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Throw the Bums Out

October 16, 2013

Even as a deal nears on ending the possibility of default (at least for now), a new Rasmussen Poll shows that 78% of Americans want to fire the entire Congress and start over.  Count me among them.  Whether it’s the Democrats and their socialist policies that are trying to redefine America, or the Democrat-lite GOP, [...]

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Poll: Throw ‘Em Out!

October 11, 2013

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of “adults” (the least accurate type of polling sample aside from “people I know”) found that 57% of Americans would throw out their member of Congress if they could. Lucky for Americans, they can!  Every two years, we get to toss out the entire House and 1/3 of the [...]

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Obama Redux

November 7, 2012

At about 11:14pm last evening, Fox News called Ohio for Obama.  Only being a matter of time before the gig was up and Obama’s reelection was official, I subsequently went to bed with a splitting headache and a deep sense of foreboding about the direction the American people are choosing to go.  I’ve spent the [...]

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Obama at Recess

January 5, 2012

Much has been made about President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray and three members of the NLRB, because, well, Congress is not on recess.  A pro forma session is still being in session — it was a way that Harry Reid himself prevented Dubya from making recess appointments.  So, on the surface the President’s [...]

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The Senate Keeps Its Sanity — Filibuster Reform Is Dead

January 28, 2011

I know, I know.  The Senate is anything but sane, and most Senators are the antithesis of sane.  But at the same time, one has to acknowledge that the Senate, as an institution, has been instrumental in keeping America from becoming like Socialist Europe.  Why, do you ask?  Because of the Senate concepts of cloture [...]

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McConnell Says Senate Will Vote on ObamaCare Repeal

January 24, 2011

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised a Senate vote on the ObamaCare repeal act that was passed by the House of Representatives last week.  Without giving detains, he hinted that parliamentary maneuvers could be used to force a Senate floor vote.  With the mood of the country being the way it is, I would [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #10, January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

Episode #10 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the impact of the 112th Congress.  The GOP takes over Congress.  Nancy Pelosi gives up her speakership.  The Democrats attempt to undo the Filibuster.  Obama shakes up his staff. Axis of Right Radio is available on iTunes, [...]

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The Democrats are Attempting to Violate Senate Rules

January 5, 2011

Yesterday, I wrote on how the Democrats were going to attempt to water down the filibuster by modifying the Senate rules with a simple majority vote, which could only be done on the first day of Congress.  Brian Darling of the Heritage foundation cites Senate history and rules to refute this claim.  The crux of [...]

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A New Day Dawns on Washington

January 5, 2011

Today the 112th Congress officially convenes, looking quite a bit different from the 111th Congress.  Gone is Speaker Nancy Pelosi, now relegated to Minority Leader, and in her place will be Republican Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).  The GOP now has a significant majority in the House of Representatives (242-193), and a Conservative agenda is virtually [...]

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Democrats to Attempt Filibuster Power Grab

January 4, 2011

The Senate has always been a different sort of legislative body than the House.  From its earliest days, the Senate has been a far more deliberative body, and tradition gives the minority significant power.  Now, because of Democrat unhappiness with the GOP’s use of the filibuster in the 111th Congress, that tradition may be tossed [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #9, November 9, 2010

November 11, 2010

Episode #9 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the 2010 election.  The GOP takes back Congress, makes gains in the Senate, in Governorships, and in State Legislatures.  Axis of Right Radio breaks down the 2010 election, and what it means for America in this special [...]

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Sal’s Election Day Predictions

November 2, 2010

Two years ago, voters, angry with George W. Bush and the GOP for the economy, the bailouts, and for spending like drunken sailors, gave the Democrats complete control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency.  Pundits declared the GOP dead, and any hope at a comeback years away, and then only if the GOP [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #7, 6/30/2010

July 3, 2010

Episode #7 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the firing of Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s incompetence with his handling of the gulf oil spill, and the 2010 Senate elections.  Sal also goes off on the U.S. Census bureau for the 40+ page American Community Survey that [...]

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Robert Byrd, 1917-2010

June 28, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) died today at the age of 92.  He was the longest-serving Senator in the history of our republic, having started his career in the House of Representatives in 1952, followed by his election to the Senate in 1958.  He’d been there ever since.  President Obama said today that Byrd [...]

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A Tale of Two Headlines

April 9, 2010

Finding, consuming, and critically reading news has become far more of a challenge over the past few years.  Take the news of Obama’s Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Treaty of Surrender to the Russians, and how it will fare in the Senate.  According to the Constitution, all treaties need to be ratified by 2/3 of the [...]

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Reconciliation Bill to Return to the House

March 25, 2010

While the Republicans have virtually no hope of stopping ObamaCare and the reconciliation fix from passing at this time, I do take some pleasure in the fact that the GOP was able to force another vote in the House.  Senate Republicans obtained a favorable ruling from the Senate Parliamentarian yesterday, who ruled that provisions related [...]

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ObamaCare on Life Support

March 18, 2010

I am getting increasingly confident that ObamaCare as it is currently construed will not pass.  Despite the attempts of the state-run media claiming that Stupak’s supporters are caving (they’re not), despite Pelosi’s continued claim that she has the votes, this bill isn’t gaining momentum.  Both the state-run media and Pelosi are trying to create that [...]

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Hot Air: From the People Who Brought You DemonSheep

March 16, 2010

From the makers of the infamous Demonsheep ad:  this isn’t Hot Air the blog, but a 7+ minute campaign video featuring Barbara Boxer as a blimp.  No, not a horrifically overweight person, but an actual, flying blimp.  I have to admit, I was glued to my screen for the full 7 minutes, wanting to see [...]

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Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against Democrats

March 11, 2010

The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that the Senate cannot vote on a reconciliation ‘fix’ to ObamaCare until the original bill has become law.  This is a major setback for the Democrats, as they were trying to convince House members to go along with the Senate bill by passing the reconciliation measure first or as part [...]

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The Democrats’ ObamaCare Problem

March 10, 2010

Despite talks of optimism from Nancy Pelosi, all the signs are there that the Democrats don’t have the votes to pass ObamaCare, and don’t even have a plan on how to procedurally do it.  The fact of the matter is that the House doesn’t trust the Senate to push through the reconciliation fixes, and most [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #3, 3/6/2010

March 7, 2010

Episode #3 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the current state of ObamaCare, from the Health Care summit to the current push for reconciliation; the role of the filibuster in American history; the current state of the media, old vs. new; and the latest polls [...]

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The Difficulties of Reconcilliation

March 1, 2010

Keith Hennessy, a former Senate staffer, has a very detailed article about the challenges that the reconciliation process poses for the Democrats.  The Democrats keep talking about it, but to actually execute the plan is far more difficult than it appears.  I have had my doubts on whether or not the Democrats could pull off [...]

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Why the Filibuster is Important

February 25, 2010

There has been a lot of talk lately on ending the filibuster.  Democrats have proposed ending the 60-vote cloture threshold as well as the idea of pushing sweeping controversial legislation through via reconciliation.  The filibuster is an important institution in our nation and needs to be preserved.  But don’t take my word for it, take [...]

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Obama Proposes Takeover of America’s Health Care System

February 23, 2010

Barack Obama put forth his health care proposal yesterday, a nearly $1 trillion budget-busting takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. Economy.  Now, usually, American Presidents typically propose legislation before both houses of Congress pass their own versions, but I digress.  The plan is very similar to the Senate plan, but imposes new taxes, weakens the [...]

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Are House Democrats 100 Votes Short of Passing ObamaCare?

February 16, 2010

So says Michael Barone, who is one statistician that I am prone to trust.  His analysis rings true.  The Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts had the effect that many of us predicted.  Democrats in Republican-leaning districts (and there are many of them, that is how the Dems captured the House in 2006) are nervous about [...]

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Reid Tries to Get Bi-Partisan Support for Stimulus-II

February 11, 2010

Harry Reid has pared back the stimulus-II a.k.a. jobs bill in an attempt to win some GOP support.  He has reduced the stimulus to only include: Spend more on highway and transit programs Exempt employers from paying the payroll tax if they hire new employees Capital investment tax breaks for businesses Increase bond offerings to [...]

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Scott Brown Sworn in as Senator; Democrats Lose Supermajority

February 4, 2010

Just a few moments ago, Scott Brown was sworn in as a United States Senator, replacing interim Senator Paul Kirk.  Liberal interest groups everywhere (labor unions) are fuming.  Congratulations, Senator Brown.  Do us proud. Stay true to yourself and your principles, and don’t let Washington change you. Note to the Democrats:  your super-majority is over. [...]

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Realignment of the Senate

January 15, 2010

Ben Nelson was booed out of a local pizza parlor in his home state of Nebraska yesterday.  Serves him right.  Nelson, who has always been personally popular in his home state, is now enduring the wrath of his constituents for selling his vote for ObamaCare.  His situation is one in which the liberal policy of [...]

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Byron Dorgan Rushes for the Door

January 5, 2010

What a way to start the 2010!  North Dakota Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan has decided not to seek reelection in November. A Democrat powerhouse, he’s been in the Senate since 1992 and is a major Democrat leader in the Senate on Health Care and other issues.  This comes as a huge shock to most insiders, [...]

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Health Care Ping-Pong

January 5, 2010

Word on the hill is that Democrats are meeting this week to hash out a health care agreement between the House and Senate without a formal conference committee.  This is for the purpose of avoiding a series of cloture votes that the GOP could use to slow down the formation of a conference, as well [...]

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