Tom Wesley on WHYN - Sept. 23, 2010

Folks, Tom Wesley(R) is our man to beat incumbent Richard Neal(D) here in District 2 of Massachusetts and I officially endorse his candidacy for US Repesentative of Massachusetts for District 2.


Why aren't Democrats running on health care ?

With the ever important November mid-term elections upcoming one has to wonder why the Democrats aren't running on the Health care issue.

We were told it is good for us, that it will save money, that it will not add to the deficit and that once we see it in action we will sing its praises.

So then WHY aren't the Democrats singing its praises now ? Well, as Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post points out:

"Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words -- and this is one of those cases. Here's a look, courtesy of Pollster.com, of public opinion regarding health care."






Perhaps if these Democrats had read the Health care bill before they voted on it they would have been able to justify it now as a campaign issue. Let's face it folks, if you don't know what's in the bill how can you seriously run on it, especially when it is so unpopular.

Read More Here: The Fix - Why Democrats aren't running on health care

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GM Resuming Political Donations ?

Recently GM (Government Motors) gave $90,500 to candidates running in the current election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records.

While it's certainly not unusual for big companies like GM to spend on political campaigns, GM is a company majority-owned by the U.S. government, roughly 61%, thanks to the handout (oops, I mean bailout) from the US taxpayers.

According to company spokesman Greg Martin:

"As we've emerged as a new company, we're not going to sit on the sidelines as our competitors and other industries who have PACs are participating in the political process," Mr. Martin said. He called GM's political action committee is "an effective means for our employees to pool their resources and have their collective voice heard."
So, let me get this straight, we bailout GM, they sell cars and then they contribute to the political campaigns that voted to bail them out with taxpayer money ! What am I missing here ?

Mr. Martins justification for the donations doesn't hold water. First, GM already benefited from the political process, they received US taxpayer dollars to bail them out, via Congress, and now they just donated some of that money back to the very politicians that voted to give it to them !

Second, the GM's political action committee is "an effective means for our employees to pool their resources and have their collective voice heard" statement calls on me to question what the UAW is for, after all they represent the auto workers.

What a country, Congress bails out companies with US taxpayer money and those companies contribute some of that money back into the politician's tills, only in America !

Read More Here: GM Resumes Political Giving-WSJ.com

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WEEK IN POLLS: GOP leads in voter enthusiasm could hurt Democrats

 - The Hill's Ballot Box

WEEK IN POLLS: GOP leads in voter enthusiasm could hurt Democrats

 - The Hill's Ballot Box

Democrats might be touting new numbers that show their party leading on the generic congressional ballot, but pollsters point out that Republicans still lead in voter enthusiasm and that could boost GOP turnout in November.

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Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with 'no' vote from Snowe - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Senate again fails to advance campaign finance bill with 'no' vote from Snowe - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Senate Democrats again failed to advance stalled campaign finance legislation on Thursday, dealing another blow to the bill's chances of final passage.

The legislation, known as the Disclose Act, is intended as a response to a Supreme Court decision earlier this year that relaxed limits on political spending by corporations and unions. A cloture vote Thursday afternoon to move forward on the legislation failed 59-39. Sixty votes were needed for passage.


Centrist GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe's (Maine) announcement earlier Thursday that she would again vote against the legislation, which came after she'd cast doubt on its constitutionality, virtually confirmed the second cloture vote would fail. A previous cloture vote on the legislation, in August, failed on a 57-41 vote.

“I am deeply disappointed by the unanimous Republican blockade in the Senate of the Disclose Act, a critical piece of legislation that would control the flood of special interest money into our elections," President Obama said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "Today’s decision by a partisan minority to block this legislation is a victory for special interests and U.S. corporations – including foreign-controlled ones – who are now allowed to spend unlimited money to fill our airwaves, mailboxes and phone lines right up until Election Day."

President Obama

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Independents As Upset As Republicans, Poll Shows; Politics Is Making Them Angry | CNSnews.com

Independents As Upset As Republicans, Poll Shows; Politics Is Making Them Angry | CNSnews.com

More bad news for Democrats clinging to control of Congress: Independent voters are nearly as grumpy as Republicans about politics this year.

In an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month, 58 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said politics is making them angry, compared with 31 percent of Democrats who said so. About 7 in 10 independents and Republicans were disgusted, compared with 4 in 10 Democrats, and independents and Republicans were likelier than Democrats to be disappointed, depressed and frustrated.

As for positive emotions, independents and Republicans were half as likely as Democrats to be inspired and less prone to be hopeful, excited and proud.

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"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text) - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

"Pledge to America" Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text) - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

CBS News has obtained a final draft of House Republicans' legislative agenda for the next Congress, a 21-page "Pledge to America" that they will formally unveil Thursday morning at a Virginia hardware store.

"The need for urgent action to repair our economy and reclaim our government for the people cannot be overstated," the introduction says.

It continues: "With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people. This is our Pledge to America."

GOP Pledge to America

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National Security Experts: Shariah Law Is 'Preeminent Totalitarian Threat of Our Time' | CNSnews.com

National Security Experts: Shariah Law Is 'Preeminent Totalitarian Threat of Our Time' | CNSnews.com

A team of national security experts assembled by the conservative Center for Security Policy issued a report last week warning of that Shariah law is the "preeminent totalitarian threat of our time." The group drew a distinction between Muslims who embrace Shariah law as the comprehensive model for governing all human society and those who view it as a reference point for personal behavior but not for the conduct of government and the state.

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"Obama: 'We can absorb a terrorist attack' " - Patriot Update

"Obama: 'We can absorb a terrorist attack' " - Patriot Update

Woodward's book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them.

During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, "We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger."
Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war

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Dana Milbank - Do-nothing Democrats

Dana Milbank - Do-nothing Democrats

They still have their largest majority in decades, but the Democrats have succumbed to paralysis in the closing days of the legislative session. Congress has yet to pass a budget or a single one of the annual spending bills. Plans to spur the economy with tax cuts await action. Senate Democrats, faced with a GOP filibuster, have now punted on immigration reform and repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. Meanwhile, House Democrats have so little on their schedule that their first vote of the week is coming at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, when Americans are most of the way through their workweeks.

Among the items they'll consider: H.R. 1545, "Expressing support for designation of the week beginning on the third Monday in September as 'National Postdoc Appreciation Week.' " And: H.R. 4387, naming the building at 100 North Palafox St. in Pensacola, Fla., the "Winston E. Arnow Federal Building."

"Your schedule," Linda Scott of PBS remarked to Hoyer at Tuesday morning's meeting, "looks pretty light." She asked whether Democrats are "telling you they need to be back home, rather than naming post offices?"

"We always name post offices," Hoyer replied with irritation. "It's a worthwhile endeavor to do that, and people really do appreciate it, particularly when it's their name and their community."

The Democrats are unable to rally themselves around tax cuts for millions of Americans, and their leader is defending . . . postal namings. In fairness, they're not just talking about post offices: They're also talking about flags.
"On the floor we'll have the All-American Flag Act," announced Hoyer.


Over the past 20 months, Democrats have done a lot -- too much, the opposition says. But they don't want to talk about the achievements. The stimulus bill is unpopular; they're not getting credit for health-care legislation, financial reforms and many other accomplishments; and the spent majority can't limp out of town fast enough.

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Must Reads for September 22 - Net Right Daily

Must Reads for September 22


Here are your morning Must Reads according to Adam Bitely:

Congress’ Ugly Duckling: A lame-duck session
The Carter-Obama comparisons grow
Entitlement reform for the GOP establishment
Cartoon of the day, “O’Donnell Cast a Spell”
Senate to reconsider judicial nominees Goodwin Liu and Robert Chatigny
Do-nothing DemocratsA tale of two GOP governors: McDonnell and Christie
Democrats blame First Amendment for their impending losses…
Rahm to leave White House in October?
Tea Party’s takeover of the GOP is for the best

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Read more at NetRightDaily.com: http://netrightdaily.com/2010/09/must-reads-for-september-22/#ixzz10GdNk3ca

Republicans Gain Ground Among Independents

A new comprehensive national survey shows that independent voters—who voted for Barack Obama by a 52%-to-44% margin in the 2008 presidential election—are now moving strongly in the direction of the Republican Party. The survey, conducted by Douglas E. Schoen LLC on behalf of Independent Women's Voice in late August, raises the possibility of a fundamental realignment of independent voters and the dominance of a more conservative electorate.

Today, independents say they lean more toward the Republican Party than the Democratic Party, 50% to 25%, and that the Republican Party is closer to their views by 52% to 30%. This movement comes in spite of independents' generally negative views of the GOP—a majority of independents (54%) view the Republicans unfavorably, compared to 39% who have a favorable impression. (The poll also revealed that 48% of independents were either "sympathetic to or supporters of the tea party.")

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Congress Only Growing Less Popular With Americans

Congress Only Growing Less Popular With Americans

Public approval of Congress remains in short supply in September, with 18% of Americans now approving of the job it is doing, similar to the 19% approving in August. Congress' approval rating has not been above 20% since May, and has not surpassed 30% since September 2009.

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50% of Voters Give Obama Poor Rating on the Economy

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/most_recent_videos/2010_09/50_of_voters_give_obama_poor_rating_on_the_economy

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52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin's Than Obama's

52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin's Than Obama's

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

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61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law

Health Care Law

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who Strongly Favor it. That’s up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May.

Since the passage of the bill in late March, a majority of voters have consistently favored repeal of the new law, with support ranging from a low of 53% to a high of 63%.

Only 33% say the health care plan will be good for the country, the lowest level measured since late July. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and believe the new law will be bad for the United States.

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Republicans will unveil their new 'Contract' on Thursday in Virginia - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Republicans will unveil their new 'Contract' on Thursday in Virginia - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Republicans will unveil their new "Contract with America" in Virginia on Thursday, less than two months before election day.

The GOP, which polls show has a strong chance of winning back the House this fall, is culling the list of election-year agenda items from its "America Speaking Out" program. A spokesman for that project confirmed House and Senate GOP leaders will introduce the new contract on Thursday.

The new contract, modeled after the 1994 "Contract with America" — credited with helping Republicans win the House in 1994, which they held until 2006—is intended to highlight what the Republican party would stand for if it were to return to power in Congress. For much of the last two years, Republicans have won points from voters chiefly by opposing the Obama administration's agenda.

GOP leaders have already hinted at some of the ideas that could be included. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), for instance, has called for a two-year freeze in tax rates and a reduction in spending to 2008 levels. President Obama and Democratic leaders want to extend most tax cuts, but would raise taxes on families with incomes above $250,000 annually and individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year.

Republicans have also pressed for repeal of the healthcare reform law, and for replacing it with new reforms. Some GOP figures have also called for repealing Wall Street reform.

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"Future Belongs to Iran", Ahmadmaninejad Says

˜Future Belongs to Iran," Ahmadinejad Says | CNSnews.com

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadmaninejad said that "the future belongs to Iran," and challenged the United States to accept that his country has a major role in the world.

"The United States' administrations ... must recognize that Iran is a big power," he said.

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Sharia in New Jersey: Muslim husband rapes wife, judge sees no crime because Islam forbids wives to refuse sex

Muhammad said: "If a husband calls his wife to his bed [i.e. to have sexual relation] and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning" (Bukhari 4.54.460).

He also said: "By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself [to him for sexual intercourse] she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel's saddle" (Ibn Majah 1854)
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And now a New Jersey judge sees no evidence that a Muslim committed sexual assault of his wife -- not because he didn't do it, but because he was acting on his Islamic beliefs:

"This court does not feel that, under the circumstances, that this defendant had a criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault or to sexually contact the plaintiff when he did. The court believes that he was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited."


Read More Here: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/07/sharia-in-new-jersey-muslim-husband-rapes-wife-judge-sees-no-sexual-assault-because-husbands-religio.html

This is exactly why I keep saying if you immigrate to this country you should be required to ACCEPT and ABIDE by OUR LAWS, if you don't then you should not be allowed citizenship and you should be deported...PERIOD !...Jay

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Stimulus Roundup | OpenMarket.org

Stimulus Roundup OpenMarket.org

Most people doubt Congress’ ability to spend money wisely. The stimulus has given them some proof:

-$800,000 for an African genital-washing program.

-$700,000 to create computer software that can tell jokes.

-$40,000 for ten trash bins.

-$1.6 million to irrigate a golf course inTexas.

-Thousands of dollars to replace – twice – a sidewalk “that doesn’t front any homes or businesses, and leads into a ditch”

-300 truckloads of oyster shells.

Bonus non-stimulus spending: “ The Census spent $23,000 on a totem pole in Alaska. Census representative Hector Maldonado says the agency thought it was a great idea. The plan was to increase participation in Alaska, but despite the totem pole, participation dropped in the state by two percent from the last census.”

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62% Say Congress Is Doing A Poor Job

62% Say Congress Is Doing A Poor Job

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of voters now rate Congress’ performance as poor, but that’s up six points from a month ago. Seventy-one percent (71%) felt that way in mid-February.

Now, 62% say that no matter how bad things are, Congress can always make them worse.

Although Democrats control both the Senate and the House, just 19% of Democratic voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job, a view shared by only four percent (4%) of Republicans and seven percent (7%) of voters not affiliated with either major party.

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