Archive | 9 March 2011

WI Senate GOP 1, Fleebaggers 0

Well, the WI Senate Republicans did what they could without the help of the Fleebagging Democrats:

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved the bill a short time later.

The lone Democrat present on the conference committee, Rep. Tony Barca, shouted that the surprise meeting was a violation of the state’s open meetings law but Republicans voted over his objections. The Senate then convened within minutes and passed it without discussion or debate.

The Weekly Standard has details on the bill:

The legislation being voted on tonight has few changes from the bill as initially proposed. It would save just $30 million less than the original budget bill by stripping out a refinancing provision. But it would still save the state $300 million over the next two years by requiring state employees to contribute about 5% of income toward their pensions and by requiring state workers to pay for about 12% of their health insurance premiums. It would also save $1.44 billion by requiring public employees in school districts and municipalities to pay 5% of their salaries toward their pensions and by removing collective bargaining for benefits, thus giving school districts and municipalities the option of requiring their employees to pay about 12% for their health insurance premiums.

WI Senate rules require a quorum of 20 for certain fiscal bills, and the GOP only holds 19 seats. However, because this doesn’t directly involve spending or taxing, even though it does save money, the non-partisan state Legislative Fiscal Bureau said that a quorum wasn’t necessary.

Now, if the Fleebaggers hadn’t been AWOL for 3 weeks, they could have had a voice in this debate before the bill was voted on. But by leaving the state, attempting to delay or deny a vote, they also denied themselves the chance to amend the bill.

In other words, hope that bed you made is comfy, Fleebaggers.


Cyber-Attacks On Armed Forces Planned

Just what our armed forces need–and coming from the people they’re risking their lives to protect, no less:

Barrett Brown, 29, calls himself senior strategy officer for the group [calling itself Anonymous].  He recently was interviewed by MSNBC and explained why his group is looking to attack critical U.S. institutions.  He states, “It’s a guerrilla cyberwar — that’s what I call it. It’s sort of an unconventional, asymmetrical act of warfare that we’ve involved in. And we didn’t necessarily start it. I mean, this fire has been burning.”

While the young man doesn’t have much experience in formal ethics theory, he is a fervent “propagandist” (in his own words) who preaches a philosophy of breaking the law to fight perceived injustices.  He states, “Our people break laws, just like all people break laws. When we break laws, we do it in the service of civil disobedience. We do so ethically. We do it against targets that have asked for it.”

Mr. Brown’s latest effort is to personally attack and “harass” military personnel, law enforcement officials, and staff at the Quantico, Virginia military base where Bradley Manning is imprisoned.  Anonymous members try to hack into the peoples’ personal accounts and attempt to post personal information and embarrassing details on internet message boards and other outlets.

The attacks are known as “doxing” to the group.  They include trying to post details about the individuals’ families such as the names of their children and their home addresses.

The group is also attempting to accomplish a “complete communications shutdown” of phone lines and internet to the military base.  He was careful to stress that he calls himself a “journalist” and is not involved personally in these attacks.

Don’t expect the Obama Administration to do much about these attacks, though.

Gingrich’s Lame Excuse For Affair

I really don’t think this is gonna help his standing with social conservatives:

Newt Gingrich says his passion for his country contributed to his marital infidelity. In an interview posted Wednesday by The Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich – who recently converted to Catholicism – said he had sought God’s forgiveness for mistakes in his past.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich said.

“What I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” he said. “I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness.”

In other words, stress and the requirements of his earlier job–Speaker of the House–led him to have an extra-marital affair.

Now, this is a really poor choice of an excuse for one simple reason. The Presidency is far and away a more stressful and difficult job than Speaker of the House, so if the stress of being Speaker made him have an affair, what would the stress of being President make him do?

And, do we really wanna find out? Especially after 4 years of Obama’s blunders?

I think not, and I think a lot of other conservatives are gonna agree with me.

Democrat-Led Senate Defeats Spending Cuts

When the American economy follows Greece’s into the garbage can, remember which party stood in the way of even the smallest spending cuts:

The U.S. Senate defeated a pair of spending-cut bills Wednesday — a Republican plan for nearly $60 billion in reductions and a far smaller Democratic alternative — increasing pressure on both sides to cut a bipartisan deal.

The two votes were staged by congressional leaders as a way of demonstrating that both parties now need to compromise on spending and deficit-reduction for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.

President Barack Obama’s Democrats and Republicans, emboldened by congressional election wins last year, are at loggerheads over how to reduce the budget deficit, due to hit a record $1.65 trillion this year.

Spurred on by Tea Party fiscal conservatives, Republicans want steep spending cuts for this year, but Obama has warned that too much belt tightening will hurt economic recovery.

Negotiators face a March 18 deadline, when current funding for government programs expires. Lacking the time to work out a bipartisan spending deal for the remainder of the year, Congress is expected to pass a sixth stop-gap funding bill to avert a government shutdown.

On a mostly partisan vote of 56-44, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the House Republicans’ measure, which also would have stopped President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law from being implemented.

Subsequently, the Senate voted 58-42 against a Democratic alternative to trim $4.7 billion from current spending.

That’s a cut of $60 billion out of a deficit of an estimated $1.65 trillion by the end of the fiscal year.

Let’s put in the zeroes to make it easier to see the difference:

$60,000,000,000 is what the GOP wanted to cut.

$1,650,000,000,000 is the estimated deficit.

And yet the Democrats refuse even that miniscule set of cuts.

To paraphrase a famous old book, by their votes you will know them.

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