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Catch up on what happened this week in DC and things to watch for.  the Republicans in the House are doing what they can to clean up Obamanation thru the Supercommittee because they know nothing they do will get past the democratic Senate.  BB


President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will take a victory lap in the Motor City on Friday after passage of a free-trade agreement between the two nations this week with a visit to a General Motors plant.

The Detroit trip comes two days after Congress passed three trade deals, with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

The Obama administration extracted some changes to the South Korean agreement last year improving access and lowering tariffs for U.S. automakers, a deal supported by House Ways and Means ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), Ford and the United Auto Workers.

The auto industry is expected to increase its exports to South Korea by 54 percent, or about $194 million, the U.S. International Trade Commission has estimated.

“We know from experience that free-trade agreements lead to doubling and sometimes tripling and quadrupling the amount of trade and investments going into each others [countries],” the South Korean president said Thursday during lunch in Washington. “What’s more important is the fact that FTAs lead to creation of good, decent jobs and it spurs growth and innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Korea is aiming to approve the agreement soon so the pact will go into effect by Jan. 1.

But before they head off to Detroit, Obama and Lee — and scores of others, for that matter — will chow down Thursday night at an official State Dinner.

The evening’s menu is laden with Korean influences (masago rice pearl crispies and rice wine vinaigrette, for instance) and features local ingredients, including some culled from the White House kitchen garden, the White House said.

Two-cents deadline: Congressional committees have until Friday to submit their two cents — or maybe trillion-dollar saving recommendations — to the deficit supercommittee.

Keep a close watch on the the bipartisan recommendations of the House and Senate Agriculture panels, which are expected to suggest serious cuts to farm programs in the interest of warding off even deeper slashing of subsidies.

House Democrats delivered 16 letters to the deficit group on Thursday from committee ranking members focusing on job creation and tax increases. House Appropriations ranking member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) used his detailed letter to show the damage to discretionary spending that could result if the supercommittee fails to agree on a sensible mix of cuts and taxes.

Technical issues delayed substantive debate on the three-in-one appropriations bill package that was set to come to the Senate floor on Thursday.

Votes on the combined Commerce, Justice, Agriculture and Transportation, Housing bill is not expected until next week.


Mingling of interests: Capping off a week that saw Congress pass three free-trade agreements, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver an address to the Economic Club of New York on the intersection of economics and foreign policy;

Supercommittee member and House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) will join other budget experts at a Newseum media briefing hosted by National Journal; and

OxFam America activists will fight against cuts to foreign aid on Friday by dressing up as members of the congressional supercommittee and protesting outside the east front of the Capitol.

European economic elixir: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner head to Paris on Friday for a meeting of G-20 finance ministers, as well as a separate meeting of central bank governors. You may have noticed, but there’s a bit of economic drama in Europe these days, as leaders wrestle a debt crisis that is threatening some of its largest economies. But there is some good news to greet Geithner, as Slovakia finally passed a European Union deal to beef up its rescue fund, after voting it down the first time earlier in the week.

Do a little derivatives dance: The House Financial Services Committee will dive deep into the world of derivatives on Friday, as a subcommittee mulls a number of bills to tweak that market, which is under scrutiny by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. That hearing comes on the heels of a similar event at the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, where lawmakers discussed a slew of bills amending government regulation of the financial tool.

The movement on the three bills could also give the GOP negotiating leverage when riders on the environmental and labor bills step to the forefront.

When that happens, Democrats will no longer be able to say the entire government faces a shutdown if the less controversial bills are already in effect.


Retail sales: The Department of Commerce releases its measure of the total receipts of retail stores. The changes in retail sales are widely followed as the most timely indicator of broad consumer spending patterns.

Michigan sentiment: The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan group puts out its report on consumer confidence.

Business inventories: The Department of Commerce report includes sales and inventory statistics from all three stages of the manufacturing process (manufacturing, wholesale and retail).

Export-Import prices: The Department of Commerce releases its report tracking trends in exports and imports. The export data is worth watching for indications that a strengthening competitive position at home and/or strengthening economies overseas are boosting U.S. growth.


— Watchdog group wants info from the SEC

— House panel slogs through on postal reform bill

GAO suggests Postal Service did not pay too much into retirement program

— USPS didn’t like the GAO report

— Senate Republicans put together a jobs plan

House Dems want new revenue sources from deficit panel

— Maybe Geithner should fly coach, or maybe business class

— Trade deficit narrows, China figures widening

— House Dems want investigation on bank fee hikes

First-time jobless claims drop slightly

The Fuzzy Math from Gang of Six | RedState.

I have had some problems with the Gang of Six Plan as I saw it as just more “Old Dog Washington”  BS.    This article explains it very well I think.   My thanks to Red State. BB

Magnificent 11.

Dear Readers you may want to get to know these new members of Congress.  Do please go to the site and learn about them and what they may mean to our future.  In fact, they may very well be the ones to save our country. BB


Is the Soros-Sponsored ‘Agenda 21’ a Hidden Plan for World Government? (Yes, Only it Is Not Hidden) | The Blaze.

I have blogged in the past on this United Nations plan to strip the United States of it’s wealth and  give it to poorer countries.  It’s Obama’s plan!  His “spreading the wealth around” world wide agenda.  I don’t think there are many Americans who have not gotten the idea finally that  Obama cares more for almost any nation except the United States.  He was clear about his agenda and his interests long before he was elected but no enough of us were listening.  One question?  If you planned to rob the riches family in the neighborhood what is the best way of going about it?  GETTING INSIDE THE HOUSE AS A TRUSTED GUEST OR EMPLOYEE OF COURSE!  And that is what Obama was able to do.  And we are seeing this being played out right now as he and his cohorts use the unions to accomplish his plans.  The  National Labor Relations  Board-union vs.Boeing building a plant  in South Carolina is a blatant step in this direction.  I will bet anyone that no such action would have taken place if Boeing had chosen to move out of the United States!  The EPA Environmental Protection Agency is another of Obama’s instruments; the United States can not drill in our waters but our tax dollars are being given to Mexico and Brazil to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.  BB

Read this article carefully because We the People have to know the plan in order to save ourselves.  Also be sure and listen to the videos and go to the sites suggested.  Spread the word so that others know how to turn the tide on these thieves.  BB

Is the Soros-Sponsored ‘Agenda 21’ a Hidden Plan for World Government? (Yes, Only it Is Not Hidden)

What is Agenda 21?  If you do not know about it, you should.

Agenda 21 is a two-decade old, grand plan for global ’Sustainable Development,’ brought to you from the United Nations. George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to it back in 1992, and in 1995, Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.

‘Sustainable Development’ sounds like a nice idea, right?  It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of Social Justice/Socialism on the world.

At risk from Agenda 21;

  • Private Property ownership
  • Single-Family homes
  • Private car ownership and individual travel choices
  • Privately owned farms

The Agenda 21 plan openly targets private property.  For over thirty-five years the UN has made their stance very clear on the issue of individuals owning land;

Land cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.

Click here to find out more!

Source: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I),Vancouver, BC, May 31 – June 11, 1976. Preamble to Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report.

There are two more, very good reasons to be wary of Agenda 21 and the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) that supports it: George Soros and the United Nations. Soros money has been tracked to funding parts of ICLEI ;

In 1997, George Soros’s Open Society gave ICLEI a $2,147,415 grant to support its Local Agenda 21 Project

As regards the UN, that organization‘s problems with America’s appreciation of freedom and self-determination is one that needs no explanation.

Currently in California, Agenda 21 is working to implement plans to create plans for sustainable management of ‘open spaces.‘ The definition of what is to be considered an ’open space’ has sparked some heated exchanges between those directing the planning meetings and citizens who want private property rights to be respected and protected. (The East Bay Tea Party video featuring a Liberal Democrat arguing against ICLEI can be seen at the end of this article.)

This type of global plan could not be implemented without a large and well-funded group pushing through its priorities. For that, Agenda 21 has the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). And ICLEI is deeply entrenched in America;

ICLEI USA was launched in 1995 and has grown from a handful of local governments participating in a pilot project to a solid network of more than 600 cities, towns and counties actively striving to achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and create more sustainable communities. ICLEI USA is the domestic leader on climate protection and adaptation, and sustainable development at the local government level.

Over six hundred cities,towns and counties in America are members of ICLEI? Do you support your local government agreeing to rules and regulations set up by a UN-based organization that wants private property transferred to government control? If you would like to see if your community is a member of ICLEI, you can visit their website.

Austin, Texas is one city that seems to have fallen for the ICLEI/Agenda 21 and was heavily consuming the ‘Communitariasm’ Kool-aid. A local group called Texans For Accountable Government saw what was happening and attempted to stop the Austin City Council from adopting some Agenda 21-friendly initiatives. One of TAG’s members, John Bush, delivered a succinct presentation on ICLEI and Agenda 21 that was virtually ignored. Watch his short argument against the proposed local law immediately followed by the lopsided vote adopting the plan.

In the world of business Agenda 21 is not a free market friend, preferring PPPs or Private Public Partnerships where the government decides which companies will receive tax breaks and are allowed to stay in business. In light of this realization, the cozy relationship between the current administration and GE (a company that paid no tax in 2010) should raise eyebrows. And the WH efforts to tell Boeing in which state they can operate seems to further bolster the belief that Agenda 21 ideals are already making headway in America.

The seeds for Agenda 21 were planted back in 1987 when the writings of Gro Harlem Brundtland (a woman who at the time was Vice President of the World Socialist Party) caught the eye of the UN.  Dr. Brundtland wrote a report for the UN called, ‘Our Common Future’ eventually got into the business of environmentalism as a tool to control all the people of the world and establish a global government. The growth of ICLEI and the framework being put in place by supporters of Agenda 21 appear to be bringing Dr. Brundtland’s ideas closer to reality

In recent months, citizen groups across the country have organized and become involved in the removal of towns and cities from membership in ICLEI. The Roanoke, VA Tea Party is holding a rally this week in an effort to have ICLEI removed from their local government.

For a better understanding of Agenda 21 and ICLEI we suggest: The American Policy Center offers a one-page primer on Agenda 21.

From the Bay Area Tea Party we offer a long-form video covering Agenda 21;

The featured speaker at the Tea Party meeting, Rosa Koire, is a liberal Democrat who understands that Agenda 21 will destroy America as we know it. Rosa’s website, is also worth a visit.

This Week in Government Failure | Cato @ Liberty.

I am appalled at the stupidity coming out of Washington.  The Democrats I can understand since they are simply so full of stuff they  are simply sinking in a mire of lies and wishful thinking totally unaware of what is really happening.   I have a bit more hope for Republicans who sometimes manage  to actually appear to know the country is floundering on the brink of disaster.  But not this week for the OLD DOGS Republicans because they are now acting like stunned mourners at a funeral:  Serious, appalled and paralyzed!  The New Dogs elected in 2010 and a few of the less Washingtonized  OLD DOGS  are doing their best but can’t seem to get the numbers needed top move the right legislation.  BB

This Week in Government Failure

Posted by Tad DeHaven

Over at Downsizing the Federal Government, we focused on the following issues this week:

(Please do go to this site as a great deal more is covered that you should know than just the few items here.    There is a graph that tells the story of Government spending and government subsidies that exposes like nothing else just what the two years of Obamanation has gotten us.  BB)

  • Sen. Rand Paul introduces a practical, common sense budget that recognizes that the federal government’s growth has become unsustainable, and thus a threat to our economic well-being and future living standards.  (Paul’s budget proposal is sensible but the Democrats control the Senate still so Paul’s proposal won’t see the light of day except on blogs like mine.  BB)
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, the president’s latest budget proposal would once again leave “our people” with a “mountain of debt.”
  • It would be nice if the latest example of FAA bungling woke Congress up to the idea of privatizing our nation’s air traffic control system.
  • (Because these Air Traffic control people are unionized government workers they can not be fired.  They will simply continue in their incompetence until they retired with a glorious pensions paid for by We the People.  After the almost disaster at Reagan International Airport last week when it is believed the Air Traffic controller had fallen asleep and the pilot of an incoming plane had to call another control tower miles away to help him land the FAA merely proposed putting two people on duty instead of one and investing in an expensive alert system to alert controllers when a plan was in their area.  A private company would fire the controller and make damned sure the rest stayed awake on the job!  BB)
  • Instead of tinkering with federal welfare programs, let’s have a public discussion and debate over the fundamental justness and desirability of letting Washington dictate how to meet the needs of the less fortunate. (  Do read this article.  “Since President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty in 1964, Americans have spent around $16 trillion on means-tested welfare. We will spend another $10 trillion over the next decade based on recent projections. Even with all these resources devoted to assistance for the poor, poverty is higher today than it was in the 1970s.”  the fact is and has been proven again and again that if you pay people not to work they certainly will not work.  Welfare is merely payment NOT TO WORK!  This goes for any government program that gives people money.   the government in its magnamity with your money is now paying people unemployment benefits for 99 weeks or almost two years to sit on their buns.  Studies have proven that people don’t get serious about looking for a job until their unemployment is about to run out so with our system today the unemployed would start  seriously looking for a jo0b around week 85 and then take a job regardless of what it is around week 98.  It has been proven from the outcomes that the federal welfare programs have been a failure to our people and most certainly to the poor!    BB)
  • Electric vehicle subsidies: The Obama administration apparently believes that it possesses the unique foresight to optimally plan the economy.  (Electric cars is the most boneheaded idea yet.  Where is all that electricity coming from but from the polluting  oil/coal and nuclear power plants.  Electricity does not come out of a wall socket!   I wish someone would tell those fools in Washington that simple truth!  BB)

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The Republicans in Wisconsin finally gave up trying to reason with the missing Democrats and took the item concerning collective bargaining for public employees out of the budget bill.  By removing this item from the finance bill they could vote on the item  without a Democrat being present.  This is what they did and of course the item passed.  Wisconsin teachers will not have the right to collectively bargain for pension and health care benefits but they will still be able to collectively bargain for wages.  This is by no means union busting , or maybe it is because now employees can decide for themselves if they want to join the union and fork over several hundred dollars every year to an outfit of thugs with whom they may not agree.  This morning on FOX and FRIENDS   they showed the figures of all the money the union had collected in dues in Wisconsin last year and that money would have hired 151 teachers!   Remember that in Wisconsin and most other states where the unions control people are forced to join and pay dues and they then have no say how their dues are spent. BB

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Wisconsin GOP Finds Way Around Fleebaggers; Senate Votes to Strip Bargaining Rights for Public Workers

By Doug Powers  •  March 9, 2011 08:44 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill Moves to Assembly for Final Passage

by Brett Healy

Three weeks after Senate Democrats fled the state, the Wisconsin State Senate passed the bulk of the Budget Repair Bill in a series of swift and deliberate moves Wednesday.

Late in the afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and the GOP lawmakers assembled for the Special Session voted to send the bill to a bipartisan Senate-Assembly Conference Committee.

“This afternoon, following a week and a half of line‐by‐line negotiation, Sen. Miller sent me a letter that offered three options: 1) keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 2) take our counter‐offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 3) or stop talking altogether,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).  “With that letter, I realized that we’re dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn’t have a plan or an intention to return. His idea of compromise is “give me everything I and the only negotiating he’s doing is through the media.”

Shortly after 6pm, the Conference Committee convened and quickly approved Fitzgerald’s changes to the budget bill over the forceful objections of Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha).

Democrats fled the state on February 17th in an extreme parliamentary maneuver to prevent a 3/5th quorum from being present.

The Wisconsin Constitution requires more than a simple majority for passage of appropriation bills.  A quorum of 3/5 of each house of the legislature is needed to pass any bill that “imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state.”

To dispatch the 3/5th quorum concerns, the Conference Committee amended the bill, stripping it of appropriations and bonding authority but retaining the collective bargaining changes and other provisions.

It was a move many had speculated for weeks that the GOP could make. On Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders pulled the trigger.

From Illinois, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) issued a statement, “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people,” Miller said. “We will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”

Among the items removed from the bill were nearly $250 million in debt restructuring and lapses of authorized spending to the Department of Administration, as well as a reversal on the sale of state power plants to private entities.

Increased funding to the Department of Corrections and the state’s Medicaid programs, needed to forestall shortfalls in those programs were also not included in the Conference Committee report. Planned changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit and an audit of eligibility requirements for state entitlement programs were also scrapped.

Despite the presence of financial provisions in the bill, Fitzgerald said in the Conference Committee the move to vote was reviewed and cleared by three important non-partisan state agencies – the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Legislative Council and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

“The people of Wisconsin elected us to do a job,” Fitzgerald said. “They elected us to stand up to the broken status quo, stop the constant expansion of government, balance the budget, create jobs and improve the economy.”

The unamendable bill now awaits action in the State Assembly where passage is expected.

» Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos – Big Government.

This is the capital of Wisconsin today:

Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos

by Publius

From Big Government correspondent on the scene:

We have almost completely lost control of the Capitol building. We now only control the 3rd and 4th floors.

Teachers Unions are sending out robo calls and emails to all their members, asking them to get to the capitol NOW. We know this as a fact.

Democrat Senators are opening windows and letting protesters in. Door’s have been ripped off their hinges.

Next 6-8 hours will determine who controls the capitol. If we lose control, the assembly can’t meet tomorrow.

Quasi-military forces are the only option to win back control of building. They are very close to being called in.

Law enforcement are leaking legislators whereabouts to protesters. No one is safe.

Today they escorted State Senators across the street via an underground tunnel. It’s top secret, but protesters were waiting for them.

National Guard may be called in….plans have been set. We are running out of options.

More from Wisconsin:

America 2011: Security Forces Struggle to Get Control of Wisconsin Capitol

by Publius

A mob currently controls the Wisconsin capitol building. They are trying to prevent an elected legislature from convening. If the left will go this far to protect their own pampered status in one state, imagine what they’ll do when we have to tackle the federal budget crisis.

From BG’s man-on-the-scene, Josiah Cantrall:

[The Assembly] are still planning on convening at 11 am CST.  If they can get control of the building…  As of right now, even the legislators themselves aren’t sure of it’s status.

Police control the lobby to the Assembly Chambers. They think they are in a position to take back control of the actual Chambers. However, right now all they control is the lobby.

Today members of the Assembly will be going to Madison though.

At a certain time, security forces will pick up legislators from their houses, proceed to Madison, drop them off at another secure location where they will receive new instructions.

Madison police won’t be used due to their lack of cooperation.  State troopers and other statewide security forces will provide the escort.

If they get inside, they will give the Democrats a set time when the vote will take place.  No amendments.  Democrats are free to do whatever in the meantime. Go into caucus, scream at the Republican etc. But once they reach the set time, if the building is still secure, the vote will be taken.

For security reasons, exact time of vote will not be released until 11 am.

Note that ’security forces’ will be escorted legislators to the capital.

Wisconsin GOP Senators Face Death Threats; MSM Ignores

by Publius

From 620AM Radio in Wisconsin:

Since the MSM appears intent on downplaying the growing intimidation and escalating threats of violence around the union power issue, I am reprinting verbatim an email that was sent to Republican senators. The email was signed, but I have deleted the name pending what I hope will be a thorough police investigation.

From: XXXX

Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM

To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen

Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes [sic] will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult [sic]you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic [sic]process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.

This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why thisis happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Remember, again, the proposal in Wisconsin would give state workers slightly more rights than federal workers currently enjoy. Their pay is not being cut. No one will be laid off. But, they will have to contribute something to the health and retirement benefits.

Wisconsin Capital in Meltdown

by Publius

From Josiah Cantrall, BG’s man-on-the-scene in Madison:

Capitol is in an uproar! A man sported a sign, “burn Walker”. Complete with a drawing of Gov. Walker withering in flames of fire.

Protesters recognized me from my Fox News appearances. One lady refused to leave me alone and began yelling my name and position to anyone who’d listen.

She approached a burly union man and continued with her, “Josiah” rant. He then followed me around for over ten minutes. I went up three floors, turned corners, visited every wing of the building and yet, he remained on my trail. He was at least two inches taller and 100 lbs heavier than me.

Approximately 3,500 protesters are present. When I left they had dragged a sound system into the capitol building. The first speaker was outraged by the “unconstitutional metal detectors”. He followed it up by declaring that any windows screwed down “violate the American Disabilities act”.

Much to the crowds delight, the main speaker promised ” we will break in tonight, the next night and the next night if we have too”. I left the scene as they began chanting, ” we wont leave”.

At 5:00 pm the entire Democrat caucus is rallying with crowd at State street and Carrol.

Wisconsin Educators Association Council is bringing in 15 busloads of teachers for the rally.

A man just dropped his pants….In defiance of Gov. Scott Walker.

» Pence Is Right: ‘It’s Time to Pick a Fight’ on Spending – Big Government.

We the People are getting damned tired of the Old dogs in Congress both Republicans and Democrats and their playing politics and in effect fiddlin’ while the country burns.  the Conservatives elected in November are about to revolt with the help of a few of the Old Dogs who have opened their eyes to reality.  One of these Old dogs  is calling for a final fight and I am with him and them.  BB

Pence Is Right: ‘It’s Time to Pick a Fight’ on Spending

by Robert Bluey

House GOP leaders are facing the prospect of a conservative revolt if they forge ahead with another stopgap measure to fund the federal government. In recent days, a growing number of conservatives have said it’s time to square off with Democrats rather than delay the inevitable.

It’s time to pick a fight,” Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) declared at the House Republican Conference meeting.

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Barring an intervention by President Obama or sudden turn of events in the Democrat-controlled Senate, the situation leaves House Republicans with a tough choice. The current continuing resolution expires on March 18.

With conservatives opposed to another short-term spending bill, GOP leaders are treading carefully. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has maintained it’s up to the Senate to act on H.R. 1, the House-passed legislation that funds the government through Sept. 30.

When asked about the prospect of another short-term spending bill, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) placed the blame on the White House, but also declined to rule out another stopgap measure:

My hope would be that we could resolve things, keep the government open and cut spending. The short-term stopgap measures have been available so that we don’t shut the government down, and I think all options are still on the table right now, because we haven’t seen where the White House is.

Despite the growing opposition among conservatives, House appropriators are already in the process of drafting another short-term continuing resolution. But unlike the two-week extension adopted last week, the new plan faces greater scrutiny among conservatives.

“It’s fine to make some first downs, but eventually you need to get into the end zone,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. “That means achieving much greater savings for the American taxpayer this year and enacting some of the important policy positions the House included in H.R. 1.”

Only six Republicans opposed the two-week continuing resolution, which cut spending by $4 billion. Two of those lawmakers are making a vocal case against another stopgap measure.

Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) favor H.R. 1 because it defunds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood as well as enacts other policy riders adopted by the House. Also at stake: $61 billion in spending cuts.

Pence’s fighting words are a good indication that Republican leaders won’t have the support of other conservatives as well. As a former Republican Study Committee chairman and a member of GOP leadership in the last Congress, Pence can influence fellow lawmakers.

Conservatives argue that avoiding a fight over H.R. 1 weakens the GOP’s hand. It also avoids the inevitable fight between the Republican-controlled House and Democrat-controlled Senate.

“This is just a start,” Pence said on Fox News. “We have to win in this small battle if we’re going to win in the big battles that lie ahead on debt ceiling, on budget, and on fundamental government reform.”

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