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  • GOP Congressman Says Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Reward Law Breakers

    04/18/2014 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Hunter Walker
    Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King responded after an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched an advertising blitz against him Friday. King issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for by Zuckerberg's pro-immigration reform group, show the Facebook chairman and CEO wants to "reward people for breaking our laws" in order to bring in talent for his company. "I am under attack by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg because I am one of the few who will stand up and tell the truth about amnesty," King said in his statement.
  • Ryan: Obamacare Can't Last, 'Will Collapse Under Own Weight'! (Paul Ryan do nothing line)

    04/04/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 04, 2014
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he rejects the premise that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law can’t be repealed now that its first class of 7 million enrollees has signed up. “I don’t think it can last,” Ryan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television to air on “Political Capital with Al Hunt” this weekend. Ryan this week unveiled a budget plan that seeks to repeal the 2010 law known as Obamacare and would revise the U.S. safety net in an effort to eliminate the deficit in 10 years. The House will vote on the plan next week. House...

    04/01/2014 6:39:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 103 replies
    Breibart Big Government ^ | April 1 | Tony. Lee
    Are you kidding? You’d think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state of Wisconsin that hosts this underdog celebrated college basketball team, would understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices. The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. Palin said that the budget that was presented, though,"really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." "It STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful...

    04/01/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2014 | by JONATHAN STRONG
    House Budget Committee Chairman released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget Tuesday ahead of a potentially difficult vote in the House as he continues to deal with unrest on the right from a deal he struck with Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). The 2014 budget spent $3.498 trillion in 2015, while this year's budget spends $3.664 trillion, an increase of $166 billion. The 2014 budget spent $3.660 trillion in 2016, while this year's budget spends $3.676, an increase of $26 billion, according to a report outlining the budget. The spending in years further out is actually lower than...
  • Harry Reid: Paul Ryan budget creates 'Koch-topia'

    04/01/2014 10:39:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively slammed the budget proposal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will release Tuesday, calling it a document written to pander to the Koch brothers and other billionaires. “It’s a blueprint for a modern… how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that’s it,” Reid said. “Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers.” Reid’s remarks mark the latest volley in Democrats’ mid-term election year strategy of attacking the Kochs repeatedly, hoping to fire up their liberal base and associate Republicans with the...
  • Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance (another Budget Resolution)

    04/01/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/1/2014 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan's plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers, while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term. The proposal would reprise a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that would be the basis for...
  • Paul Ryan's Last 24 Hours: Immigration Reform Is Inevitable; (to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

    03/27/2014 5:16:52 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 40 replies
    The Wire ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Philip Bump
    "It’s not a question of 'if' we fix our broken immigration laws," Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, but "a question of 'when.'" And the answer to "when" is: No time terribly soon, if his other troubles are a guide. Ryan made the comments at a breakfast hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Politico reports. "[W]e understand the value of immigration," he then told the assembled audience. Republicans "have ideas on how to make this go forward and make it work so that we do have the rule of law so that we do have reform,...
  • Paul Ryan To Meet Black U.S. Lawmakers After "Offensive" Remarks

    03/15/2014 1:28:32 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 79 replies ^ | 15 March 2014
    Ryan said on William Bennett's talk radio show, "Morning in America," that there was a "tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work."
  • A Story Too Good To Check: Paul Ryan And The Tale Of The Brown Paper Bag

    03/13/2014 3:56:19 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist
    The Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2014 | Glenn Kessler
    This was an interesting statement made by the 2012 GOP vice-presidential candidate, equating school lunches to an “empty soul.” So one would think the anecdote, described by the National Review as “moving,” would be rock-solid. But the story seemed a bit pat.... ...It did not make much sense in part because [original sources] Schroff and Mazyck are partnering with a group called No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in the United States. One key part of the program is connecting hungry kids with federal programs such as school lunches and food stamps. The group also opposed Ryan’s 2013...
  • Immigration Doesn’t Have the Votes Yet, Ryan Says

    03/12/2014 7:33:28 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 54 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 3-12-2014 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan told his local newspaper that Republican leaders do not have the votes yet to pass a rewrite of the nation’s immigration system. “We don’t have the votes right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told his local newspaper, the Janesville Gazette, in an interview Monday. “Right now, we’re working hard to find where that consensus lies.” Ryan said both the right and left are holding up an overhaul. A poll of House Republican offices by CQ Roll Call found that just 18 members, including Ryan, publicly support the immigration principles Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio...
  • Paul Ryan to deliver critique of Democrat’s (sic) pitch

    03/06/2014 5:10:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3-6-14 | Robert Costa
    "A full stomach — and an empty soul." That scathing synopsis of the Democrats' pitch will be the crux of Paul Ryan's message to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, when the Wisconsin Republican addresses activists. Ryan's critique, even if delivered in his usual aw-shucks style, will probably stir talk of a possible presidential bid. Politicians looking only to chair the Ways and Means Committee rarely toss out such red meat. In the speech, which the Post obtained late Wednesday, Ryan also urges Republican to craft a conservative reform agenda, and talks up the legacy of his mentor, Jack...
  • Ann Coulter: Did I Move?

    02/12/2014 5:55:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies ^ | February 12, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    With all the smirking on the left about their electoral victories, it's important to remember that Democrats haven't won the hearts and minds of the American people. They changed the people. If you pour vinegar into a bottle of wine, the wine didn't turn, you poured vinegar into it. Similarly, liberals changed no minds. They added millions of new liberal voters through immigration. So why are Republicans like Trey Gowdy, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and John Boehner making fools of themselves in order to spot the Democrats three more touchdowns? The House Republicans' "Standards for Immigration Reform," for example, contains...
  • I Reckon We Can Get Rid of Boehner Soon- but Replaced by Whom?

    02/11/2014 3:34:21 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 54 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    We first heard rumblings of an internal challenge to John Boehner's wholly-ineffective 'leadership' back in 2010: it was Eric Cantor who looked like he might make a move, tho he quickly backed-off any idea of snatching the Speaker's gavel when support didn't materialize. But Cantor -who seems to have accomplished little of 'conservative' substance on Capitol Hill- hasn't stopped working on his slow, quiet coup either... Another obvious candidate some thought the Tea Party could get behind would be Paul Ryan ... but after his support for bad budget deals, open-borders-lite immigration legislation (since collapsed), ceaseless spying on US citizens, and...
  • Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits

    02/06/2014 10:24:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2014 | Robert Costa
    House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority. Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file ­Republicans.
  • Paul Ryan: Obama presidency "increasingly lawless"

    02/02/2014 4:10:07 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-2-14 | Jake Miller
    Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult. “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that's totally different.”
  • If What the GOP's Experiencing is a 'Civil War', the Dems Could Use a Bit of that Themselves...

    02/01/2014 3:37:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Why go over the falls with Dear Leader...? All you hear lately from serial political opportunists on the left is how the foolish Republicans are being 'torn apart' by an internecine 'civil war', how we're going to split into two parties, political wilderness, blah blah blah...  And although the GOP's RINO establishment puts up a somewhat unified front -offering empty platitudes on Leno, etc- they plainly hate the TEA Party (and the potential shrinking of their privilege it represents). In reality, these Vichy Republicans have already taken off the 'nice' mask, joining up with pasty shit-head Karl Rove and the US Chamber of Commerce in an...
  • Paul Ryan’s Super Clever Idea for Illegal Immigrants

    01/30/2014 8:37:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 50 replies ^ | 1/30/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    Now that House Republicans have passed a trillion dollar omnibus and trillion dollar farm bill, they are prepared to tackle the most pressing issue of our time – granting benefits to illegal immigrants. The key to understanding the politics of illegal immigration is that this is not just about amnesty (legalization and/or citizenship). It’s not just that these people are calling for amnesty because of logistics, yet desire an end to illegal immigration in the future. If that were the case they would simply implement the enforcement measures that have been passed on numerous occasions (eight times, in the case...
  • Conservatives: Obama's s of u Immigration Reform Appeal Fell Flat (Ryan backstabber alert)

    01/29/2014 4:03:54 PM PST · by amnestynone · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/2014 | Mathew Boyle
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a hawk on immigration, told Breitbart News to look at how the vast majority of Republicans in the chamber—with the exceptions of House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), among few others—stayed seated in disapproval of Obama’s push for amnesty. “It didn’t soar like some State of the Union addresses will,” King said. It didn’t really challenge us greatly. One of the things I thought was instructive was to watch the Republicans when he brought up the issue of immigration and I thought he got a very tepid response from Republicans. I...
  • The Military Experience of Anti-Veteran Republicans Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Eric Cantor

    01/17/2014 6:48:35 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Vanity | 17 Jan 14 | Xzins
    Paul Ryan: _________________ John Boehner: 8 weeks - Graduating from Moeller in 1968, when U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was at its peak, Boehner enlisted in the United States Navy but was honorably discharged after eight weeks because of a bad back Eric Cantor: _____________ None, 8 weeks, and None
  • Veteran Group Leader: Paul Ryan Budget Deal a ‘Total Betrayal’

    01/17/2014 5:29:08 AM PST · by xzins · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly ...that the budget deal of House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan ... is a “total betrayal” to American military members. On Wednesday evening, the House voted to pass the second part of the budget deal— Rieckhoff said the deal is a “whole new level of bipartisan stupidity,” because it cuts the pension benefits of more than 90 percent of military veterans. “It’s a promise that’s been made with our military folks when they raised their right hand and they sign up,” Rieckhoff said of the...
  • Paul Ryan Grilled by Hugh Hewitt over Budget Deal Cutting Military Pensions

    01/14/2014 6:28:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/14/14 | staff
    On Tuesday night, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt grilled House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the budget deal he brokered that put military benefits on the chopping block...
  • Paul Ryan Defends Military Pension Cuts as Lawmakers Push Repeal(He keeps digging a deeper hole)

    01/02/2014 2:18:01 PM PST · by bestintxas · 63 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/2/14 | a hawkins
    As various lawmakers push to repeal cuts to military pensions, Representative Paul Ryan (D-WI) continues to defend. the cuts. House leadership indicates no plans to take up any repeal. On December 27, Breitbart News reported that lawmakers from both parties had introduced legislation repealing Ryan's military pension cuts in part or in whole. But according to The Hill, there has been little progress toward reversing the cuts once Congress reconvenes in January. If the majority of leadership shares Ryan's position, the push to reverse is moot because Ryan has made clear he sees "no choice between responsible reforms of military...
  • OFA Year-End Immigration List Thanks Paul Ryan, John McCain for Helping Amnesty(backstabber alert)

    12/31/2013 5:17:23 PM PST · by amnestynone · 12 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 31 Dec 2013 | Mathew Boyle
    Organizing for Action, the community organizing group rebooted from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign remnants that uses as its website, has thanked House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and other Republicans supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. In a post published on New Year’s Eve, OFA’s Maria Liebermann listed the Obama campaign remnant’s “13 favorite immigration reform moments of 2013.” The list of chock full of praise for Republicans who have taken the Democratic Party position on amnesty for illegals, like Ryan and McCain. “We made a lot of progress towards making comprehensive immigration...
  • Mafia culture gripping the Senate

    12/25/2013 1:37:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Tricities ^ | 12/24/13 | DANA MILBANK
    WASHINGTON — Remember the new spirit of cooperation in Washington? That’s so last week. The era of good feeling is over, its duration measured in days, or perhaps hours. Last Wednesday, 36 Senate Republicans — 80 percent of the caucus — voted against the budget compromise drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee. Already, Republicans, including Ryan, are making noises about another showdown early next year over the federal government’s debt limit. You might say they’ve returned to their default position. By Thursday morning, Senate leaders were back to petty bickering. Harry Reid, the...
  • Paul Ryan Doubles Down on Cutting Veteran Pensions (this is Presidential Material dissing Vets?)

    12/23/2013 7:23:58 AM PST · by bestintxas · 110 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/23/13 | m boyle
    House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has doubled down on his move to cut pensions for military veterans in a USA Today op-ed published Sunday. In the op-ed, Ryan opens up by highlighting the CBO estimate that the deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would result in at least $20 billion in deficit reduction. “The Bipartisan Budget Act that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and I drafted will soon become law,” Ryan wrote. “We think it's a small step toward fiscal discipline in Washington. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will...
  • Ryan defends military benefits cuts (Proposed "fix" will NOT cover disabled retirees)

    12/22/2013 11:43:30 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | 22 Dec 13 | Molly K. Hooper
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday defended cuts to military retiree benefits, noting that Congress would change a provision for individuals who were “medically retired” or received “survivor’s benefits.” In a USA Today op-ed published on Sunday, the Republican budget guru, who spent weeks crafting a two-year bipartisan budget deal with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), noted that the budget chiefs “have agreed to amend the law … well before the reform takes effect in December 2015.” “Many raised concerns that these reforms would affect the retired pay of service members who are medically retired and those...
  • Disabled Military Retirees Betrayed by Gutless Republicans

    12/21/2013 8:17:19 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 36 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 21st, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week the Senate voted across party lines to pass a bill that would reduce the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees including disabled retirees and survivors. The Washington Free Beacon reported that a provision in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement no longer exempts disabled retirees. The original agreement stated that “This would not affect service members who retired because of disability or injury.” After the bill passed the House, the new summary removed the exemption granted to disabled retirees and survivors. It would be too easy to accuse just one party of this chicanery for remember, this was...
  • National Journal: Paul Ryan Will Lead House on Amnesty After GOP Primaries(backstabber alert)

    12/18/2013 3:46:09 PM PST · by amnestynone · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Mathew boyle
    The National Journal’s Major Garrett is out with a new report detailing how House GOP leadership plans to push an immigration bill that would grant amnesty
  • Senate Democrats Choose Illegal Aliens Over Disabled Vets in Key Budget Vote

    12/18/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Illegal aliens made out like banditos thanks to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Disabled vets? Not so much.- They actually did it. They are on the record. Senate Democrats, led by their filibuster-slaying dictator Harry Reid, actually put the interests of illegal aliens above those of our disabled military veterans.Let that sink in for a moment. Now the details: The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, joined by several others in his party, tried...
  • Two and a Half Cheers for Ryan-Murray

    12/18/2013 9:29:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-18-13 | Peter Farrara
    y life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half. In fact, I have published detailed plans regarding how to do that (it’s called entitlement reform), in far too many places already (just a start on what needs to be done), including in my 2011 book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb (HarperCollins), in this column, and with every free market think tank tuned in to the real world. In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the...
  • Lindsey Graham: Paul Ryan Is Presidential Material(backstabbers alert)

    12/16/2013 12:27:05 PM PST · by amnestynone · 53 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Mathew Boyle
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he thinks that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is presidential material because of his work on the spending deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “From my point of view, he's showing leadership," Graham said, according to the Huffington Post. “I mean, if you want to become president, maybe instead of trying to please every faction of your party, maybe you should show the country as a whole I can actually work with the other side on something important.” Huffington Post noted that Graham “added with a...
  • Hope Yes, Vote No is Not a Winning Equation

    12/16/2013 10:17:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 12/16/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed the House with overwhelming support, it was not a slam dunk in the Senate as of late last week. Without Paul Ryan’s strong influence, individual GOP senators were leery of the deal. Even the defense hawks view this deal as ‘too little too late.’ The Senate whip count began with only one Republican – John McCain – vocally supporting the deal. Moreover, it’s not a sure thing that there won’t be any Democrat defections either. On Sunday, Senator Dick Durbin was worried he wouldn’t get 60 votes for the deal. He...
  • Ryan Says GOP to Make Debt-Ceiling Demands in Early ’14

    12/16/2013 6:28:30 AM PST · by Qbert · 63 replies
    WSJ ^ | December 15, 2013 | DAMIAN PALETTA
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) signaled that Republicans would not raise the debt ceiling next year without some sort of concessions from Democrats, saying lawmakers were still crafting their strategy. “We, as a caucus, along with our Senate counterparts, are going to meet and discuss what it is we want to get out of the debt limit,” Mr. Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. “We don’t want ‘nothing’ out of the debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we can accomplish out of this debt limit fight.” The U.S. government spends more money than it...
  • Kathleen Parker: House Republicans rise up against the right wing (gag!)

    12/15/2013 7:41:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2013 | Kathleen Parker
    ’Tis the season, and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people — her phrase “Embrace the suck.” Miraculous. Offered to fellow Democrats as a push to pass the bipartisan budget bill, the phrase has all the characteristics necessary to ensure a permanent place in the popular lexicon. It’s succinct, raunchy-esque and, most important, you know exactly what it means. “It sucks, but it’s the best we’ll get.” (snip) And Republicans are on fire. The real story isn’t that a bipartisan budget bill has been hammered out but that House Speaker John Boehner has ignited. He...
  • Paul Ryan tells Tea Party to keep budget disagreements ‘within our conservative family’

    12/15/2013 4:30:03 PM PST · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-15-2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan tried to calm the burgeoning feud between Republican Party leadership and its conservative critics over the budget deal passed in the House this week, requesting that the Tea Party “keep these conversations within our family.” Ryan appeared on “Fox News’ Sunday” with Chris Wallace to discuss the budget deal he brokered with Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. The agreement, which passed the House on Thursday, scraps nearly one third of sequester cuts and replaces them with promised future reductions. Conservative groups largely came out against the deal, prompting an angry tirade from Speaker of the...
  • Fact Check: Paul Ryan Twisted Truth to Sell Budget Deal to House

    12/15/2013 12:41:44 PM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies ^ | 12-14-13 | Matthew Boyle
    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled his colleagues in the House of Representatives about several major areas of the budget deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Breitbart News has learned. Misrepresentations include serious budget details ranging from how much deficit reduction is actually in the plan to how spending in this plan compares to spending if the current law, the Budget Control Act (BCA), remains the law of the land. The budget deal passed the House 332-94 on Thursday evening, with 169 Republicans voting for it and 62 Republicans voting against...
  • Cross-state presidential rivalries building for 2016

    12/14/2013 2:25:03 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12-13-13 | Mark Barabak
    Several possible contenders for president could end up running against political allies from their own states. Donations and bragging rights are at stake. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. But when it comes to winning the White House, Walker has sounded less than supportive of a candidacy by his fellow Badger State lawmaker, suggesting someone more like himself. "There's no doubt, as much as I love Paul and some other...
  • Congress double-crosses military retirees

    12/14/2013 3:25:15 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 Dec 13 | Rebekah Sanderlin
    <p>Editor's note: Rebekah Sanderlin is an Army wife, Military Spouse of the Year finalist, and a writer who focuses on military issues. She, her husband and their three children are stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She is an advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network.</p>
  • Why This Round Of The Republican Civil War Was Different

    12/13/2013 9:59:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12 December 2013 | Molly Ball
    So what happened? Why didn’t those Tea Party lawmakers and conservative groups get their way? Here’s what happened: Boehner took control.
  • Sometimes Being the Winner Sucks

    12/13/2013 7:26:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-13-2013 | MOTUS
    And the Winner of this year’s Biggest Liar Award is…at least I think that telling the Politifact’s Lie of the Year makes you the Liar of the Year, right?Period.So I think you can safely add Politifact to the ever growing list of the IRS’s audit clients. Right behind Spirit Airlines:That Obamacare themed ad was bad enough, butt this…this is just irresponsible. And in bad taste.Oh no! They didn’t go there! Oh yes they did.And apparently these irresponsible practitioners of free market capitalism have forgotten how the rules work under Big Guy:Which is to say, we change the rules as we...
  • Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) Betrays Third District

    12/12/2013 2:06:37 PM PST · by Always A Marine · 19 replies
    Lynn Westmoreland (Vichy-GA) will betray his district this afternoon and vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise.
  • Rep. Lowey Calls Paul Ryan 'Naughty Boy,' He Calls Her 'Mom'

    12/12/2013 12:16:36 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | December 12, 2013 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) on Wednesday told the New York Times that she and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) are friends and that she calls him "Naughty Boy." "Believe it or not, Paul Ryan is a good friend," Lowey told Times columnist Gail Collins in a conversation about GOP trainings on how to speak to women. "He calls me Mom. I call him Naughty Boy." Lowey told Collins that the GOP trainings will not solve candidates' difficulty appealing to women voters.
  • Team Obama and Team GOP Play Prevent Defense: Drumsticks All Around

    12/12/2013 8:06:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-12-2013 | MOTUS
    Well that was fun, butt it’s back to work today.Happy, Happy, Happy!I can’t believe that people are still talking about whether Lady M was really mad at Big Guy for his sophomoric antics at the memorial. I’m not going to discuss this any further, because I don’t want to be accused of being a racist. I will, however, direct you to a close up of our return to the Big White.Look closely: that is NOT smoke coming out of her nose/ears.Suffice it to say I spent the evening in the bunker. Butt with so many new issues on deck, we’ll...
  • Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP’s Power to Block Tax Increases

    12/11/2013 6:54:47 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 92 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/13 | Jonathan Strong
    Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years. The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget to void a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases. The process is quite complicated, but in practice it grants Harry Reid the authority to send tax increases to the House with a bare majority, rather than the 60 vote threshold that would be required under the point of order. The provision has angered key Republican Senators. Reeling from Harry...
  • Ryan’s Rope: The budget chairman hangs conservatives out to dry.

    12/12/2013 5:26:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    nat review ^ | 12/12/13 | q hillyer
    House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan has now accomplished the astonishing task of pushing House Republicans substantially to the left of the Senate GOP. His budget deal, announced Tuesday night, was achieved by shutting conservative Senate Republicans out of negotiations, by resorting to the old trick of spending now while claiming savings later, by ignoring a symbolically important budgetary red line, and by treating as Democratic “concessions” things to which even Democratic budgeteers already had agreed. The chess equivalent of Ryan’s deal would be trading a castle for a mere pawn. No wonder conservatives are feeling rooked. One need not...
  • Bland Bargain: Paul Ryan Surrenders On Federal Budget, Outfoxed By Former Pre-School Teacher

    12/11/2013 2:16:11 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 27 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Paul Ryan (WI-VR) and Patty Murray (WA-D) have announced a “bland bargain” on the Federal budget. The proposal would “restore” $65 million in automatic spending cuts currently in law and increase federal spending from $967 billion next year to roughly $1 trillion. In other words former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was outfoxed by former pre-school teacher Patty Murray. This will add $70 billion to Federal spending both this year and next. The result? The Federal debt load will be $25 trillion by the end of the next Presidential cycle. What happened to the downsizing of the Federal government that...
  • Republican establishment bites back

    12/11/2013 11:53:36 AM PST · by Stingray51 · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/13 | Chris Moody
    ...These Republicans had just been briefed on a new, bipartisan budget blueprint that would establish long-term federal government spending caps. The plan, a product of months of negotiation between Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican, and Washington Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, lacks many priorities Republicans have fought for during the Obama era. ... Because the new budget deal sets spending levels until 2015, it eliminates the possibility of shutdown battles over the next few years, which serves as a welcomed relief to Democrats and Republicans alike. ... “Most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal,” the...
  • Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

    12/11/2013 11:21:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | m flynn
    The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by...

    12/11/2013 8:44:28 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 10, 2013 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Democrats hated the sequester, and have been trying to bust it ever since it went into effect. Today, they succeeded. The Ryan/Murray deal pegs FY 2014 spending at $1.012 trillion, which Ryan’s press release described as “about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion.” What Ryan didn’t say is that $967 billion isn’t just the House proposal, it is the discretionary spending limit under current law. The sequester is now out the window. Republicans did get something in exchange for increasing spending: notably, federal employees will have to increase...
  • Some Thoughts on the Budget Deal

    12/11/2013 10:10:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2013 | Yuval Levin
    The actual text of the Ryan-Murray budget deal came out late last night, so it’s only now possible to really consider the particulars and see how it looks. It seems to me that the details look a fair bit better than the general outline that had been reported in the press over the past week or so, particularly on the question of whether the entitlement cuts that would replace some discretionary sequester cuts could be expected to actually materialize. As it stands, this strikes me as more or less a very small-scale version of the sort of thing that Republicans...