The CONTINUING continuing resolution scam

Passing a budget is one of their top constitutionally-mandated jobs.  Yet, our Congress hasn’t been able to get it done in NINE YEARS.  Every so often, we’ll hear about these “continuing resolutions” that HAVE to be passed so the old ladies, babies and puppies don’t die (because, of course, of a “government shutdown.”) Congress KNOWS when these resolutions expire.  They KNOW there is a deadline approaching.  WHY do they keep waiting until the last minute? Getting started early on a budget allows time for debate on  things like cutting spending and down-sizing government.  Not a lot of fans of THAT…

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Another day, another spending bill (*SIGH*)

    Once again, Congress has kicked their budgeting and fiscal management duties down the road.  The House passed another continuing resolution — keeping the government funded fully through December 9 — to avoid the much-feared government shutdown. From the North Carolina US House delegation, the only NO votes were Mark Meadows, Mark Walker, Walter Jones, George Holding and Renee Ellmers.  Everybody else was a YES.  The final margin? 342-85 in a GOP majority House.  Over in the Senate, the CR passed 77-21.  (THAT is also in a GOP majority chamber.)   North Carolina’s Burr and Tillis both voted YES.  …

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Virginia Foxx? “Brainwashed.” Richard Burr? Still “dumb.” Ellmers? Whatever John & Eric Want

Just like Bono & U2 — I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.  An elected conservative leader from North Carolina, that is.  I’ve been getting whiplash keeping track of Renee Ellmers’ positions on ObamaCare.  First she’s for defunding it with a CR, then she’s against it.  NOW, she’s apparently in the mood to fight ObamaCare.  It appears that her staff is struggling to keep up with her position.  They’re a tad slow in updating her web site: Congresswoman Virginia Foxx is really disappointing me.  The former conservative warrior got a little attention from House leaders, so she’s now saying…

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US House GOP mulling scheme to vote FOR ObamaCare defunding w/o REALLY defunding it

      Look out, folks.  It looks like “our team” may be attempting to pull the wool over our eyes: Eric Cantor is always looking for new and imaginative ways to screw conservatives. He has Pete Sessions (R-TX), as Rules Chairman, helping him with his latest creative way to screw conservatives. I’ve already well documented Pete Sessions’s increasingly bitter attitude toward Ted Cruz and staggering contempt of his own constituents who want to defund Obamacare. Cantor and Sessions’ latest idea tops even his most absurd shenanigans. The plan is to pass the real CR that fully funds Obamacare, then…

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Circling the wagons in CharMeck

    When it comes to the fight against ObamaCare, Robert Pittenger’s MOUTH is his own worst enemy.  Every time he speaks on the subject, in public, he ticks off the Tea Party even further and digs himself into a deeper hole. Tea Party activists are openly seeking a primary opponent to face off against the Charlotte-area congressman in the safe GOP district.  However, the Mecklenburg County GOP is riding to Pittenger’s defense in this uproar: TO: North Carolina Republicans FROM: MeckGOP Communications DATE: August 29, 2013 RE: RNC Resolution There is confusion regarding a resolution recently passed by the…

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Bob Pittenger needs a clue (and a primary)

      I am sure 9th district congressman Bob Pittenger’s PR people are resorting to heavy drinking by now.  Their guy keeps opening his big mouth, and making their job even harder.  I can’t imagine there is ANYBODY managing a campaign for a Republican in a red state who thinks picking a fight with the Tea Party is a good idea.  But that’s just what ol’ Bob is doing. Pittenger originally stepped in “it” on August 5th at a town hall meeting captured on film by guerilla videographer Chuck Suter.  The congressman caught the attention of conservatives across North…

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Renee Ellmers on joining ObamaCare defund fight: “Absolutely Not!”

      Regular readers of this site know we tend to be highly critical of congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-2).  Miss Renee tends to give us plenty of ammo every time she gets in front of a representative of the mainstream media — like HERE.  Her latest encounter with a McClatchy reporter did not disappoint us: When Congress returns in September, lawmakers will have to vote on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Without the money, much of the government would have to shut down. Some Republicans insist…

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Burr: Resistance to ObamaCare implementation is “the dumbest idea”

From 1972 to 2002, North Carolina was represented in the US Senate by one of the nation’s most preeminent conservatives. Since 2004, we’ve been stuck with Richard Burr — a guy highly impressed with John McCain and Lindsey Graham,  who snubs leaders like Rand Paul to be wined and dined by Barry Obama, and frequently says things like THIS:  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday didn’t just reject efforts by a faction of Senate Republicans to shut down the government unless the president’s health care law is defunded — he called it the “dumbest idea” he’d ever heard of. Burr…

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GOP-controlled US House AGAIN kicks the debt can down the road

        The GOP-led US House, this week, passed ANOTHER short term funding measure for the federal government: Several freshmen Republicans in the House of Representatives who came into office kicking and screaming about reigning in the national debt and cutting spending caved to political pressures Thursday and voted for a continuing resolution to keep government funding at its current level to avoid a lame-duck showdown after the November election. […] “I voted for it because we have to be adults,” says Florida Republican Rep. Allen West. “We want to govern and we want to take care of…

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No profiles in courage for NCGOP in DC

  North Carolina’s Republican Members of Congress have proved — once again — that keeping Speaker John Boehner happy is more important than looking out for the folks struggling through a wretched economy back home. On Wednesday, 48 Republican members of the US House joined with 182 Democrats to kill legislation presented by the Republican leadership to keep the government running from October 1 to November 18: The Republican leadership tried to pass a continuing resolution through the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon that would have permitted funding for Obamacare implementation, Planned Parenthood, the United Nations Population Fund, and…

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