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It figures.

From the Washington Times:

President Obama called on Senate Republicans Tuesday to give his eventual Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing in his bid to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, as cracks emerged in the Republican leadership’s position of automatically blocking any nominee.

“I expect them to hold hearings. I expect them to hold a vote,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference. “There’s no unwritten law that says it can only be done on off years.”  …

“This is the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land,” the president said. “It’s the one court where we would expect elected officials to rise above day-to-day politics. I understand the stakes. I understand the pressure that Republican senators are undoubtedly under. This would be a deciding vote. But that’s not how the system is supposed to work.”

Unless Democrats were running it.  They did everything in their power to stop Bork from getting on the Supreme Court, and they succeeded.

Senate Democrats had asked liberal leaders to form a “solid phalanx” to oppose whomever President Ronald Reagan nominated to replace Powell, assuming that it would tilt the court rightward. Democrats warned Reagan there would be a fight over the nomination if Bork were to be the nominee.  …

Within 45 minutes of Bork’s nomination to the Court, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) took to the Senate floor with a strong condemnation of Bork in a nationally televised speech, declaring,

Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.[6]

On July 5th, NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks described their position on the Bork nomination: “We will fight it all the way – until hell freezes over, and then we’ll skate across on the ice.”[7] A brief was prepared for Joe Biden, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the Biden Report. Bork later said in his book The Tempting of America that the report “so thoroughly misrepresented a plain record that it easily qualifies as world class in the category of scurrility”.[8] TV ads produced by People For the American Way and narrated by Gregory Peck attacked Bork as an extremist, and Kennedy’s speech successfully fueled widespread public skepticism of Bork’s nomination. The rapid response of Kennedy’s “Robert Bork’s America” speech stunned the Reagan White House; though conservatives considered Kennedy’s accusations slanderous,[9] the attacks went unanswered for two and a half months

Democrats scream, lie, throw tantrums, and fabricate everything they can and stop at nothing to block a nomination.

But it looks like the GOP is going to give up on their constituents without a fight.  And they wonder why Trump and Cruz are popular?

SenateJudiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, didn’t rule out confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision,” Mr. Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with Iowa radio reporters. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”

Dammit, Grassley, just hold the damn line.  Just say no.  Because if you let him appoint a replacement for Scalia, Ginsburg will finally retire and they’ll put in another justice immediately afterwards.  For the next 30 years we’ll have a hard left majority led by Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer, and they’ll push Roberts over every time and probably Kennedy until he retires.

It’ll be just as bad as when FDR tried packing the court with his justices.

HotAir points out that not only is Grassley wavering under Obama’s pressure, Obama was a hypocrite who filibustered Alito’s nomination.  And he still thinks it’s cool what he did… but they shouldn’t, because now it’s going to be his nominee they stop.

Of course he had to filibuster Alito’s nomination.  Obama’s a Democrat and Alito was a nomination by a Republican president.  And of course the Republicans should respect the polite process of confirming Democrat nominations, because Democrats are shameless hypocrites and Republicans are apparently gullible idiots.

You can contact your senator and tell them to grow a spine here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Also, we’re not even entirely sure Scalia’s death was of natural causes.

Veteran homicide investigators in New York and Washington, DC, on Monday questioned the way local and federal authorities in Texas handled the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“It’s not unreasonable to ask for an autopsy in this case, particularly knowing who he is,” retired Brooklyn homicide Detective Patricia Tufo told The Post.

“He’s not at home. There are no witnesses to his death, and there was no reported explanation for why a pillow is over his head,” Tufo said. “So I think under the circumstances it’s not unreasonable to request an autopsy. Despite the fact that he has pre-existing ailments and the fact that he’s almost 80 years old, you want to be sure that it’s not something other than natural causes.”

Bill Ritchie, a retired deputy chief and former head of criminal investigations for the DC police, said he was dumbstruck when he learned that no autopsy would be performed.

Last night listening to the radio, I heard someone suggest that any really high-profile figure with massive implications for the nation should probably automatically have an autopsy done.

Seems quite reasonable, actually.

Everybody’s already read about the Oregon standoff with the Hammonds (and the Bundys), how the Hammonds were convicted of arson for burning some land clear, how they were sentenced and the judge said they didn’t deserve the mandatory minimum because it was clear they were doing a range burn with a purpose that wasn’t vandalism or destruction, and how things went to hell from there when another court said they had to serve mandatory minimums because that was the law, right or wrong.  Then the situation got worse, with federal law enforcement escalating things and with ranchers (many of whom were not originally involved) also escalating things.

Congressman Greg Walden’s speech is something that was lost in that discussion, because it was easy for people disinterested in the situation to write it off as some reactionary militia action or some ranchers whining about not getting more free land to graze on.

Its worth watching if you’d like backstory to the whole standoff, and why there are some folks who are still mad about it today.

Frankly, the congressman explaining how the administrators of federal land went back on agreements written into law is the kind of thing that should offend everyone, but it’s lost because the messengers were coopted by the Bundy clowns.

Not really a surprise from the spineless jellyfish RINOs.  The Republicans, rather than explain how they would fund all of DHS except for Obama’s amnesty, instead chose to surrender completely.

Via HotAir:

The “Hastert Rule” says that a Speaker shouldn’t let any bill reach the floor unless a majority of his own caucus supports it. In the end, when the Great Executive Amnesty Sellout reached its final act, a supermajority of Boehner’s caucus opposed it. He passed the bill anyway — with all members of the minority party voting yes.

All the Democrats voted for it, and a handful of Quisling RINOs did, too.

All they had to do was explain that they would fund everything but the illegal amnesty.

Article 1 Section 8 of the US Constitution lists the powers of Congress – among them:

To establish a uniform rule of naturalization

That’s all they have to say.  Explain that it’s for Congress to do, not the Executive branch.  Explain that the executive doing it is unlawful and illegal, and it will be stopped.  Explain that impeachment is an option, but one that Congress would rather forgo by shutting down the illegal amnesty and correcting the petulant and wrong “constitutional scholar” Obama.

Or they can crap all over the working people, poor, and middle class in the US who will now have to deal with illegal aliens who compete for their jobs, take their benefits, and take their taxes.  No one benefits from illegal aliens being allowed in except for illegal aliens and the people who exploit their labor or their persons.

There will be more illegal aliens when amnesty is granted.  This is not really a surprise.  If you tell some illegals they can stay, others will try to do the same.  Following the law is shown to be for suckers.

Or maybe it’s time to get used to Republicans intentionally losing, like the impotent jackasses they keep showing themselves to be.  The handful that are worth a damn can’t get rid of the useless establishment toadies who knuckle under to every leftist demand, and every time the sniveling pusillanimous cowards surrender, they drive away more and more of the people who would be their base.

Why vote for them or support them when they’re going to surrender at every turn and abandon every principle they were elected to hold?  And why can’t the establishment Republicans see that they’re committing suicide with those who would support them?

The new blood Tea Party Republicans need to put the screws to the establishment until they either grow a spine or go join the Democrats (like the stuff we’ve already seen them do in the last few elections).

Hopefully just a leveling off and not a bust, but rigs are shutting down and going idle:

After six straight months of plunging oil prices, U.S. shale drillers have sent the clearest signal to date that they’re retreating.

Thirty-five horizontal rigs, their weapon of choice for reaching oil deposits in tight-rock formations such as North Dakota’s Bakken shale and Texas’s Permian Basin, were idled last week alone. It was the biggest single-week drop since a drilling boom touched off six years ago that propelled domestic production to the highest level in three decades and eventually helped trigger the global price war that the U.S. and OPEC find themselves in today.

The decline, the largest in a decade and the seventh in a row, threatens to halt U.S. oil production growth by slowing drilling in tight-oil plays that make up virtually all of the nation’s new output. Bending to the pressure of crude below $50 a barrel, the country’s explorers idled the most rigs last quarter since 2009.

“The message from the market, that drillers need to start changing their behavior, has now been received by the big boys in the shale plays,” Harold York, vice president of integrated energy at consulting company Wood Mackenzie Ltd., said yesterday by telephone from New York. “The tight-oil players have received the message, and they’re taking action.”

Horizontal rigs made up more than half of this week’s decline in the U.S. oil count, which fell by 61 to 1,421, Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said on its website yesterday. The 61-rig drop was the largest since February 1991, which also followed a tumble in prices before the start of the Persian Gulf War.

This is quite potentially the oil boom starting to go bust.  The Saudis have this as their secondary objective (behind harming Russian economic interests), and the EPA has shutting down oil rigs as their primary objective.

Gas prices are going to go back up, and idiot Republicans are arguing over how best to sneak in a gas tax and justify acting like Democrats.

It would be really, really nice if the newly elected Republicans would actually listen to voters and stop raising taxes and reduce spending.  They control both houses but are acting like they can’t get anything done – and in this case, acting like they can’t resist the “THE TIME IS NOW” Democrat argument – an argument that is meant to shut up debate.  It’s like the Republicans have forgotten they’re in charge and that they don’t have to listen to Democrat orders to have a tax collector at every gas pump taking from the citizen’s wallet.

“Unless oil prices recover, absolutely, this is the end of the drilling boom,” James Williams, president of energy consulting company WTRG Economics in London, Arkansas, said by telephone yesterday. “The total rig count should hit 1,000 by March or April, and oil production growth should be flat or declining by mid-year.”

Now, as a counterpoint, this might not actually be a bust.  It can just be a leveling-off period as the market adjusts.  A lot of the US oil resources being exploited now are being produced at lower costs than before.  Plus with the infrastructure built and the technology developed, they’re more profitable and more efficient than before.

The problem is if government interferes… as usual.  One of the reasons we have horizontal drilling for oil to begin with is because offshore rigs are driven to deep-sea locations that are prohibitively expensive, and as shown by the BP Deepwater Horizon accident, are more difficult and dangerous to operate.  Another is the limited exploration for oil on federal lands, which take up huge percentages of western states where oil reserves are located.

Now government’s looking to raise gas taxes.  The Republicans are telling us they’ll do us a favor by only raising it 12c to head the Democrats off… which is like saying “I’ll rob you for just your wallet so the carjacker won’t steal it, too.”

The bigger problem with this yet is the inability for Republicans to see that the increased growth in the last few months has been as a direct result of the fall of energy prices.  The Saudis being scared of competition (and targeting Russia) has allowed American consumers and business some immediate surplus of cash and thus productivity.  That increase in productivity also leads to an increase in tax revenue by volume.

5% growth is orders of magnitude more productive for both citizenry and government than a 12c gas tax on $2.50 gasoline, because that 12c gas tax will also reduce overall growth.

Idiotic Republicans and the Idiotic Gas Tax Hike

Posted: January 9, 2015 by ShortTimer in Energy, Republican, Tax, taxes

This could easily be titled “why I’m not a Republican”, but there are plenty of reasons for that.  This is just a big, bold, in-your-face reminder from the Republicans that they are shortsighted, inept, and not listening at all.  We tell them we’re electing them to do what the Democrats will never do – we’re electing them to stop raising taxes, to use the funds they’re already taking from us at gunpoint wisely, and to stop spending.  But they won’t.

I heard this over the weekend while listening to the news on the radio:

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) signaled Sunday that Republicans might be open to negotiating increasing the gas tax in order to pay for the highway infrastructure spending bill that expires in May.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Thune said that while he is opposed to increasing the gas tax, lawmakers will need to “keep all options” available when they return to Washington this week.

“I don’t favor increasing any tax,” Thune said. “But I think we have to look at all options.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) had proposed cutting other taxes while raising the gas tax user fee $0.12.

The Republicans were not voted in in 2014 to raise taxes.  The entire discussion, which I heard, basically turned into Republicans saying they want a 12¢ gas tax hike.

This kind of behavior from Republicans is what drives voters apoplectic.  We said no.  We said no again.  We said a thousand times no.

And they say “more taxes”… and then hide it behind linguistic tricks and excuses.  They say the Democrats will make them do it (which is absurd as the Republicans control both houses), so it’s better to do it their way – we’re getting it anyway, may as well just boil that frog rather than toss it in the pot right away.

And now there are even more Republicans saying it:

Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.

The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way to pay for upgrades to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that “nothing is off the table” when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to finance infrastructure projects.

“I just think that option is there, it’s clearly one of the options,” said Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.), new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the third-ranking Senate Republican, also said they were open to the possibility of raising the tax.

Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress, meanwhile, declared this week that “now is the time” for an increase.

That Democrat argument “NOW IS THE TIME” is an imperative designed to shut off discussion, to end conversation, and to short-circuit reason by demanding an immediate response.  And Republicans, who now control the House and Senate, are willing to go along with it all because so many of them have the same problem Democrats do – they can’t stop spending taxpayer money.

They just refuse to stop taking money from your wallet to throw away.

The shortsightedness of this is astonishingly offensive.  Gas prices right now are low because Saudi Arabia is dumping oil on the market to hurt both Russian economic interests and to break oil & gas frackers in the United States.  The only reason gasoline is “cheap” right now is because of an artificial bubble engineered by the Saudis, and the only reason gas was on the decline before was because of frackers in the US being able to exploit resources that were opened to them 10 years ago.

Furthermore, the assertion that gas prices are “record low” is absurd.  Gas prices now are close to what gas prices were when George W. Bush was in office.  There is no “near-record” low, gas has just returned to where it would be if Obama weren’t actively trying to make energy prices “necessarily skyrocket”.  Remember, Obama’s EPA is fining oil companies for failing to adhere to a mandate to use a fuel additive that does not exist.

The Republicans who are saying they should raise the gas taxes on you the citizen because they think you won’t notice, and because it’s “cheap” right now are the kind of people I’d love to go camping with.  I’d love to get up early in the morning in the mountains where it’s cold, climb out of the tent and discuss policy with them.  I’d love to explain to them that by the same reasoning as gas taxes, that during the day since it’s “record high” temperatures, they should just get rid of their tents and blankets and sleeping bags.  Then when evening comes they can suffer from the same short-sighted asinine reasoning that’s going to be stabbing citizens in their wallets… they can freeze without cold weather gear because of believing “record high temperatures” at noon would continue and that no one would feel the loss of some material wealth during more pleasant times.

A lot of points for Republicans to keep in mind for the next two years.

Tuesday this week, DC incumbent insider Thad Cochran beat his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel.  Despite a huge amount of interest in the race and huge amounts of money and work thrown in on both sides and an anti-establishment wave that should’ve pushed McDaniel to victory, Cochran won.  Thad “Did Indecent Things With Animals” Cochran won by calling McDaniel a racist and appealing to Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary.

One of the notorious fliers, from NRO:

cochran flier mississippi 2014

The second thing that jumped out at me was the same thing that jumped out at Nick Gillespie – it’s a candidate bragging about bringing in “free” stuff taken from taxpayers in other states.  Red state socialism.  The first was of course the race-baiting.

The way this worked is that That Cochran got Democrats to vote in the Republican primary.  In open primary states, voters can vote in whichever primary they like.  The idea being that if you like candidate X from party Y and you’re a member of party A, you can vote for candidate X if you want to, whether because you want that candidate or because you want chaos.  But you can’t then vote for candidate B from party A as well.  You get one vote – not two.  Of course, since these are Democrats we’re talking about, they vote mulitple times.

And that’s where McDaniel’s challenge comes in.

Cochran’s win was by about 6800-6900 votes.

There were a lot of Democrats who voted in the Democrat primary and then turned around and voted again in the Republican primary (via Gateway Pundit).

The left column is the Democrat primary, the right the Republican primary.

cochran democrat voters voted twice 2014

The law lets you vote once.

So far the McDaniel campaign has found over 1000 illegal votes.

And now the McDaniel campaign is being barred from examining voter rolls, despite the law stating that they can.

ms law via gateway pundit42 USC 1974.

And I think this is what they’re getting at for the VRA Section 8:

(i) Public disclosure of voter registration activities

(1) Each State shall maintain for at least 2 years and shall make available for public inspection and, where available, photocopying at a reasonable cost, all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters, except to the extent that such records relate to a declination to register to vote or to the identity of a voter registration agency through which any particular voter is registered.

So rather than lose to a Tea Party candidate, the establishment candidate Cochran went out, called his opponent racist, pledged to bring home more pork and handout programs – running on food stamps, smears, and “voter suppression” crap – while he got Democrats to vote twice for him.  He’s basically a Democrat already.

Beyond showing the depths to which the entrenched Republican establishment will sink in order to keep the good ol’ boys club exclusive, it also shows the spots of some other politicians.  Unnamed Republican senators are uneasy, while Rand Paul is happy that more people are voting.  Apparently he’s ignoring that they were voting twice, voting illegally, and doing so in order to further some red state socialism spurred on by a lying 41-year incumbent who’s been in Congress or the Senate since 1973.

WTF, Rand.