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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:55 pm

Jim DeMint to resign from the Senate and run the Heritage Foundation:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/po ... ation.html
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:58 pm

GaryRissling wrote:I don't usually like make posts regarding partisan politics; but what seems to be happening to the few more fiscally conservative republicans over the past few weeks is disturbing in light of our fiscal crises.

DeMint resigns:
DeMint's decision to leave the Senate after only eight years shocked Washington. DeMint had been seen as a future Senate leader for his party and was already a leader to a growing number of conservatives in the House and Senate.



http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/2714 ... rom-senate

Gov. Haley will appoint his successor..... will she appoint herself? :wink:
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Postby DelPen on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:07 pm

Demint was only staying two terms anyways. He wants Tim Scott to replace him and I can't imagine Haley wont otherwise Demint wouldn't have resigned.

Will be interesting though having two seats up in 2014.
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Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:29 pm

DelPen wrote:Demint was only staying two terms anyways. He wants Tim Scott to replace him and I can't imagine Haley wont otherwise Demint wouldn't have resigned.

Will be interesting though having two seats up in 2014.

Yeah, and Nimrata herself will be up for re-election that same year.

If you can believe it, Haley has a lower approval rating than Obama in SC right now.

http://www.winthrop.edu/winthroppoll/de ... px?id=9804
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Postby Sarcastic on Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:12 pm

Did you guys catch Karzai's scathing attack on American policy in Afghanistan? It's really something...

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/06/15717342-exclusive-us-nato-behind-insecurity-in-afghanistan-karzai-says
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Postby GaryRissling on Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:43 pm

Sarcastic wrote:Did you guys catch Karzai's scathing attack on American policy in Afghanistan? It's really something...

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/06/15717342-exclusive-us-nato-behind-insecurity-in-afghanistan-karzai-says


Oh, they're just ungrateful.

In other news...

I don't think the article says how many killed were males over the age of 17, which is the extent of the required due diligence needed to classify someone as a militant. That, and of course they have to be located in a strike zone.

ASADABAD (PAN): Five members of a family were killed in an air strike conducted by the International Security Assistance Force in Wanth Waigal district of eastern Nuristan on Wednesday, an official said.


The victims’ elder brother said two of his siblings were teachers and were innocent people.
A resident of Marogai district said that among the victims were three brothers and two of their nieces.


http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2012/12/05/5- ... -airstrike
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby tifosi77 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:07 pm

Soooooooooooo........ Syria.......... chemical weapons................... yeah.

Any bets on a U.S. response should Assad loose the Kraken?
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Postby Kaizer on Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:17 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Soooooooooooo........ Syria.......... chemical weapons................... yeah.

Any bets on a U.S. response should Assad loose the Kraken?


precision strikes against the delivery systems, and then everything else assad controls.
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby Kaizer on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:14 am

hundreds of people gathered under the space needle last night to smoke weed in front of the cops, who left them alone.
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:17 am

DeMint Move Ignites Talk of 2016 Presidential Run
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/demint ... /id/466808

Romney's problem was that he wasn't conservative enough, so Demint could be a powerhouse in 2016.

Spoiler:
:pop:
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Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:23 am

columbia wrote:DeMint Move Ignites Talk of 2016 Presidential Run
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/demint ... /id/466808

Romney's problem was that he wasn't conservative enough, so Demint could be a powerhouse in 2016.

Spoiler:
:pop:

It was a great day in SC yesterday, sorry you missed it. Inside joke: Our esteemed Governor Nikki Haley decreed that all state offices answer their phones thusly: "It's a GREAT day in South Carolina!!" Yeah, she actually ordered that.

Anyway, DeMint is unelectable in a national election. Here's a quote from him:

“If someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend—she shouldn’t be in the classroom.”

Yeah.
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby columbia on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:28 am

Where's DelPen?

I'm sure he's down with Scott being appointed to that Senate seat.
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Postby columbia on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:32 am

And, yes, Darling Nikki did order that. :face:
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Postby columbia on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:35 am

I'm in the waning days of being represented by John Barrow (D) in the House.
Come early January, we've been redistricted to Jack Kingston.

I'm not very happy about that.
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby tifosi77 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:38 am

Time to dive into the bubble............

Fox News: The Democratic and Republican Senate leaders tried to outmaneuver each other Thursday
Reid, McConnell duel over Obama's debt-ceiling

The political dance started a day earlier, when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell tried to call a vote on Obama's fiscal plan which included granting the White House the ability to approve automatic increases in the debt ceiling. Democratic Leader Harry Reid blocked it, allowing McConnell to suggest even Democrats don't want Obama's plan to pass.

But then Reid turned around Thursday and proposed calling a vote in the afternoon on the debt-ceiling plan. Reid, though, wanted to call a simple majority vote -- McConnell objected, saying a 60-vote threshold was warranted. Reid in turn objected to that, and the entire vote was scuttled again.

Democrats emerged claiming McConnell had shot down his own proposal, though the proposal was actually Obama's.


Rest of world: McConnell filibusters himself
Huff Po: Debt Ceiling Bluff Called By Harry Reid, Leaving Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Himself
Yahoo News: Debt ceiling debate twist: Sen. Mitch McConnell filibusters himself
Christian Science Monitor: Debt ceiling debate twist: Sen. Mitch McConnell filibusters himself
Real Clear Politics: Sen. Mitch McConnell Filibusters His Own Bill
Global Post: Mitch McConnell filibusters himself after Dems call bluff
Raw Story: ]Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

The word 'filibuster' appears nowhere in the Fox News piece, which certainly makes it clear that this was Obama's plan. (which it is..... but it's McConnell's bill)

Last year, Democrats ended up filibustering their own debit limit bill as a procedural move to counter McConnell's insistence upon a 60-vote threshold. Reid said that if you want a 60-vote majority, then the procedural clock will have to play out in full. So the filibuster was to delay the vote for about 24 hours. But that vote ultimately happened; any bets one when the Senate might take an up-or-down vote on McConnell's measure?

Fwiw, I think it's borderline criminal (if not unconstitutional) to use the debt ceiling as negotiation leverage. The money is already spent, the ceiling simply authorizes the government to pay the bill.
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Postby Gaucho on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:58 am

Reminds me of Bettman/Fehr. Actually getting something done does not seem to rank high on the priority list.
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Postby PensFanInDC on Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:00 am

My taxes are set to.go up about 7K. awesome...
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Postby DelPen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:18 pm

columbia wrote:Where's DelPen?

I'm sure he's down with Scott being appointed to that Senate seat.


Scott, Mulvaney (my rep) or Gowdy would all be great options. Mulvaney though should stay in the House, our disctirct could go back to Democrats with the right candidate.
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Postby DelPen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:19 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:
DelPen wrote:Demint was only staying two terms anyways. He wants Tim Scott to replace him and I can't imagine Haley wont otherwise Demint wouldn't have resigned.

Will be interesting though having two seats up in 2014.

Yeah, and Nimrata herself will be up for re-election that same year.

If you can believe it, Haley has a lower approval rating than Obama in SC right now.

http://www.winthrop.edu/winthroppoll/de ... px?id=9804


Not too surprising when the establishment supporting republicans don't like her.
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Postby ExPatriatePen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:21 pm

tifosi77 wrote:Time to dive into the bubble............

Fox News: The Democratic and Republican Senate leaders tried to outmaneuver each other Thursday
Reid, McConnell duel over Obama's debt-ceiling

The political dance started a day earlier, when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell tried to call a vote on Obama's fiscal plan which included granting the White House the ability to approve automatic increases in the debt ceiling. Democratic Leader Harry Reid blocked it, allowing McConnell to suggest even Democrats don't want Obama's plan to pass.

But then Reid turned around Thursday and proposed calling a vote in the afternoon on the debt-ceiling plan. Reid, though, wanted to call a simple majority vote -- McConnell objected, saying a 60-vote threshold was warranted. Reid in turn objected to that, and the entire vote was scuttled again.

Democrats emerged claiming McConnell had shot down his own proposal, though the proposal was actually Obama's.


Rest of world: McConnell filibusters himself
Huff Po: Debt Ceiling Bluff Called By Harry Reid, Leaving Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Himself
Yahoo News: Debt ceiling debate twist: Sen. Mitch McConnell filibusters himself
Christian Science Monitor: Debt ceiling debate twist: Sen. Mitch McConnell filibusters himself
Real Clear Politics: Sen. Mitch McConnell Filibusters His Own Bill
Global Post: Mitch McConnell filibusters himself after Dems call bluff
Raw Story: ]Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

The word 'filibuster' appears nowhere in the Fox News piece, which certainly makes it clear that this was Obama's plan. (which it is..... but it's McConnell's bill)

Last year, Democrats ended up filibustering their own debit limit bill as a procedural move to counter McConnell's insistence upon a 60-vote threshold. Reid said that if you want a 60-vote majority, then the procedural clock will have to play out in full. So the filibuster was to delay the vote for about 24 hours. But that vote ultimately happened; any bets one when the Senate might take an up-or-down vote on McConnell's measure?

Fwiw, I think it's borderline criminal (if not unconstitutional) to use the debt ceiling as negotiation leverage. The money is already spent, the ceiling simply authorizes the government to pay the bill.


Devils advocate... but If I have a credit card with the wife, and she constantly max's it out. Ain't know way I'm raising the credit limit without an ironclad agreement from her to cut back on her spending... Come to think of it, if she cuts back on her spending, I don't need to raise the credit limit do I?
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Postby DelPen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:26 pm

McConnell needs to put up or shut up. His first move was good, showed how Reid even hates Obama's bill in full but when the tables are turned he is shown as being a hypocrit, as all these d-bags are really, and not allowing an up and down vote on rasing the debt ceiling. If it passes it passes. I'm sick of either side holding the process hostage because of this stupid 60 vote rule. If you want to fillibuster then by all means get up there and total for 3 days straight if you can. when 10 Senators can do that in a row then it will be tabled and they will move on.
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Postby thehockeyguru on Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:32 pm

columbia wrote:DeMint Move Ignites Talk of 2016 Presidential Run
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/demint ... /id/466808

Romney's problem was that he wasn't conservative enough, so Demint could be a powerhouse in 2016.

Spoiler:
:pop:


The demographic that the republicans need to concentrate on are women. Romney won the male vote 52 - 45. Obama won the female vote 55-44. At no other time in the last 50 years has then been such a large spread amongst genders.
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Postby tifosi77 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:22 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:Devils advocate... but If I have a credit card with the wife, and she constantly max's it out. Ain't know way I'm raising the credit limit without an ironclad agreement from her to cut back on her spending... Come to think of it, if she cuts back on her spending, I don't need to raise the credit limit do I?

The problem is that you are also using the same card to add to your already unmatched gun collection. And, well, you just can't seem to break your own habits, either. In fact, not only do you refuse to acknowledge that your gun collection presents a financial hurdle to your bank account at least equal to the one your wife is creating, a lot of your friends insist that you should be buying even moar guns.

DelPen wrote:McConnell needs to put up or shut up. His first move was good, showed how Reid even hates Obama's bill in full but when the tables are turned he is shown as being a hypocrit, as all these d-bags are really, and not allowing an up and down vote on rasing the debt ceiling. If it passes it passes. I'm sick of either side holding the process hostage because of this stupid 60 vote rule. If you want to fillibuster then by all means get up there and total for 3 days straight if you can. when 10 Senators can do that in a row then it will be tabled and they will move on.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with your suggestion. But that will get characterized by Republicans as 'killing the filibuster'..... never mind the fact that it's more accurately described as restoring the filibuster.

The way a filibuster works, you need a coordinated effort by at least 40 Senators. If you look at the 100 Senators and rank them by numbers of votes they received, you see that the bottom 40 vote getters represent about 6% - 7% of the total ballots cast in all Senate races. Yet they can theoretically hold the governance of the U.S. hostage. As it has transpired the past few year, Republicans representing about 12% of U.S. population have been able to (ab)use this procedural gimmick to completely bring the Senate to a grinding halt.

I understand why the Founding Fathers wanted a mechanism to prevent the big states from running over the little states, and that Democrats have used the filibuster, too. But the past four years have been utterly remarkable.
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Postby DelPen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:35 pm

tifosi77 wrote:I understand why the Founding Fathers wanted a mechanism to prevent the big states from running over the little states, and that Democrats have used the filibuster, too. But the past four years have been utterly remarkable.


They also wanted the Senate elected by State legislators, not directly by the people. Not sure what difference it would make but it would be interesting. I think it also speaks how out of control the federal government is compared to what it was intended.

I also have a huge problem with Reid not even introducing bills passed by the house. There have been over 30 jobs bills passed that he is ignoring. To me that is a bigger problem than using the rules as they are written and have been adhered to for decades in the Senate.

All this nonsense needs to stop, they need to do their jobs and we all need to live with the consequences of elections. That's why we have them, so if we don't like the way they made decisions we replace them.
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Re: LGP Political Discussion Thread - Latest news at top

Postby ExPatriatePen on Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:41 pm

tifosi77 wrote:
ExPatriatePen wrote:Devils advocate... but If I have a credit card with the wife, and she constantly max's it out. Ain't know way I'm raising the credit limit without an ironclad agreement from her to cut back on her spending... Come to think of it, if she cuts back on her spending, I don't need to raise the credit limit do I?

The problem is that you are also using the same card to add to your already unmatched gun collection. And, well, you just can't seem to break your own habits, either. In fact, not only do you refuse to acknowledge that your gun collection presents a financial hurdle to your bank account at least equal to the one your wife is creating, a lot of your friends insist that you should be buying even moar guns.


So if I refuse to raise the credit limit, neither of us can spend foolishly????

Sounds like a pretty fine solution to me.
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