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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Rand Paul Plans To Filibuster Patriot Act

Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.

I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*

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What does Diane Feinstein want to ban now? More guns? Nope. Homemade soap.

This is how it’s done folks. Regulate your competition away. Enjoy fattened bottom lines courtesy of your sponsored politicians in Washington.

Of course consumers have fewer choices, overall quality is likely diminished, entrepreneurs go out of business, and employees lose jobs. But hey, it’s a crony world. You actually thought you’d get a fair shot? Ha! You’ve got a lot to learn my soap making friend.

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Rand Paul: Lindsey Graham, John McCain are ‘lapdogs’ for President Obama’s foreign policy (VIDEO)

And let’s be real honest. They aren’t just lapdogs for Obama. They are lapdogs for Sheldon Adelson (Graham’s new sponsor) the billionaire head of Las Vegas Sands who hates Rand Paul and Paul’s father and anyone else who thinks that aid to Israel isn’t sacrosanct.

By the way, here’s a cute little picture of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the 2 guys who say that Rand Paul is naive on matters of foreign policy,

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Obama’s least favorite Democratic senator is indicted on corruption charges

Look, Menendez appears to have been involved in some pretty shady stuff, as we’ve chronicled. But one has to wonder whether the indictment would have been handed down had the senator not been so vocally critical of the president on Iran.

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