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Sen, Reid (D-Loonyville) today declared the much talked about, much delayed climate change bill dead in the Senate.

What’s notable is why the bill has been killed. Reid blams it on the Republicans saying not one would vote for it. Why true that’s only part of the story.

What he doesn’t say is since the death of Sen. Byrd and the appointment of a successor, who vowed to vote no on any climate bill, he’s short one Dem. vote regardless of Republican opposition.

Even if Dingy Harry could convince Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) to crossover as he has (Financial Reform is one) several times since assuming office West Virgina Sen. Carte Goodwin would vote no and the Nevada Asshat is still one vote short.

Following Reid’s proclamation that the bill is “dead,” (didn’t they say that about health care after the Brown election?) up steps Sen. Kerry.

“I have to tell you, this [climate bill] is not dead. We are going to continue to work. It may well be that after the election — if that is what happens — I mean, we will continue to try over the next weeks, but if it is after the election, it may well be that some members are free and liberated and feeling that they can take a risk or do something. Or, you know, the whole political landscape may have changed in some way,” Kerry said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt” that will be broadcast this weekend.

Kerry told the Bloomberg news service that he would continue seeking votes (I think he means paying for votes), and said the climate bill’s prospects could improve after the midterm elections.

Meaning after the Dems take an ass-whooping in November Kerry and his ilk will push hard to pass a full-blown tax hiking, job killing climate bill before the new Congress is seated in January.

Meanwhile as part of Reid’s announcement the bill is “dead,” he will move forward next week on a bipartisan energy-only bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items.

Meaning… look-out BP the asshats in Congress are coming to git’ya!

As for popular energy items, what’s Dingy Harry going to offer?

Drop gas prices to 1971 levels?

Stop eating so his flatulance level is zero?

P.S. While on the subject of Mr. “I’m reporting for duty,” it seems Kerry docks his large and expensive yacht in Rhode Island as opposed to anywhere close to his home state of Mass.

Funny that, he’s saving one half millions dollars in taxes by doing so.

The senator wasn’t available for comment his spokesmodel a spokesmen made the claim due to maintence on the vessel it was cheaper to dock it in R.I. vice Mass.

Wonder how much carbon his vessel spews into the atmosphere?

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At the time of the government takeover of GM and Chrysler much, if not all of the criticism was centered on the debate over jobs.

Everyone in support on injecting billions into the two companies were doing their best Chicken Little impressions saying without taxpayer money the entire auto industry would fail at the cost of millions of home-grown jobs.

That was then, this is now and an inspector general report

Treasury Department’s Special Inspector General for the Toxic Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) contends that President Obama’s push for General Motors and Chrysler to close thousands of dealerships across the country as part of their government bailouts “may have substantially contributed to the shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls, all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions’ broader economic impacts.”

The SIGTARP report will further contend, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking minority member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that it is questionable whether the closings were “either necessary for the sake of the companies’ economic survival or prudent for the nation’s economic recovery.”

Issa, who has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the GM and Chrysler government takeovers, said the SIGTARP report should “serve as a wake-up call as to the implications of politically-orchestrated bailouts and how putting decisions about private enterprise in the hands of political appointees and bureaucrats can lead to costly and unintended consequences.”

The California Republican also said the fothcoming report will say “GM did not consistently follow its stated criteria and that there was little or no documentation of the decision-making process to terminate or retain dealerships with similar profiles, or of the appeals process” and that “making termination decisions with little or no transparency and making a review of many of these decisions impossible…”

So, thousands of additional people are collecting unemployment due to ill-advised political meddeling in privates business.

Who’d a thunk it?

Accept those of us that saw it comming.

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Wasn’t it Pres. Obama who claimed to be in charge of the Gulf oil spill from “day one?”

As a reminder, that seems to be the case:

“From the beginning, the effort has been bedeviled by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency and clear lines of authority among federal, state and local officials, as well as BP. As a result, officials and experts say, the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been worse than it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.”

Not to put too fine a point on it but, Obama also made the claim that BP was doing what the government told it to do as it pertains to clean up, containment, even “plug[ging] the damn hole”.

Nearly 60 days into this and one of Obama’s staunch allies, the New York Times, describes his leadership and effectiveness on the issue as an unmitigated disaster you know the few allowed into the “Oval “Office are pissing their panties about now

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Can someone remind the U.S House of Representatives Asshats there’s a recession going on and that pay raises for anyone, least of all employees of a Government that is so far in the hole it may never float above the redline again, they don’t NEED a pay raise!

Glad to say for some members a reminder wasn’t needed, in a vote of 402-15 the pay raise was voted down.

But to some, specifically the 15 Democrats who all voted “yeah we wanna raise,” screw you greedy bastards!

Does anyone honestly think if this was a secret ballot the number voting to cash-in would have been much greater than 15?

I damn sure don’t.

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The amount of lies, distortions and outright Bovine Excrement flung around prior to ObamaCare being passed would have filled-up every landfill on Earth if it were toxic waste.

Come to think of it, it may have actually been toxic waste – but I digress.

More to the point the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has released a report (pdf file) that lays out the actual cost of ObamaCare.

Note, that’s “actual cost,” as opposed to the Fairy Tale issued by the Congressional Budget Office. You know the one where everything was Unicorns and Lolly-pops where 30 million people could be added to the healthcare rolls at the low, LOW price of – Nothing!.

Now that reality has set-in, and Obama’s bullshit walks, the professional Beancounters have their say:

President Obama’s health care overhaul law will increase the nation’s health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.

How can this be?

During the health care debate President Obama argued that we couldn’t afford not to pass health care reform bill.

Without getting too deep into the weeds here are the main bullet points of the report:

  • By delaying the major spending provisions until 2014, Democrats hid the true 10-year cost of their legislation: “Because of these transition effects and the fact that most of the coverage provisions would be in effect for only 6 of the 10 years of the budget period, the cost estimates shown in this memorandum do not represent a full 10-year cost for the new legislation,” CMS says.
  • Medicare cuts are unlikely to materialize: The CMS report cautions that “it is important to note that the estimated savings shown in this memorandum for one category of Medicare provisions may be unrealistic.” The reason is that if the proposed cuts to payments to hospitals, nursing facilities, and home health agencies go into effect, “roughly 15 percent of Part A providers would become unprofitable within the 10-year projection period…” The only way to resolve this problem would be to prevent the cuts, which in turn would eat up some of the projected savings from the legislation.
  • You can’t double count the Medicare savings: While in theory Medicare Part A cuts would extend solvency of the program by 12 years, the actuary writes, “In practice the improved (Medicare hospital insurance) financing cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund, despite the appearance of this result from the respective accounting conventions.”
  • The CLASS Act is a ponzi scheme: One of the most under-reported aspects of the new health care legislation was that it creates a smaller new entitlement within the massive entitlement – a program pushed by Ted Kennedy that would allow individuals to purchase long-term care insurance through the government. But the program begins collecting premiums before paying out benefits, making it produce surpluses in the early years that Democrats claimed as deficit savings. However, CMS notes that, “After 2015, as benefits are paid, the net savings from this program will decline; in 2025 and later, projected benefits exceed premium revenues, resulting in a net Federal costs in the longer term.”

Do any of you ObamaBots still want to argue this health care “reform” was about cutting costs as opposed to taking over a large section of the U.S. economy?

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We’ve all grown up with a U.S. Postal Service whose postal carriers lived by the creed; “Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

That may no longer be the case as GAO points out

The U.S. Postal Service’s current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.

Auditors also urge Congress to remove restrictions on the Postal Service’s ability to cut Saturday mail delivery and close post offices, according to the report, which offers recommendations similar to the USPS’s own proposed 10-year business plan.

Lawmakers requested the Government Accountability Office report, set for a Monday release, as they prepare to consider the USPS plan, which was introduced last month. The proposals call for an end to six-day delivery and ask Congress to give the mail agency the ability to raise prices beyond the rate of inflation and close post offices if necessary.

In recent weeks we’ve seen rumbles of cutting Saturday mail delivery as a way to slice into the USPS budget deficit.

While that may be a good thing for mail carriers, who could use the Saturday downtime to watch cartoons or college basketball and football games, it’s no so much a good thing for users of the service.

You, as the consumer of the USPS, will be faced with higher prices, less service and fewer locations to conduct that business. Let me pose this question:

If this was a private industry operating with a projected loss of $7 billion would you continue to support it? (With a $238 billion projected loss over the next decade)

Hell no you wouldn’t!

You’d take your business to the most convenient location and one that offers the service at the best price. The USPS fails to fit anywhere in that description.

Considering every policy decision effecting the postal service must be approved by Congress it’s like doubling-down on stupid.

A failed service, offering nothing that can’t be gotten from the private sector, and run be the same people that are bringing you $10 trillion deficits for the next decade.

Postmaster General John E. Potter claims giving the USPS more autonomy – presumably cutting Congress’ apron strings – with the ability to set prices, delivery schedules and labor costs could save the service.

But why bother.

Obama administration’s 2011 budget [excerpt – PDF] calls for a continuation of six-day mail delivery and says the White House “will work with the Postal Service, its employee unions, the Congress, and other stakeholders to make sure the Postal Service has the tools and authorities it needs to remain viable as a pillar of the American economy and a vital public resource through the current crisis and over the long haul.”

The key phrase being “employee unions,” Obama has never met a union he didn’t like or bow down to in supplication.

It’s way past time to cut the losses both in actual terms and figuratively, sell this overblown monstrosity and privatize it.

The USPS budget, reportedly approaching $70 billion per year, is “off budget” anyway, make it really far off budget by selling the parts and pieces to FedEx and UPS.

Both FedEx and UPS provide cheaper service with the same effectiveness there’s no longer a viable reason for a government run postal service.

Sell this dung heap now.

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