Romney endorses Rubio…

Mitt endorses Rubio, finally! :0) I want pics…

NRO Corner has good interview and discussion of what MiM considers his imminent announcement of an Indy run:

…In recent days, rumors have swirled in Florida over whether Crist will abandon his primary campaign against Rubio, either to drop out or to run as an independent. Polls show Crist potentially beating Rubio as an independent candidate in a three-way race — so does Rubio want Crist to stay in the GOP primary? “I actually, to be quite frank, really don’t even think a lot about it in those terms,” Rubio says. “To me, the race is about going to Washington, D.C., standing up to Obama’s agenda, and offering an alternative. As far as I’m concerned, I’m the only one in this race that will do that. That’s why I got in it when no one thought I could win. Whether it’s Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek (the probable Democratic nominee), both have been supporters of the Obama agenda, so the race doesn’t really change from my perspective. It’s still about the same things, and still I’m the only one in the race that will stand up to the Obama agenda and offer a clear alternative.”

Does Crist still have a place in the GOP? Romney says he does. “He has a place in the party, because he’s still in the primary,” he says. “I hope that he either continues in the primary, or, if he concludes that he does not want to remain in the primary, steps aside and helps to unite the party behind Marco Rubio.”  And if Crist plays his cards right, Romney believes he will have a future in Republican politics. “Down the road, or in other spots, he may well find a place where he can make a real contribution. He helped to build the Republican party in Florida, and he certainly wouldn’t want to be one of those who want to detract from it.”..

Emphasis mine, I think that is Romney offering a nice spot to Charlie in ’12 or on his ’12 campaign staff if he will drop his Indy run…code for, hey if I get the primary spot in ’12 you won’t be on my coattails if you screw the party..but Crist is one of those with no loyalty whatsoever or he wouldn’t have pulled a ‘Bill Judas Richardson aka Arlen Benedict Specter’ on Rudy when he flipped his backing to MAC with no notice now would he?

Hotline reports that Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) called Gov. Charlie Crist to urge him not to run as an independent in the Florida Republican Senate primary. Crist did not answer the phone, and has reportedly not returned the call.

Yeah Charlie will go Indy any second now..and based on where he has been spending his time I bet he will split the Dem vote from Meeks, stealing the teachers union

another high-school rally/lecture:

Gov. Charlie Crist is making two appearances in the Tampa Bay area Monday, including a stop at his high school alma mater.

Crist, praised by teachers for vetoing a controversial bill last week that sought to tie teacher pay to student performance, stops at St. Petersburg High at 12:30 p.m. The governor will address the school in the auditorium and may take questions from the audience, which will include students.

And here Rubio demonstrates how to handle the fact that Romney helped implement a UHC system in Mass, it is very simple and I do not understand all the flustered GOP speak about Romney not able to ‘defend’ it in ’12, don’t let Dems frame the topic, sheesh:

Rubio has spent much of his campaign focused on health care. Is he a fan of Romney’s Massachusetts health-care plan? “It’s a work in progress,” Rubio says, speaking of the Bay State program.

“There are major distinctions between that and what Obama is trying to do in Washington. For one, it didn’t raise any taxes. Number two, it is not adding to our deficit. That is my biggest objection to Obamacare, although there are many others. My number-one objection to Obamacare is that we can’t afford it, even if it was the greatest idea in the world.”

“Florida and Massachusetts are very different places,” Rubio continues. “All I would say to you is that states were designed to be laboratories for creative thoughts and ideas. That’s what the Framers of our great republic intended. They wanted the states to be the places that came up with innovation and competition. And I’ll tell you what, if Massachusetts gets it wrong and Florida gets it right, people will move to Florida, and businesses will move to Florida, and vice versa. There are just major distinctions between what’s happening in Washington and what I hope states will do. Like I said, what I’m not in favor of is what Barack Obama has done, which is to raise taxes and add to the federal deficit in exchange of taking a step toward a single-payer system in America.”

Free and Strong America, Romney’s PAC, is contributing the maximum $5,000 allowed to Rubio’s campaign. In 2006, Romney, then head of the Republican Governors Association, traveled to Florida to support Crist’s gubernatorial candidacy with a $1 million check. In light of that history, Rubio says, Romney’s endorsement is “another boost” for his campaign….

Since people are all ‘wee weed up’ about how to handle MASS UHC in ’12 if Romney wins the primary, can I add I would like to vote for the Romney/Rubio ticket? Of course I am a recovering Dem without a voice in the GOP primary, but hey I am all on board with Mitt-Marco. The business saavy of Mitt, with his slightly squishy center on some social issues to keep we moderates, plus the rock solid fiscal conservatism of Marco and all he brings on social issues to the ticket for those on the right.

Win/Win AFAIAC, easy on the eyes too *cough cough* fundraising calendar GOP where is it? !

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April 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

Dems to raise excise tax on middle class health care benefits *HIGHER STILL* to win CBO score…

Mashup by rx2008

Not enough to break your word and tax the middle class, they want to raise it HIGHER to get their ‘good’ CBO score. And of course their BOSS, Richard Trumka of AFL CIO has to say ok. Frak we middle class workers not in a union right Nancy?

Is it November yet?

Ben Smith has it at Politico:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax. Proposed new changes, I’m told, concern cuts to the rate at which increases to the tax exemption cap are indexed.

CALL AND CALL AGAIN! AND FAX YOUR LOCAL OFFICE!!

INDIANA

Rep. Peter Visclosky, Indiana, 1st

http://www.house.gov/visclosky/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2461, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2493
Local Office Number: (219) 795-1844, DC Fax Number: (219) 795-1850

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Rep. Joe Donnelly, Indiana 2nd

http://donnelly.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-3915, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-6798
Local Office Number: (574) 288-2780, Local Fax Number: (574) 288-2825
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. Brad Ellsworth, Indiana, 8th

http://www.ellsworth.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-4636, DC Office Fax: (202) 225-3284
Local Office Number: (812) 465-6484, Local Fax Number: (812) 422-4761
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. Baron Hill, Indiana 9th

http://baronhill.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-5315, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6866
Local Office Number: (812) 288-3999, Local Fax Number: (812) 288-3873
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. John Boccieri, Ohio, 16th

http://boccieri.house.gov/

DC Office Number:                             (202) 225-3876         (202) 225-3876         (202) 225-3876, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3059
Local Office Number:                             (330) 489-4414         (330) 489-4414         (330) 489-4414, Local Fax Number: (330) 489-4448

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March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Obama is replaying his primary moves in health care…

He really is. If the rules don’t let you have enough votes (or steal enough in caucuses), change ’em, take some of Hillary’s MI votes to win.

Ignore the people (Dem primary voters, now all of us nationwide).

Slaughter Rule (in the primary we HRC supporters were informed there is no legal right to challenge the way the DNC sets and interprets its own ‘rules’, and Slaughter Pelosi and Obama seem to be confident they can change the rules again and no one will challenge them).

Then act like it is a fait accompli with the media lending both hands,

Then roll out ”endorsements’ like Richardson, Gore, Edwards. This morning it is a big presser with Kucinich. This to push the aura of inevitability.

They are replaying every move. We need to hold the line.

Please KEEP CALLING YOUR CRITTERS. And Fax! Fax like the wind!!

Mike Pence identified these votes as key

The American electorate is big enough to stop them. We are the people.

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

Shenanigans continue: House Dems try ‘rule change’ to ram through Obamacare – the Constitution stands in their way…

Every day they write RE-write the book…

AceHQ has complete coverage of Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) attempt to change Teh Roolz so that the House Dems can get around actually passing, you know, the bill into, you know, a law BEFORE they do their fixes etc etc etc…

when in doubt losing, change teh roolz. Hell that’s how Obama ‘won’ the nomination….

(…) So what they’re trying to do is pass a bill which includes 1) changes to the Senate bill and 2) some kind of clause stating that “if these changes pass, the bill we’re trying to change also passes.” And what they’re claiming then is that the Senate bill would be self-executing; it would vote for itself, or something. It would be “constructively passed” if the changes are passed.

And so they are doing this to accomplish two fundamentally irreconcilable goals:

1) Pass the Senate bill without changes so that the Senate can use reconciliation.

2) Pass the Senate bill with changes so that the Senate bill can’t pass without those changes.

But if a bill is changed, it gets voted on again by the Senate. You cannot change this by “rule” — this is a Constitution-level thing. Obviously, all legislation must be voted for by House and Senate; the Constitution says so. You cannot claim that a bill “automatically passes” by voting on some other matter. You cannot claim that you’re passing a changed bill for one purpose but an unchanged bill for another purpose. Either it’s changed or it’s not; either it requires a new vote by the Senate or it doesn’t….

Of course the Constitution is protecting us from their power grab… AGAIN….Have you thanked your Founding Fathers (and Mothers) today? God Bless you Founding Fathers!!! RedState:

…Apparently, some Democrats can’t seem to tell the difference between a rule of debate and just declaring by rule that the House has passed a bill that they have not, when the Constitution itself expressly states that “in all [] Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays[.]” What Slaughter and Pelosi here are attempting here is a blatant violation of the principles of bicameralism and presentment.

And unlike other Unconstitutional things Congress does, there’s caselaw here suggesting pretty clearly that when Congress attempts to pass a law in the absence of proper bicameralism and presentment, a person negatively affected by Congress’s action (e.g., a person required to pay a fine for not having health insurance) has standing to challenge the law’s validity in the Courts. This farce is illegal and unconstitutional on its face, and someone has to be advising the Democrats in the House of this fact….

March 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 1 comment.

Update: Health Care Action Alert: Call Your Critters!!!

Update: Here is the timeline, they are trying to do it before reconciliation under the budget expires AND before they come home to face us for Easter recess...Ive heard of Christmas and Easter Catholics but Christmas and Easter CongressCritters? frakkers…

…John Lawrence, chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told health care activists in a conference call Friday that Congress needed to act before the Easter recess, or they could see a repeat of the tumultuous August break. Only this time, Republicans will use reconciliation to characterize the party as “shoving it down our throats,” Lawrence said, according to notes provided by a person on the call….

Having lived through the Democratic primaries as an HRC supporter, when Hillary kept winning the big electoral state primaries and Obama kept swiping caucuses, only to have the Dem leadership push Obama as ‘the candidate’ again and again and again, I am sadly not SHOCKED! that these fools are on a kamikaze mission on health care…that is the whole problem with this group, they have no ‘off’ switch, no ‘self-preservation’ mode….why?

four words for you…Nancy Pelosi and Andy Stern.

IMO Nancy Pelosi helped ‘select’ Obama and Andy Stern (SEIU) funded him and proivded the busloads of ‘caucus’ voters and rally crowds coast to coast.

They are calling in the debt IMO and this is why Obama will not listen to Rahm and do the scaled down bill.

PLEASE CALL YOUR CRITTERS. Let them know reconciliation is not an option the American people accept on this massive bill that we have said N-O to, over and over and over again.

WSJ covers the arrogance of these pseudo intellectual, social engineering, elitist toolz here.

Obama actually appointed Stern to his ‘deficit reduction commission’, pffft!!! Does he think we are BLIND or what??

March 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 1 comment.

Healthcare Kabuki – 10:00am EST…

The Obama Kabuki begins at 10:00am EST. FoxBiz will cover all 6 hours. Youtube is livestreaming it here.

Footage leaked of Reid, Schumer and Obama practicing their delivery:

My view is this is a BS facade to justify ramming ahead under reconciliation. The WH apparently wouldn’t listen to Rahm and do a slimmed down bill.

Clearly Obama’s massive ego can’t take the hit so instead they will ignore the people’s wishes and attempt to do something that EVERYONE acknowledges will add massive amounts to our debt.

WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS RIGHT NOW..

Mikado mashup by GanitsoGoloso

Update: Sen Jon Kyl R Whip- AZ discusses the ‘summit’ and the reconciliation move on Hannity’s radio show, Kyl is attending the Summit:

February 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

Charlie Cook: health care reform is Obama’s Iraq War…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The video of the interview we covered here. Everyone can see reality except the Democratic leadership. BUY A CLUE CRITTERS! No means No!

 

more about “Charlie Cook: WH has reality problem …“, posted with vodpod

February 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Politics. Comments off.

Update: Agenda released; Health care: list of GOP Senators who will attend *Thursday’s* WH PR event released…

Update 3: Jon Kyl R-AZ talks about what he expects at Thursday’s dog and pony show:

PoliticoPulse has the agenda up:

The agenda:

1. Discussion:

a. The President will offer opening comments, followed by Republican and Democratic Members chosen by their colleagues.

b. They’ll then move to discussions around four themes:

i. Controlling costs – introduced by the President

ii. Insurance reforms – introduced by Secretary Sebelius

iii. Reducing the deficit – introduced by the Vice President

iv. Expanding coverage – introduced by the President

2. Logistics

a. Participants will be seated at tables in a hollow square setup. They’ll be identified with name cards.

b. There will be a leadership staff walk-through on Wednesday afternoon.

3. Timing

a. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and run until about 4:00 pm.

b. There will be a break for lunch. Buffet lunch will be provided for guests.

4. Attendance

a. Not all participants have been named by leadership. We’ll make the full list available as soon as it’s final.

Update 2: TPMDC has the list of Senate Dems:

The Senate Democrats attending the meeting were also announced this week: Sens. Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Max Baucus, Chris Dodd, Tom Harkin, Jay Rockefeller and Kent Conrad….

Sounds like a group that can more than hold their own on the issue, Grassley was part of the endless Baucus wrangling, as was Kyl, Barasso and Coburn are M.D.s, Enzi has been wrangling the bill on the HELP Cmte for a year also,…

KJLo at TheCorner has it:

Mitch McConnell just released the names of the senators joining him at the health-care summit on Thursday:

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Senate Republican Whip

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Senate Republican Conference Chairman

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ranking Member Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member Senate Help Committee

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., HELP Committee

Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., R-Okla., HELP Committee

Sen. John Barrasso, M.D.,R-Wyo.

February 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. 1 comment.

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