Scott Brown and Ed Markey seem to be mixed up about what house they serve in. Representatives are expected to stay closely in touch with their local constituents and serve their concerns first, while Senators are expected to put their state's interests aside and serve the national interests. Senators aren't supposed to be on the plane every weekend. Markey has apparently started to believe he is a Senator already, but at least he is attempting to reconcile himself into the proper job. Perhaps Brown should run for Markey's seat, or James McGovern's, if he likes flying back and forth and fighting for his neighbors against the rest of the country.
Washington is, after all, named after the father of the country:
Washington's General Orders given at Cambridge, July 4, 1775
"The Continental Congress having now taken all the Troops of the several Colonies, which have been raised, or which may be hereafter raised, for the support and defence of the Liberties of America; into their Pay and Service: They are now the Troops of the United Provinces of North America; and it is hoped that all Distinctions of Colonies will be laid aside; so that one and the same spirit may animate the whole, and the only contest be, who shall render, on this great and trying occasion, the most essential Service to the great and common cause in which we are all engaged."
Lynnfield, MA - Richard Tisei, candidate for Congress in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District, today announced he had received the endorsement of U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
"I've known Richard Tisei for 25 years as both a friend and a colleague in the State Senate," said Brown. "We need more independent-minded fighters like him in our delegation if we're going to get the economy moving and get America going the right direction again."
Senator Brown, who was born in Wakefield and grew up in what is now the 6th Congressional District, won the district handily in 2010, as did the Baker-Tisei gubernatorial effort the same year. Tisei was re-elected 12 times as representative and senator in the southern portion of the Congressional District, where a majority of the voters are registered as independents.
"I'm grateful to Senator Brown for his endorsement today," said Tisei. "Scott Brown proved that a candidate with a positive message about economic growth, jobs, and freedom can win in Massachusetts. The people are crying out for change in Washington. That's why they elected Scott Brown in 2010 and why I believe they'll elect me in 2012. America can do so much better and it's time that the voice of the people is heard in Washington."
Many speak about a broken Washington, DC, that cries for new leadership. The CLASS Act is living proof of the problems that plague Washington, and why it is time for change in Congress.
The CLASS Act ("Community Living Assistance Services and Supports") was passed as part of ObamaCare and hailed as a long term care insurance program that would help seniors maintain independence at home and avoid nursing home placement.
At the time, Congressional leaders promised that every senior in the nation would be eligible for this new government run program and that this new benefit would be financed solely by enrollee premiums without federal subsidy. Seniors would pay premiums for 5 years before receiving benefits of up to $50/day to pay for homemaker and other services. In addition, low income enrollees would pay a premium of only $5/month, and be subsidized by those paying full premiums.
If it sounded too good to be true, it was! Even before passed into law, Richard Foster, Chief Actuary of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, reviewed CLASS for financial solvency.
If either the US Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA) or the US House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) become law, political blogs such as Red Mass Group (RMG) & Blue Mass Group (BMG) will cease to exist.
The congressional anti-piracy bill, if passed, would not be content to "censor" & "criminalize" the internet. It would kill it. So says Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:
Schmidt said the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would punish Web firms, including search engines, that link to foreign websites dedicated to online piracy. He said implementing the bill as written would effectively break the Internet.
"By criminalizing links, what these bills do is they force you to take content off the Internet," Schmidt said, calling it a form of censorship.
The search giant has been at the forefront of a tech industry backlash against the legislation from House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
"If Congress writes a bad law, we all suffer," Schmidt said.
He compared the proposal to the Web censorship practiced by repressive foreign governments like China and doubled down on that comparison when speaking with reporters after his remarks at the Economic Club of Washington.
"It's not a good thing. I understand the goal of what SOPA and PIPA are trying to do," Schmidt said of the Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act. "Their goal is reasonable, their mechanism is terrible. They should not criminalize the intermediaries. They should go after the people that are violating the law."
Schmidt also criticized SOPA for targeting the Domain Name System, which experts have warned could undermine the security of the Web.
"What they're essentially doing is whacking away at the DNS system and that's a mistake. It's a bad way to go about solving the problem," Schmidt said.
(Welcome to RMG Richard - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
I wanted to share with the RMG community our recent video from the campaign kickoff last week in Wakefield.
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TIME FOR REGULATION ROLL BACK
By: Edward P. Shallow
Let me quote briefly from Michael Savage's best selling book, "Trickle up Poverty" in chapter 6, The Late Great Climate Scam, Savage makes the point, and I quote: "Make no mistake. Global warming alarmists and environmental radicals have been lying about climate change for decades and how the "cap-and-trade" legislation that Congress is considering will hammer every middle-class family with a tsunami of new taxes." Speaking about those new taxes, if cap-and-trade was to become law, here is how the Heritage Foundation quantifies the financial impact: "Six hundred hurricanes couldn't cause this much economic damage" to our country.
More than 1,000 dissenting scientists from around the Globe have now challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations and Al Gore.
Consider these statements by Dr. Robert B. Laughlin, Physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1998:
"Please remain calm: The earth will heal itself...Climate is beyond our power to control...Earth doesn't care about government or their legislation...You can't find much actual Global Warming in present-day weather observations."
"Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone's permission or explaining itself."
Michael Savage states, "No longer can we be Barack Obama's sheeple and let the American Dream be trampled, beaten, and burned to the ground."
The EPA has announced they will be setting greenhouse standards for power plants and petroleum refineries, which together account for nearly 40 percent of the emissions blamed for climate change.
According to Politico, GOP lawmakers have already launched a series of efforts to hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency--and that is before the rules have even officially kicked in. Those efforts are expected to increase in frequency and in force in the 125th Congress just sworn in this week as Republicans claim the House majority and industries continue to lobby furiously against the greenhouse gas regulations.
Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) last week accused EPA of advancing a "long regulatory assault" against domestic energy producers. "The EPA has its foot firmly on the throat of our economic recovery." "We will not allow the administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate."
I implore Congress to institute new laws that will reign in bureaucracies that take it upon themselves to enact their own rules to by pass Congress and the will of the American people.
In addition, while I am at it, and the 125th Congress is in a cost-cutting mode and looking for procedures to reduce the budget, I urge Congress to eliminate all the government agencies leaving the law making process to the local level.
To aid Congress I have researched the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency and found for the year 2009 the budget was $10.5 billion, the largest in the dept's 39 yr history.
The budget for the Department of Education for the year 2009 was $59.2 billion. This department was established as a gift to President Carter and the teachers unions, and has done nothing to enhance education, just look at our urban centers for proof.
Given the initial cost reduction Congress is contemplating at $100 billion, I have just eliminated $69.7 billion, the elimination of a few more departments will gain the desired amount, and America will be best suited at the local level.
Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired from her position as a columnist for Hearst News Service, according to the Associated Press, due to "remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues." The denunciations were bipartisan and the anger by most of her colleagues over her comments was genuine. Goodbye, Helen.
(Is the Scott Brown Coalition already dead? Interesting questions and concerns over the unhappy activist base and their relationship with the Baker/Tisei ticket. Where will they go? Do social cons really have anywhere to go this gubernatorial election? What about libertarians? Should they just throw their token support behind the gubernatorial nominee or focus on legislative races?
Oh, and what about that guy with the 17 daughters in Quincy? - promoted by Garrett Quinn)
What I'm having trouble understanding is why did all the unity we had as a party in the US Senate race disappear so fast. Conservatives generally supported Scott Brown even though he wasn't pro-life and even though Joe Kennedy articulated some fiscal issues on which Scott was more moderate. In Scott's primary, his opponent was even running radio ads calling him a RINO. Conservatives overlooked certain issues because it was so important to elect a Republican that would be the 41st vote against the detrimental policies Democrats were passing and planning to pass in Washington D.C.
Now we have a Governor's race where people seem to be supporting Tim Cahill because his stances on certain issues are supposedly slightly more conservative than our GOP candidates for Governor. And, I can't understand why fellow conservatives would embrace an ex-Democrat like Cahill when a month ago they decided that Scott Brown was worth it to vote for over Joe Kennedy.
So several people are out having fun in a massive blizzard throwing snowballs at each other. They're at a deserted intersection and one of their snowballs hits a Hummer.
If you were driving the Hummer how would you react?
A. Ignore it because it's a snowball
B. Roll down the window and yell something at those damn kids. Damn kids with their rock and roll music.
C. Stop your car and confront them. With a gun.
Of course this detective decided he was going to get all huffy and puffy with a gun & badge. DC has one of the highest crimes rates in the country but apparently there is a massive snowball problem, too. To be fair the best way to stop something that will give you a minor bruise is to bring something that can end a life.
Dan Hayes of Reason Magazine was there and caught the incident on tape.
Since returning from DC I've been going through my notes and memory cards. I will be uploading some things in the next few days.
The most anticipated speakers on the second day of CPAC were Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The ballrooms were filled to maximum capacity for both events and spilled into several overflow rooms. Both candidates gave speeches that were very similar to their campaign stump speeches during the primary. Paul's speech focused on reiterating what conservatism is by listing five principles including the repeal of the 16th Amendment of the Constitution and elimination of the Federal Reserve. Paul announced that he is writing another book due out sometime late this year or early next year.
Romney immediately following Paul in the same ballroom touched on similar issues but the crowd was more subdued. Romney defended the initial bailout, better known as TARP, because he "believed it was necessary to prevent a cascade of bank collapses." Romney was very critical of Obama's plan for the national debt saying that it was not ambitious enough. He warned against the perceived dangers of universal health care as he touted and defended the plan that he implemented in Massachusetts as governor as a conservative alternative to socialized medicine.
What an event, The 30th Anniversary of GOPAC was last week and GOPAC held its first State and Local Summit in Washington, DC.
I was lucky to be invited to a Summit with over 150 participants from all over the country. We received some great information from people like Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov Tim Pawlenty (R) MN, George Allen, Michael Steele, and other great movers and shakers in Washington and around the country.
This event energized every candidate and incumbent present. We discussed local issues and possible solutions to many serious local concerns.
After this great event and training EVERY candidate can not only feel as though he can win an election, HE KNOWS HE CAN!!
GOPAC is a great organization and I would suggest that if you are looking for some new training and information that you support GOPAC and attend its seminars for the progression and growth of the Republican Party.
Despite GOP claims of extravagance and waste, a $450,000-a-year two-person Washington D.C. state office run by the Patrick administration has offered key support on Medicaid waiver negotiations, children's health insurance advocacy, and federal energy assistance, administration officials argued this week.
As the Senate prepares to debate its fiscal 2009 spending plan Wednesday, Republican Senate leaders are moving to slash a $453,292 line item for "costs associated with maintaining and enhancing the commonwealth's Washington, DC office for the purpose of better coordinating all activities and programs that receive or may potentially receive federal funds or are regulated by federal agencies."
The logic, according to Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, is that an all-Democratic Congressional delegation and Democrat-controlled Congress should offer more than enough assistance to a Democrat-controlled Massachusetts government, negating any need for a costly, separate office. In addition, Tisei argued that the Romney administration funded its DC office at a lower level than requested by the Patrick administration and used funds from the governor's own account, not a separate line item.
"You would think [the administration and congressmen] would be able to communicate among each other and use the congressional offices as our lobbyist in Washington," Tisei said in a phone interview. "We don't necessarily have to have an office in Washington that's as staffed up as it is right now. At a time when we're cutting back human service programs, it seems to me that the last thing we need is an extravagant office in Washington."
It seems like a good idea to me. Why do we need an office in DC for the state. That's why we elect Congressmen and Senators. Are we saying that our Congressmen and Senators are ineffective? That seems to be Deval Patrick's excuse.
US Senator Trent Lott announced yesterday (11-26-07) that he'll be leaving the Senate at the end of the year. According to Wall Street Journal writer David Rogers (11-27-07), "New Senate ethics rules, which take effect at the end of the year and impose a longer 'cooling off' period before he could lobby his colleagues, may have contributed to his timing. Also, the recent announcement by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran that he will seek re-election likely assures Mississippi of having a continued strong presence in Washington and makes it easier for Mr. Lott to make his exit." Democrats are snickering over Lott's impending departure but they shouldn't; Lott was a consumate dealmaker & worked well with Democrats - sometimes at the cost of Republican principles. His departure for greener pastures might result in a more conservative minority leadership seeking to overcome the party's self-inflicted wounds which led in part to the debacle of 2006. If that's the case, no tears will be shed for the outgoing Lott - unless it's tears of joy over the prospect of having one less fool within the ranks of the GOP's national leadership.
FULL DISCLOSURE: This is being simulcast on RedMass, BlueMass and chimpschumpspolitics, and in a modest number of North Left Coast Newspapers.
"May the Force be with you." This line, from the Star Wars series of films, has long resulted in various plays on words, and tongue-in-cheek advice to various officials. Herewith, I trot it out and aim it at Dubya.
The Senate, having shown that its Democratic ass is on just as backwards as that of the House, passed more or less the same money bill for the War in Iraq as did the house. Strings attached, the bill provides for limited continuation of the US effort there, said strings being a fixed, predetermined withdrawal date.
Let's draw a parallel. Your team is playing in the Super Bowl. You share ownership in that team, with, say, 99 other Senators owners. That team has a whole bunch of pretty savvy assistant coaches, trainers and various other hangers-on, to whom you guys pay Big Ugly Bucks. That team also has a BRILLIANT coach, one who took over in mid-season, led the previously mishandled team to a series of spectacular victories, and wound up today in the Ol' Super Bowl! You don't like this guy very much, in fact you DETEST him, but he's a winner, so you pay HIM Big, Ugly Bucks. Finally, your players are the best, and you pay THEM Big Ugly Bucks, and give them the best possible equipment.
I really do try to be obective in my thouhgts, which is admitedly a tough thing to do in this hyper-partisan age.
Often when fellow liberal get mad about an issue or a budding controversy, I step back and replace partisan person or party we're talking about with an opposite partisan person or party. (Hey, I am in bizarro world after all)
If I'm still outaged, then I feel "objectively" that it's a real outrage.
Which brings me to this piece of news and I have to ask the conseratives on this site...if this were a Clinton Whitehouse, how would you react?