuking Japan, wishing people dead, Koch brother hate, or anything the average public sector union worker may have uttered. And what about Republican’s being like the Taliban?
Seems to me that there is a very healthy supply of political incivility in New Hampshire, so what Rodney King like, “can’t we all just get along,” paint by the talking points numbers mural is Shaheen creating?
She is setting the narrative for her next Senate race. Jeanne is trying hard to track toward the center in anticipation of a reelection battle. She is tilling the earth and planting little placebo-seeds of moderateness to sell herself as a middle of the road, small-government is just alright with me, independent-voter attracting kind of a democrat, even though she is just another spineless rubber-stamp liberal progressive. But she’d like to be able to claim to have long been orbiting safely in the event horizon–away from the gravity of left wing extremism in her party–to attract the mythological “civil center,” but her voting record (91% with Harry Reid) and her donors (Emily’s List, Lawyers, Lobbyists, leadership, and Liberals) will make it hard to take that seriously.
She need to distance herself from the debacle in Wisconsin, and left wing hate all over, despite heavy union donors to her campaign. She’s been bought out by Emily’s List so the abortion ugliness is also an albatross around her neck. And her support of Obama and the legions of uncivil, unpopular nonsense he is a part of also weigh heavy.
So she’ll have plenty of money and plenty of time, to keep the search engines filled with political platitudes. But you can bet there will be some uncivil behavior come re-elections time, sanctioned by her own democrat party, right here in New Hampshire. It’s guaranteed. Democrats can’t help themselves. Which is why this op-ed is the funniest thing you’ll find in the Sunday paper.
I was just thinking back to all the loose talk from the left about ending the gun ban in the New Hampshire State House. How they imagined someone just unloading over testimony supporting same sex marriage–to use one example–kids getting cut down in the cross-fire. And how they fell over themselves trying to scare parents into keeping their children from ever visiting the place because it was now just too dangerous.
Then I look at the way the union run leftists in Wisconsin are acting. How they are storming the state house, climbing in through windows, and forcing people to flee for fear of their well being. These pro-union forces are pushing against state troopers trying to get past them. Maybe being let in by union cops. Just because they demand the ability to collectively bargain for benefits (not wages–they still have that privilege as far as I know.)
What is perhaps more instructive is that the left in New Hampshire supports them. I’d bet money you will not hear a peep in opposition to any of this from the state leadership of the democrat party. Nothing about State Senators running away like spoiled children. Nothing about the hate speech, the Hitler signs, the threats or the aggressive mob tactics and intimidation. They support that–and by their own rules support it through their silence.
So what of it?
America gets to watch the new civility–again. And this is good. This is how leftists work. Elections only matter when they win them. Democracy is only important when it servers their left wing needs. Owning the cogs of public service, from education, to public safety, to the boards and bureaucrats, to the halls of political influence, all through a coordination of unions, is not about rights or benefits. It is about power. And it is little different than that of dictatorship where a few strongmen, through fear and intimidation, mandate politics and policy for the majority. Because when the people charged with public safety pay dues to the same people who order protesters to storm a state house, there is no longer any guarantee of public safety.
There is no guarantee of an education, a fire rescue, or that the bureaucracy will function when you need it. The unions, it appears, can stop it with a phone call.
So while these people get paid by you, they obviously do not work for you.
The people running your state are not the voters, or the elected officials, they are union bosses who are not afraid to scare you, your politicians, or anyone else into silence and inaction. What is going on in Wisconsin is the progressive agenda. It is mobocracy. And if you let it succeed there, your ability to act against their will shall be diminished because they will make the same phone call in your state, or town, or village.
It is not about safety, or education, or rights. It is about union power defining all of these things for you, at your expense.
This is sometimes referred to as extortion. Your children, your safety, and your government are being used against you to extort more money from you.
So how do you feel about that?
The Concord Monitor is reporting that Paul Hodes has started a business consultancy. This will have him back and forth to Washington DC for the purpose of connecting northern New England to Washington DC; a lateral move from his role as congressman when he was trying to sign New Hampshire away to Washington DC.
The new biz is called Northern Connection, which will provide strategic counseling to businesses and non-profits. Hodes is keeping his client list confidential, and in the process of determining if he has to register as a lobbyist. So he will be consulting money up and down the DC-Concord corridor, into and out of the pockets of….it’s a secret.
But it’s not hard to figure out, and no one should be surprised. We called him out on it, and yes he already has a well worn familiarity with a lobbyist and earmark culture he cried wolf about while working the system to fund his Senate campaign. Hodes is a DC creature. But we commend him on this capitalist shift even if it is just a Hodesian enrichment project resulting from his who’s-who list of Senate campaign donors, some of the most committed earmarkers ever to walk the earth.
The fact that it runs in direct contradiction to everything in his Senate campaign narrative about insider politics,earmarks, spending and revolving-door corruption is just more evidence that he was full of it then, and he’s full of it now, he just hopes to turn it into a bigger payday.
H/T Drew Cline calls him out across the board here.
Fans of the movie Zombieland might understand the post title right away. In the movie the lead protagonist, “Columbus” has a set of rules he always follows which he believes are the only reason he is still alive after the world is turned into Zombieland by a mutant strain of Mad Cow disease that turns almost everyone into crazed, flesh eating zombies.
Rule #1 is cardio. You need to be able to run away from Zombies.
Rule # 31 is Check the back seat. Always look to see if there is a Zombie in the back of the car before you drive away in it.
Rule # 3, beware of bathrooms. Zombies seem to be able to sense when you are at your weakest.
Rule #18 Limber up. Wouldn’t want to come up lame.
And Rule #2? Double Tap. It is not a waste of ammo to put another round into the head of a zombie to make sure they are down for the count.
So who stumbles into my metaphor but Obama Zombie and Health and Inhuman Services Minister Kathleen Sebelius. Note to the left–no, I am not suggesting we double tap her, I am suggesting she and the democrats of the 111th congress–and all your lying or deluded selves included– have double-tapped the Taxpayers. Sebelius has just admitted to a congressional committee that a huge chunk of money they claimed was going to offset the costs of Obamacare is the legislative-accounting equivalent of a double tap.
Five hundred billion dollars ($500,000,000,000.00) was basically double counted, or double tapped, in the Patient Affordable Care Act to make it something it is not, affordable.
Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.“There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count,” said Shimkus. “You can’t count — they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare.”
He continued: “Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. […] What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?
Sebelius’ reply? “Both.”
Nothing new here. We always knew the numbers were funny. But the left and the media, having exhausted themselves with the ideological equivalent to the Health-Care Kama Sutra, would have none of it. And it’s been unraveling ever since.
I’m sure you feel much better now that passing the bill has lead to yet another discovery about what’s in the bill–or not in the bill if you don’t double tap the 500 billion. But what’s $500 billion in the dynamic Obama-deficit based economy? It’s a trip down to the US Treasury to speed up the presses.
But they could still make it up to us. Maybe we can all just get a waiver.