Friday, August 1, 2014

Resident Demagogue must act alone

Always willing to create/exploit a manufactured crisis.

Obama again insists he must act alone to counter the balance of powers. Again, he makes out like he is perfectly reasonable, and that the "Republicans" are "obstructionist" failing to acknowledge that this is how our Republic is supposed to work.
“I’m going to have to act alone,” Obama said, because the government is running out of money to deal with it.
Continuing to play the victim card, when the race card won't do, the demagoguery of the Obama administration continues. The truth of the matter somehow escapes most Americans, it's NOT the House Republicans who kill everything, it's Harry Reid's US Senate, and has been the case almost from day one of Obama's first term.

As reported by The Hill
By J. Taylor Rushing - 02/23/10 11:00 AM EST
Exasperated House Democratic leaders have compiled a list showing that they have passed 290 bills that have stalled in the Senate. 
The list is the latest sign that Democrats in the lower chamber are frustrated with their Senate counterparts. 
An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the list is put together during each Congress, but that this year’s number is likely the largest ever. However, he said Pelosi blames GOP senators, not Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). 
“The Speaker believes that the filibuster has its place, but clearly Senate Republicans are taking what was once a rare procedural move and abusing it to the detriment of progress for America’s working families,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill. 
But some House Democrats and their aides have shown no reticence in blaming Senate Democrats, who enjoyed a supermajority until Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was sworn in earlier this month. 
In January, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested the Senate was out of touch with Americans, and did not differentiate between the two parties. 
“[Senators] tend to see themselves as a House of Lords and they don’t seem to understand that those of us that go out there every two years stay in touch with the American people,” Clyburn said in an interview with Fox News Radio. “We tend to respond to them a little better.”
And again by The Hill
By Jasmine Sachar - 03/08/14 04:45 PM EST
House Democrats are urging their Senate counterparts to move their bills in the upper chamber this year. 
Out of the 195 House-passed bills that are now stalled in the Senate, 31 were written by Democrats, and many have been awaiting Senate approval for close to a year.
Most of these Democratic bills are non-controversial. But House Democrats are stressing the importance of passing them. 
GOP House leaders and Senate Democrats have engaged in a back-and-forth blame game on the gridlock in Washington. 
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has set up a website showcasing all bills “stuck in the Senate." President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), meanwhile, have criticized the House for not acting on immigration reform, which passed the Senate last year. 
But the fact that House Democratic bills are sitting in the Senate gives GOP leaders political ammunition. 
“Democratic bills, Republican bills, bipartisan bills — the House has moved scores of legislation to help hard-working families and build an America that works,” Cantor Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye said. “Harry Reid's do-nothing Senate must not have gotten the memo that President Obama declared 2014 a year of action.” 
Reid's office did not respond to requests for comment. 
Only half of the stalled Democratic bills have a companion measure in the Senate. All but one are being sponsored by Democratic senators. The exception is Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator’s Act, which has a companion bill crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). 
Three of the stalled Democratic bills deal with veterans and the military.
And then there is Pete Kasperowicz at The Blaze
Guess How Many Bills the Senate Has Actually Voted on This Year
An analysis of votes held this year shows the Senate is doing very little legislative work, and on average is holding a major vote on a bill every nine days. 
It also shows that Senate Democratic leaders don’t get anywhere on legislation when they choose to ignore their Republican colleagues, something they do often by insisting that no amendments can be considered. 
Aside from the several resolutions and less-critical bills that the Senate passes by unanimous consent at the end of the day, the Senate has held roll call votes to advance or pass legislation just 21 times in 27 weeks — less than one a week. And a full one-third of those votes have failed amid GOP complaints that they have no input into the process. 
Of the 14 votes that succeeded, most were on major “must pass” bills on issues that required House-Senate coordination — like the budget and spending deals and the so-called Medicare “doc fix” — or on issues that generated easy bipartisan cooperation, like eliminating a cut to cost-of-living adjustments for U.S. soldiers. 
Most of those 14 bills originated in the House, or at least were the product of significant House-Senate cooperation. 
The Senate has managed to pass just a handful of bills under its own power. In March, senators managed to pass two Senate-origin bills on child care and sexual assault in the military, but those were non-controversial and the House has not acted on them yet. 
It also passed a bill in June to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs that represents compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats. But even this bill is now the subject of House-Senate negotiations that will likely see the House insist on changes. 
Aside from those 14 bills, the Senate has adopted a seemingly backward strategy of seeking less input from Republicans the more controversial the issues get. The seven other votes were on bills that have so far failed, in large part because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told Republicans he will not allow any amendment votes.
It should be obvious what is truly going on, but the lunatic parade of steady obstructionism and partisanship is 100% in the court of Obama and his feckless administration of demagoguery through his allies in both bodies of the US Congress, a press all too willing to report the latest lie in the form of the "obstructionist Republicans". Again his answer to the crisis he is responsible for is to USURP the authority which is that of the US Congress and act ulilaterally, while playing the victim again, and if you say a word about it, you are a racist.

The Constitutional Balance of Powers is tilted, bent and broken almost beyond all reason or capacity to reverse.

Or have I been eating paint chips again?

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