The loosely organized group made of up mostly conservative activists and independent voters that’s come to be known as the Tea Party movement currently boasts higher favorability ratings than either the Democratic or Republican Parties, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll coming out later today. More than four in 10, 41%, of respondents said they had a very or somewhat favorable view of the Tea Party movement, while 24% said they had a somewhat or very negative view of the group. The Tea Party movement gained notoriety over the summer following a series of protests in Washington, D.C. and other cities over government spending and other U.S. economic policies. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, which controls both the White House and Congress, has a 35% positive rating compared with a 45% negative rating. [Apparently all of the liberal and media smears against Americans sick and tired of the two major political parties, isn’t working…ed]
Less than a year after Inauguration Day, support for the Democratic Party continues to slump, amid a difficult economy and a wave of public discontent, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The findings underscored how dramatically the political landscape has changed during the Obama administration’s first year. In January, despite the recession and financial crisis, voters expressed optimism about the future, the new president enjoyed soaring approval ratings, and congressional leaders promised to swiftly pass his ambitious agenda. In December’s survey, for the first time, less than half of Americans approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, marking a steeper first-year fall for this president than his recent predecessors. [Obama and his fellow liberals in Congress have awoken the sleeping giant in America. The productive hard working people in this country who bust their asses day in and day out and take care of their responsibilities are sick and tired of pulling the wagon full of those who don’t…ed]
Of all the surprises of President Obama’s first year, the biggest is his continuing tin ear for the mood of the country. He often appears clueless about what Americans want. Almost from the moment he stepped into the Oval Office, the man who smashed the Clinton machine and won an electoral landslide over John McCain seemed to lose his touch with the people who put him there. Some days, many days, he doesn’t look like he cares that big chunks of the country, left, right and center, are giving up on him. Voters by a large margin have said for months they don’t want the health-care overhaul he’s pushing, so he pushes harder. They want less spending and debt, so he doubles down on pork, bailouts, handouts and taxes. They thought he would deliver bipartisanship, and he gives his hard-left allies the keys to the kingdom. [Those that took the time to look into this Obama guy before he became president knew exactly what kind of man he was and we knew all along how much he and his wife hate this country…ed]
President Obama told ABC News’ Charles Gibson in an interview that if Congress does not pass health care legislation that will bring down costs, the federal government “will go bankrupt.” The president laid out a dire scenario of what will happen if his health care reform effort fails. “If we don’t pass it, here’s the guarantee….your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you,” he said. “Potentially they’re going to drop your coverage, because they just can’t afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year. “ [Obama gets more desperate by the day as virtually every poll shows the American public has caught on to the healthcare scam he is pushing the Democrats to sneak through Congress…ed]
Republican lawmakers are telling President Barack Obama that he needs Congress to deliver on any commitments he makes to reduce global warming gases. Seven GOP senators said at a news conference Thursday that any pledges Obama makes in Copenhagen will require Senate approval. The Senate is unlikely to support an agreement that does not include China and other developing countries. The GOP lawmakers also said they would try to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. [It’s very telling that someone has to remind the current president of the United States that the Constitution requires him to get the approval of two thirds of the Senate on any treaties or binding agreements he may commit this country to…ed]
A private Canadian company says it will plant 1,176 trees to offset the carbon emitted by Air Force One when it carries President Barack Obama to Copenhagen for the international climate conference. President Obama will travel 3,979 miles to Denmark on Friday, Dec. 18, and Air Force One will emit an estimated 196 tons of carbon on that trip, said LimeGreen Earth, Inc., in a news release.
“By offsetting President Obama’s carbon emission, we are setting a precedent for the global community,” said the company’s president, Andrew Thomas. “It is up to every individual to do their part to eliminate carbon emissions. There is no one better to lead this revolution than the President of the United States of America.” [Another stupid useless stunt by a bunch of Canadian liberals that means absolutely nothing but they must have forgotten about the “spare” Air Force One that will be trailing Obama and the litany of support vehicles that will accompany The Won on his little trip…ed]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a large delegation on at least two Air Force jets to Copenhagen for the climate summit — where participants harshly condemn the use of jet airplanes for the high amounts of CO2 they emit. “This may be the largest congressional delegation I have ever heard of,” said a source at the 89th Air Wing stationed at Andrews Air Force Base of the trip to the UN summit, which is increasingly being criticized as a farce. Using her authority as speaker, Pelosi reserved at least two jets based at Andrews AFB to fly her and her delegation to Denmark for the final days of the two-week conference. (SNIP) “Climate change is a religion for them, so there was no way they were going to miss this,” said one top GOP aide. “This is their Hajj.” [How cool would it be to hear Pelosi’s plane ran out of gas over the Atlantic with her and her Democrat party contingent the only ones without parachutes?…ed]
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World leaders flying into Copenhagen today to discuss a solution to global warming will first face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight. “Temperatures will stay low at least the next three days,” Henning Gisseloe, an official at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute, said today by telephone, forecasting more snow in coming days. “There’s a good chance of a white Christmas.” (SNIP) Denmark has a maritime climate and milder winters than its Scandinavian neighbors. It hasn’t had a white Christmas for 14 years, under the DMI’s definition, and only had seven last century. [The irony drips…ed]
The planet may be saved after all, and it will only cost $100 billion Just as the Copenhagen climate summit appeared to be on the verge of unraveling, the United States Thursday announced its support of an annual $100 billion climate protection fund, the Associated Press reports. “The US is prepared to work with other countries toward a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the climate change needs of developing countries,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. [What a load of crap. America is 12 trillion dollars in debt including unfunded liabilities and this administration just committed the US to send billions to “developing” countries like China and India, two nations we had to borrow a ton of money from in order to pay our bills?…ed]
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) told CNSNews.com that Congress has the authority to force individual Americans to buy health insurance because the U.S. Constitution “charges Congress with the health and well-being of the people.” The words “health” and “well-being” do not appear anywhere in the Constitution. The Congressional Budget Office has determined that in the entire history of the United States the federal government has never mandated that Americans buy any good or service. [Yet another braindead Democrat shows how little she knows about the very Constitution she swore to defend and uphold when she took office…ed]
The liberals’ longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies “are no longer needed.” Sanders, an independent and socialist, said his approach is the only one “which eliminates the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, administrative costs, bureaucracy and profiteering that is engendered by the private insurance companies.” His remarks drew handshakes and even a hug or two from Democrats who had filed into the Senate to hear him. [Yo Democrats, Americans do NOT want this ObamaCare garbage rammed down their throats, capiche?…ed]
The U.S. government’s unprecedented spending splurge, with no end in sight, is creating a mountain of debt that endangers both our economy and way of life. Can something be done about it? Anyone who reads IBD knows we’re not doomsayers. Sometimes, in fact, we’ve been chided for cockeyed optimism in the face of even the gloomiest prognostications. Our faith in America’s resilient economy, the world’s largest and most creative, and in the productive people who make it go, was reason enough. That said, we face a rather stark fact today: The current path for U.S. debt is unsustainable. [Rest assured Obama and his fellow leftists in Congress will suddenly get religion on this debt mess they created when next years elections start heating up…ed]
Sen. Chuck Schumer had harsh words for a flight attendant who told him to turn off his phone for takeoff. “Bitch!” the senior senator was overheard Sunday saying to his hand-picked seat-mate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after arguing with a flight attendant that he should not have to obey Federal Aviation Administration rules. Schumer’s office later admitted to Politico.com that he said it — but the poll-challenged Gillibrand, who has been strongly backed by Schumer against potential rivals, declined to confirm it and even called his behavior “polite.” The altercation, reported by Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, occurred Sunday on the US Airways shuttle from NY to Washington. [Democrat Chuck Schumer has always been an arrogant dick so this is par for the course with this jerk…ed]
The number of Americans filing for initial unemployment insurance rose last week, the government said Thursday. Analysts had expected a decline. There were 480,000 initial job claims filed in the week ended Dec. 12, up 7,000 from the previous week’s revised 473,000, the Labor Department said. A consensus estimate of economists surveyed by Briefing.com expected claims to decline to 465,000. The 4-week moving average of initial claims totaled 467,000, down 5,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 472,750. [Don’t worry folks. The Obama administration has declared that the recession is officially over…ed]
White House officials are disputing an allegation making the rounds in conservative media outlets that a White House official threatened Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that if he doesn’t support Democratic health care reform legislation, Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base will end up on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement issued Wednesday night that the “rumor is absolutely false, as the people spreading it well know. This is nothing but a cynical, crass political game that is designed to maintain the status quo.” Speaking to reporters Wednesday Nelson, too, forcefully denied the story. “My vote cannot be bought and I cannot be threatened,” he said, according to the Journal-Star. “If I had been threatened, I would have gone public with it. My vote is not for sale. Period.” [Whether or not this was merely a rumor, the fact of the matter is this story would fit perfectly with the style of the Chicago thugs running things out of the White House…ed]
After a nearly two-year wait, the public got a good look at Ford Motor Co.’s new small car, the Fiesta, at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Indeed, the floor of Staples Center was filled with a variety of small cars and downsized crossover vehicles. Ever since fuel prices soared to record highs last year, American consumers have been trading in their gas-guzzling trucks and full-sized cars for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles — or, at least that’s the conventional wisdom. In fact, while the small car segment of the market has gained some momentum, though, U.S. motorists have remained stubbornly attached to their pickups, SUVs and larger passenger cars. [It doesn’t matter what Americans WANT to drive, the liberals who have seized control of our federal government will decide what’s best for us and these little deathtraps are precisely what they think will fit the bill…ed]
For several years, Jude Stringfellow and her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple message: Faith walks. Born without front legs to a junkyard dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and abused by her mother. She was rescued by Reuben Stringfellow, now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other puppies in the litter. “Can we fix her? Stringfellow, then 17, asked his mom. “No, but maybe we can help her,” she said. So Reuben turned Faith over to his mother, English professor Jude Stringfellow. At first the family had to carry Faith to keep her off her chest and chin. But with peanut butter and practice, Faith learned to walk on her two hind legs. [Our soldiers and all dogs, rock!…ed]
Quote of the day.
One thin September soon
a floating continent disappears
In midnight sun
Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea
Neptune’s bones dissolve
Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly
Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration
Take their leave, unmourned
Horsemen ready their stirrups
Passion seeks heroes and friends
The bell of the city
On the hill is rung
The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools.
-Al Gore, poet and leading global warming whackjob.