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New Congress Ready To Go To Work

January 4, 2011 by  

New Congress ready to go to workThere will be plenty of new faces on Capitol Hill this week when the 112th Congressional session convenes on Jan. 5. Republicans will gain majority control of the House as well as several seats formerly held by Democrats in the Senate.

Several hot-button issues are expected to be addressed in the upcoming session, including the economy, Federal spending, the unemployment rate, healthcare reform and immigration. According to FOX News, two freshman Congressmen have already pledged to reach across the aisle in order to achieve solutions on these issues.

First-time Representative David Schwiekert (R-Ariz.) said he'd welcome cooperation with the Democrats because both parties should be working together to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

"It's not defining the problems, it's coming to an agreement on how do we unleash this economy and start growing it," Schweikert told the media outlet. "And for a lot of Democrats it's going to be tough to reach over to our side because it's a philosophical difference."

In total, there will be 87 new Republicans in the House this year. The entire chamber will be getting a little older, according to The Wall Street Journal. The news provider reports that the average age of GOP House members is 56.6, which is up from 54.9 in the last session. The average age of Democrats will rise from 58 to 60.2.

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  • http:/./americasenemieswithin.blogspot.com/ oldtimeyman

    This time let’s hold all their feet to the fire. Trust none of them.

    • Teresa

      Could not agree more…they lack common sense! Where went the attitude, spend like it is your own money? I do not see these men spending OUR money in the best interest of our nation. If we were to take every single penny of their dollars put into a pile and set on fire and tell them to start from there what would their reaction be??? That is basically what they are doing to US….they have purposely pushed us to become a dependent nation all in the name of control while some feel it’s OK. Some will sacrafice OUR freedom all in the name of politics, all in the name of political correctness, all in the name of tolerance, all in the name of One World Order. Our father, brother, and sisters have died for our freedom and our rights only to see them being taken away every day one by one, piece by piece. Some call US radical extremist because WE THE PEOPLE want the Constitution upheld by ALL, expecially those in congress and especially our President for they are not above law! We are called extremist because we want our children to be able to prosper.

      • who cares

        Teresa Ever wonder why?? Republican party introduced the patriot act. Michael Sheroff was homeland security for the Bush administration, he then left to work for a security consulting company. runs around telling Bush to introduce full body scanners. Now the company, Sheroff works for is making millions. while you blame Democrats and Obama. Conservatives, Republicans and Tea (party)drinkers are wired differently. If ever get a chance read this book by John Dean (a Republican) Conservatives without a counscience. it explain why republicans are BIOLOGICALLY wrong.

  • Norm

    Mindless rhetoric, lofty generalizations, finger pointing, half truths, and obstructionism are easy games to play.
    When the actual details are considered, and the game becomes reality, I’m afraid we will be very disappointed.
    The government needs more income and less spending. It’s simple.

    Yet we’ve seen taxes go down for small businesses (many of which are quite large) and for individuals at the expense of social security taxes. We seen taxes on large estates decreased and the maximum tax bracket maintained at near historical lows.
    On the spending side, we’ve heard rants about cutting Medicare and social security. Yet it was the republican administration that passed the unfunded Medicare drug plan, and screamed bloody murder when Obamacare threatened the expensive Medicare advantage plans. Social security is basically untouchable. The military appears to be a sacred cow. Earmarks, which are relatively small, aren’t going away.
    So it appears to be the same old s**t – different day!

    Mindless rhetorec

    • 45caliber

      The government certainly needs less spending. But at the moment they do not need more income since they get it from us. I think they should simply cut the spending to match what income they presently have. Then they should re-evaluate what is left of spending and perhaps cut out most of that too so we can pay off the debt. Once we’ve paid off our debt we should then consider whether we really needed any of those things we have cut in the first place. I suspect we could get by happily with a tenth of what government we have now.

      Of course, it would mean that a lot of people who don’t do anything anyway who now work for the government would have to find new jobs. A win-win situation all around.

    • CLARENCE SWINNEY

      Thank Norm. Good.
      Oh! How soon we forget history.

      In 1995, Newt welcomed 73 new Barbarians into the House.
      Contract With America
      Next election many got booted.

      In 1993 and 1994 Clinton had second best record for getting legislation passed. In 1995 he had worst record with Newt’s Barbarians.

      In 1995, The Congress had over 5,000 Bills-Resolutions presented.
      1500 Floor votes. Passed into law 88 Bills.
      Fewest since Repub Do nothing 1933 Congress.
      WHY? Congressional Quarterly reported it was fighting between Republican moderates and the new 73 Barbirians out to destroy.

      Will Tea Potties do same???
      comments welcome
      olduglymeanhonest

      • http://naver samurai

        Same old lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxist rhetoric. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • who cares

          Samurai. I often wonder why republicans brag of their military service or lack of. Because conservatives have no compassion, no concern for their fellow man, they are selfish very selfcenter domineering pat one self on back. yet conservatives have a large Amygdala it process fear of others. you guys are primitive. explain why you guys always blame the Democrats for the Republicans doing. The OBSTRUCTIONIST’S Republicans are in power back again and starting to sell the country. In msnbc John Boeheer just said tropps should stay in afghanistan. naturally you’ll blame Obama for Boehner.

          • http://naver samurai

            How can you just sit there and drop a load of BS like that on this site? First, conservatives give money to the poor from their own pocket. Libs give money to the poor after they have taken it from someone else as taxes. Now who is the real Robin Hood? Second, I remember what I read in an old book about the differences between libs and conservatives.

            “The wise man holds his heart in his right hand. The fool holds his in his left.” Ecclesiastes chapter 10 verse 2.

            See there morn, even the Bible says that libs and liberal ways are foolish. Since it is from the Bible, it is the word of God and cannot be proven wrong.

            Another thing, who cares about brains, DADT’s relealling isn’t a done deal yet.

            http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics?Default.aspx?id=1266168

            The last thing you libs need to understand about our founding is the is a Christian Nation.

            “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
            “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”
            Both said by George Washington.

            God Bless America and FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Teresa

    Get ready boys and girls, it’s going to be one bumpy ride…..

    It just never ends; at least for the next two years, and if the first two were anything to go on, they can seem like an eternity. It is nonetheless scary to contemplate what more harm that these people can do; this time, to our very precious Second Amendment rights.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, now officially the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives but still referred to as the ATF, is a federal agency that was created in 1886, and was housed at that time within the Department of the Treasury under the jurisdiction of the Internal Revenue Service. Later transferred to the Department of Justice, the agency was bounced back and forth between the two departments until it was put under the permanent jurisdiction of the Department of Justice after the events of September, 2001. This change represented the agency’s ultimate alteration in purpose from a revenue collecting source to a terrorist activity prevention agency.

    The responsibilities of the ATF now include the following: ‘investigation and prevention of federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives, acts of arson and bombings, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products.’ The ATF also regulates the ‘…licensing, sale, possession, and transportation of firearms, ammunition, and explosives in interstate commerce.’ Many of the ATF’s activities are carried out ‘in conjunction with task forces made up of state and local law enforcement officers, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods.’ The agency has nearly 5,000 employees and an annual budget [in 2010] of $1.12 billion.

    It is thus the ATF that is responsible for regulating firearm commerce in the United States. The Bureau issues Federal Firearms Licenses (FFL) to sellers, and conducts firearms licensee inspections; it is also involved in ‘programs aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States, by targeting and arresting violent offenders who unlawfully possess firearms.’ ATF was also involved ‘with the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, which expanded tracing of firearms recovered by law enforcement, and the ongoing Comprehensive Crime Gun Tracing Initiative.’ The agency also ‘provides support to state and local investigators, through the National Integrated Ballistic Identification Network program.’

    ATF is now considered to be the leading federal agency in most bombings that occur within the U.S., with exception to bombings related to international terrorism, which are investigated by the FBI. This agency is also responsible for the training of the U.S. military in evidence recovery procedures after a bombing.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is clearly is a pivotal federal agency in our national effort to protect Americans from international terrorism.

    So, why then, was an individual just appointed to head this agency who has spent his entire professional life working against Americans’ Second Amendment rights?

    Special Agent Andrew Traver has just been appointed by our current President, Barack Hussein
    Obama, to be the new head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Formerly Director of the Chicago AFT office, Agent Traver is perhaps best known for a rather dramatic on-air television appearance in which he was working to make a point involving the highly controversial, at the time, ‘assault weapons ban.’ With the cameras rolling, Agent Traver handed the machine gun, which, of course, had nothing to do with the assault weapons in question at the time, to a female NBC reporter, and told her to fire at certain targets. The obliging reporter, knowing a great broadcast possibility when she saw it, indeed fired away, incidentally missing everything at which she fired. Sure enough, this broadcast made the national news, again, and again.

    Agent Traver thus became, for the elites, the man to watch at the ATF.

    Indeed.

    President Obama’s newest appointee to the ATF has spent his long career with the agency espousing numerous and varied gun control and anti-gun activities, among them calling for the repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the use of the ATF’s firearms database to criminal investigations, and who has regularly conflated black market automatic weapons with legal semi-automatic “assault-style” rifles. This has occurred with such regularity that upon hearing of Travers’ appointment, Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Institute to Prevent Gun Violence, was moved to say: “This long-needed appointment is welcome news.”

    On the contrary, columnist Kevin Williamson of National Review refers to Travers’ appointment
    in the following terms: “Andrew Traver [is] an episodically dishonest campaigner against Americans’ right to keep and bear arms…” He goes on to say that the agency “…certainly should not be entrusted to a man with documented hostility toward Americans’ ancient constitutional rights and a remarkably backward view of the role firearms play in American criminal violence.”

    This from Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association: “You might as well put an arsonist in charge of the fire department.” Yet another thought from a prominent supporter of Second Amendment rights upon hearing of Obama’s appointment of Traver: “He’s picked a strong anti-Second Amendment person for an administrative job that has far more influence over the practical exercise of Second Amendment rights than any other job in the country.”

    The ATF itself still suffers from its somewhat stepchildish past, as it has stumbled rather badly in certain high profile cases, among them the confrontations at Ruby Ridge, and the Branch Davidian compound, both of which have since been referred to as ‘massacres.’ The agency’s actions, or lack thereof, regarding the flood of American-made weaponry that feeds the current and increasingly violent narco-wars in Mexico has also come under fire.

    As the ATF struggles not only to satisfactorily redefine its mission, but also to restore the morale necessary to make the agency an effective force in fighting terrorism, perhaps the worst thing that could befall the agency would be to have it become the foil of a political agenda. This would be the opposite of what the agency was meant to be, and to do, and that is a federal entity that is one of the bulwarks in the international war against terrorism.

    Unfortunately, in the misguided administration of Barack Hussein Obama, we know what would take precedence, as it always does, and it is certainly not the protection of the American people. The priority always was and always will be, at least for the endless next two years, the advancement of the agenda of the Obama Administration.

    The appointment of Andrew Traver only accomplishes this much further, thus tragically reducing the freedoms defined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution that much more.

    • Steve

      Teresa, Cox speaks the truth, he is from California and is amongst the few conservatives in the rabid state of progressive liberal misfits. Travers is not the person to trust across the street or next to you, a frothing at the mouth liberal who is not in the best interest of this countrys freedoms. I can see the whiners starting to rally against your post, but Im comfortable with the truth..give’m hell.Obama is the Boogieman that all parents warned about and now has come into fruition, as biggest threat to the security and the prosperity of this great country. Hopefully we will wake early and help him leave his throne, along with his minions. Otherwise we will in reality be the socialist society this presidential worm wishes on us. In answer to any question, I love my country and I will not apologize for anything or anyone for its greatness.

  • eddie47d

    You are called extremists Teresa because of your refusal to reach across the aisle.You helped create the division yet won’t take responsibility for your lack of action. Now your side is finally stepping up to the plate after the last few years of drinking champagne and living large.The Corporate Party had to come crashing down and it’s sad the rest of us had to suffer. Is your side now marching into Washington to put your finger in the Swiss cheese dike? I sure hope you can produce some Positive results.Yet after defending more tax loopholes for those wealthy whose income went up 7% in the last 3 years. I kind of doubt it.

    • Mick

      eddie47d says:
      January 4, 2011 at 10:13 am
      You are called extremists Teresa because of your refusal to reach across the aisle.You helped create the division yet won’t take responsibility for your lack of action.
      ************************************
      eddie,,,Certain issues shouldn’t never be compromised , too many deals have been made over the last few decades all in the name of reach we’re paying a dear price for this fiasco..i won’t compromise with crooks, killers, rapists and plum degenerates so it kind of leave a lot of the left out…………

      • eddie47d

        Mick; What a mouthful of elephant dung! Are you sure you didn’t leave anything out slippery lips?

        • Mick

          eddie47d says:
          January 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm
          Mick; What a mouthful of elephant dung! Are you sure you didn’t leave anything out slippery lips*************
          *********************************
          eddie,,,,,,,,,I probably did, see , unlike what many leftists think of themselve, I know I am not perfect.

          • http://naver samurai

            One of them thinks he’s the “messiah.” FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • CLARENCE SWINNEY

      FACT CHECK
      How can a party allow such a horrid party to get re-elected
      Clinton left Bush Heaven On Earth
      Bush left Obama Hell on Earth

      Clinton left Bush an 1800B Budget and four balanced budgets
      Bush Left Obama a 3600 Budget

      Clinton left Bush a 5700B of Debt
      Bush left Obama 11,800B of Debt

      Clinton left Bush a 237,00 net new jobs created per month
      Bush left Obama a 31,000 lowest since Hoover.

      Clinton left Bush Peace on Earth
      Bush left Obama Hell on Earth Two disastrous wars

      Clinton left Bush a President most highly rated of any peacetime President in Asia, Africa, Europe.
      Bush left Obama the most hated President in history
      Bush left Obama an Housing Tsunami and Financial Volcano
      Bush left Obama, in 2008, an 8500B Bail out commitment
      Bush left Obama his Takeover of Fannie/Freddie, AIG, and first bailout of Chrysler

      How can any honest informed person vote to re-continue such horrid actions and results?

      clarence swinney
      political historian
      lifeaholics of america
      author-Lifeaholic–Life story of workaholic failure to lifeaholic success
      University President-”Every college student should have this book”
      amen!

      • http://naver samurai

        How can you just sit there and drink so much kool aid and expect us to accept this obviously left wing extremist crap? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Steve

      eddie47d, I know the kind of reach across the aisle conservatives you prefer, those that wish to stay in their seats and give you what you want, and then change when the next election gives them different demands. Yes, I think you should be courting the likes of that fence riding RINO, John McCain and his sister Lindsey Graham, now that is a pair who will sell you out in the name of “crossing the aisle”. Remember that other sell out who was a “republican by name” Arlen Sphincter the senator from Pa., they were supported by the people who you lke that cross the aisle and like Sphincter, he “double”crossed his party, for yours. Now he is history, and along with others that are marked for diminished service because of their belief they know better than the people who placed them in office. One thing elected officials forget when they start breathing rarified air while in office, which they shouldnt, the people employed them, we can “Fire” them as well. Extremists, maybe,but we are not playing the game on the progressive terms, not any longer. Being rich, being conservative, loving your country is not a crime. Politicians living off the taxpayers who work hard producing the money so they live the grand style and not pay attention to the voter, now thats a Crime.

  • eddie47d

    Well Teresa since the right wing extremist groups are loaded with bear,are plotting against America, arming drug cartels in Mexico.Have more weaponry than some small countries and doesn’t give a second thought to who owns a gun in America. Maybe it is all this reckless behavior that is attracting attention from the ATF. You seem to support “Project Wild West” and the “hostility” that has permeated our country. This is certainly not in defense of ATF’s bad behavior either. Both side definitely continue to have their extremist moments.

    • Teresa

      It is sad eddie to think that if you are truly an American that you would even think this way. First off…Obama himself and his Czars are the ones feeding into Mexicos games not the Americans. And you might want to do a lil more research as to where all their guns are really coming from eddie. And “us” exteremist as you call us are the ones who hunt, defend our homes, our children, our very Constitution. Once our 2nd Amendment is gone eddie like our free speech is being taken there is nothing left…and if you can’t see this eddie than you truly are a lost cause, for we should not be labeled left or right or the middle I thought we were Americans.

      • http://personalliberty.com RandyH

        Thanks for your post. I always knew eddieboy was just a planted pot stirrer, but damn if I don’t think he actually believes the crap he puts here.

      • eddie47d

        This is mostly for Caliber and Teresa; There are numerous small militia groups in America if you care to look it up. I’m sure there are a couple of individuals right here on this site. Try getting on their official sites for they are far more “explosive” than some of the extremes that we listen to here. Now 78% of the weapons confiscated in Mexico were bought in the USA and that % hasn’t changed in 5 years.( I say close those gun dealers down). 29,000 dead on the Mexican side of the border puts the issue squarely on them. I support the 2nd Amendment but it always surprises me that the biggest defenders won’t do a thing about the rouge dealers.

        • Al Sieber

          eddie47d, most of the weapons come from Mexican Soldiers who deserted from the Army to join the Cartels for the money. the rest are from world arms dealers, a few from the U.S.

          • Al Sieber

            Yeah, you really sound like you support the 2nd Amendment.

          • http://naver samurai

            Now you know edduh supports anything to make himself look good or smarter. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • eddie47d

            So Samurai do you and Sook support all the deaths on the other side of the border. What does the 2nd amendment have to do with gun running? It’s still 78% of guns from USA. Does that make you “feel smarter”?

          • oldtimeyman

            Get your facts straight, Eddie.

            Mexican President Philipe Calderone has called for a permanent ban on so-called assault weapons in the United States. Calderone, the main stream media in the United States and many federal “leaders” have claimed the U.S. provides 90 percent of the assault weapons being used in Mexican drug wars – an outright lie. That number is actually closer to 17 percent.

            (1) The largest percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

            In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced – and of those, 90 percent – 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover – were found to have come from the U.S.

            But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes. In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

            While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico.

            The American Socialists and their fellow travelers in the main stream media would have us think that our nation is supplying the Mexican (Terrorists) Gangsters with most of their guns. If that were true, and it isn’t, who then is supplying them with other weapons of war? According to the above article fragmentation grenades are coming from South Korea, most of the AK-47s are from China and shoulder-fired rocket launchers are being supplied from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

          • http://naver samurai

            No edduh! I don’t support the killing of innocent people, counting the innocent Americans that you lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxists take out each year. I also believe that if these people are having these problems in their country, they should take the advice of Robin Williams:

            “…If you don’t like it there, change it yourself and don’t hide out here.”

            Now that would be a good plan. In my hometown in the 1990′s, we had a problem with groups called the bloods and the crips. They were competing for territory for their drug markets. They seemed to be set up at the low income housing area on Indiana Avenue and Delaware Avenue. One day they started shhoting and, of course, 3 patrol units were quickly on the scene. An officer, who went to my mom’s church, was shot and killed about 1 minute after he arrived. The call of “officer down” went out and within 10 minutes, there were soon upwards of 50 police officers from the City of Elkhart, Elkhart County, and Indiana State Troopers. The city sent in its SWAT unit and so did the county. The police had to storm buildings, apartment by apartment, till the “bad guys” (for lack of better words) were either arrested or killed by police. After that, the reputation of our police units being “shhot first and take no prisoners” tended to have kept them away all of this time. Now we are having problems with the Mexican Lords, Latin Dragons, etc, comming into our neighborhoods. If the same things are going on south of the boarder, then the people should stand up to these drug lords, mercenaries, etc, and more would get done to ridding them of this situation they have now. That’s one reason that our police are able to get these dirtbags out of our area. People are constatly informing the police and they also do many “sting” operations with DEA, ATF, and the FBI. Do I feel sorry for those people down there? No, I don’t. They either brought this upon themselves or allowed it to happen to the point that resistance would be futile. I’ll bet that people who post on this site, reguardless your political affiliations, can probably tell you of some areas in America where the same things are happening. It’s good to be concerned about the Mexican people, edduh. Nothing wrong with that at all, but shouldn’t we be putting our nose to the American grindstone first and let the Mexican government deal with their problems? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Steve

          Eddie..youre talking about your own party, “protecting the border” Nopolitano and that card carrying Atty General Holder. Who is jailing the very people that protect us from the Mexican cartel clowns. Hey you have a friend in Holder, who reaches across the border and gives sanctuary to the invaders of this country. You have your cards all mixed up. How many Mexicans have our military or police killed while protecting your frame, they cant,why, because Holder will put them in prison and the Messiah will apologize to their country for harming them. Yep, thats a good trade off, but a little lopsided dont you think? Your gun argument is nowhere, what is happening across the borders is a problem that will only be contained when the graft and cartels are extinguished, when you blame the guns on this country you have a small myopic mind, as they can be purchased in any black market which is opportune to devients in this and any country.

    • 45caliber

      eddie:

      You said: “Well Teresa since the right wing extremist groups are loaded with bear,are plotting against America, arming drug cartels in Mexico.Have more weaponry than some small countries and doesn’t give a second thought to who owns a gun in America. Maybe it is all this reckless behavior that is attracting attention from the ATF. You seem to support “Project Wild West” and the “hostility” that has permeated our country. This is certainly not in defense of ATF’s bad behavior either. Both side definitely continue to have their extremist moments.”
      ===========================================

      I’m not sure why you believe that right wing extremists are providing arms to the drug cartels. None caught so far are right wing anything – they are basically liberals who want the money paid. Further, the weapons sold are NOT automatic anything. They are semi-automatics used for hunting. Even then, the number of guns sold is quite small when compared to what the cartels are using. Most of what they use are M-16′s (provided to the Mexican army by the US government and then sold to the cartels by Mexican army members) OR AK’s and SKS’s from Russia brought in from another country.

      The ATF is playing their part in Oblama’s liberal government by trying to make a big thing of finding a few people providing those guns. So far, to my knowledge, all those buyers who are providing the guns are Mexicans. Many are actually providing them to family members to protect those families from cartels. But since it is illegal in Mexico to own a gun, they are included in the “cartel” lists.

      Further, as far as I know, there are very few such extremist groups trying to overthrow the federal government. Most people on the right are actually willing to lay down their lives to defend this country – unlike most liberals. Up to 90% of the military fall into this group. What we right “extremists” want is for the government to return to what it was to begin with – and we prefer to depend upon votes and education to gain that. We buy guns for self-defense and hunting (and because we like target practice) and so have some around. I personally do not belong to ANY group (although I was in the Society of Creative Anachronisms, I do not call that a right wing extremist group since about the only weapons they buy, carry, etc. are swords. No guns at all.). But I do have several, since I like them, and plan to leave them to my children when I die. I HOPE that they will never need to be used for anything except hunting and target practice.

  • Ace Sez

    Can anyone point to absolutely anything thats a ‘positive’ for the USA credited to the Osambo regime? Everything this treasonous President has done is anti-American in every way–bolstered by his anti-American accomplices the Czar’s–

    Will there be anything left of the Constitutional based gov’t by the 2012 election? The newbie congressman from Ariz has already surrendered to the Osambo regime with his promise of “crossing the aisle”–how many other newbies are so inclined—fightin’ Osambo and his henchmen/women is job number one–how else can we get turned around to improve the economy?

    • Norm

      Ace Sez

      At the halfway point of Obama’s term, his approval rating is right in the middle of the pack when the last six presidents are ranked. George H.W. Bush had the highest approval rating at the midpoint of his term, (63%). Second on the list was his son, George W. Bush, (61%). Next on the list is Jimmy Carter at 51%. Obama was fourth at 47%, and surprisingly two most popular recent presidents were at the bottom. Ronald Reagan was at 43%, and Bill Clinton was at 40%.
      Both of the Bush presidencies had their midterm popularity boosted by the patriotism of being war time presidents. For George H.W. Bush, the Gulf War boosted his approval, while George W. Bush was still benefiting from the nation’s emotional reaction to 9/11 and their support of the war in Afghanistan. Because of this neither of these presidents’ approval ratings are an accurate comparison to Obama. Carter is an interesting case, but his approval rating was soon to plummet under the weight of the Iran hostage crisis.
      A more accurate comparison for Obama is to the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. In 1994, Bill Clinton saw his approval rating sink to as low as 39%. The high water mark for Clinton from July of 1994 through the rest of the year was 48%. President Clinton’s approval rating from Thanksgiving until the end of the year did not go any higher than 42%. Clinton also suffered a disastrous midterm defeat where his party lost control of both the House and the Senate.
      Until the current recession, the Reagan recession was the worst in recent memory. It might seem hard to believe now, because Reagan is remembered as a popular president, but Reagan’s job approval rating for his second year in office was 43%. Reagan struggled through most of 1983. He began the year with an approval rating of 35%, and it took him 11 months of the year to reach a 50% job approval rating.

      • 45caliber

        You spoke at length about popularity but you still didn’t answer his question about what Oblama has done that actually HELPED this country. I can’t think of anything he’s done at the moment.

        • eddie47d

          Because you are wanting total chaos and for the bottom to fall out again. You will accept nothing less. You want to be right no matter what.

        • Norm

          45caliber
          Popularity is directly proportional to people believing in you and your accomplishments.
          Believe it or not (I know you don’t) many people think Obama’s stance on health care, the wars, the economy, and many issues were the best course of action given the situations.

          • http://naver samurai

            Sorry Norm, but I predict that Obama bin Laden care to be history this year. You know, to disappear and be nothing more than a bad memory. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Paul Revere

    Keep any eye on them all, especially watch for Globalist sell outs, the instant one is found – On the Booting List they go!

    This is no longer about Left or Right, This is about Globalist against American!

    • Teresa

      The way it should have been all along!

  • Steve

    The reaching out by Obama for partisanship is a good sign that he is planning to sink the new electorate..expect him to pimp each new member with whatever it takes to stay in control. I have my reservations about the old GOP guard, starting with the Senate Minority leader, Mitch is nice, but when the going gets tough, forget the voter, I need my seat at reelection time, thats the mindset. The Obama rats are leaving ship, but they are not gone, Assholrod and Gibbs are only regrouping for that Kenyan reject to run for a second term and that is what has to stay in the conservative mind. Another four years and that worm would totally destroy this country by executive order, and Czarism. Get rid of the fix, stay strong, make him history.

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