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Chucky Schumer to Speaker Boehner: Hey, Americans voted for change, so ignore those Tea Baggers

March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s almost as if Democrats weren’t in power for four years:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday advised House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to ignore conservative members of his conference in order to hammer out a long-term spending proposal with Democrats.

The third-ranking Senate Democrat said a growing number of Tea Party-backed Republicans are putting too much pressure on the top Republican to push for deep spending cuts that cannot clear the Democratic-controlled upper chamber, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown.

“It is becoming clear that the path to a bipartisan budget deal may not go through the Tea Party at all,” he said. “In order to avert a shutdown, Speaker Boehner should consider leaving the Tea Party behind and instead seek a consensus in the House among moderate Republicans and a group of Democrats.”

Stories like this is what make most Americans despondent over elected officials who apparently are content to sit around, bitch and do nothing about our problems.

The only reason why the Congress is even debating a continuing resolution in March of 2011 in the first place, is because when they had control of both chambers last year, Pelosi and Reid and all the rest decided to shirk their duties as elected representatives and run for political cover from a coming election and sit around not passing a budget.  Kicking the can down the road, giving the next Congress the problems.  Cowardly buffoons are what they are.

A government shutdown is ok if you’re a Democrat

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

The new meme for the looming budget fight in Congress is that Republicans are “clamoring” for a government shut-down, led by none other than Chucky Schumer.  Forget for a moment that you should consider what Schumer says a lie about ninety-nine percent of the time.

Democrats have no problems with government shutdowns.  The recent events in Wisconsin are a case in point:

…[I]f it’s so “reckless” to shutdown the government, why have Wisconsin legislators, the President and the DNC all supported the government shutdown in Wisconsin? Not only that, they have shutdown the government by fleeing the state and breaking the law, not to mention the illegal union strikes shutting down schools and national Democrats helping to organize the angry mob descending on Madison.

Excellent point by Mark Hemingway.  And what about the notion that a shut-down would be political poison for Republicans, as in 1996?  Maybe that won’t be the case this time around:

…[T]he budget crisis is much, much worse than it was in 1996 — Obama and Congressional Democrats added $4 trillion to the deficit in just over two years. I don’t think the magnitude of our current fiscal problems are lost on voters. And the more Congressional Democrats ratchet up the rhetoric towards the House GOP over the shutdown, the more they’re liable to be called out as rank hypocrites following right on heels of the Democratic temper tantrum in Wisconsin. 

Hypocrites you say?  Yes, I’d say that.

UPDATE.  A Memeorandum thread.

Chucky Schumer is really, really concerned about the iPhone 4

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

So, the iPhone 4 has a bit of a signal problem.  These things happen.

Consumer Reports commits the ultimate sin of declining to recommend purchasing the new smart phone, causing a bit of a ruckus in the blogosphere.  Again, to be expected.

This prompts Apple to schedule a press conference for Friday, a day usually reserved for bad news.  Fair enough.

Then I see this story about an Apple engineer who warned Steve Jobs that the new antenna design for the iPhone 4 could lead to dropped calls.  Things get a bit more interesting, considering that I have an iPhone 3Gs, and have contemplated getting the upgrade.

To be fair, I know a few people who have the iPhone 4 and I have asked them repeatedly if they’ve been having issues, and each one has said there have been no problems.

Reading through the Bloomberg piece on the Apple engineer, I read this:

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, issued a public letter to Jobs saying Apple’s efforts to address the matter so far are “insufficient” and asking the company “to address this flaw in a transparent manner.”

Good grief.  Is there nothing else more pressing  that needs to occupy the time of New York’s senior senator?  Financial regulation? The double-dip recession?  New York state’s budget crisis?

Really, the iPhone 4 is what’s bothering Chucky?  I wonder what his angle is?  What an idiot.

Obviously racist poll: Healthcare reform bill is unpopular

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been nearly about three weeks since the cramming down passage of healthcare reform, so it’s had a while to sink in. 

How does progressive left-wing utopia feel?

Three weeks after Congress passed its new national health care plan, support for repeal of the measure has risen four points to 58%. That includes 50% of voters who strongly favor repeal. Also, 47% of voters believe repeal of the recently passed health care law will be good for the economy.

Following passage of the health care bill, 53% say they trust Republicans on the issue of health care. Thirty-seven percent (37%) place their trust in Democrats. A month earlier, the two parties were essentially even on the health care issue.

Apparently when Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would benefit from healthcare reform in November, he didn’t say exactly when the benefits of passing the monstrosity would kick in.   But what the hell—there’s still seven months left to go.

Are Congressional Democrats really hypocrites?

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Of course they are:

At the National Press Club on April 26, 2005, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was asked about a move being discussed by Senate Republicans, then in control, to change the Senate rules so as to require a mere majority vote rather than the 60 votes necessary to end a potential filibuster.

“You know, the Founders designed this system, as frustrating it is, to make sure that there’s a broad consensus before the country moves forward,” then-Sen. Obama told the audience.

His remarks have garnered some attention in recent days given the current likelihood that Senate Democrats will next week use “reconciliation” rules, which require only a 51-vote majority, to pass health care reform legislation, bypassing the current Senate rules of requiring 60 votes to cut off a potential filibuster and proceed to a final vote.

More top names in the Democratic majority who lamented the “power grab” of Senate Republicans during the Bush administration by using reconciliation (via Hot Air):

Dianne Feinstein said on the Senate floor that “it begins with judicial nominations, next will be executive appointments, and then legislation.” Now, Democrats want to skip over the first two — which never happened — and leap right to legislation. Chuck Schumer called the 2005 suggestion to exempt judicial nominations from the filibuster as “almost a temper tantrum”