Barney Frank Classless to the End

Barney Frank’s retirement speech was as classless as his victory speech in 2010 over Republican Sean Bielat. Then he spent much of the time whining (after winning?) about “vituperation,” and “anonymous smears,” accusing Republicans of running campaigns that “were beneath the dignity of democracy.”

In a statement Tuesday to the Boston Globe, Frank had this to say:

“Markey and Lynch were protected, and the rest of us got what they didn’t want,” [Frank] said.

Frank asserted that Markey…and Lynch…were given good districts. Several others – including himself…got a bad deal, Frank said, even though those districts are still considered by many as safe Democratic seats.” I think Ed [Markey] had some influence with them, but it was spent mostly on his own district. “There was stuff that Eddie got that, if I could have shared some with Eddie, it would have been a better district.”

Frank’s 4th Congressional District still includes the liberal strongholds of Wellesley, Newton and Brookline that played a large role in his 2010 victory, so it’s not clear what he’s complaining about, but in any case, good riddance to a grown man who sounds like a spoiled ten year old, whining that the other kids got a bigger slice of cake.

Sean Bielat has not announced whether he will be running next year, but another candidate who appears to have strong conservative credentials, Dr. Elizabeth Childs (Childsforcongress), is already campaigning for Frank’s seat.

Rand Paul Speaks on Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens

Obama makes history

Barack Obama has officially set another record. No, this one is not a spending record. This one is about his approval ratings. The latest Gallup presidential job approval index shows that Obama’s approval rating has finally passed below that of Jimmy Carter’s. This earns Obama the worst approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history. Way to go Obama. You worked hard for this, and you succeeded! How very proud you must be. But don’t worry, Barry. You’ll still get about 95% of the black vote next year … and the moochers and leaches will stand by as long as you talk about taking money away from the evil high-achievers and give it to them. So … there’s hope. There’s always hope for Democrat. All you have to do is make more and more Americans dependent on the federal government. Come on … why do you think Princess Nancy announced last week that if the takers would put the Democrats back in power they would do for child care what they did for health care. Nanny government.

I wish I could say that Obama’s re-election chances in 2012 are slim, but I just can’t. He is a putrid president, but he’s an awfully good campaigner. Plus, I’m afraid that these poll numbers show an overall frustration with government .. Congress is polling at historic lows as well. This may mean that a lot of folks in the middle simply won’t care, give up and not show up to the polls in November. The ones who will show up and support Obama are those with someone else’s skin in the game – they have government benefits that need protecting and they want these politicians to follow through on their promises to seize more wealth from the evil rich people! This is what will be driving people to the polls to vote for a guy like Obama.

Now get this … this is truly amazing. Obama is running a campaign ad for some website called JoinObama.com. In that ad he says that his reelection is not going to depend on what he does. It will depend on what “you do.” Amazing, isn’t it? Obama telling us that it’s not up to him to do the things that would make Americans want to keep him in office for another four years. It’s up to his supporters to get out there and work for his reelection no matter what.

Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor

Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies, we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

First some back story: as reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.

The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.

The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup, etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.

Our actions apparently struck a nerve. Our invoice to the Mayor was covered by hundreds of news outlets, including the AP, Richmond Times Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post. On October 31, I appeared on Fox Business, Neil Cavuto’s show, and was interviewed about our actions. Reportedly, at least two Richmond City Council members agreed with our plight. “I guess we’ll be writing a check to the Tea Party people,” said Councilman Bruce W. Tyler, as quoted in the Richmond Times Dispatch. “You can’t treat one group different from the other. It’s unfair.”

Read more here.