Texas Rainmaker

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The government released numbers Wednesday showing that far fewer Americans had enrolled in private insurance plans under the new health law than expected and, in a marked shift, the Obama administration signaled it was open to legislation to fix the troubled rollout.

…but just last month, Democrats were calling Republicans who argued for fixing or delaying this broken legislation:

“Jihadists”:

“Legislative arsonists”…

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called members of the GOP “blackmailers.”

Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeifer said: “What we’re not for [is] negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.”…

Obama, himself, described the GOP as kidnappers trying to “extract a ransom.”…

And Harry Reid, continually called Republicans “anarchists“…

Stay classy, hypocrites.

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In light of the recent revelations that the IRS was targeting conservatives as far back as 2010, perhaps it’s time to go back and look at something Harry Reid claimed during the 2012 election campaign…

“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” said Reid. “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?

Tellingly, neither Reid nor his office would reveal who the investor was, making it impossible to verify if the accusation is true

Then again just 8 weeks before the election, Reid doubled down on his claim:

“He’s hiding something. He’s hiding something! It is so evident he’s hiding something!”

To this day, Harry Reid has not identified his “confidential source” to support his claims that Romney was not being truthful with his tax returns. So as the story continues to develop that the IRS was actively and illegally targeting political opponents of Democrats, one has to wonder if Reid’s claims were related to this in a much larger and much more nefarious political scandal than anyone has yet realized.

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Hypocrite in Chief
July 11th, 2010 6:30 am

Remember when Barack Obama criticized corporate executives for traveling to Vegas “on the taxpayers dime”?

The president’s comments come nearly a year after he criticized companies that received federal money for taking corporate junkets to Las Vegas. “You can’t go take that trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime,” he said at the time.

Yeah, nevermind….

Obama will arrive in Las Vegas on Thursday evening and attend two fundraisers for Reid, who is locked in a tight political race with Republican Sharron Angle, a candidate backed by the Tea Party movement.

Time to double down on hypocrisy.

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What Would Reagan Think?
March 22nd, 2010 3:13 am

I couldn’t help but think, as I watched C-SPAN throughout the day Sunday, “If Ronald Reagan were alive today, what would he say to the American people about the actions of the D-baggers on Capitol Hill?” Then I remembered I needn’t wonder… for in 1961, Reagan told America what he thought of this health insurance bill disaster:

Timeless wisdom from a great leader. America sure needs a man like him again… now, more than ever.

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“By Any Means Necessary…”
March 16th, 2010 5:12 pm

So Congress has gone from voting on legislation without even reading it

…to the threat of passing legislation without even voting on it.

What’s next? Enforcing legislation that hasn’t even been drafted…

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Obama/Reid Campaigning on Your Dime
February 19th, 2010 5:01 am

Have some hope and send more change

President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans Friday to provide an additional $1.5 billion to a state-assistance program for homeowners worst hit by the downturn in U.S. housing values.

The program, which Mr. Obama will announce in Las Vegas, is for states where the average home value for all homeowners in the state has dropped more than 20% from its value at the height of the housing bubble.

This is certainly a gesture to help those in need… specifically, one person in desperate need:

Mr. Obama is appearing in Nevada Friday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is fighting for re-election in November amid voter anger over the state’s high unemployment and widespread housing woes.

While others are debating whether corporations should be able to contribute money to political campaigns, Obama and Reid are spending $1.5 Billion of your money to buy votes for one Senator.

If Obama’s record of campaigning for others continues, a $1.5 Billion investment may end up being a significant savings to taxpayers.

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Cash for Cloture
December 21st, 2009 10:54 am

Introducing the Obama Administration’s newest pay-for-play federal program. Seedy Chicago politics and backroom bribery are all it takes for the federal government to take over the healthcare industry.

UPDATE: A list of the payoffs Harry “Boss Tweed” Reid secured to bribe his way into a cloture vote…

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(D) is for Double Standard
September 15th, 2009 7:22 pm

Hypocrites.

Bitterly divided along party lines, the House formally rebuked Republican Rep. Joe Wilson Tuesday for shouting “You lie” at President Barack Obama during last week’s nationally televised speech to Congress.

The rare resolution of disapproval was pushed through by Democrats insisting that Wilson, a South Carolina lawmaker, had violated basic rules of decorum and civility in his outburst. Republicans dismissed the vote as a political “witch hunt” and a waste of precious time and taxpayers’ money.

Really? Breach of decorum? Rules of civility?

Let’s review a few moments in Democrat decorum and civility shall we…

Democrats, en masse, booed Bush during his State of the Union:

Democrat Representative Pete Stark, on the House floor, accused the sitting President of being amused by kids getting their heads blown off.

First of all, I’m just amazed that they can’t figure out– the Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional ten million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you gonna get that money? You gonna tell us lies, like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have the money to fund the war or children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people, if we could get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.

Democrat Senator Harry Reid called President Bush “dangerously incompetent” and a “loser“?

Democrats can take their definition of decorum and civility…

…and shove it straight up their asses.

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The Democrat-led Congress passed the massive $787 billion “stimulus” bill without a single member actually reading its contents.

And Joe Biden would like you to know the bill is designed with “inevitable wasteful spending“.

Democrat Henry Waxman admits he doesn’t even know what’s in the radical Cap and Trade bill he sponsored.

Henry Reid assures us that there is nobody more qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice than Sonia Sotomayor while simultaneously admitting that he’s never read a single judicial opinion that she’s written.

If they can’t be bothered to know what’s in the legislation they’re introducing or to review the legislation they’re voting for or they’re too lazy to examine the qualifications of judge they’re confirming, one has to wonder what value they provide to the American people at all. We could quickly save $90 million a year by sending every member of Congress to the unemployment line and apparently we wouldn’t actually be reducing the amount of time spent reviewing legislation or vetting supreme court justices.

And in case laziness in the introduction and passage of laws or willing ignorance in the vetting of cabinet members or supreme court justices isn’t enough incompetence, the Obama administration would like to introduce you to the art of accidentally posting sensitive lists of list of U.S. government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities.

Are they completely incompetent or just plain lazy? Or both…

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It’s pathetic the depths at which the anti-war Democrats will go to support their position. Now Harry Reid, Leader of a Senate with an 11% approval rating is offering a resolution to condemn a radio personality for comments made on his show. Glad to see the Senate has solved all our country’s other problems and can now focus on these important items.

“Last week, Rush Limbaugh went way over the line, way over the line. While I respect his right to say anything he likes, his unpatriotic comments I cannot ignore. During his show last Wednesday, Limbaugh was engaged in one of his typical rants. This one was unremarkable, indistinguishable from his usual drivel, which has been steadily losing listeners for years, [sic] until he crossed that line by calling our men and women in uniform who oppose the war in Iraq, and I quote, “phony soldiers.” [sic] This comment was so beyond the pale of decency, and we can’t leave it alone. And yet he followed it up with denials and an attack on Congressman Jack Murtha, who was a 37-year active member of the Marine Corps, combat veteran.”

Basically, Limbaugh was referring to the epidemic of “phoney” soldiers being propped up by leftwing anti-war groups.

The obvious reason the left is engaging in this tactic is to try and claim absolute moral authority on the subject. It’s an attempt to preempt any criticism of the messengers of the anti-war propaganda. And Limbaugh was calling them out on it. Of course, Senator Reid is playing fast and loose with the facts and claiming that Limbaugh was criticizing any soldier (read that “real soldiers”) that opposed the war.

But we don’t see any resolutions condemning ABC news for an identical story just two days prior to Limbaugh’s account.

Reid goes on to paint Limbaugh with the chickenhawk smear.

Rush Limbaugh took it upon himself to attack the courage and character of those fighting and dying for him and for all of us. Rush Limbaugh got himself a deferment from serving when he was a young man. He never served in uniform. He never saw in person the extreme difficulty of maintaining peace in a foreign country engaged in a civil war. He never saw a person in combat. Yet he thinks that his opinion on the war is worth more than those who have been on the front lines. And what’s worse, Limbaugh’s show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, which means that thousands of troops, overseas, and veterans here at home, were forced to hear this attack on their patriotism. Rush Limbaugh owes the men and women of our armed forces an apology.

The ironic thing is that if service in the military is a prerequisite for opining on the war, then the very people Reid is defending (the phoney soldiers) are the exact people Reid thinks shouldn’t be exercising their right to speak about the war.

The Left tried to promote these fake soldiers to advance their anti-war position. Now that their fake soldiers have been exposed en masse, they’re shifting to a new campaign strategy… again based on lies and distortions.

Who’s surprised? It’s what they know best.

UPDATE:
Democrat Senator Tom Harkin followed Reid’s lead by asking, on the floor of the Senate, whether Rush Limbaugh was still on drugs. Government officials personally attacking private citizens from the floor of the Senate. Your tax dollars at work.

And Tom Harkin should know a thing or two on lying about military service…


Excerpt from Stolen Valor : How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

(hat tip: Michelle)

UPDATE 2:
How convenient. An organization called VoteVets.org that bills itself as a group of “anti-war Veterans” just happens to have a television-ready, multimedia anti-Limbaugh campaign ready to air on major networks. As Bryan puts it, “Get the feeling the left had been planning this attack for some time?”

If VoteVets.org sounds familiar, it should. In 2004, they launched a campaign using a “disgruntled Iraq war veteran” whose stories turned out to be mostly fabrications.

Shameful.

UPDATE 3:
The “Great One” responds… as only he can.

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