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Former Secretary of State James Baker said Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March is a breach of diplomatic protocol.

“I can’t remember an instance in which it’s been done,” said Baker, who served as secretary of state to former President George H.W. Bush, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“The speaker of the House has every right in the world to invite whoever he wants to speak to the House; it’s a coequal branch of government,” Baker added. But, he said, “the executive branch of government really has the primary power and responsibility and authority to conduct the nation’s foreign policy. It’s not in the Congress, it’s in the executive branch. So our foreign policy benefits when there’s cooperation and so does the issue of U.S.-Israeli relations.”

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/netanyahu-speech-invitation-a-breach-of-protocol-james-baker-says/

 

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http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/f7fvxu/chatty-chatty-bomb-bomb

Jon Stewart “But House Speaker Boehner, you believe the President is going about this all wrong.”
Speaker of the House Rep John Boehner (R-OH) “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the President says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that.”
Reporter speaking to Boehner “You would recommend putting American boots on the ground?”
Boehner “We have no choice…These are barbarians.  They intend to kill us.  If we don’t destroy them first, we’re going to pay the price.”
Stewart “The President has the wrong strategy to destroy the barbarians who will kill us all.  The barbarians at our gate, not necessarily our gate, but a few gates away, then there’s, obviously, the ocean.  But the point is barbarians.  So, I get it Boehner, let’s have the debate and we need to do it now.”
Reporter “John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said today ‘I think the House and the Congress itself should speak, (but) doing this with a whole group of members who are on their way out the door, I don’t think that is the right way to handle this’.”
Stewart “You said the barbarians were trying to kill us.  Setting aside that thanks to incumbency favoring electoral practices roughly 90% of the members who are on their way out the door in these mid terms, will be coming right back in through the door.  And, if your point is that these are ruthless barbarians who threaten our very existence and must be killed immediately, by the new Congress which takes over in January, I mean is there someone who can perhaps lay out the cynical underpinnings for this position by our brave Congress?”
Reporter “Jack Kingston, a Republican Congressman from Georgia had a very interesting quote in the NY Times Yesterday. ‘A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say just bomb the place and tell us about it later.  It’s an election year.  A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party and Republicans don’t want to change anything.  We like the path we’re on now.  We can denounce it if it goes bad and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long;”
Stewart “Holy bleep.  In a time of war, our Congressional inaction is pure political calculation.  Our legislators refuse to debate publicly one of the most crucial issues of our time, for fear that we will hear them.  Finally, Jack Kingston has the guts to say out loud what these cowards are up to.  I wonder why he decided to say these things.”
Reporter “Last night, businessman David Perdue defeated defeated Congressman Jack Kingston in the Republican Senate primary runoff.”
Stewart “Oh, he spoke honestly because he’s leaving Congress.  You know what, the rest of you bleeps, get back to Washington and debate and vote on this thing, or maybe it’s time to tell Mom (shows picture of Queen Elizabeth II) we’re moving home.”

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John Fugelsang on Benghazi ”They don’t care about these four innocent dead people,We went from using a terror attack in 2001 to cheer on a president to using a terror attack in 2012 to smear on a president. They exploited three thousand terror dead to attack Iraq. Now they exploit four terror dead to attack Barack.

This is all about one thing. And it’s not about a cover up,” John Fugelsang said. “If they cared about a cover up, Oliver North would be breaking rocks in a Federal Pen right now. This is about 2014. The GOP has no ideas and they’ve got to get the base out. This gets them angry. And I am sorry but the Democrats are taking this like a real piñata … and they keep getting pummel on this. The Democrats need to turn this around and call these guys out for what they are really doing, a crass exploitation of four tragic deaths for a really disgusting political gain.”

http://egbertowillies.com/2014/05/03/john-fugelsang-benghazi-republican/

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Barack Obama at the White House correspondents dinner “And, I’m feeling sorry for the Speaker Of The House as well. These days, the House Republicans are actually giving John Boehner a harder time than they are me, which means orange really is the new black.”

My letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner October 1, 20013   Leave a comment

Dear Speaker Boehner,

I am writing to express my extreme displeasure about the current shutdown of the government of the United States Of America.  It is clearly obvious that this did not have to happen.  You could have easily put through a clean CR and kept our government open.  You have chosen to represent a minority of Americans against the wishes and needs of the majority of Americans.  You have failed to do your job, in every sense of the word.

Most Americans want to be able to purchase affordable health care, and now that a Republican based system to achieve that has been enacted into law, you have chosen to abandon your principles.  You have chosen to leave a system in place where every company in the United States saw annual rises in health care costs of between 10 and 20 percent, putting them on track to be able to not afford to cover their workers.  You have chosen to leave a system that make it difficult or impossible for an honest working American to be able to purchase health care on his or her own.  Now that a Republican based plan to change that has been enacted, you are fighting it for reasons that baffle the mind of competent thinkers.

What have you gained by shutting down our government?  The Affordable Care Act is in place and American citizens will be able to purchase health care.  They are now obligated to do so, which raises the insured pool and spreads the risks.  You lost this fight a long time ago, because Americans want to be able to afford health care and live healthy lives.

Your speeches make me think you are doing this as a matter of principle, but what principle wants to actively deny Americans from being healthy?  We spend billions of dollars each year to kill lots of people all around the world.  How could we not spend billions to make sure our own people are healthy?  Jesus advocated healing the poor, and you have chosen to make it difficult for the poor to be able to see a doctor.  At some point, you really have to ask yourself who you really serve.

You have been one of the weakest and most ineffective leaders of the House Of Representatives in my lifetime.  By actively choosing to shut down the government for no reason, you will be forever compared historically to Newt Gingrich.  If that was your goal, you have achieved it.

Please send a clean CR to the Senate and get our country open again.  After that, the only honorable thing to do is to resign your position as Speaker Of The House, and resign from Congress.  If most Americans did their job like you have, they would be fired immediately.  Considering the economy you have created, I understand your reluctance to do so, but it’s your only honorable way out at this time.  You have actively chosen to work against the majority of the citizens of the United States of America.  In the cold light of day, resignation is your only honorable more.

Sincerely,

Tim

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Ezra Klein “In a letter co-signed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, majority whip Dick Durbin, vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus Chuck Schumer, and budget committee chairwoman Patty Murray, the four Democrats, presumably on behalf of their caucus, ask President Obama to ignore the debt ceiling when the time comes:

‘It is hard to imagine that the Speaker and Leader McConnell would really follow through on their threat to let the nation default on its debts. They are responsible leaders who know better. Sadly, some of their Republican colleagues do not. There, we believe that you must make clear that you will never allow our nation’s economy and reputation to be held hostage. In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt-limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global crisis — without congressional approval, if necessary.’

They’re saying, for the record, that the majority party of the U.S. Senate will not consider it an executive power grab if the president takes unusual action to avoid default.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/11/senate-democrats-to-obama-ignore-the-debt-ceiling/

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Stewart “Four weeks, ladies and gentlemen.  Just twenty some days.  Our country will be heading over the fiscal cliff, that we ourselves dug, and put in our way.  It’s the set of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that can only be averted if our nation’s leaders are able to display bare bones competence, and middle-school maturity.  So, is there a deal?”

Reporter 12-4-12 “There’s, of course, no deal.”

Stewart “Of course!  Is there a prospect for a deal?”

Reporter “There’s not a prospect for a deal.”

Stewart “Of course.  But, the ongoing talks?”

Reporter “There aren’t even very many talks going on.”

Stewart “You’re killing us.  Give us something.”

Reporter “But, for the first time, there are numbers on pieces of paper from both sides.”

Stewart “Numbers on paper!  We have numbers on paper.  From both sides.  We’re going to be OK.  How were negotiations being conducted before they decided to put numbers on paper?  Were they communicating by pheromones, like ants? … Were the two sides just spray-painting the side of a camel and hoping it wanders past the other sides office, or other equally absurd examples of something?  So, tell us about this paper, with numbers on them?”

Reporter 2 “$4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next 10 years.  It includes $1.6 trillion in higher taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year.  There’s also $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs.  There’s also some fresh new spending, $50 billion next year in stimulus spending, all for infrastructure.”

Stewart “All right.  So, we’ve got a little tax hike here, a little entitlement trim there, basically telling the government it needs a mix of diet and exercise if it wants to reduce its chances of succumbing to heart disease, or a swollen prostate… Basically, this plan is around, somewhat, what Obama said he was going to do about the budget, while he was on the campaign trail.  I guess we could put that another way.”

Rep Jim Gerlach (R-PA) 11-30-12 “The proposal that came forward yesterday, really is a joke.”

Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) 11-30-12 “I’m not surprised that my colleague Senator McConnell laughed at that proposal.”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 12-2-12 “The President’s plan does nothing but damn us to becoming Greece.”

Rep Ted Poe (R-TX) 12-2-12 “So ridiculous.”

Sen Orin Hatch (R-UT) 12-1-12 “Disastrous.”

Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 12-2-12 “Very disappointing…disappointed…I’m very disappointed.”

Stewart “Really?  ‘Cause you really don’t sound that disappointed, quite frankly…To their credit, though, the Republicans didn’t just complain about the President’s plan.  They put forward, on paper, numbers of their own.”

Luke Russert (MSNBC) “You see the offer there on your screen.  $800 billion through tax reform.  $600 billion in health savings.  $300 billion in mandatory savings.  $200 billion entitlement scale revision.  $300 billion further discretionary savings.  That nets to a total of $2.2 trillion in savings.”

Stewart “All right.  So, the GOP proposal is, if I’m adding that up correctly, is $1.2 trillion in cuts, $1 trillion in savings, and they leave the tax rates alone for the top 2%, and they, wait a minute.  The fiscal cliff, the thing we’re trying to avoid, had $1.2 trillion in cuts, but half of those cuts were going to be defense.  This has $1.2 trillion in cuts, but they’re just saying, why don’t we just make the whole thing cuts to entitlements and domestic spending, and not cut defense at all.  Basically, they’re trying to entice Democrats through saying, I don’t want you to fall off this cliff, so why don’t you voluntarily jump off this steeper cliff, but don’t worry.  Your fall will be cushioned by lava.  Now, obviously it’s a negotiation.  People take a hard line position.  It’s a starting point.  With the tax bite being the lowest it’s been in America since the 1950’s, most likely we’re going to raise it back to the rate it was in the 90’s, for the upper 2% at some point.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) 11-9-12 “Raising tax rates is unacceptable.”

Stewart “OK, so what exactly is your idea of a negotiation?”

Boehner 12-2-12 “The President’s idea of a negotiation is, roll over and do what I ask.”

Stewart “At least, once he has you on your back, he asks….I cannot wait until the Democrats get a hold of this Republican proposal.  They’re going to tear it to shreds.”

Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 12-3-12 “The good news is, he’s put something in writing.  The bad news is, it doesn’t really get us moving forward.”

Rep Xavier Becerra (D-CA) 12-3-12 “The Republican plan failed the very first test of fairness.”

President Barack Obama 12-4-12 “Unfortunately, the Speaker’s proposal, right now, is still out of balance.”

Stewart “Out of balance?  Fails the fairness test?  Where’s your hysterical rhetoric?  Where’s your I laughed in their bleeping faces?  Where is your DISAPPOINTED?  Where is your this proposal is an insult, this proposal will destroy America?….You know what?  Maybe it’s just time to stop this back and forth of offers.  It’s pretty clear that Republicans aren’t ever going to come to the table with anything even remotely reasonable, so I’ll be the one to say it.  I know it would be disastrous.  I know it will doom our economy for years to come.  But, let’s just go over the bleeping cliff.  Fine.  Let’s just go.  Just leave the negotiating table and send us over the cliff.  “Cause you know why?  At least, for a few seconds, it’ll feel like we’re flying.”

 

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-4-2012/cliffpocalypsemageddonacaust—totally-solvable-budget-problem—numbers-on-paper

My letter to Speaker John Boehner   Leave a comment

Dear Mr Speaker,

As a citizen of the Unites States of America, I am saddened by the way our government is spending so much time and money fighting itself.  I am writing to you, in vain hope that you may be able to improve this situation.  When you say no deal will be reached by January first to avoid the upcoming tax rise, it makes me understand why Congress has such low approval numbers.  We the citizens are tired of you guys fighting each other.  You can tell what the people of the United States want, by the way we elect our representatives.  If you hold a rigid ideology that works against our will, how could you know that you are doing the right thing?
In the debt ceiling debacle Congress spent 18.9 billion dollars on nothing.  No one got tax breaks with that money.  No one got any benefits.  No infrastructure was built.  It was thrown away on a stupid political argument.  Nothing more, and nothing less.  Since you are on the verge of doing the same thing again, I feel I must write to you and implore you to stop.  When everyone’s taxes go up on January first, money will come out of the economy.  The extra 10 or 15 dollars in my paycheck that I no longer have, will not be spent in our economy.  When you add me to the millions of other Americans, it is obvious that it will begin to shrink our economy immediately.  If you think this contraction is good for America, please continue on your present course.  If you think America should be expanding and growing, please seriously reconsider your position.  We can turn this economy around if we work together.  As the poet once said, divided we stand, together we rise.

Thank you for taking a moment to consider my position.

Sincerely,

Tim Lewis