12/18/09

Links to Visit – 12/18/09

The Sun – ‘Iranian Cyber Army’ brings down TWITTER

Yahoo! News – IRANIANS SEIZE IRAQI OIL WELL

Mudville Gazette – On the radio tonight

Mudville Gazette – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youserved/2009/12/18/episode-68

The Hill – OBAMA THREAT TO CONGRESSMAN: ‘Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother’…

The Anchoress – Dec 18 – O Adonai

The Anchoress – Dec 17 – O Sapientia

Ace of Spades – More NBC/WSJ Poll: Tea Party Movement Has High Favorables, Beating the GOP… and the Democratic Party (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Weekly Standard – 20 GOP Senators Call for Investigation of Offutt Threat (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Legal Insurrection – Complaint Against SEIU In Mass. Senate Race (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Don Surber – Blizzard in Copenhagen (with video) (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Gateway Pundit – Red Scare– Flag-Waving Communists March Against Global Warming at CO15 Summit (Video) (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Pam Meister – Big Government – Our Broken Immigration System – Penalizing Those who Follow the Rules (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

The Weekly Standard – Iran Could be Developing Hydrogen Bomb (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Brutally Honest – Weeweechu

Atlas Shrugs – When Monsters and Cheaters Steal Elections…..

Atlas Shrugs – The Second American Revolution: Defund and Disobey the Fascists

Atlas Shrugs – Madness

ResistNet.com – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT–THE “WHY” BEHIND EVERYTHING THAT IS DESTROYING AMERICA

The Washington Times – COHEN: What to expect from a nuclear Iran

WorldNetDaily – Islamic mosque built at 9/11 Ground Zero – Muslim business leader: ‘This has hand of the divine written over it’

Family Security Matters – Is Rule of Law Dead in the Senate?

Family Security Matters – Converting America

BREITBART.tv – Bachmann on The B-Cast: A Conservative Call to Action (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Atlas Shrugs – Infiltration: Muslim Spies Setting Muslim Policy at the Pentagon (Hat Tip: Larwyn)

Michelle Malkin – The Nobel Peace Prize winner wields his brass knuckles

Gateway Pundit – St. Louis Patriots & Hooters Girls Welcome Thousands of US Troops To Town Today

12/18/09

Chuck Muth’s News & Views – December 17, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach

DeMint promises to delay health bill, force Christmas Eve vote

By Alexander Bolton/THE HILL

Sen. Jim DeMint said Thursday he is prepared to use every procedural tool to delay a vote on the Democratic healthcare legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to schedule votes around the clock over the next week to meet a deadline of passing the bill by Christmas. Without the cooperation of Republicans, the marathon schedule would end with a vote on Christmas Eve.

Reid hopes that Republicans will waive some of the procedural formalities so senators are not forced to spend the evening before Christmas milling about the Senate floor.

But Sen. DeMint (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Republican Steering Committee and a leader of the conservative opposition, told The Hill he will not yield back any time.

DeMint also said he would force the Senate to return to Washington after Christmas to vote on a $290 billion increase to the federal debt limit. Treasury officials told lawmakers that they need an increase of borrowing authority to keep the government solvent beyond Dec. 31.

“I’m not going to waive any time,” DeMint said in an interview, when asked whether he would force Reid to go late into Christmas Eve to pass Senate healthcare reform legislation. “I think it’s our responsibility to stretch this out because every day we do we have time to tell Americans what’s in it.

DeMint said Democrats hope “they can pass it before Americans know what’s in it, while people are thinking about Christmas and being with their families.”

Senate Democrats concede that they will have to return to Washington between Christmas and New Year’s Day to pass the increase in the federal debt limit if a single GOP objects to expediting that vote.

DeMint made clear he will not cooperate.

“We’ll be back here the day after Christmas if Democrats want it,” said DeMint.

Reid is just as adamant about passing the healthcare bill before Christmas, a deadline Senate Democrats have talked about for weeks.

“We’re going to finish this healthcare bill before we leave here for the holidays,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday.

To meet that goal, Reid has tentatively scheduled a 1 a.m. vote Friday to cut off debate on the defense-spending bill, which also includes an extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies for people who have lost their jobs. If the Senate votes to quash the filibuster, lawmakers would proceed to final passage after 30 hours of post-cloture debate, or at 7 a.m. Saturday, according to Democratic sources briefed on the plan.

For the Senate to pass healthcare reform by Christmas, as Reid has pledged, the Senate leader would then have to file take a series of necessary procedural steps that would force votes all week at odd hours.

Reid must file motions to end debate on: the manager’s amendment, which includes all the final-hour changes made to win the support of 60 Democratic senators; the 2,074-page healthcare bill, which lawmakers have been debating on the floor; and on the underlying legislative vehicle, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act.

Republicans may force Senate clerks to read the entire manager’s amendment but that will not disrupt the schedule. That’s because reading the amendment, which will be shorter than the 2,074-page healthcare bill, is not expected to take more than eight hours.

Reid could offer the manager’s amendment on Saturday morning and keep to his schedule as long as he files cloture sometime before midnight.

Cloture motions need one day to ripen, so the earliest the Senate could vote to end debate on Reid’s manager’s amendment would be 1 a.m. Monday.

Democrats would have to allow 30 hours of post-cloture debate to elapse before voting to approve the manager’s amendment. A second cloture vote to end debate on the initial healthcare bill would happen as early as 7 a.m. Tuesday, followed by another 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a vote to adopt that amendment to the underlying bill.

Democrats would then have to repeat the same process on the third motion to end debate on the underlying bill, setting up a cloture vote at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

At any time, the chamber could move up a final vote if every senator agrees. But if a single senator objects, the earliest a final vote on the final package could take place would be 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

And Republicans object to fast-tracking the increase in the federal debt limit, as DeMint has threatened, the Senate would be forced to return the following week.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Treasury Department officials have informed him that the administration needs new borrowing authority by Dec. 31. Conrad said the administration may be able to extend the deadline for a short time because of loan repayments it has received from Citigroup and other banks.

Conrad said Thursday he expected a Christmas Eve vote to pass the healthcare bill.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. You can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients.”

Ronald Reagan

12/18/09

Deficits are Bad, but the Real Problem is Spending

Huge deficits and skyrocketing debt levels are creating considerable worry. This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation video explains that that government borrowing is excessive – and will get worse in coming decades. But this mini-documentary explains that deficits and debt are merely the symptoms, and a rising burden of government spending is the real problem.

12/18/09

Financial News Update – 12/18/09

Nine Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs

Credit Card Has Eyebrow-Raising 79.9 Percent Interest Rate

IRANIANS SEIZE IRAQI OIL WELL

WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS GOP HOLDING BACK MONEY TO TROOPS… (but the White House has tacked on tremendous spending bills onto military money, so they either get to blame the GOP for stiffing the military or they get more money – despicable and typical…)

“CQ, CQ, is Anybody out there?” (The Day the Dollar Died Part VIII)

Fat City

Shakedown in Copenhagen

‘Here are Your Tools’!

McCain: Bring Back Depression Banking Rules

Greenspan: Must Cut Federal Spending Now

Expert: Rates to Soar on Huge U.S. Debt

Central Banks Loading Up On Gold

Health care deadline obstacles pile up

Obama Scrambles at Summit, but Frustration Shows

Live From Copenhagen: Blame America First Mentality

Amid Debate, Business Owners Struggle With Estate-Tax Strategies

More Broken Health Care Promises

Time To End The Summit Tsunami

Video: Spending is the Real Problem

Guest Blogger: LSU Law Professor John Baker on Congress’ Reading Problem

House Democrats Double Down With Another Stimulus

Morning Bell: The Hugo Chavez Case for Cap and Trade

Christian Scientists seek prayer provision (Hat Tip: Bookworm Room)

A More Apt Title You May Never Find…

Welcome to the Democrat Party’s civil war

Taking on AARP’s Demcare fat cats

What happened last night in the Senate; Plus: Tick, tick, tick, still no Demcare bill

Eco-thuggery in Copenhagen

Hugo Chavez in Copenhagen: Obama Smells Like Sulfur Too (Video)

Republicans Ask “Where Are the Promised Jobs?” (Video)

2 of 3 Americans Favor Smaller Government With Fewer Services

Change! Team Obama Threatens Rep. DeFazio- “Don’t Think We’re Not Keeping Score”

Obama Flies to Junk Science Summit In Copenhagen – Gives Crappy Speech – Bows (Video)

Stunner. Ahmadinejad Bashes US & Capitalism; Calls For More Nuclear Power At Copenhagen Junk Science Summit

Nancy Pelosi: Global Warming Junk Science Is a Women’s Issue

DEMS PLANS CHRISTMAS EVE VOTE ON HEALTH!

War bill survives poisonous 1 a.m. vote

Queen catches ordinary passenger train for Christmas journey

Union pulls back on supporting Dem health care bill

Does Sen. Ben Nelson Stand in the Way of Health Care Victory

ANGER…

Say Goodbye to Saab

Rush to Salvage Climate Pact

New World Environmental Regulator?

EMAC: Ben Bernanke, Repo Man

SurvivalBlog:

A Tough Year Ahead for the U.S. Economy?

Greenspan backs deficit-reduction commission

A World Crisis No Bailout Can Stop

Are Your US Treasury Bonds Safe?

Fastest Food Inflation–Milk Up 39%

Stock Futures Signal Weaker Open as Dollar Rises

Treasury Backs Out Of Plans to Sell Citi Stake

Citi Suspends Foreclosures for 30 Days

US Lawmakers Approve Jobs Package

Moody’s Warns of “Social Unrest” as Sovereign Debt Spirals

Gulf Petro-Powers to Launch Currency

Mexico Whacked with Second Debt Downgrade

Getting A Mortgage in 2010: 10 Things to Know

Extreme Modifications: 2% Mortgages

Another $1 Billion In Small Business Credit Vanishes