Revolt Among Republicans on Immigration Bill: 70 House Members Risk Careers in Planned Showdown With Leadership

Seventy House Republicans are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country.

The 70 members are petitioning for a special Republican conference meeting on the bill, a “highly unusual” move to go head-to-head with the speaker, according to Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas), who are serving as spokespersons for the group.

Bachmann, King and Gohmert told TheBlaze the group is invoking the Hastert Rule: requiring support from a majority of the majority to bring a bill forward.

The petition is expected to go to the House leadership on Friday, but it’s possible some signatories might remove their names due to political risk, or that Boehner could head off the challenge by striking a deal. Going against leadership in such a way could have harsh political consequences for the signatories, including retaliation such as permanently getting passed over for chairmanship positions.

A Boehner spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Is A Civil War Coming To America?

For anyone who has done even a cursory study of Barack Obama’s life, they know that his radical Marxist views are not a recent phenomenon.

During his New York years, he was a frequent participant in the annual Socialist Scholars Conference held in Manhattan.

In the 1990s, he was affiliated with the Marxist New Party.

He called for an outright ban on guns in 1996.

Through the 1990s and 2000s, he funneled millions of dollars to socialist front groups like ACORN, via the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. His buddy, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, helped stuff the money in the pockets of these “public welfare” groups, often taking money from wealthy donors who believed the funds were being used to further education or stamp out poverty. This was Barack Obama’s first foray into “spreading the wealth around.”

The dirty little secret about Marxists is that the moral outrage they have about the poor, about gun violence, about war, and even about the environment (so-called “global warming,” now rebranded as “climate change”) is that these are all simply tools to set up a totalitarian government. A so-called utopia where “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is not determined by the individual, but according to an elite bureaucracy.

Read more here.

No Surprise: Debbie Wasserman and Nancy Pelosi do not like Weiner!

Democratic leaders are now calling on Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign after the New York lawmaker embroiled in a Twitter scandal admitted he had online contact with a Delaware teenager.

National party chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Weiner’s behavior is “indefensible” and his role in Congress is “untenable.”

The Florida congresswoman says “this sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction” for everyone.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California says Weiner “needs help” and he should get some “without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”

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Weiner has now requested a leave of absence to get “treatment.” Read about that, as well as how others have called for his resignation.

“Ya Think”

It’s been 770 days since the Senate Democrats have produced a budget. That’s over two years since we’ve seen anything from the Senate .. and yes, I blame this on the Democrats because they have held control of the Senate since 2007. While Harry Reid recently said it would be “foolish” for Democrats to propose their own federal budget for 2012, some of his Democrat colleagues are thinking twice.

In a, “gee, ya think?” moment yesterday, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said, “I think we need to have a budget that we stand by.”

Why does Feinstein believe this? Not because the Senate owes it to the people of America and their constituents to have a budget, but because the Democrats are now finding it to be politically detrimental. People are starting to catch on. The Democrats simply refuse to submit a budget of their own and stand on the sidelines lobbing grenades at the Republicans while telling frightened old people that the Republicans want them dead. Does that tactic still work? Apparently some Democrats are afraid that is might not still be the key to regaining power.

Weinergate

Well that just about wraps up the political career of Anthony Weiner, wouldn’t you say? I mean, c’mon … when asked by a reporter if that is a picture of your package, any innocent imbecile with half a brain would say not only no but hell no. Instead, Weiner’s response is: “I can’t say with certitude” that picture isn’t of me.

Looks like Weiner needs to start looking for a new profession. But wait a minute. I’[m forgetting something here. The Weiner is a Democrat. They pretty much get a pass on this sort of thing. After all, it’s not as if he got a mouth hug from some intern. Wait … that happened too, didn’t it? Oh yeah … but that was a Democrat as well; a Democrat with a unique idea of what a cigar holder should look like. So just what in the hell does a Democrat have to do to torpedo their own career? We know what it takes for a Republican … just take a picture of yourself with your shirt off. That’s what New York Republican Christopher Lee did … and he sent that picture over the Internet to some cutie. Whack! He’s toast! Clearly Lee should have taken a picture of Big Al and The Boyz for that young flatbelly. He would still be in congress. But wait again! No he wouldn’t! He’s a Republican! Different standards.

We learn today that Weiner has hired a private law firm to look into how his account might have been hacked. You can see through this, can’t you? If you haven’t noodle it out, here’s the deal:

* File a report with the police saying your computer has been hacked. The police investigate. The police discover that you haven’t been hacked and that you actually sent the crotch shot yourself. Oops! That’s filing a false police report and you’re charged with a crime.

* Hire a private law firm to investigate if and how your computer was hacked. The private law firm finds out there was no hacking and that you actually did send the picture. The law firm says nothing to anyone because there is a lawyer-client relationship that insures confidentiality. But you do get to posture before the media and the public that you’re actually trying to figure out who hacked your computer.

Tea Party Republicans Vow to Attack Deficit Spending ‘Once and for All’ in Next Session

Republicans elected to Congress with the help of Tea Party support pledged Sunday to devote themselves to balancing the budget over all else when they start their new jobs on Wednesday.

In the lead-up to the next session, Tea Party freshmen and activists have expressed disappointment at the legislation passed by Congress in the waning days of the post-election lame-duck session. The bipartisan package to extend the Bush-era tax cuts was seen by some conservatives as a flawed deal that failed to bury the estate tax and make permanent the income tax rates of the past decade. At the same time, critics assailed the package for containing billions in new deficit spending.

Tea Party candidates said Sunday they hope to change the culture of spending in Washington as they prepare to get sworn in this week. They said Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, earmarks and other items will all be on the table for serious reform. They warned their more experienced colleagues to hold back on the deficit spending once they come into office.

“It’s time to once and for all … stop perpetually spending money we don’t have and sending the bill to unborn generations of Americans,” Sen.-elect Mike Lee of Utah told “Fox News Sunday.”

Lee said the $858 billion package passed by Congress at the end of 2010 demonstrated the need for a balanced-budget amendment, which he said he will propose.

“It certainly is disturbing that we have to add an additional trillion dollars to our debt in order to preserve tax cuts without which our economy couldn’t survive right now,” he said. “Congress has long abused the authority to incur debt in the name of the United States. And we need to restrict that.”

Allen West, an incoming GOP congressman from Florida, said the problems facing Washington are big, but not “insurmountable.”

Read more here.

Progressive/Marxists Target filibuster to ease way for Obama agenda

With a new Senate coming in, the left has once again begun targeting the Senate’s filibuster rule, which in effect requires a supermajority of 60 votes to pass anything to which an impassioned minority objects. This applies to not just laws but the Senate’s confirmation power, and given the number of Obama judicial appointments pending, the loss of the filibuster could facilitate the seating of more radical federal judges, and maybe even another Supreme Court justice or two.

For this very reason, a propaganda campaign is underway to persuade the public that the filibuster should go away — at least until we get a Republican president and Congress in charge. After the public and media have been softened up, then the Democrat majority in the Senate can propose a rules change.

Contributing to the propaganda campaign today are the Los Angeles Times and “Professor” of History at UCLA Joyce Appleby. Unfortunately, the veneer of academic respectability brought to project by the professor is far too thin to be persuasive. Consider this argument:

This unfettered speechifying was allowed until 1917, when at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson, the Senate adopted a rule that a two-thirds vote could end debate. Still, Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) was able to filibuster for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.Eighteen years later, senators revised the rules, dropping the necessary vote for cloture, or cutting off of debate, from 66% to 60%. This change also introduced the “invisible filibuster.” Senators need not actually stand up and talk to filibuster; they just needed to indicate their intention to do so.

I know she’s supposed to know what she’s talking about when citing the past, because she’s a history professor, but the good professor doesn’t in this instance. Strom Thurmond was Democrat when he filibustered in 1957. Democrats want to pretend otherwise, and I guess Professor Appleby prefers pretend history to the real thing.

Cliff Thier, adds:

Total repeal of ObamaCare becomes very doable in 2 years if the Democrats in the Senate are foolish enough to follow the good professor’s advice.
With Republicans controlling the House there is much less damage Senate Democrats can do if they end the filibuster. They’d have free rein to approve Obama appointees and judges of course, but he’s ignoring the Senate anyway for his executive appointments. Hard to see how he could make any worse appointments than Cole to Justice, anyway.

I wonder what period or region the professor specialized in. I can only hope that it was the history of transgendered Muslims in India in the eleventh century and not the history of American legislatures.

Coming Soon: Investigations

The new Republican-majority House will vote on repealing or changing last year’s health care overhaul before the State of the Union address, Rep. Fred Upton, incoming chairman of the energy and commerce committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Upton, a Michigan Republican, said that his party had 242 votes in favor of repeal, and that “there will be a significant number of Democrats who will join us.”

if the House does manage to repeal the health care bill, such a move would likely meet strong obstacles in the Democrat-controlled Senate and White House.

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March, after promoting Democratic-led health reform efforts for months after taking office. The law is widely considered to be the signature legislative accomplishment of the president’s first two years in office.

Among other things, the measure was designed to help millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans receive adequate and affordable health care through a series of government-imposed mandates and subsidies. Critics have equated it to socialized medicine, fearing that a bloated government bureaucracy will result in higher taxes and diminished health care services.

Congressional leaders return to Washington Wednesday to open the first session of the 112th Congress.

Read more here.

Why we distrust you

As Margaret Thatcher reminded us in her eulogy to Ronald Reagan we have Reagan’s example to follow and help lead us into the future. As the centennial anniversary of Reagan’s birth dawns across America the 112th Congress will begin their first day at work by a full reading of the Constitution of the United States of America.

This will be a bold and long waited for action that should be the first order of business for every newly elected Congress. The Reagan example encourages us to hold true to our firm principles and act upon them. Allies once looked toward America for this firm leadership. America as a great force and spirit historically lifted the world.

This 112th Congress will seek out a new resolve to come together and meet the challenges that face America. New members of Congress must bring forth a Reagan candidness and tough approach toward establishing new relationships. Just as Reagan exclaimed in reaching out to Gorbachev, freshmen members of Congress should greet returning members with “Let me tell you why it is that we distrust you.”