The soldiers gave three cheers as they urged their tired horses north across the uneven hills. Some of the mounts, exhausted after a week of almost continual marching, began to lag behind; others, spurred on by their enthusiastic riders, began to edge past the regiment's commander. "Boys, hold your horses," Custer cautioned; "there are plenty of them down there for us all."
Clinton and Reagan, when they didn't get what they wanted, were willing to "Go over Congress' head", by going to the people.
Although, I'll observe, Obama has done that. He's done a lot of appealing to the People, during his term. His appeals don't work. But he's done them.
This may be a reflection of poor leadership. Or it could be a reflection of 48% of the country viewing him as some alien, un-American, "other".
Boehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'
Republicans' efforts to undo President Barack Obama's health care reform law appear to have come to an end, as House Speaker John Boehner described it Thursday as the "law of the land."
In an interview with ABC News, the nation's top elected Republican seemed to indicate that Congress wouldn't engage in the type of repeated repeal votes the way it had in the past two years. Boehner's office provided a transcript of the exchange:
Maybe it will happen sooner rather than later. There are always new people looking for opportunities. A good small government environmentalist could change things around
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Hopefully Boehner is interested in getting things done. It is a good time for GOP to leave the 20% behind and work out solutions in the middle.
Top Republican lawmaker: 'Obamacare is law of the land'
Nov 8 (Reuters) - Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner said on Thursday he would not make it his mission to repeal the Obama administration's healthcare reform law following the re-election of President Barack Obama.
"The election changes that," Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, told ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer when asked if repealing the law was "still your mission."
"It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected ," B oehner added. "Obamacare is the law of the land."
Boehner's recent interview gives me hope that he's willing to work with the President. He didn't outright say it, but he sort of intimated that he's open to the idea of working with Obama, and maybe even to *GASP* certain tax increases *LE GASP*. Prior to the election, that would have never happened. The fact that they lost I think has made it sink in that there is, at least for the near future, a new status quo, and they are better off working within the confines of that than fighting to the man.
The problem is, Boehner has to convince the rest of the party to be reasonable with him. Odds are that will go one of three ways.
1. Boehner is swiftly removed from power and branded a traitor.
2. The Republican party splits into moderate Republicans siding with Boehner willing to work with Obama, and hard-liners who refuse to.
3. The Republican party starts negotiating in earnest and good faith with the administration, and we start seeing serious results.
Call me cynical, but I don't think 3 is particularly likely.
And this is, of course, assuming he doesn't back off his comments and go hard-liner himself again. That's always a possibility.
Dang alexey beat me to it (reuters report)
Boehner says one thing and then moments later a staffer walks it back. Frustrating.
I think we're going off the cliff. I don't think even if Boehner wanted he could get tax rate increases through the house, and I am pretty sure that even getting rid of deductions (as Boehner is still claiming he would go for) would violate the Norquist pledge. I don't think Boehner could even get HIS plan through the house. So, it looks like we are going over the cliff.
Which all means that a week after New Years, the Senate will pass tax cuts to the middle class without any spending cuts.
Does anyone have an idea as to what will actually happen if we go off the cliff for a week or so? I'm thinking I'm gonna save my money to start buying any and all stock on January 1 as the market tanks for a week or so.
What would A World Without Lawyers be like?
If we do the wishful thinking thing and presume that he is interested in cooperating with moderates to get something done, then we could view his recent actions as preparing the ground for that.
I think we can look at what's happened with previous negotiations, because then we're looking at results, rather than staging.
If the Republicans want to get a deal done, if they want one that includes some small tax increases, there are ways to get it done. They'll go into a Party huddle, and they'll decide that well, we need to find 15 (or however many) people who are willing to volunteer to take the heat for this. They'll use various ways of picking who those people will be. Maybe they'll pick people who are in really safe seats. The folks who lost reelection, but who still have a vote for a few more weeks, are immune to voter retaliation.
And, in either case, whether they were willing to negotiate, or not, the public rhetoric would be the same.
Last edited by Larry; November-9th-2012 at 09:59 AM.
I know one area Republicans will NOT obstruct, and will continue to work with the administration
Counterterrorism Legal Policy in Obama’s Second Term
By Jack Goldsmith
Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM
One important consequence of President Obama’s re-election will be the further entrenchment, and legitimation, of the basic counterterrorism policies that Obama continued, with tweaks, from the late Bush administration. We will have four more years of a Democratic president presiding over military detention without trial, military commission trials (at least for the 9/11 conspirators, if not for more), broad warrantless surveillance, drone strikes around the globe, and covert war more generally. These policies will of course be scrutinized by the many watchers of the presidency.
But they will receive less pushback than they would have received under a republican president. Not only does the public generally trust the former constitutional law professor and civil liberties champion more than a republican president to carry out these policies (this is the Nixon going to China phenomenon). But in addition, many on the left (in Congress and the NGO community, and perhaps the press) who might otherwise be uncomfortable with these policies will give President Obama a freer hand than they would a republican president. The paradoxical bottom line: aggressive counterterrorism policies will, as a general matter, become more entrenched as a result of Obama’s election, compared to a Romney presidency.
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The hotter the heat, the harder the steel, no pressure no diamonds, we compete, we win
We are the next decade of the Washington Redskins
Today Ed Stetzer president of Lifeway Research (Southern Baptist and TOTALLY NOT a Liberal) posted this video on his blog and twitter today as a wake up call to the way Conservatives are viewed by the Left.
Here is his blog entry.
Rachel Maddow (and much of the ideological left) think that conservatives (and, by what she included in her comments, evangelicals) "have to pop the factual bubble." I actually agree with parts of her comments, as I made clear yesterday in my post about not making a "conservative set of facts." For example, I wrote "I'm saddened that many Christians are being included in the groups that create their own facts." This week, more and people are noticing.
Of course, I recognize the usual suspects will likely forward this around and say I am promoting Rachel Maddow's worldview. This is not the case-- it is not a secret that we'd disagree on a bunch of things. However, it is time to face reality for some evangelicals-- making up your own set of facts is not helping. Being known for conspiracies is hurting. It's not everyone, perhaps it is not most, but it is just too many.
I'm crazy enough to think the polls were right, that President Obama was born in Hawaii and is not a Muslim, and... well... you get the point. It's unhelpful when Christians are the one holding up myths about biased polls, a forged birth certificate, a Muslim President.
The reason this is important is because these are the views (of us evangelicals) that are growing in prominence in our culture. Gullible or conspiracy-spreading Christians just do not help these perceptions. Instead, they feed the impression that evangelicals are just without willingness to face truth. If unchurched people think they must commit intellectual suicide to become Christians, it hinders the work of gospel proclamation and cultural engagement.
As such, this video is well worth your time.
Let it sink in.
Then perhaps consider what to do about it.
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