Way to go Al; this video doesn't show it, but Al was also drawing pictures of Jeff Sessions. He did a good job, but this is not the time to sleep or doodle Al!!! That's ok in English 101, not during a SCOTUS confirmation hearing!!!
Betty McCollum says her constituents wanted this bill; who are these people? Would've loved to have been there to see this; to me it seems like constituents are telling her they don't want it. As she reads her speech, everything she talks about how great Obamacare is, we have seen are not true and were all lies.
I know this video was edited, but based upon what we can see regarding the # of people in the room, and the amount of negative comments and boos, this must be the reason Betty doesn't do town-halls anymore.
Excellent article on why Obamanomics have failed, and will continue to fail until the government stops spending, and implements a plan that will stimulate business. Betty McCollum is not the person to lead this charge for MN CD 4. Whatever Obama wants, Pelosi wants. Whatever Pelosi wants, Betty is right there to smile and agree. The one thing this article doesn't address, as it is a different topic, but there is another impact on the economy, and that is the Gulf oil spill. November can't come soon enough so we can turn over the house and senate, and make Obama a lame duck president.
This is scary, and Betty McCollum is in full support. The Disclose Act will be voted on today, June 24, 2010 in the PM.
It is the duty of our government officials to secure our rights, not abolish them. The Disclose act would devastate our rights to free speech. No new opposition groups would be allowed to form, groups less than 10 yrs old with less than 500K members would become illegal. That means the Tea Party.
Tell Congress to SECURE YOUR RIGHTS. This act is the fork in the road between continuing on the path to freedom vs. socialism.
I called Betty McCollum; she is voting for the Disclose Act. Since I had them on the phone, I also asked when she is holding a town hall; they didn't know. And then asked, since Betty is on the Budget committee, when are they going to get that passed? Oh, I don't help with that, but I will put it down that you are concerned.
Way to go Betty!!! You aren't going to pass a budget for 2010? How does that work? Is this a blank check now for more social programs? This is unbelievable; how do you manage debt, if you don't have a budget? Oh wait, you are going to control spending...right, that will work. My ex-wife tried to control spending, but that didn't work, because she still spent more than she should've because she didn't know what the ceiling was.
House Democrats will not pass a budget blueprint in 2010, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will confirm in a speech on Tuesday.
But Hoyer will vow to crack down on government spending, saying Democrats will enforce spending limits that are lower than what President Barack Obama has called for.
In the scheduled address to the progressive think tank The Third Way, Hoyer will acknowledge that the lower chamber will do things differently this election year.
“It isn’t possible to debate and pass a realistic, long-term budget until we’ve considered the bipartisan commission’s deficit-reduction plan, which is expected in December,” according to Hoyer’s prepared remarks that were provided to The Hill.
The House has never failed to pass an annual budget resolution since the current budget rules were put into place in 1974. Hoyer this spring noted that the GOP-led Congress didn’t pass a final resolution in 1998, 2004 and 2006.
The House will put forth a “budget enforcement resolution” rather than a budget blueprint that looks beyond next year and calculates five or 10 years’ worth of deficit figures.
The House’s “enforcement” — or deeming — resolution will endorse the goals of the president’s fiscal commission and reiterate the commitment to vote on its recommendations after the midterm elections. And it will also set limits on discretionary spending “that require further cuts below the president’s budget,” according to the speech.
“This budget enforcement resolution will enforce fiscal discipline in the near term while the fiscal commission works on a long-term plan to get our country back to fiscal health,” Hoyer’s remarks state.
The nation’s debt and budget deficits — and what to do about them — are the theme of Hoyer’s speech.
It’s also the issue that’s destroying what’s left of the Democrats’ jobs agenda as centrist Democrats have balked at the price tag of such measures.
For weeks, Democratic leaders have tried to strike a deal on the budget, which is a non-binding resolution, but to no avail.
The talks triggered splits in the Democratic Caucus, alienating conservative Democrats from their liberal colleagues.
The House’s decision not to pursue a budget resolution comes as the Senate has been struggling to get its companion measure to the floor. And the politics of the moment are a far cry from last year, when the House and Senate easily passed Obama’s first budget on the president’s 100th day in office. The budget measure last year did not attract any GOP support.
Hoyer is seeking a new tone on how to handle the nation’s record debt.
“This is a remarkable moment in political history — a time when our creeping fiscal danger of our $9 trillion of publicly held debt troubles Americans as much as the prospect of the most brutal attacks on our country,” Hoyer will say. “The real question is how we respond... There’s the easy way — glib slogans about spending, solutions that are more about winning political power than confronting the scope of the problem, and answers borrowed from decades-old dogma instead of from a hard look at reality.”
The “right way” Hoyer envisions, however, does involve a continued separation of short-term and structural budget deficits and a careful avoidance of “overreacting to short-term deficits while we’re still feeling the effects of recession.”
“If ‘out-of-control spending’ refers to the Recovery Act and other jobs programs that are responsible for more than 2 million jobs and only a small fraction of our deficit, I’d ask what the alternatives were,” the speech reads. “Whether we are spending or cutting taxes, creating jobs in a recession means adding to the deficit in the short term.”
While conservative Blue Dog Democrats have bristled at further measures to address the recession, Democratic leaders, including Hoyer, have tried to insert the short- versus long-term distinction into the public debate.
Republicans have capitalized on the public’s reluctance to embrace the nuanced argument, and have made the deficit a central part of their attack on the majority, and a key part of their pitch to be returned to power.
“We need a real budget to stop Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree, which is scaring the hell out of the American people, and to create jobs,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said last week.
To these attacks, Hoyer offered his own blistering counterattack.
“A spending-only [deficit reduction] plan has been on the table for more than two years,” Hoyer will say, citing House Budget Committee ranking Republican Paul Ryan’s (Wis.) proposal to shift some seniors away from Medicare and issue private health insurance vouchers for everyone under 55. “Even though I strongly oppose its severe Medicare cuts for seniors, I’ve praised Congressman Ryan for being the only one in his party to offer a solution equal to the problem. But what have we heard from his own party? Crickets. For two years. The Republican Party has run away from Paul Ryan’s plan, even though you’d expect it to rush to embrace a proposal based on spending cuts.”
Hoyer believes that a “spending-and-revenue” compromise is the only realistic option, and says that “on the spending side, we could and should consider a higher retirement age, or one pegged to lifespan.” He would also welcome a debate about “simplifying the tax code to raise revenue more efficiently and increase economic productivity by cutting time lost on tax preparation.”
Even defense spending, which was exempt from the cuts the Blue Dogs had advocated, is on the table, according to Hoyer.
“Any conversation about the deficit that leaves out defense spending is seriously flawed before it begins,” he will remark.
The majority leader also opens the door to reining in current tax cuts for Americans earning above $250,000, which is consistent with Obama’s budget plan. Hoyer makes it clear he will battle Senate Democrats, if necessary.
“As the House and Senate debate what to do with the expiring Bush tax cuts in the coming weeks, we need to have a serious discussion about their implications for our fiscal outlook, including whether we can afford to permanently extend them before we have a real plan for long-term deficit reduction,” according to his speech.
“At a minimum, the House will not extend the tax cuts benefiting taxpayers of incomes above $250,000 despite some suggestions in the Senate that they be extended along with all other Bush tax cuts.”
But much of where Hoyer believes the real deficit debate should start is with the bipartisan fiscal commission.
“To share sacrifices fairly, and to be politically viable, the commission’s proposal can only have one form: an agreement that cuts spending and raises revenue,” Hoyer will say. “We’re lying to ourselves and our children if we say we can maintain our current levels of entitlement spending defense spending, and taxation without bankrupting our country.”
Apparently Al Franken thinks it is funny to be unemployed and make fun of them. This is an easy target for his humor; is Al suggesting this for the thousands of Minnesotan's that are unemployed? Al, how about pushing legislation to provide incentives for businesses to hire...
Who would have thought, and yet many are thinking it.
By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble
A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TOTHE PRESIDENT*
THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE MOST CHILLING
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America 's true living legends- anacclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highestrated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognizehim as the foremost leader in change management.. Lou changed the wayAmerica does business by creating an audacious concept that came tobe known as "partnering."Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history. AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlikeany of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with novisible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youthgrowing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thusdon't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have alignedyourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse topublicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America 'crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European stylecountry where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care systemwith a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard ofliving in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tacticsagainst certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consideropposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everythingyou do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh's, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing,conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I willprobably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Lou Pritchett * * This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeedis that good men do nothing.. It's happening right now.*
Betty McCollum where are you? Constituents are asking about the bad news coming out regarding Obamacare. You have yet to hold a public townhall. You did have one on June 7th at a nursing home (of course you had a press release for it, but you released it a couple hours prior to your meeting so nobody could attend). Betty, how is this good for America when people WILL lose their coverage?
Are you kidding me? We are bailing out police, firefighter and teachers? God bless them; I love them, and they do a hard job, but in this economy, why are there jobs any more sacred than anothers. Where were the bailouts for my companies (I was laid off twice in 9 months)? What about the plumbers, electricians, stockbrokers, realtors, mechanics, restaurant servers etc...
I don't want to see anyone laid off, but I don't think we should be picking and choosing who is to receive bailouts. Enough is enough. I am sure this is another spending bill Betty McCollum will sign on to because the president brought it forward. If Betty does vote no, I will be the first to apologize for an assumption, and will write her a note thanking her for standing up.
This is just another ploy by this administration to garner favor come November from potential voters.
Israel, we are on your side. Betty McCollum released the following statement:
"While the U.S. supports Israel's security, it is impossible to comprehend or make excuses for Israel's decision to confront and kill civilian activists. This unnecessary and preventable incident demands a comprehensive investigation by the international community fully supported by the United States."
Are you kidding me Betty? Israel has been attacked by these terrorists, and they are at war!!! Israel is our ally, and you want to throw them under the bus? Israel has every right to protect themselves!!!
More proof of Obama's and Betty McCollum's lie's that you could keep your HC: Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.
Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101!!!
I am fed up with the liberal spending our socialist government can't get away from. I am only one person, but I hope to make a difference in Minnesota's 4th congressional district. Betty McCollum freely spends our money, and doesn't have the best interests of her constituents in mind as she spends our money. This blog will be a collection of things I find on the web to get people thinking about change.
Change was supposed to start with Obama's administration; well it has. We are now becoming a socialist country. That hasn't worked out so well for Europe, and we aren't far behind. Let's start change by voting Betty McCollum out in 2010, along withe the rest of the free spending Democrats!!!