Websites indicate US Reps, Sens main money streams

November 22, 2014

D.C. lobbyists do the heavy lifting, saving home town folks the back aches

Most of us have ended up on congressional mailing lists. Issues large and small provoke the incessant emails warning of dire consequences unless we immediately cough up cash. The requests hit breakneck speed preceding elections and the release of quarterly reports, where a competitive showing is crucial to incumbents seeking reelection and desirous of quashing upstart challengers.

But how much do they actually need us? Are the home folks of either party the backbone of incumbent’s revenue streams?

As dedicated observers of the political scene, our interest was piqued as we stumbled onto MapLight, a newly launched site that promotes itself as “Revealing Money’s Influence on Politics.” Check out the golden links along the top of the home page.

There is an abundance of fascinating information here which we have just begun to examine. 

Among the items that provided a chuckle was this dual list (House and Senate) showing who gets the most money from the agricultural chemicals companies.

Who’da guessed John McCain, who is legendary for spreading manure, would be a top recipient of the fertilizer industry?

Take a minute to read the Research Guide and look into the navigation tools —- especially those that show the correlation between donations to politicians and the corresponding favorable votes they cast. It’s all there on “Contributions By Vote.” 

Money Near Votes” shows all contributions given within days, weeks, or months of a vote, and the effect of that dough on voting yes or no.

You’ll want to check out any House or Senate member here and see who their major donors are and how much they give. Incumbency pays well, which is why it’s so difficult to oust entrenched Washington players.

Another intriguing site revealing the political money trail is the Sunlight Foundation.  Its home page, Political Party Time, has this compelling intro:

“From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are breaking bread and sipping cocktails with donors. Sunlight’s Party Time lets you know who’s fundraising and where.”

Not surprisingly, a good portion of the fundraising takes place in Washington, D.C.

 


Obama’s raw contempt for constitution’s separation of powers & Update

November 21, 2014

Statements from Arizona’s D.C. delegation

The President of the United States, a onetime senior lecturer who later claimed to be a “constitutional law professor,” has shown his ineptness regarding the subject.

By unilaterally implementing his brazen amnesty scheme via executive order —- bypassing congress —- he has rejected the voice of America’s voters. Barack Obama has exceeded his authority for what he undoubtedly views as  pure political gain.

This is Obama speaking more rationally to a live Univision audience in March 2011:

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” Obama said at the time.

“We’ve got three branches of government,” he instructs.  “Congress passes the law, the executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the laws,” he says.

“For me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

When Obama was first sworn into office he had large Democrat majorities in both the Senate and the House. They were so large he could have designed and passed a bill exclusively through the Democrats. Instead he pushed healthcare reform and gun control bills. Now after a major 2014 midterm election loss repudiating his policies, and putting both the Senate and House in GOP control, an angry Obama has bypassed congress altogether.  This comes despite the fact that he has repeatedly acknowledged he does not have the authority to take such action.

Obama’s sagging polling numbers speak volumes. He will have no legacy as he leaves office in two years. Still, the question remains, are his actions legal?

Update-tag

These are the responses to Obama’s executive order under “press releases” from Arizona’s Republican members of congress. Rep. Trent Franks has a page titled “In the News.” His most recent newsworthy issue does not address this massive overstep of presidential authority.

 Rep. Gosar Responds to President Obama’s Unlawful Executive Amnesty Order

 Rep. Salmon Responds to President Obama’s Unilateral Immigration Actions

 Rep. Schweikert Secret Science Bill Passes the House

Trent Franks: Stand Up For Religious Freedom

 Longtime amnesty leader, John McCain attempts to feign outrage: 

Senator McCain on Pres. Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

McCain’s amnesty doppelganger Sen. Jeff Flake  issued this two sentence equivocation:

Flake Statement on Obama’s Immigration Executive Order


Obama set to ignore America’s repudiation of his policies

November 20, 2014

Exhibits brash contempt for still struggling American citizen workforce

As we await this evening’s announcement granting amnesty to upward of five million illegals, it’s worth keeping a sharp eye on the Republican establishment, some of whom are poised to cave to this dangerous overreach that will give rise to a further surge of invaders.  Beware when the words, “our nation’s immigration system is broken,” are used.

Surprisingly, the habitually deferential MSM networks —- ABC, CBS and NBC —- are reportedly taking a pass on Barack Obama’s primetime address, as he outlines his executive action in defiance of the American people who soundly rejected his schemes on Nov. 4.

In fact, this newly released NBC/WSJ poll shows Hispanics do not overwhelmingly support Obama’s decision to bypass Congress. Nearly half of all Americans express disapproval.

Acting unilaterally, the “Emperor of the United States,” as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has so correctly tagged, him is moving forward with imposing executive amnesty.

Rush Limbaugh notes that Sessions is also the most eloquent, consistent, outspoken critic of illegal immigration and amnesty.  He writes op-eds and delivers effective speeches from the floor of the Senate. He has been tireless in his characterization of the danger that this portends to the country, to the future. He understands what’s at risk, both democratically and constitutionally.

For his efforts, Republican leadership in the Senate want to kick Sessions off the Budget Committee, where he is the Ranking Member. If that occurs, it pretty much tells us all  we need to know about what’s going to happen with the new Senate majority we were just rejoicing over.

After winning the only nationally uncontested senate election in 2014, Sessions said, “The American people dramatically repudiated the policies of President Obama, Senator Reid, and Leader Pelosi. It was also a dramatic affirmation of the policies our GOP candidates campaigned on: controlling spending, balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, unleashing American energy, and boosting wages through pro-worker reforms.”

“Republicans in the House and Senate campaigned against the Obama-Senate immigration bill and on the pledge to block President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. The immediate emergency facing our new majority will be fighting the President’s disastrous planned actions, and we will have not only a Constitutional mandate but also a popular mandate to do so,” Sessions said.

“President Obama’s immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social Security numbers, photo IDs and work permits —– which will allow them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation. Congress must not allow this unconstitutional action. That means Congress should fund the government while ensuring that no funds can be spent on this unlawful purpose.”

“The last six years of the Obama-Reid majority have been a government of the elites for the elites. Our new GOP Senators will lead the way in returning government to the loyal citizens who sent us here.”

Those were Sen. Sessions words following the election that swept Republicans into office nationwide earlier this month.  Will they ring true?


Obama reacts to massacre of praying Americans with moral equivalence

November 19, 2014

Using meat cleavers, knives and a gun to brutally kill innocent worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue, Palestinian terrorists show they are willing to commit their violence in the most provocative way. Eight others were injured in the Tuesday attack.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Palestinians celebrated the violence, with revelers handing out candy to children, while brandishing axes and posters of the terrorists in praise of their deadly attack. Hamas-affiliated social media also circulated violent and anti-Semitic cartoons hailing the killings.

Three of the five slaughtered by two Palestinian cousins were American citizens residing in Israel. They were identified by the State Department as Mosheh Twersky, 59, Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, and Cary William Levine, 55. The men and a British citizen, Avraham Goldberg, 68, all rabbis, were savagely slaughtered when the murderers stormed the building during morning prayers and began attacking worshippers.

The synagogue is located in a quiet neighborhood that has a large community of English-speaking congregants.

Palestinian radio reports praised the attackers as “martyrs” and loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations.

In a statement, Barack Obama inanely said, “At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace “

The praying victims were certainly “rejecting violence.”

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was less equivocal, strongly condemning the unprovoked attack: “Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families after this evil attack on a place of worship. An attack on a synagogue shows that there are no bounds for terrorists. These are people depraved of any humanity in their hearts, and they must not only be stopped, they must be exterminated,” he said. “Unfortunately, Israel is no stranger to these types of attacks. That’s why we must always stand with our close friend and ally, condemn the act of terror and defend their right to defend themselves.”

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) each issued strong statements of condemnation of the terrorists and explicit support for Israel, as Obama carefully couched his words.


$3 billion donor Obama imitates fashion of mass murderer

November 18, 2014

During his recent trip to China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Barack Obama, the leader of the free world, emulated his Communist hosts by showing up in a Mao jacket.

In addition to his outlandishly offensive garb, during this speech given while in Australia he laid at the feet of the globalists, his vow to underwrite with American tax dollars an Al Gore-like and discredited Climate Change initiative. 

“We are going to contribute $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund so we can help developing nations deal with climate change,” he boasted.

The Green Climate Fund says that it aims to promote a “paradigm shift” in the use of energy and in development. Translate that to mean United States’ manufacturing and technology will be hamstrung while Third World countries will get a pass on complying with emissions standards. China, a global financial powerhouse, has a 15-year moratorium.

The U.K.‘s Daily Mail has an interesting comparison piece listing the world’s most murderous regimes. Note that China’s Mao Zedong, who made mandatory the Mao jacket, tops the list of murderous regimes, edging out the horrific and bloody dictatorships of Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler.


New U.S. Senator speaks truth: It’s not “immigration” that’s the problem

November 17, 2014

Oklahomans have elected a thinking conservative senator in James Lankford

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep./Senator-elect James Lankford was among the guests appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. He is clearly a man to keep our eyes on. Oklahoma should be commended for sending this thinking conservative to the U.S. Senate.

Lankford responded to a baiting comment from Wallace harkening back to a “government shutdown” as the conversation turned to defunding Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to shove through amnesty for illegals via an executive order. 

LANKFORD: “But people are not pursuing some government shutdown, though. Let me take you back into the Clinton administration. President Clinton put out an executive order and the House voted against that to defund that executive order 417-2. That was in 1998, because it took over power from the legislative branch in the states. I would love to see that bipartisanship again where the Congress steps up and says to a president, you do not have executive authority to do this. You have to do your responsibility. We have to do ours.”

WALLACE: “But I guess what I’m trying to get at and, you know, I fully understand there are a lot of members who say, look, you’ve got to use the power of the purse. That’s your one advantage, your one piece of leverage over the president, to try to change policy. But are you willing to go to possibly shutting down the government to do that? Because it seems — let me — my point is, that regardless of who is responsible on the merits, it seems like Congress gets blamed and the president ends up winning. It certainly happened in October of 2013.”

LANKFORD: “Sure. But, Chris, your assumption is, is that that’s the only option that’s sitting out here, is to be able to shut down government. I just don’t believe that that’s true. I think there are ways to be able to fund everything, and I don’t think the president has the high ground. He has this perception that everyone in the country thinks like him, and that is not correct. I represent millions of people. Tom Cotton represents millions of people. There are millions of people scattered around the United States that think like us, and, though, the president thinks only these few crazy conservatives in Congress think this way and no one else does, he’s misjudged the American people.

Arizonans who don’t hear such cogent truth from their own senators might want to commit these words spoken by newly elected Sen. James Lankford to memory: “The American people really do believe in the rule of law. They don’t have a problem with immigration. They have a problem with illegal immigration. And for the president to step up and say, I’m just going to remove the word “illegal” and to be able to transition this and ignore the law, a lot of people have a problem with that, Republicans and Democrats alike.”

Lankford, who refreshingly campaigned as “a faithful, conservative leader” will fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, who is sadly battling serious health problems.


Religion of Peace flexes Muslim Brotherhood muscle

November 16, 2014

Sunday is an appropriate day to post the recent decision by Gary Hall, the Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D,C, to host Muslim prayers. In addition, the date that was selected just happened to be the 100th anniversary of the religiously motivated large-scale genocide of innocent Christians.

Breitbart News reports on the bizarre response of Dean Gary Hall to questions about this decision.

Investors Business Daily reacts with this pull-no-punches editorial, “Muslim Brotherhood Hijacks National Cathedral.”

“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque in Sterling, Virginia, one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service. “Let this be a lesson to the world.”

“A lesson” to the world?

As mosques proliferate across the United States and many are known as centers of radicalization, it’s fitting to point out that Islam is not a religion in the sense that Judaism and Christianity are. It dictates every aspect of life, enforced by Sharia courts, domination of women, Quarnic authorization of beheadings and second class status for Dhimmis, non-Muslims in Muslim countries who are subject to humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Quran’s command that they “feel themselves subdued” 

Although churches and synagogues still stand as relics in some cities in Muslim dominated nations, new construction is disallowed. The cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, absolutely forbid such houses of worship. Conversion of Muslims to other faiths is considered apostasy, a crime punishable by death under strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Two years ago USAToday reported that the number of mosques in the United States had soared 74% since 2000. As political correctness reigns, is anyone paying attention?


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