Democrats Seek $650 Million More for DTV Transition
(FROM: Reuters) Remember when $650 million was a big number? Now that we’re going in terms of hundreds of billions, $650 million almost seems like something the Tooth Fairy would leave under our pillow. Now, at home, I have the cheapest DirecTV package they offer. Sure, I like my cable news, my wife likes HGTV and the Food Network, and my daughter likes Nickelodeon, but I haven’t instructed anybody else to pay for it. We could go without television if push comes to shove, but instead we choose to trim our budget elsewhere so we’re able to bring Brit Hume, Paula Deen and Spongebob Squarepants into our living room. My television, my responsibility. In the face of the upcoming government-mandated conversion to digital television, however, congressional Democrats are asking for an additional $650 million in taxpayer money because the previous amount wasn’t enough to pay for enough $40 coupons for the American public who still use the rabbit ears on their television sets. Why are we paying for anybody’s television in the first place? Where in the Constitution does it show anything close to such a federal government obligation?
GOP’s Cornyn Makes Final Plea to Free Border Agents
“Because of the excesses of the prosecution against them, they will continue to sit alone in those cells for another decade,” Cornyn wrote, according to a report in the WorldNetDaily. “That is unless President Bush commutes their unjust sentences. In his remaining days as president, I ask President Bush to show mercy and use his clemency power to give back Agents Ramos and Compean the next 10 years of their lives.”
Cornyn joins Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and many other lawmakers who have written letters to Bush urging him to commute the agents’ sentences.
“I have reached the conclusion as a senator, a former judge, and a citizen, that the loss of their jobs and the prison time they have already served has been more than enough punishment,” Cornyn wrote. “This is a case of prosecutorial overreaching.”
I couldn’t agree more, and I applaud Sen. Dianne Feinstein for stepping up. Perhaps, if President Bush remains unreasonably stubborn on this because of his buddy-buddy relationship with overzealous prosecutor extraordinaire Johnny Sutton, there may be some hope that Barack Obama could be pragmatic on this. If he does, I’ll praise him like you wouldn’t believe. In the meantime, I hope and pray that President Bush does the right thing before next Tuesday.
Attempted ‘Hit’ Put on Ramos Family
(FROM: WorldNetDaily) This is the first I’ve heard of this. Regardless, these families need their husbands and fathers HOME now. We need to pray that Bush, or even Obama, does the right thing on this. Cornyn makes an excellent point in saying that clemency would give these men back the next ten years of their lives.
Rick Santorum — The Elephant in the Room: McCain may be Obama’s Secret Weapon
(FROM: The Philadelphia Inquirer) I’ve been saying for a while now that Arizona Sen. John McCain, regardless of the outcome of his re-election bid in 2010, will once again cross party lines and support and endorse Barack Obama’s own re-election in 2012. McCain has always been more comfortable working with Democrats with his back to his own party and base, and as Santorum points out, he realizes that when he does so, he has the support of the media and the current majority on Capitol Hill. Furthermore, remember that he was apparently considering a spot on John Kerry’s ticket in 2004. I can almost hear him now: “My friends, my friend President Obama was handed the worst set of circumstances of any president in recent history when he took office in January 2009. I was impressed with the way he handled those challenges, just as I was impressed with how he handled his campaign against me. So, my friends, I proudly stand with my former rival, and ask that you give President Obama four more years in the White House.”
Holder: I Can’t Beat Obama on Basketball Court but I Can ‘Hang With Him’
(FROM: Huffington Post) Of course, Eric Holder was asked more difficult questions about terrorism and torture and his role in pardoning Marc Rich. Still, I’d rather spend the extra time in his confirmation hearings talking about his feelings on our Constitution, whether or not he plans to fire any U.S. Attorneys, or simply some further examination on his feelings toward waterboarding and other ways of gleaning life-saving information from people sworn to effect our destruction. I’ve got a decent sense of humor–why do I feel like Bruno Kirby’s character in Good Morning Vietnam when I say that?–but I still feel as though this was a little over the top. I didn’t hear any senators, during Hillary Clinton’s confirmation hearing, asking the new Secretary of State about the difference between her and Michelle Obama’s cooking.
Video: S.C. Sen. Jim DeMint Explains Why he Opposes Release of More TARP Funds
(FROM: YouTube) I’m a big fan of what I see in South Carolina. DeMint is a solid conservative, and has certainly been on the right side of this bailout issue from the beginning. Gov. Mark Sanford has come out and said that he doesn’t want federal bailout money, and he’d rather not pay for the fiscally irresponsible actions of so many other states like New York, California and more. If the freezing cold weather wasn’t enough to chase us down to Charleston as soon as I finish law school, the conservatives down there would be. Gosh, I can’t wait. Anyway, here’s the video from earlier this week:
Bailed-Out Citibank Top Donor to Obama Inauguration
(FROM: Newsmax) After receiving taxpayer funds during the first round of bailout madness, Citi refused to back out of a deal in which it was paying $400 million for naming rights to the New York Mets’ new ballpark (see No, Thank You — That’s Not on My Christmas List). Now, we’re learning that Citigroup employees donated $586,000 to Barack Obama during the campaign, and are forking over at least another $113,000 for his inauguration. And, to top it all off, Citi is asking for more bailout money from the next TARP go-round. I’ve had enough.
5,000 Port-a-potties Prepared for Barack Obama’s Historic Inauguration
(FROM: N.Y. Daily News) D.C. Police and the U.S. Secret Service estimates have ranged from one million to four million people expected to attend Barack Obama’s inauguration next week in our nation’s capital. Any way you look at it, 5,000 port-a-potties are just not enough. Between the cold, the crowds and the liberals, you couldn’t pay me to attend the inauguration — in fact, even if I were the one being inaugurated, considering the weather alone you’d have to convince me to go. Add to that mix a wicked shortage on bathrooms, and we’re looking at a nightmare. 5,000 toilets for at least one million people. Any way you look at it, by the end of the celebration, both the liberals and the port-a-potties will be full of crap.