Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Steve Peters Commentary - #2906 - Kohl Exit Makes Map Tougher - Roll Call Politics (2) Paul Ryan: The Budget Debate We All Deserve - Chicago Tribune (3) Michael Barone: Obama's Hypocritical Rhetoric on Immigration Reform - Real Clear Politics

If Wisconsin had not endured enough political turmoil already this cycle, Sen. Herb Kohl’s retirement puts a formerly safe Democratic seat up for grabs. Kohl’s retirement is a major disappointment for Democrats, who have already had five other Senate retirements this year. The Friday surprise creates the fifth competitive open seat that Democrats will have to defend in 2012, when the party was already largely expected to play defense. Senate Democrats must defend 23 seats in this cycle, compared with only 10 GOP-held seats that Republicans are trying keep. The GOP needs just four seats to win back control of the chamber.  Read more....... SP:  Whom ever is elected as President in 2012 will be dealing with a very solid GOP Senate, and a more Republican House. It's about slightly better than even odds that Obama will not be that person. For now, the anybody but Obama would win the election, but we all know why the GOP is called the stupid party. They are the superior party at actually running the country with the tea party looking over their shoulder, but they are terrible at running for office. If the Democrats were as bad at running for election,as they are at running the country, they would never win another national office.

Paul Ryan: The Budget Debate We All Deserve - Chicago Tribune - Despite Washington coming to grips with the fact that the debt threat is real, policymakers still are not having the debate Americans deserve.  The talk is too often restricted to "shared sacrifice." This sets up a debate where we are really just arguing over whom to hurt and how best to manage the decline of our nation. It is a framework that accepts permanently higher taxes and bureaucratically determined access to health care as givens.  A better name for this approach is "shared scarcity." It represents a deeply pessimistic vision for the future of this country — one that would lead us to a diminished future.  SP: Obama and the Democrats are not interested in actually discussing the facts and solving America's problems, i.e governing. Instead, they prefer to play politics by pitting one group of citizens against each other and ridiculing the GOP, like Obama did in his El Paso speech. Facts are of little concern and no lie is too big to tell, because the main goal of liberals is acquiring control of our lives through the ballot box. One of the reasons the liberals hate FOX NEWS, GLENN BECK, A FREE INTERNET, AND RUSH LIMBAUGH, is they cannot tolerate the truth to be heard by the voters. For Democrats to win elections, the American public must remain ignorant of the facts.

Michael Barone: Obama's Hypocritical Rhetoric on Immigration Reform - Real Clear Politics - Barack Obama's immigration speech in El Paso May 10 was an exercise in electioneering and hypocrisy. Hypocrisy because while Obama complained about "politicians" blocking comprehensive immigration bills, he was one of them himself.  In 2007, when such a bill was backed by a lame duck Republican president and had bipartisan backing from Senate heavyweights Edward Kennedy and Jon Kyl, Sen. Obama voted for union-backed amendments that Kennedy and Kyl opposed as bill-killers.  In 2009 and 2010, President Obama acquiesced in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to pass cap-and-trade and bypass immigration and in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to bring an immigration bill to the floor.  Both times the votes were probably there to pass a bill. Obama did not lift a finger to help.  But that did not stop the president who is constantly calling for civility to heap scorn on those who seek stronger enforcement. "They'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll need a moat," he said to laughter from the largely Latino audience. "Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied."  Was that on the teleprompter, or was it ad-libbed? In either case, Obama was showing his contempt for those who bitterly cling to the idea that the law should be enforced.  That's no way to assemble the bipartisan coalition necessary to pass an immigration bill.  Read more........ SP: Obama's interest in immigration speeches is tied to his goal of attempting to fool the public one more time at the polls in 2012, and nothing to do with actually "helping" Latino's. American voters should remember the quote, "once shame on you, twice shame on me", when they enter the voting booth in 2012.

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