Reid Withdraws Request to Use ‘Slush Funds’ to Pay for Senate Wind Down Costs

Hey, alright. This is good to see. We covered Reid’s original request HERE. We are glad to see that common sense (for once) seems to have triumphed.

Sorry, soon to be former senator Reid, but you’re going to have to pay for your personal assistant and Lord only knows what else by yourself. I’m sure you’ll figure out a way to cover the costs.

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Did Your Senators Vote to Audit the Fed?

Here’s another list to cross check with whether your senator voted “yea” on the Omnibus bill.

I look at it this way. We are starting to get a very clear picture of who is on what side of the great crony debate. Those who think that the status quo can continue, even at this late date, need a wake up call in November.

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This is a speech all Americans should watch, Left, Right, otherwise. Sen. Sasse explains the danger of Executive Branch unilateralism

We live in a precarious time for the Republic. It’s not the first precarious time by any means, and indeed we’ve seen worse days. However Congress is the weakest it has ever been in the face of an Executive Branch which operates with a “pen and a phone.” There is profound danger in this. If Congress continues to roll over, what might we see from an Executive Branch in the future? Our founders knew the danger of a president who was too strong.

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Senate Passes CISA, The Surveillance Bill Masquerading As A Cybersecurity Bill; Here’s Who Sold Out Your Privacy

It seems that the folks in Washington DC have their own agendas. Shock. The Ex-Im Bank in the House, CISA in the Senate. See a common theme here?

Got to knock all this stuff out before the Holidays you know.

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Obamacare repeal hits resistance from conservatives

Whether the word “repeal” should be in quotes in the above headline we can’t say at this moment. In the end it likely won’t matter anyway as Obama remains in the White House. Obamacare is basically the only thing the president can hang his hat on (with his base). He’s not going to capitulate now. He knew it was a half-baked (at best) vehicle for cronyism from the outset. The GOP forcing a veto isn’t going to wake him up or even score many political points.

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Is Mitch McConnell the next one to go? Being pressured to resign

Likely not. I don’t think many people see McConnell going anywhere anytime soon. But most thought the same of Boehner. So who knows?

One thing is clear however. Some powerful people within the GOP want the current Senate leader gone. This will factor into McConnell’s maneuvering going forward. He knows that any more $3 billion pork deals like he got for Kentucky a couple of years ago will draw the ire of those he is supposed to be leading.

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What Some Conservatives Aren’t Willing To Do To Kill Obamacare

The filibuster is an important tool which, as many have observed, has halted more bad legislation than good legislation. Getting rid of it would constitute a major change, and potentially a very bad one.

Even if it meant undoing Cronycare, eliminating the filibuster would likely come back to haunt fans of small government.

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Is the TPP like Obamacare, “Executive Amnesty,” and “Net neutrality”? The public can’t see. Only large vested interests.

A broad, sweeping, global treaty which will/may fundamentally shift how trade is done in the world and in the USA is still secret and thanks to Senate Republicans is halfway to getting “fast track” status. That is the treaty will be voted on for final approval by Congress with a simple “yes” or “no” vote, without debate or amendments. That doesn’t seem right to me.

Now I am all for free trade. I think goods and services should flow without friction across borders.

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Congressman Grayson erupts after off-shore funds exposed by Florida newspaper

I have no problem with someone having a bank account in the Caymans or wherever. People are taxed a lot. Too much. This is nearly universally true. Folks have an obligation to reduce their tax exposure as much as legally possible. If an offshore account is legal, why not?

However, if one is a so called progressive congressman who has explicitly railed against such accounts it would seem hypocritical to have say $10,000,000 stashed away in one of these accounts.

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