February 27, 2013

Good point, Mr. Speaker. “The House has done its work.  It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to do their work.  They’ve known for 16 months that this date was coming.  That’s why the House acted twice last year, but yet Senate Democrats and the president have never passed anything.  It’s time for them to do their work.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Good golly. These people never learn. Secretary of State John Kerry is putting the “peace process” at the top of his list. “[O]ur new SecState does not appear to be operating from any new assessment of the situation received from State Department or other U.S. experts, nor from Israelis or Palestinians. He is entering the office certain of what can be achieved and certain he is the man to achieve it. This is not the best way to make policy. Second, he seems unaware of or any way undeterred by the risks and downsides. Raising hopes that are later dashed, opening negotiations that sadly go nowhere, holding ceremonial openings that never lead to tangible achievements — all of these undermine faith on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides that peace is achievable.”

Good time to reassess which is the smarter party. “She has spoken out against having kids, saying it is ‘unconscionable to breed’ while there are so many starving children in the world. She has criticized the tradition of fathers ‘giving away’ their daughters at weddings, calling that practice ‘a common vestige of male dominion over a woman’s reproductive status.’ She has even compared mountaintop removal mining to the Rwandan genocide, and has criticized Christianity as a religion that ‘legitimizes and seals male power.’ Yet actress Ashley Judd is seriously contemplating a Senate run in Kentucky, a conservative-leaning state where such liberal comments would be mocked and viewed as, well, bizarre.” Not just in Kentucky.

Good idea. “U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) today introduced the Decrease Spending Now Act, which would require the Obama administration to cut $45 billion in unused taxpayer dollars sitting in federal coffers.  If enacted, this fiscally conservative legislation requires that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rescind funds from unobligated balances of discretionary appropriations and report to Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury on these efforts within 60 days. The legislation would not affect discretionary funds for the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration.”

Good suggestion. “President Obama should direct his associates to shut down the ‘independent’ organization they established to raise money and lobby on behalf of his domestic and foreign policies, Common Cause said today. ‘If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors,’ said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause. ‘Access to the President should never be for sale.’”

Good catch. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) alerts us that Obamacare, according to Government Accountability Office, Obamacare will add $6.2 trillion to the debt. More than a “dime” to the deficit.

Good alternatives to Mark Sanford in the South Carolina congressional special election abound. “Sanford has taken heat by his opponents in the crowded GOP primary field, which includes more than a dozen candidates. Seen as the leading contender in the race, he’s been criticized for his past and for being a ‘career politician.’ Sanford’s campaign hit a setback last week when two conservative U.S. congressmen from the state –- Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan –- endorsed state Sen. Larry Grooms, rather than Sanford.”

Good questions from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.): “The federal government has doubled its spending in the last ten years and we’re talking about a 2.5 percent reduction in spending from that 100 percent growth and, by the way, that’s budget authority. The actual outlays for this year are about a 1.25 percent. That’s one quarter of one percent of GDP. This is not some sort of severe austerity plan.  . . . [C]ould you comment on whether it makes sense for us, in the event that the sequester goes forward, to grant to OMB and the Defense Department in their respective areas the flexibility to make these cuts in a more thoughtful fashion? Does that make sense to anybody?” Not to the White House.

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.