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The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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|Prudence Potpourri | Tea Party

Budget Betrayal

When voters, especially Tea Party voters, went to the polls last November, we wanted one key thing: stop the spending.

Barely a month into their two-year terms, the House committee for the budget has already betrayed us. Before the negotiations have even begun,  the GOP leadership has caved by being fearful to take more than a few puny dollars out of the government’s voracious maw.

According to Politico:

Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year.

Democrats were united in their opposition, but more important for Republicans was the loss of two of their own Western-state conservatives – Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming — who voted “no” to protest the cuts being too small.

In a prior closed-door caucus, a third Republican, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, had also threatened to bolt before being brought around by the committee leadership.

“He saw the light,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told POLITICO.

Someone needs to wake up Rogers, because he is in the dark and leading us further down the hole.

This is an outrage. While the bill says it’s a $40 billion cut (still a far, far cry from the originally promised, and still disappointing, $100 billion), it’s even less:

The $40 billion in cuts is a major first bite but only takes Republicans halfway to their goal. And when added defense dollars are factored into the equation, the net reduction is closer to $32 billion — a small fraction of the $1.5 trillion 2011 deficit facing Washington.

Note that’s a $1.5 trillion DEFICIT, not a $1.5 trillion budget. They can only find $32 billion to cut from the $1.5 trillion hole they are digging in the $14 trillion crater we’re already in. Good grief. That’s hardly 0.9% of the budget. How many families have managed lately to cut only 1% of their budget?

One tweeter (GreatHairGuy) earlier said it’s like a surgeon being called in to amputate a gangrenous leg, and all he does is trims the toenails.

As one sign that the GOP still does not get it, Rogers had the audacity to call this minuscule cut a “jobs bill.” We need committee reassignments immediately. These people are being absolutely derelict in their duties.

So far, it appears that the GOP is all talk, all back-walking. The conservative voices such as Flake and South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan are going unheeded. Duncan has proposed a genius committee: Disappropriations. That’s the kind of bold thinking we expected from this Congress. So far we’re only seeing Pelosi-lite—despite the fact that even the Blue Dog Democrats are howling for some cuts.

Thanks a lot, Congress. This song goes out to you.

They smile in your face…

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If not, be sure to call Congress and tell them what you think: (202) 224-3121

UPDATE 2/9/11 7:15pm

National Review has reported that the teeny proposed budget cuts had the freshmen Congressmen “almost in open revolt” at the Republican conference this afternoon.

At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.

The leadership issued the typical unreassuring comments that the message had been received. They keep saying that, and every new item that comes up on the agenda, especially if it pertains to spending, they demonstrate they haven’t heard us at all.

Don’t let up the pressure. Tweet and call your congressman. Let them know that even $100 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget (or continuing resolution, if they want to get technical about it) is grossly insufficient.

Some other good stories on the Budget Betrayal of 2011:

Andrew Stiles at National Review: Flake Defies GOP on Cuts

Russ Voight at Red State: How House Leadership Can Fix Their Mess

David Rogers: GOP Cuts Deep as Right Revolts

Allahpundit’s take at HotAir: Report: House GOP in Revolt

And on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, a congressman (sorry, didn’t get his name and Hugh just calls him “Congressman”) said that the appropriations committee is meeting right this very moment.

We can hope this means the leadership has seen the light, realizes how upsetting this is to the voters. Unfortunately, the congressman didn’t have much hope for that himself.

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

Levi for Murkowski?

No need to watch the following, unless you wish to have a lobotomy-by-video. It’s Levi Johnston appearing on Bill Maher’s show. Think Alvin Greene but with less to say.

Johnston’s apparently trying to be nice again and not give up anything more on the Palins, despite half of Maher’s efforts. Maher spends the other half just outright ridiculing Johnston, who merely smiles and takes it while guests Nicole Wallace and Rob Reiner get their own digs in and Jake Tapper looks uncomfortable. I almost felt sorry for Johnston. If I didn’t know he was a proven lowlife, I’d have thought he was a nice, modest guy.

Johnston does say that this is his last interview for a while (perhaps because the media’s interest is waning due to his reluctance to provide any new excitement). He’s going back to Wasilia. His mayoral campaign sounds rather unfocused right now, as he hasn’t yet decided whether he’s Republican or Democrat.

Sounds like he’s a natural Murkowski supporter to me. A little backstabby. A lot unprincipled.

Just think, Levi. You could start the endorsement war between Alaska’s two political titans. Take on Sarah, mano a mano.

Come on and do us a favor. Endorse Lisa. Make a campaign commercial for her, showing how you know how to spell, and not just an easy word, but a really hard one. You could fill out the ballot while taking a shower. The media will come running back again, ready to oil you up with limelight and hang on your every monosyllabic word.

It will add another minute to your fame–and six years’ to Joe Miller’s. Pretty please.

Update: Oops. Misspelled Johnston as Johnson. Corrected. {irony! “easy word.” doink!}

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

Spineless Senate GOP Lets Ex-Repub Keep Top GOP Perks & Positions

Shockingly, the Senate GOP have decided to let ex-Republican Lisa Murkowski (or as she likes to spell it, Murkwski) remain as their top dog on the Energy committee, and to keep her other GOP committee seats.

Lamar Alexander, the weak-willed Republican Senate Conference chairman from Tennessee, said, “We’ve done what we need to do and we decided not to do more.”

These lily-livered Senate Republicans go and reward a traitor in their midst, and they can’t understand why voters are so disgusted with them, why Republican voters are voting them out just as fast as we can.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is up for reelection in 2012, still hasn’t gotten the message. Following the clubby GOP meeting that kept Murkowski in the good-old-boys club, Hatch was quoted as saying, “It’s just a matter of good taste. We decided to keep the status quo as long as she’s a senator.’’

This just demonstrates the need to kick out ALL Senate Republicans–except Jim DeMint (R-SC).

[Updated with link to story on DeMint’s 9/23 email stating the decision to protect Murkowski against her Republican voters was made by secret ballot and the leadership then refused to give the final tally.]

Relevant @PruPaine Tweets:

  • .@OrrinHatch “Good taste” to not strip GOP perks from an anti-Republican? Can’t wait to show you the real meaning of good taste in 2012. 
  • Outrageous that the spineless Senate GOP will keep mutinous Murkowski ensconced in her committee seats. #votethemallout #tcot #aksen #sen
|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence | Updated

Moore's Bedfellow? UPDATE: Townhall VP Defines 'Helps Run'

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but in Alan Moore’s case, perhaps it’s not so strange.

Moore, that rock-ribbed Republican, self-describes himself to Politico as “a strong conservative” who is apparently bitter over the loss of his pet candidate, liberal RINO Mike Castle. There is hell to be paid for the defeat of his pretty, and when Politico comes calling, he’s going to nuzzle the phone receiver between his ear and shoulder, kick back in his desk chair, prop his feet up on the desk, and the bile flow.

Politico describes him as someone “who worked on press releases and policy statements for two months during [Christine O’Donnell’s failed 2008 Senate] bid and now helps run the conservative site” in the article where he merrily trash talks O’Donnell after she won the Republican primary.

Politico has thus far taken a bat to O’Donnell with quotes from three of her former staffers–Kristin Murray, David Keegan and Alan Moore. Good reporters will include connections between sources in their articles and let the chips fall where they may. Reporters with a “narrative” to push aren’t going to let icky details muck up their stories.

Would it be surprising to learn that sources coming from the tiny overlap of set A (Republicans) and set B (Delaware campaign workers) would likely know one another? Hardly. It would be expected.

Would it flavor your reading of a story, however, if two of the three disgruntled sources are currently romantically involved? If a couple of sources are actually a couple?

Well, I can’t say for sure that there’s mutual romantic feelings going on, but it does seem that Moore has a big ol’ crush on Kristin Murray–Politico’s original O’Donnell trash-talker who popped up just in time to do an anti-Christine robo-call for the Delaware GOP on election day.

Let’s take a look at some of Moore’s sweet Twitterings:

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|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

What Does Moore Know?

Three former staffers of Republican US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell have been seeking to destroy her candidacy by telling rather insignificant anecdotes about her 2008 campaign. I say “insignificant” because they don’t amount to any wrong-doing; instead they seem to be fairly one-sided versions of differing opinions on how to run a campaign.

But the media came late to the Christine O’Donnell story. They ran in a breathless herd to the sideline when it suddenly looked like sweet, non-threatening, liberal, aisle-crossing RINO Mike Castle might lose his rightful claim to waltz into Delware’s US Senate seat. How fun the years ahead were going to be for the media as Castle blew up one Republican plan after another by selling out and caving to the Democrats. So out came their “nuts or sluts” coverage, just as happened with Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial race.

On the sluts front, they didn’t have any political operatives claiming to have slept with O’Donnell, as they had with Haley. Instead they had videotape to mock of O’Donnell preaching all forms of sexual abstinence 15 years ago–in apparent repentance for formerly slutty behavior. Put a check in the sluts scorebox.

Oddly, preaching abstinence wasn’t enough for the media to feel confident this time that they’ve got the nuts column covered too, so send in the turncoat political operatives.

Meet Alan Moore. The day before the Delaware primary, Moore wrote a lovely little piece entitled “Nominating Christine O’Donnell (DE) Could Destroy the Tea Party.” It begins:

I volunteered for the O’Donnell campaign in 2008. I am not owed any money nor have I ever received payment from either the O’Donnell or Castle campaigns.

After that, he dredges up one picayune charge after another in an attempt to derail her victory the next day. But poor Moore, his story doesn’t make much headway into the world—though it does make it into a blog entry at the Atlantic. Castle loses, and Moore has made his future potential employers rather skittish about his trustworthiness and loyalty, all for naught.

It wasn’t until three days after O’Donnell’s upset win that Politico added Moore to their stable of disgruntled turncoats.

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