Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Ahead of the 2014 midterm campaign season — and as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” this week — Democrats and Republicans alike are trying to convince voters they are on the side of the middle class and those striving to break into it

For the GOP, the challenge is to move beyond the rhetoric of past campaigns and focus on specific policies showing the party would be effective on behalf of the poor. While some leading Republican figures are developing their own policy prescriptions in anticipation of the 2016 presidential race, there is little consensus within the party about a shared poverty agenda…

But there is deep disagreement among Republican leaders and strategists over whether to embrace an economic-mobility agenda in the 2014 midterm campaigns. Some Republicans are wary of doing so, seeing it as playing on Democrats’ home turf, and think they are better off drawing voters’ attention to the rocky rollout of the health-care law and other problems plaguing Obama.

“People on the right say, ‘We don’t have to have much of a forward-looking agenda, and it gives a target to Democrats if we put things forward, and let the liberals crumble under their own weight,’” said Peter Wehner, a former adviser in the Reagan administration and both Bush administrations and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Six Republicans joined 54 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Tuesday to overcome a 60-vote threshold to begin debate on a three-month extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. These people have exhausted the standard 26 weeks of unemployment benefits…

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement the House would wait to see what the Senate can pass, and that the House will not entertain an extension that does not include any savings or job-creation efforts. Boehner said the “ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs.”

House Republicans have approved dozens of bills they say will spur job creation, but they have received no attention in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Democrats counter that if Republicans want to see offsets, they should come up with suggestions for those savings. “We don’t think it should be paid for. Why should the onus be on us?” Reid said.

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House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits. In the memo, which was obtained by The Washington Post, House Republicans are urged to be empathetic toward the unemployed and understand how unemployment is a “personal crisis” for individuals and families. The memo also asks Republicans to reiterate that the House will give “proper consideration” to an extension of long-term insurance as long as Democrats are willing to support spending or regulatory reforms.

A bipartisan Senate bill that would extend benefits for the long-term unemployed cleared a procedural hurdle Tuesday, with six Republicans joining Democrats to vote for it. But the bill faces an uncertain future in the upper chamber, where it will have to clear another 60-vote hurdle before moving to a final vote.

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Unemployment insurance extensions in the past five years have kept at least 600,000 people out of the labor force, because people tend to ride a gravy train. That’s the conclusion of analyses by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the National Bureau of Economic Research, respectively. The evidence is clear: Another extension of unemployment insurance would do more harm than good…

Perverse incentives impact states, as well. Extended unemployment benefits are disproportionately transferred to high-unionization, high-unemployment states such as California, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts. And that amounts to political cronyism. Politicians in those heavily Democratic states could be pals of the current administration, but those states have a record of failure in putting people to work.

Nor is unemployment insurance doing any favors for the federal deficit. Under current law, the states are supposed to pay back the federal treasury $38 billion for emergency unemployment insurance benefits paid out.

A year’s extension would add $25 billion to the tab, or about $6.25 billion for three months. That money is not in the budget, and none of the options for getting it is pain-free.

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But here’s another hidden cost to this dynamic: With more people receiving unemployment benefits, and given the costs associated with working, employers have to pay more to attract the unemployed. Again, this is good for those workers — but it is bad for their unemployed neighbors.

States that extend unemployment benefits have higher wages (because it costs more to lure people away from the UI benefits) but fewer jobs available and more people unemployed, according to a recent study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Fed and the University of Oslo in Norway.

In other words, a company that could have created three jobs at $30,000 can’t get workers for $30,000, so it creates two jobs for $45,000 – and the third guy is out of luck. This effect is so large that it drove “most of the persistently high unemployment after the Great Recession,” according to the study.

Liberals dismiss the disincentive effects today, arguing there just aren’t jobs out there. Maybe the jobs aren’t there because lengthy unemployment insurance is killing these jobs.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to tie the bill extending jobless benefits for 1.3 million people to a delay in the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate Tuesday…

From McConnell’s exchange with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the floor moments ago:

“To that end, I’d like to propose that my side be allowed to offer an amendment to pay for these benefits by lifting the burden of Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year and take care of our veterans who were harmed by the recently agreed-to budget deal while we’re at it in the same amendment,” McConnell said. “And once that is disposed of, we can have an actual debate on this issue and an amendment process here in the Senate, which hasn’t happened very often in recent times.”

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A Republican senator is pushing a curious alternative to extending aid for the long-term unemployed — entice companies to hire them by letting those businesses off the hook on ObamaCare.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is one of several Republicans offering up amendments to a Senate bill that would extend long-term jobless benefits for three months, at a cost of more than $6 billion…

The so-called employer mandate has been delayed by a year, but would eventually require businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide insurance or pay a fine. The Thune amendment would ensure that any long-term unemployed person hired by a company would not count toward the 50-worker threshold.

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Conservatives should also consider some creative reforms of the unemployment-insurance system. Giving unemployed workers a modest cash bonus when they secure employment has been shown to be effective in shortening the length of unemployment spells, and, if targeted at workers who have a high probability of exhausting benefits, it can actually save the taxpayers money in the long run. It seems implausible that a re-employment bonus would have a large effect on long-term unemployment, but evidence suggests that it would help in addressing shorter unemployment spells. There is also some evidence that giving out lump-sum unemployment benefits may be preferable to the current system of weekly checks. Under traditional unemployment insurance, a worker forgoes his unemployment benefit by taking a job. Lump-sum unemployment insurance may be beneficial because it would mitigate the weekly-check system’s incentive to delay starting a job. With lump-sum unemployment benefits paid, say, every month rather than every week, a worker who got a job at the beginning of a pay period could take in both unemployment compensation and a paycheck for that month. If this gets workers off unemployment faster, then the program could save money over traditional unemployment insurance…

This second scenario is called worksharing. It involves two components: the redistribution of labor hours among workers with the goal of reducing involuntary unemployment, and short-time unemployment compensation to make up part of workers’ lost wages through the unemployment-insurance system. Short-time unemployment compensation works in the same way as traditional unemployment compensation except that it applies to a reduction in work hours and not a layoff. Think of it as a prorated unemployment benefit…

[W]orksharing may more equitably distribute the costs of recessions across the labor force. In our example of the 100-worker firm, under worksharing every worker would lose 20% of his salary, and some fraction of that would be replaced by a short-time unemployment benefit. The pain of the recession would be spread evenly across the workers. Without worksharing, the 20 workers who were laid off would bear all of the pain, while the 80 who remained would bear none.

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“If this is so important to the country, why didn’t the democrats and the president insist that it be included in that budget deal that was worked out at the end of last year to keep the government open for two years?” Blitzer said, noting that this was a question he is often asked.

“The cynics would say, here you are, you have a great political issue to bludgeon Republicans with,” CNN’s phief political analyst said. “I think there are lots of Democrats who raised that same question.”

“It’s a legitimate question to raise,” Borger conceded. “Why wasn’t this done, if it’s that important, before Congress went off on recess?”

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Bring in the brown Roma.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Uhhh … someone ?

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Bring in the brown Roma.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

.
I was beginning to wonder … : )

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Wow … hellooooooooooo . . . . . . . . . . . (echo effect)

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

gibe me free momey please.

rickyricardo on January 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Breaking Politics ‏@breakingpol 10h

President Obama: ‘Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs and voting against it does not’ – live video
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Let me see if I can understand the LiberalTard Lefty ViewPoint.

Extra UnEmployment Insurance Creates JOBS, and VOTING NO,
takes JOBS AWAY,..that were not there in the first place!!

**NUTS**!!

US unemployment benefits extension debate
3m
President Obama:
****************

‘Voting for unemployment insurance

helps people

and creates jobs

and voting against it

does not’ – live video

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I was short with some folks last night. I apologize.

Effing toothache. Second bicuspid, rooted in hard.

Damned thing won’t give up.

Sorry I was short.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Made it 25 seconds into the Obama video. Every time his head doesn’t explode a la Scanners, I get real disappoint.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

No worries. Are you getting it(tooth) attended to at least?!

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

President Obama: ‘Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs and voting against it does not’ – live video

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

That has to be one of the most ridiculous presidential statements of all time.

If Obama hadn’t been busy destroying jobs through his wretched policies and cronyism, then perhaps those who wanted to find jobs could have found them.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I pay cash. I don’t want a full denistry work-up. Xrays, whatever.

Novacaine. Rip it out.

I’ll sign a disclaimer.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Be careful with those toothaches. The infection needs to be caught and stopped.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

House Republican leaders sent a memo this week to the entire GOP conference with talking points designed to help rank-and-file Republicans show compassion for the unemployed

Sheesh. What a bunch of morons.

and explain the Republican position on unemployment benefits.

Friggin GOP turds. The federal government has no business in the unemployment benefits realm. None. That is for the states and the states, only. People generally pay for unemployment insurance. They don’t just get checks for not working.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Made it 25 seconds into the Obama video. Every time his head doesn’t explode a la Scanners, I get real disappoint[ed].

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

ROFLMAO.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Question 11E on ATF Form 4473 (required for the purchase of a firearm from a federal firearms licensee) reads as follows: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” It seems crystal [meth] clear that a lawful user of marijuana who is not addicted to the drug may purchase a firearm from an FFL. Unfortunately, marijuana is a Schedule I Drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Possession is a federal crime. Not to belabor the point, as far as Uncle Sam is concerned, marijuana use is illegal. In 2011, when marijuana legalization started gathering steam, the ATF sent states a letter telling them that they would not yield. Until someone gets a knock in their head about the futility of the War on Drugs, no Rocky Mountain High for you, Mr. gun guy.

So sorry dope fiends.

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/01/robert-farago/colorado-bong-and-bang-still-dont-mix/

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Ba Ba Boxer,..Call me Ma’am, rant, on todays U.I Ent.:

Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2014

Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Speaks on Need to Extend Jobless Benefits for Long-Term Unemployed

Senator Urges Congress to Assist the More than 222,000 Californians Who Rely on Unemployment Insurance While They Continue to Look for Work

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the floor today after the Senate voted to overcome a Republican filibuster and allow consideration of an extension of unemployment insurance for more than 1.3 million Americans and 222,000 Californians who are still struggling to find work.

“There are people out there that are at their wit’s end,” Senator Boxer said. “Holding their lives together, keeping their homes at 55 degrees when they have little children in it, not knowing if they can pay the rent, not knowing if they can go to the grocery store, not knowing if they’ll be homeless, not knowing what the future holds. The least we can do in this chamber is stand up and fight for them.”

Senator Boxer added, “Federal unemployment benefits have been extended no less than 28 times since 1958, 15 times under Republican presidents and 13 times under Democratic presidents. So this is nothing new… The fact that it’s been make such a big deal is incomprehensible given the circumstances of us recovering from the greatest recession since the Great Depression.”

You can view Senator Boxer’s full speech on the Senate floor

here.

http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/press/videos/010714a.cfm

Senator Boxer also told the stories of unemployed Californians whose benefits have been put at risk, see below:

One woman wrote – and I quote – “I’m 58 years old, and I’m receiving unemployment benefits for the first time in my life. I’m currently receiving my first federal extension. I was laid off because the nonprofit I was working for lost a major portion of its state funding. Getting unemployment benefits is not preventing me from looking for work. In fact, people getting extended employment benefits are required to prove they’re looking for work. I spend hours every week filling out applications and posting my resume without result. Tell me, how am I and thousands like me supposed to pay my rent and eat? I agree that Washington should focus on job creation, but that should be in addition to, not instead of extending benefits. I beg you,” she writes to me, “Please extend unemployment benefits. Thank you.”

Another Californian wrote from Los Angeles – quote – “After working 27 years for one employer, the bad economy finally led me to my first layoff and my first time ever on unemployment.” Remember, this person worked 27 years for one employer. “I was told that because of the bad economy, I would get up to 63 weeks without the federal extension. Now I’m being told without further action, my benefits end at the end of the year even though that leaves me three months short. After paying into the system for 32 years, this is the only time I’ve ever asked for anything back, and this is I’m treated.” There are other stories.

Kaitlyn Smith of Twentynine Palms, 24 years old, lost her $450-a-week benefit when the federal extension expired. She is a Marine Corps veteran, the mother of two young kids. She’s been searching for work. The family can’t move because her husband, a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, must remain near the combat center until he’s discharged from the Marines. The loss of her benefits will cut deeply into the couple’s income. Smith said the family is already skimping on basics including heat. “I have to keep the house at 55 degrees even though I have two little kids ages two and a half and one and a half.” …

Laura Walker, a 63-year-old paralegal, has been looking for work since January when she was laid off from a California law firm. She counted on her benefits that have now run out. “Not all of us have savings and a lot of us have to take care of family because of what happened in the economy,” said Walker of Santa Clarita, who said she applied for at least three jobs a week and shares an apartment with her son, wife and children. “It is going to put me and my family out on the streets.”…

We have a story of a software engineer who lives in San Diego county. She’s one of 18,000 San Diego country residents to lose their payment. She says her $450 weekly unemployment payment goes to food, dental insurance and other living necessities. She’s tried zealously to find work. She’s volunteered, she’s attended meetings, she’d cold called, written letters, joined the Project Management Institute of San Diego. She says, “I haven’t been sitting here watching soap operas. I’d go to work tomorrow or today. I’m tired of this.”

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http://www.boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/010714b.cfm

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Ahead of the 2014 midterm campaign season — and as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” this week

Trillions of wasted dollars, and debasement of the currency.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Can’t wait for the SOTU address. Full out Marxist.

Like we have never seen before.

It’s in a few weeks.

Final putsche.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

The last full month that Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency was December 2006. The Employment-Population Ratio that month, after 12 straight years of Republicans having majority control (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency), was 63.4%

Now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, the Employment-Population Ratio is 58.6%.

If we had the same level of employment now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, that we enjoyed in December 2006 (after 12 years of Republican majority control), over 11.8 MILLION more Americans would be employed.

We don’t want restored unemployment insurance,
we want RESTORED EMPLOYMENT.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The last full month that Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency was December 2006. The Employment-Population Ratio that month, after 12 straight years of Republicans having majority control (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency), was 63.4%

Now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, the Employment-Population Ratio is 58.6%.

If we had the same level of employment now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, that we enjoyed in December 2006 (after 12 years of Republican majority control), over 11.8 MILLION more Americans would be employed.

We don’t want restored unemployment insurance,
we want RESTORED EMPLOYMENT.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/01/07/quotes-of-the-day-1607/comment-page-1/#comment-7623329

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Oops. Please ignore the repost.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Boehner said the “ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives said this.

The Whoopi Goldberg of Congress

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

That has to be one of the most ridiculous presidential statements of all time.

If Obama hadn’t been busy destroying jobs through his wretched policies and cronyism, then perhaps those who wanted to find jobs could have found them.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

INC: I agree,..my jaw dropped. I’ve got to hunt that
video snippet, and send it to AP/ED!:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

The last full month that Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency was December 2006. The Employment-Population Ratio that month, after 12 straight years of Republicans having majority control (2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency), was 63.4%

Now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, the Employment-Population Ratio is 58.6%.

If we had the same level of employment now, after 7 years of Democrat majority control, that we enjoyed in December 2006 (after 12 years of Republican majority control), over 11.8 MILLION more Americans would be employed.

We don’t want restored unemployment insurance,
we want RESTORED EMPLOYMENT.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:08 PM

…it’s worth seeing this again!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Another Californian wrote from Los Angeles – quote – “After working 27 years for one employer, the bad economy finally led me to my first layoff and my first time ever on unemployment.” Remember, this person worked 27 years for one employer. “I was told that because of the bad economy, I would get up to 63 weeks without the federal extension. Now I’m being told without further action, my benefits end at the end of the year even though that leaves me three months short. After paying into the system for 32 years, this is the only time I’ve ever asked for anything back, and this is I’m treated.”

There’s your problem. YOU thought you were paying into an account for yourself. Wait till you start learning about Social Security, you liberal voter. This is what you voted for. Now eat it.

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

My sister has a side business as a social media coordinator for real estate agents and other businesses. One of her real estate agent clients is in New York, and just had to legally change his name from “Robert” lastname to “Bob” lastname because of a new regulation that they have to put their legal name on all correspondence and advertisements. No matter that all of his contacts know him as Bob. No matter that all of his advertisements show him as Bob. No matter than anyone with any brain knows that Bob is a nickname. Nope. This guy had to take time and money to legally change his name because NY is a bunch of regulatory meddlers.

cptacek on January 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, then-Senators Obama Biden, Clinton, Kerry, and others, took majority control of Washington, D.C. on 1/3/2007.

What have SEVEN YEARS OF DEMOCRAT MAJORITIES done?

Average Weeks Unemployed
December 2006: 16.1
November 2013: 37.2
(well more than doubled under Democrat majority control)

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I pay cash. I don’t want a full denistry work-up. Xrays, whatever.

Novacaine. Rip it out.

I’ll sign a disclaimer.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

.
Be careful with those toothaches. The infection needs to be caught and stopped.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

.
The Dentist gave me the prescription for anti-biotics, the only time I had a full-blown “abscessed tooth.”

I understand full well, the misery that condition presents. I carried mine for a few weeks, before I could afford to have it pulled. It was done exactly the way you said you wanted it done: “Novacaine. Rip it out.”
I wanted to keep that tooth, but if there’s an infection involved, it’s against the law. Had to be disposed of in a proper government authorized fashion.

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Perverse incentives impact states, as well. Extended unemployment benefits are disproportionately transferred to high-unionization, high-unemployment states such as California, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Massachusetts. And that amounts to political cronyism.

Big surprise there.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

New Religion:

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 6h

Reid on UI: My colleagues say they want to pay for this bill. This is a new religion for them. It wasn’t paid for under Bush.

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Thanks!
:-)

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Unemployment Insurance is a Ponzi scheme

Obamacare is a Ponzi scheme

Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.

Bernie Madoff buddy, you should have been a democrat politician, then you would have had license to operate Ponzi schemes and enrich yourself and your cronies.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

“Need Work….”

“But you said you voted for this shitte….why?”

“‘Cause I am special…”

“And you want me to help you?”

“yes…if you can…otherwise I will get the Dems to take it from you”

“Well…you are generous…”

“I have connections……..”

“Well connect this……”
“Fluck You!….”

And Obama…
F@ck You….

Electrongod on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Oops. Please ignore the repost.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

.
Nope, sorry ….. we’re gonna have to add that to your “tally sheet.”

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Just show the graphs of when nanzi banged in her gavel.

Every measurement when north or south then. 2007, it all went to hell.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

On an off topic track …

Raylan is back to shoooting people on “Justified”.

Boyd’s body count was higher for the first episode though.

PolAgnostic on January 7, 2014 at 11:23 PM

New Religion:

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 6h

Reid on UI: My colleagues say they want to pay for this bill. This is a new religion for them. It wasn’t paid for under Bush.

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Tell Harry Reid to read Nancy Pelosi’s lips:

After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.

- New Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 01/04/2007

All of the Democrats gave a standing ovation to Pelosi’s promises. Of course, over the next 4 years Democrats burdened future generations with over $5 TRILLION in NEW, additional debt.

In fact, since 1/3/2007, the Total Public Debt has increased 99.5%!

That, in the words of Barack Obama, is “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic”.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:24 PM

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I had no idea that gov had gotten that draconian about teeth! I thought the decision would be up to the patient and dentist. But what do I know! Do you live in a blue state?

INC on January 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Nope, sorry ….. we’re gonna have to add that to your “tally sheet.”

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

So, what’s my current tally?
;-)

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Electrongod on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

AH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

PRICELESS!!!

williamg on January 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM

If we accept Obama’s premise that UI creates jobs, then why is he only advocating extending UI for an additional finite period of time? If it truly has a job creating effect, why not offer UI payments to those working as well? We could have a rip roaring economy!

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement the House would wait to see what the Senate can pass,

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2013

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH):

House Speaker John Boehner has apparently become a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy.” As Schweizer explains in his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets: “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge. The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.” According to Schweizer, Boehner apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/weekly-update-dcs-most-corrupt/

FloatingRock on January 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Just show the graphs of when nanzi banged in her gavel.

Every measurement when north or south then. 2007, it all went to hell.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

wolly4321: Graphs eh:)
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https://twitter.com/CenterOnBudget

Center on Budget ‏@CenterOnBudget 6 Jan

.@ChadCBPP explains why Congress should restore federal jobless benefits: http://bit.ly/JE8lFF pic.twitter.com/NQjtgXnRCj

https://twitter.com/CenterOnBudget/status/420283748974739456/photo/1/large
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Chad Stone ‏@ChadCBPP 2 Jan

restore federal jobless benefits and end the New Years blues: http://tinyurl.com/3pwbbpv map:Max weeks w/o fed benefits: pic.twitter.com/hSLeRlT29r
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https://twitter.com/ChadCBPP/status/418753176607531009/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Hi Merm. Tell Scrumpy I said for her to say hi to lanceman if she sees him.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Graphs,..er, Map:

Chad Stone ‏@ChadCBPP 2 Jan

restore federal jobless benefits and end the New Years blues: http://tinyurl.com/3pwbbpv map:Max weeks w/o fed benefits: pic.twitter.com/hSLeRlT29r
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https://twitter.com/ChadCBPP/status/418753176607531009/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

canopfor brings linkies like a beaver needs to chew wood. not all beavers chew wood though.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

.
I had no idea that gov had gotten that draconian about teeth! I thought the decision would be up to the patient and dentist. But what do I know! Do you live in a blue state?

INC on January 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

.
If it weren’t for that particular visit, I doubt would know about it, either.
I really wanted to keep the tooth. But the attending nurse said,
“Sorry, but we can’t do that.”

“Why not?”

About that time the dentist came into the room, and explained it all.

But if you have a non-infected tooth pulled (for various reasons), then you may keep that (or those).

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM

I’m going to rip it out with a damned pair of pliers. Gargle with some 100 proof vodka. H2O2.

I watched castaway this weekend. It beats an ice skate and a rock.

Sebilious would prescribe zyclone-b.

It’s probably gonna hurt. Huh?

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Follow the #OutInTheCold hashtag on twitter for up to the moment news on extending Unemployment Insurance.
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23outinthecold&src=typd

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

1. go outside and take the temperature.
2. type in the degrees F

<—– right here.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Oh dis one is a winner:

MovingNCForward ‏@MovingNCForward 13m

Tell the Repubs

That the Unemployed are Fetuses

or Billionaires Suffering Without a 5th Yacht…

Then They Might Care. #OutInTheCold #ncpol

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

If you are an illegal immigrant, I want you the hell out of this country. You don’t belong here. You don’t deserve to be here. Either you get the hell out now, or we deport you. That’s what should happen.

As for this unemployment benefit welfare nonsense, I am totally opposed to it. There is so much abuse there it’s incredible.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Nope, sorry ….. we’re gonna have to add that to your “tally sheet.”

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

.
So, what’s my current tally?
;-)

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 11:26 PM

.
Oh gosh, I dunno . . . . . I don’t keep the books. I just call a secret number that connects me to “the book keeper”, and they mark down the tallies. Other people here may have called in marks against you previously, and I would have no way of knowing.

But whatever your tally is, it’s probably lower than mine.

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 PM

bluefox reminded me…good luck with grandson tomorrow…just relax!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

1. go outside and take the temperature.
2. type in the degrees F

<—– right here.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

SP:

<—– right here.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Tuesday 11:00 PM
Scattered Clouds
-17 C

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Denistry is a basic human right.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 PM

…bluefox reminded me…good luck with grandson tomorrow…just relax!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

KOOLAID2: Thank-you, and my bad, forgot to respond on last nights
QOTD:0

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

canopfor brings linkies like a beaver needs to chew wood. not all beavers chew wood though.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM

SparkPlug:Lol,..true,..only Wood Beavers:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Lonesome Cowboy Burt!!

williamg on January 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

1. go outside and take the temperature.
2. type in the degrees F

<—– right here.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

SP:

<—– right here.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Tuesday 11:00 PM
Scattered Clouds
-17 C

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I feel bad that I have it so easy. It’s a balmy 39°F here. I didn’t go outside, and I’m sure you all want to know that weather.com says Rush Limbaugh is Wrong about global warming! The Weather Channel just can’t let go.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

If you are an illegal immigrant, I want you the hell out of this country.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

.
Hey ‘gill. We (that’s all of us, not just you) are gradually learning to replace the word “immigrant” as you used it there, with the word “alien.”
Technically, there’s no such thing as an ‘illegal immigrant.’

That’s all, Carry on . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Obummercare doesn’t cover this 110%?

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

Otay I’m bugging out,

couple of videos for da road,Everyone have a great
night:
******

Minigun in Chopper vs Car – Slow Motion

Dillon Minigun mounted on a Huey.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d9e_1389065819
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Container Ship Taking 40 Degree Roll in North Atlantic

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e56_1389058712
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canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Internalize all this

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 11:55 PM

That’s all, Carry on . . . . . .

listens2glenn on January 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

You’re right. There are only legal immigrants.

Other than that bluegill has made superb comments, on quite a few topics. Kudos bg.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Denistry is a basic human right.

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

You’re A Rabid Anti-Dentite!!!!

williamg on January 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I feel bad that I have it so easy. It’s a balmy 39°F here. I didn’t go outside, and I’m sure you all want to know that weather.com says Rush Limbaugh is Wrong about global warming! The Weather Channel just can’t let go.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

INC:Ugh,..a concept,..thanks for that linky,..oy:)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

.
I feel bad that I have it so easy. It’s a balmy 39°F here. I didn’t go outside, and I’m sure you all want to know that weather.com says Rush Limbaugh is Wrong about global warming! The Weather Channel just can’t let go.

INC on January 7, 2014 at 11:50 PM

.
Apparently most people didn’t get my memo, yesterday.
The leaders in the “global climate change” crowd are beginning a shift from “global warming”, to a new phenomenon called “global dimming.

listens2glenn on January 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Container Ship Taking 40 Degree Roll in North Atlantic

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e56_1389058712
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canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Nite canada!

That vid is crazy!

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Ugh,…one more,..Mother Earth is in the Suns Cross-Hairs,
with thee biggest Sun-Spot,..in a long time:

X-FLARE:

Giant sunspot AR1944 erupted on Jan 7th at approximately 1832 UT, producing a powerful X1-class solar flare. First-look coronagraph images from the STEREO-Ahead spacecraft appear to show a coronal mass ejection (CME) emerging from the blast site. If so, the CME is almost certainly heading for Earth. Stay tuned for updates as more data arrive from the NASA-ESA Heliophysics Fleet. Solar flare alerts: text, voice.

HUGE SUNSPOT TARGETS EARTH: One of the biggest sunspots in years is crossing the center of the solar disk, putting Earth in the way of potential eruptions. Rocky Raybell photographed the active region named “AR1944″ yesterday from his backyard in Keller, Washington:

The sprawling sunspot contains dozens of dark cores, the largest big enough to swallow Earth three times over. This makes it an easy target for amateur solar telescopes — or even regular cameras. Raybell used an SX40 digital camera on a tripod whole holding a Baader solar filer over the lens to capture his image. Photo details may be found here.

Although AR1944 has been mostly quiet for days, flares are in the offing. The sunspot has an unstable ‘beta-gamma-delta’ magnetic field that could erupt at any time. NOAA forecasters estimate a 75% chance of M-class flares and a 30% chance of X-flares on Jan. 7th.
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http://spaceweather.com/images2014/07jan14/hmi3796.gif?PHPSESSID=ofpgufljekf47jr1f4rkrnb8f2

http://spaceweather.com/

canopfor on January 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Thanks canopfor and INC.

39 is almost toasty compared to -17 in Canada.

SparkPlug on January 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

That vid is crazy!

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

WoW!

williamg on January 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM

I wish you people would stop talking about these low temperatures. You are making twerpy feel cold.

SparkPlug on January 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

It’s warmer here now than it was this morning……it’s -3 degrees F now, was below -10 this morning with wind chill below -30 degrees F…..

williamg on January 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

…who can respond to everything and everybody?…and read everything?…and go from thread to thread?… and do other things during the day…I don’t know how you do it!…and supply all the info and linky’s…. you do it somehow!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Dick Cheneys hurricane steering machine broke down and couldn’t be repaired. That’s what caused all these hurricanes to stop blowing. We have had many hurricanes but they just didn’t blow very much since the hurricane steering machine broke.

SparkPlug on January 8, 2014 at 12:09 AM

50 years later the commies have more commies in their plantations, in diapers and Depends.

Congratulations leftist thugs!

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 12:09 AM

I’m going to rip it out with a damned pair of pliers. Gargle with some 100 proof vodka. H2O2.

I watched castaway this weekend. It beats an ice skate and a rock.

Sebilious would prescribe zyclone-b.

It’s probably gonna hurt. Huh?

wolly4321 on January 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I saw this once in a bar… Several beers, 4 shots of Wild Turkey for anesthesia, and a biker yanked the incisor of a cabinet maker with a Leatherman tool… Rinse with a double shot of Everclear.

All’s well that ends well, as they say, but I still recommend a professional…

PointnClick on January 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Unemployment insurance extensions in the past five years have kept at least 600,000 people out of the labor force, because people tend to ride a gravy train.

Corrupt banks and other corporatist cronies in bed with the government like to ride the gravy train, too, and they collect hundreds if not thousands of times as much money as the unemployed. I’m all for cutting back unemployment for regular folks but it’s a relatively tiny share compared to that received by much less deserving, extremely wealthy cronies in DC. Don’t think for a moment that DC, if they cut unemployment benefits, are doing so to be fiscally responsible, there’s no chance of that, the money they hope to save on unemployment will just be redistributed to their K-street cronies and spending will only increase, as always.

But I think the GOP will extend unemployment benefits because they hope to impose amnesty for illegals this year and throw open the immigration floodgates, and if they push millions of Americans into the job market just before, increasing competition for jobs, then the reaction to their attempt to impose amnesty will be even more severe. As long as their cronies are collecting hundreds or thousands of times as much graft as the unemployed, they’ll continue paying the tab, (through generational theft and inflation), then try to impose their amnesty, and if successful, then they’ll cut off the welfare and unemployment turning millions of American and illegal aliens loose competing for jobs all at the same time, bringing the American work force down to 3rd world status as they are overrun by the 3rd world.

FloatingRock on January 8, 2014 at 12:12 AM

1. go outside and take the temperature.
2. type in the degrees F

<—– right here.

SparkPlug on January 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

43… a veritable heat wave…

PointnClick on January 8, 2014 at 12:13 AM

I wish you people would stop talking about these low temperatures. You are making twerpy feel cold.

SparkPlug on January 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

sorry i’m late someone just said “cold enough for ya?” to me and i had to bury the body” -TV’s Andy Levy

Anti-Control on January 8, 2014 at 12:13 AM

trying to convince voters they are on the side of the middle class

Smoke & Mirrors Kids…. Don’t look too deep….Pay No attention to the man behind the curtain…

The average social security check was $321 in 1980 and in 2011 it was $1183 (adjusted for inflation). But if that $321 pension check were to be fully adjusted for inflation according to way inflation was calculated in 1980 (cost of gasoline and food included), then that $321 should be $3636 to have the same purchasing power today.

So the difference over the typical 15-20 years a typical pensioner receives Social Security checks, between $1183/month and $3636/month (not counting for inflation over that time as well) would be $2453/month or $36,795-49,060 the Fed reserve inflation policy has robbed from retirees.

Create inflation so government can pay back retirees with cheaper dollars, but tell them their pension checks are adjusted for inflation. Nice shell game you’ve got going there.

ROFLMMFAO

donabernathy on January 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Losers in 2013

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Winners in 2013

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

http://www.japantrendshop.com/hana-tsun-nose-straightener-p-1341.html

How many products can one safely use at once?

Murphy9 on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

obama has always hated the middle class the most. He wants them all poor. He hates the poor too but loves them in modern day plantations.

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

…thoughts are with OC…his sister…and the rest of their family today.

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:34 AM

……..NORM!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Station Man……..

“Station Man
I’ve been waiting
Can you tell me
When we’re leaving

Midnight train
Now is leaving

Engine screaming…..”

williamg on January 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Wouldn’t it be something if a polar vortex hits NYC during Super Bowl weekend?

Anti-Control on January 8, 2014 at 12:41 AM

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement the House would wait to see what the Senate can pass, and that the House will not entertain an extension that does not include any savings or job-creation efforts. Boehner said the “ultimate solution to joblessness is more jobs.”

Sounds like a very good request..Looks like there will be a fight over this..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM

…another cold one!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Sure.. *clink*..:)

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:43 AM

…thoughts are with OC…his sister…and the rest of their family today.

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

+1

Anti-Control on January 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Dire Straits on January 8, 2014 at 12:43 AM

…clink*…

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM

…*clink*…fixed!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM

MSU: 72
OSU: 68

PS:

MSU: 34
OSU: 24

PPS:

Clemson 40
OSU: 35

ROFL

Anti-Control on January 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Anti-Control on January 8, 2014 at 12:44 AM

…miss you downstairs…do you check in?…Op is finally getting things on the house fixed!

KOOLAID2 on January 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

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