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Psycho Leftist Harry Reid Silent On Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill

Reid Silent On Baffling Decision To Block Bipartisan IG-Empowering Bill – Daily Caller


Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid refuses to say why for months he has blocked a bipartisan bill designed to ensure inspectors general access all of the official documents they need to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.

Three months ago, the Nevada senator blocked an attempt to pass Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s IG Empowerment Act with unanimous consent, which would make it crystal clear that the 1978 Inspector General Act gives presidentially appointed IGs authority to access all agency records for investigations and audits.

Reid still refuses to change his position or explain his objections. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for an explanation of Reid’s opposition to the bill. The measure is co-sponsored by Democratic senators Tammy Baldwin and Claire McCaskill.

“I cannot imagine anything controversial about wanting inspectors general to have access to the people and documents they need to do their jobs for the American people,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, another co-sponsor of the bill and chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, told TheDCNF.

“Americans deserve a transparent and accountable government, and, this being Sunshine Week, it is particularly concerning that Minority Leader Reid refuses to disclose why these bipartisan, commonsense reforms are being blocked,” Johnson said.

The FBI began denying or delaying records sought in 2010 by the Department of Justice IG after the watchdog published several reports that were highly critical of the bureau. The FBI’s refusals contradicted the 1978 law granting IGs access to “all” agency records, but other agencies quickly followed the bureau’s lead.

The Peace Corps, for example, denied its IG access to data on sexual assaults against Peace Corps members serving abroad, and Environmental Protection Agency officials claimed attorney-client privilege to block the IG from obtaining sensitive records.

Forty-seven inspectors general wrote to members of Congress in August 2014, asking them to protect their independence and access.

Adding to the tension, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) concluded in July 2015 the FBI can withhold wiretapping, surveillance and credit records from its IG.

Grassley introduced the IG Empowerment Act to serve as a final clarification that Congress sides with watchdog access and accountable government over agencies.

“Congress established inspectors general to be watchdogs on federal agencies, to ensure the government is serving the American people in a fair, upstanding and efficient manner,” Grassley told TheDCNF. “Congress gave these watchdogs authority to review all agency records to effectively do their job. Leave it, though, to the bureaucracy to twist the meaning of the simple three-letter word: all. Denying access to all records – access that Congress created – prevents IGs from fully protecting the American people from fraud, waste and misconduct in government.”

Reid shot down this seemingly uncontroversial bill on behalf of himself and other members, but refused to say why. Senate rules in a unanimous consent procedure require opposing members to identify themselves and state their reasons.

“Other senators are concerned about it, and I lead the objection on my behalf,” Reid said on the Senate floor in December. But he did not identify those senators or describe their concerns.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, hasn’t brought the measure back to the floor in the months since Reid’s blocking manuever. A McConnell spokesman said no vote is scheduled before the current session draws to a close.

Until Congress acts, agencies will continue to thwart transparency and accountability, Elizabeth Hempowicz, public policy director for the Project on Government Oversight, told TheDCNF.

“This bill is still extremely important, I would say even more important now than it was when it was first introduced,” Hempowicz said. “Every day that goes by without action from Congress to undo the OLC opinion from last July stating that DOJ IG does not have unfettered access to all of the agency’s documents bolsters that opinion and undermines IGs across the government. Until Congress passes the bill, that memo can be and has been used to block oversight.”



This has GOT to be RAAAAACIST!

Or SEXXXXXIST, or some other “ist” Of course if you just read the headline “Swarmin’ With Mormons” it might not seem RAAAAACIST, but since Stacy McCain wrote it, and since he is, like me, not down with the establishment, and is therefore not down with Mitt, well………….. you know what the Karl Roves of the GOP will say don’t you?

If you don’t vote for Mitt, why do you hate America? That was the fundamental theme of Friday’s super-patriotic rally for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at an industrial warehouse here.

After a three-hour drive from Jacksonville, I arrived slightly late and was stunned by the size of the crowd, as evidenced by the cars parked streetside and in every parking lot near the Lanco & Harris warehouse. Four TV satellite trucks were parked near the loading dock, and as I walked up the ramp into the warehouse, some cranky geezer was onstage ranting about how he was fed up with all these darned debates.

“Nineteen of ‘em! I’m tired of the mud wrestling!” the geezer said, provoking applause from the crowd of about 500 packed into the warehouse. As I got closer to the stage, I recognized the cranky geezer as Sen. John McCain, who then said: “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!”

OK, maybe I just imagined that last quote, which didn’t show up in Maggie Haberman’s report for the Politico, but I’m sure I got the trademark cranky-geezer tone just right.

Exactly why the Romney campaign wants this elderly loser campaigning for them, I don’t know. McCain lost Florida by 200,000 votes four years ago. But there are lots of grumpy old folks in Florida who are registered Republicans, and maybe having McCain stumping for Mitt generates some sympathy or something.

Stacy knows, as do most of us, that Mitt will win Florida, and that could pave the way for the presidential showdown no Tea Party person, or real Conservative wants. YEP! The Hair vs the Teleprompter! Obamacare vs Romneycare!

Another thing, that just crossed my mind, what if  John Kerry were the president? Imagine him debating Mitt. The Flip flopping would be off the chain. What an opportunity for a pancake house to host a presidential debate.

“Welcome to tonight’s presidential debate, sponsored by Flips House of Flapjacks, home of the the world famous Flip-Flop Flapjack!”

Ya know, I used to really admire Michele Bachmann……………

But, then she started making up “facts” first about Rick Perry, now about Newt Ace has the latest

Michele Bachmann: A Crying Woman Came Up To Me After The Debate And Told Me Newt Gingrich Is Paying Money To Tea Party Groups For Their Endorsement

I made the part up about the “crying woman,” but yes, that is the newest allegation from Ms. Bachmann.

Michele Bachmann lives in a strange world. People talk about “moral relativism.” Presumably they would claim she’s not a moral relativist.

But truth is an objective fact, is it not?

Ms. Bachmann seems to confuse premises which are politically helpful to her for premises which are actually true.

William Jacobson lists some of Bachmann’s earlier tactics here

She’s still the person who built her campaign in the early summer around trashing Sarah Palin via Ed Rollins and was happy to ride that wave while it lasted.

She has not been accurate in her portrayal of her own immigration statements earlier in the debates, and she is running around repeating endlessly something that is patently false, that Newt Gingrich wants amnesty for 11 million people, and she has falsely termed a letter Gingrich (along with Grover Norquist, Jack Kemp and others) signed in 2004 in support of a guest worker program an “amnesty” plan.  Repeating things endlessly does not make them true, and we can do better than that.

Her performance in going after Rick Perry caused Steve Hayward of Power Line Blog to give up on her.

She has been the only candidate explicitly to try to take advantage of Herman Cain’s latest problems by saying it shows that she is the only consistent candidate. 

Truly sad, Bachmann behaves more like a Democrat all the time. As I have said before, I do not mind candidates going after each others records but this fabrication game ought to be beneath a Conservative.

Video-Rick Perry ad Momentum

A very good ad, wake up America, this is the guy we need

PJM has more on Perry’s rising chances

Rather than the hypocrite or megalomaniac, you, too, have choices according to Rush Limbaugh, who listed Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum as legitimate conservatives. Pundette has the story. I’m more than a little stunned that he made a comment like this during the primary. 

Perry, by the way, is rising in the polls. Ken Klukowski says don’t count Perry out just yet:

A long-serving governor of America’s second-largest state, Perry has executive experience and an almost-perfect record on economic, social, and national-security issues. Three of the best lines from the last debate were his—seeing the big picture on Newt’s Palestinian comments, knowing Obama should have recovered or destroyed our stealth drone, and declaring that securing the borders will change the national mood enough to discuss long-term immigration reform.

Moreover, he has tons of campaign cash and a large organization. And coupled with pushing for a flat tax and Balanced Budget Amendment, his support for guns, marriage, and faith will help in Iowa and South Carolina.

If Romney or Gingrich falter, Perry might take it all.

From your lips to God’s ears.

Ed Morrissey reports of Perry’s road trips crisscrossing Iowa now in progress, which is Perry’s greatest strength:

Assuming his back troubles are behind him (pardon the pun), Perry can be a force of nature in retail politics.  He got off to a good start in Iowa when he jumped into the race, but his immediate rise in national polls took his focus elsewhere.  Now with Iowa the only prize that Perry can reasonably grasp at the moment, he’s going all in — like Bachmann and Rick Santorum, the latter of whom has already visited all 99 counties and has built a surprisingly extensive organization.

Mitt Romney, tough on illegal immigration?

Oh Mitt, Mitt, Mitt…………..

Mitt Romney has been demagoging the illegal immigrant issue. He has done this in the tradition of other Progressive Republican candidates. They pick a red meat issue that whips up the base to cover up a liberal agenda. It turns out that as part of Romneycare, illegal aliens get medical care!

The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.

Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.

The program, widely supported in Massachusetts, drew little attention when Romney signed the trailblazing healthcare law. But now it could prove problematic for the Republican presidential hopeful, who has been attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting educational aid for children of undocumented immigrants in Texas.

I suppose if the people of Massachusetts choose to implement this, then that is their right. Just like the people of Texas chose who to give in state tuition to.But, it is odd to find out that Romney is nothing but a hypocrite.

Another very odd thing is how Ann Coulter is all over the Romney bandwagon, just like she was on the Christie bandwagon. Why is she so eager to get a soft Conservative nominated? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe she digs mandates?

In 2009 between 46,000 and 49,000 Massachusetts residents were fined under that state’s Romneycare law for not having health insurance, or for having a policy that did not include all the mandated coverages imposed by that law.

Ready for another asinine hit piece on Rick Perry?

If you believe that the media wants to derail any Republican candidate that poses a threat to President Obama, well…………

A vehicle Perry currently rents t had previously been used in a drug ring. So, like, it’s haunted by Cocaine Ghosts and stuff.


What I’m now waiting to hear is that the plane’s name is an ethnic slur. Like, The Flying Taco-Bender or something.

I wonder what will be next? Maybe Perry wears the same type of shoes as some mobster? Good grief the media is reaching as far as claiming that the word “brother” is, well you know, RAAAAACIST!

I watched the Republican debate last night and didn’t witness a micro-second of racism.

But, I guess I’m just blind to the “code” racists talk, because Rick Perry apparently got his inner Klan member on by calling Herman Cain “brother.”

No, really. That’s what the left is saying:

Hmmm, I am sure that the media will get after Romney should he get the nomination. But for now, they seem to be pulling for him by only attacking Romney’s challengers.

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Kind of reminds me of 2008, when McCain got the media love until he got the nomination. Gee, perhaps we ought to be looking at supporting the candidates (Perry, Cain) who the media is attacking, instead of talking about what a fine debater Mitt Romney is?

Not so fast there Mitt

Jim Hoft fact checks this statement by Mitt Romney concerning illegal immigration and Massachusetts

“In Massachusetts, they enforce illegal immigration and if they are in MA illegally, they get them out.”

OK, but is that statement factual?

Here is what On the Issues website has to say about Mitt’s immigration record:

FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws
Romney claims in his TV ad that he put state troopers on the trail of illegals in his state. But he didn’t do so until he had less than a month left in his term. He was already considering running for president, and the new governor-elect was expected to rescind the arrangement.

Romney began talking about giving troopers the power to make arrests on immigration charges earlier in 2006, but he didn’t sign an agreement with the federal government–a necessary condition for that authority to be granted– until Dec. 13, 2006. Romney was scheduled to leave office Jan. 4, 2007. Democrat Deval Patrick, who had won the race to succeed Romney, had already said the program was a “bad idea” because troopers were busy enough as it was.

Sure enough, Patrick rescinded the agreement within his first week in office so troopers could “focus on enforcing MA laws.” The policy never had a chance to take effect, because those troopers chosen to carry it out hadn’t yet begun a required 6-week training course
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities
Romney promises in his TV ad, “As President, I’ll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities and secure our borders.” Romney might well get tough on sanctuary cities in the future, but he didn’t when he was governor.

During his tenure, at least f Orleans didn’t officially deem themselves “sanctuaries,” but Somerville affirmed its “long-standing policies in support of all immigrants,” while Orleans forbade city officials from turning in illegal immigrants without probable cause.

We asked Romney’s campaign if he had acted against these cities, but they didn’t provide us with any examples. As far as we were able to determine in our own research, Romney made no attempts to penalize, censure, or cut funding to them.
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

Sanctuary City Mitt? That might be unfair, but certainly no more so than the attacks on Rick Perry as being “soft” on illegal immigration is. Perry was ripped by Bachman and others for “giving in state tuition” to illegals last night. Perry defended his action, an action that got almost unanimous approval in the State Legislature, and called it a States Rights issue.

One very important aspect of the law is, as Perry pointed out, the bill DOES REQUIRE that the student has been state resident for at least three years, AND they must be PURSUING CITIZENSHIP! Now, that does not necessarily mean I would sign such a bill if I were governor, but, it galls me that some Republicans are misleading people on this bill and what it does! There ought to be no place for that amongst Conservatives!


Boy, the media is really trying to sabotage Perry

Perry Event 2/1/2010
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I was perusing some blogs this morning, looking for new additions to our blogroll. I came across one post about how Rick Perry said he was against a border fence. Well, I can see how that might hurt Perry amongst some Conservatives. The media would love to see that happen, and Gateway Pundit has the scoop on what Perry ACTUALLY said

Texas Gov. Rick Perry won over some Republican voters at a backyard reception held Saturday at the Manchester home of Chuck Stephen and co-hosted by John Stephen, the former Republican gubernatorial nominee. (Shawne K. Wickham/Sunday News)

And, the state-run media is TERRIFIED of Governor Rick Perry from Texas.
Yesterday the AP reported this on Rick Perry’s campaign stop in New Hampshire:

Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.

“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”

The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member.

But, Weasel Zippers found this report from WOIA TV on Perry’s speech:

Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.

“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”

Instead, Perry said he supported “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops to prevent illegal immigration and violence from Mexican drug cartels.

The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Perry’s immigration record.

The AP deleleted the part of Perry’s speech that including using “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops on the border.

So, here is the important thing to remember. Do not just assume that everything Perry, or any other serious GOP candidate “says” according to the media, is actually what they said. The media will spin their hearts out to make Perry look less appealing to the Conservative base. Keep this in mind.

Also keep in mind that Perry’s reputation, among some Conservatives, for being “soft” on the border issue is based largely on his opposition to a fence. Frankly, what he has in mind makes more sense than a fence, at least to me.



Governor Perry explained his stance on illegal immigration and border security during THIS INTERVIEW with Mark Levin on September 1st.

Another plus for Perry?

Gun grabbers hate him, Obama fears him, Atheist activists detest him Abortion supporters loathe him, Al Gore Groupies hate him, and now? Trial lawyers despise him!

First it was atheists suing to keep him from promoting a prayer breakfast, and now:

America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.

And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him.

Lance Burri makes a great point

Okay, so it’s never good to have super-rich adversaries working against you. On the other hand, national-level candidates can never, ever avoid having super-rich adversaries working against them. So if you’ve got to have them, at least have the right ones.

Andfor a Republican candidate in a crowded field, trial attorneys are exactly the right enemies to have.

BINGO! You can tell a lot about a guy from his enemies

Rick Perry Reaction Round Up

I called Perry the game-Changer, and he has made waves, so what are some of my favorite bloggers saying about Perry?

Robert likes Perry’s first shot, but warns of the hate fest coming from the Left

Maggies Notebook has questions

The Lonely Conservative likes Perry’s stance on climate change

Stacy McCain: Perry to co-chair pro-life gala

Kurt notes that Mike Huckabee sucks, and that he is wrong about Perry

Adrienne agrees with me that we ought to get used to saying President Perry

Jill: Yep, Perry will do nicely

Donald Douglas notes the size of Perrys, er………….

Joseph Lawler: Texas Miracle?

Andrew Klavan: My heart stirred

Roger Simon: Agnostics for Perry

Cold Fury: Just the kind of guy we need

Da Tech Guy: Still undecided

Don Surber: Following the Surber Rule

Freedom’s Lighthouse: Perry not intimidated by Romney, and is a great campaigner

Hookers and Booze: Perrymania

HotAir Perry admits mistake

Kim Priestcap: I am thrilled

NRO: Perry vs Krugman

Steve: Speaking of Perry

Obi’s Sister: Why is Obama sweating like a hog at a BBQ?

William Teach: Good news about Perry!

PJM: Will Perry fight?


Say Anything: Perry on Social Security

Sister Toldjah: Perry Derangement Syndrome begins!

Pat: Libs are already reaching for the bottom of the attack bucket!

Soylent Green: Two words for Mitt, bye and bye

Jimmy Bise: The White House is shaking like a leaf on a tree!

The Blaze: The worst attack on Perry

Real Revo: The Obama attack on Perry

The Right Scoop: Perry, Obama’s worst nightmare?

Lance: Hey, if Krugman hates Perry this much…………

Weasel Zippers: Bill Clinton has  a man crush on Perry?


Well, I think we know where Randy stands

Randy, of the Roundtable, has his candidate and even throws in his pick for VP too

The only “electable” candidate who I agree with on most issues. If Michelle Bachmann is the VP pick they will roll over Barry…

Perry/Bachman? Hmmmm Perry/Cain would be my choice, but either way Perry is likely the best candidate when all the factors are weighed.

I initially supported Cain, and I admire him tremendously, but, he is lagging, as the Iowa Straw Poll results show. Romney? the base is very iffy on him, although most would vote for him if he is nominated. Bachman? A big fan of hers but, I fear what the media might be able to do to her, think Palinize her. Paul? Give me a break, he is a joke. Gingrich? Pawlenty? Huntsman? No chance in Hell.

Finally, there is Sarah Palin, but, I am pretty much convinced she will not run, I think Perry entry pretty much finalizes that. They are pretty close and I think Palin will be a big supporter of Rick Perry.

Fact is, Perry is popular amongst the Tea Party, he has an incredible job creation record. He is a Fiscal, and Social Conservative, and folks, he would eradicate Obama in debates!

Here is his first ad

Rick Perry jumps in, the Left goes into attack mode

Well, it did not take Chris “Crazy Legs” Matthews long to not only attack Rick Perry, but all Texans too. To be fair to Matthews, I must point out that CBS News did a very biased hatchet job on Perry last night. But back to MSNBS, Matthews is nothing but a loud-mouth educated well beyond his hat size, and he is freaking over Perry’s candidacy. Expect Matthews, and the rest of the crew at MSNBS to be on full rage mode! This will be the ugliest, and nastiest campaign in a long time. the Left will be pulling out every trick to hold on to the Marxist savior, Obama. So, Chris, please bring it on!

Rick Perry is the anti-Obama, and Crazy Legs Matthews is likely going number two in his pants. Hey Chris, that is PRESIDENT Perry to you! Uh-Oh! Jill reports that NARAL is not happy either

Barack Obama reacts

I think Chris at Wyblog is aboard the Perry Train

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He has a Fevah, and the only cure? Governor, er President Perry

He’s (almost) in. According to POLITICO, Texas Governor Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president.

Then he’ll immediately head on up to New Hampshire and Iowa.

Oh yeah, he’s in.

Yep! Chris is on board, and he has some good reasons why, not least of al, this

Barack Obama is the disease. Rick Perry is the cure. Tell your friends.

State Of Maine Turns From Blue To Red Overnight

State Of Maine Turns From Blue To Red Overnight – CTPost

Amid hugs, high-fives and hurrahs, Maine Republicans on Wednesday celebrated huge victories at the polls that will give them control of the governorship and both houses of the Legislature for the first time in a half century, but said they’re humbled by voters’ actions.

“It is a new day in Augusta,” said state Sen. Kevin Raye of Perry, who helped engineer the Republicans’ apparent 20-14 majority in the Senate, where one independent was also elected.

In the House, the GOP took 77 seats to the Democrats’ 73, with one independent elected. “We’re thrilled by our victory but are humbled by the task that lies ahead.”

GOP state chairman Charles Webster said three likely recounts in the House won’t erase his party’s edge. A possible Senate recount could take away a Democratic seat.

Scores of newly elected Republican legislators and party activists gathered for a raucous rally in the State House, which has been under Democratic control for the past eight years under Gov. John Baldacci, also a Democrat. Baldacci is stepping down after serving the maximum two terms allowed by law.

Republicans rode a wave of voter anger and discontent, powered in part by the tea party movement and their efforts to appeal to working-class Mainers to achieve their historic victories.

“The Democrats in Maine have lost their way and forgot they were the party of the working class,” said Webster, adding that Democrats were “not representing the views of everyday people.”

“Maine people want to be left alone. They want to work hard and keep their own money, and not have to spend it on government … We’re sick and tired of the attitude that government can take from us who work hard simply because they can do it.”

Republicans, and especially Gov.-elect Paul LePage, have called for smaller government, eased regulations so businesses can create jobs, and lower taxes en route to their victories.

LePage, the first Republican to be elected governor since 1990, said that winning the House and Senate will deflect criticism that his victory in a five-way race, with 38 percent of the vote, was a fluke.

“What it says is that Maine is ready to switch directions. It speaks loudly when you get the House, the Senate and the governor in the same election cycle,” LePage said.

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