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(data tracked back to 1989)

 During 2008 the US Congress worked the least amount of total hours, averaged only a 5 1/2 hour workday – the lowest recorded, yet passed 318 public laws – the highest since 2000, confirmed one of the lowest numbers of nominations, had the worst voting attendance recorded, and had the lowest number of roll call votes recorded. (source: Prepared by the Senate Daily Digest -Office of the Secretary)


Obama’s recession plan: more bureaucrats (Rep. McMorris Rodgers)
By Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) – 02/16/10 02:29 PM ET

As hard-working Americans struggle through one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, one part of the country remains recession-proof: Washington, D.C.

Even though federal tax revenues are down 20 percent and the national debt has ballooned to $12 trillion, President Barack Obama and his allies on Capitol Hill continue to believe that we can borrow and spend our way to prosperity. As part of that plan, they’re using our hard-earned tax dollars to increase the size of government and the salary of bureaucrats.

While the private sector has lost a total of 7.7 million jobs during the past two years, the ranks of the federal bureaucracy have swelled by nearly 10 percent. Furthermore, while the average salary in the private sector is $40,331, a typical federal worker earns $71,206. Worst of all is the explosion of government salaries at a time when most taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet. According to an investigative report by USA Today, the proportion of “federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14 percent to 19 percent during the recession’s first 18 months – and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.”

Dem says public option is ‘within grasp’
By Jordan Fabian – 02/18/10 10:05 AM ET

A liberal Democratic lawmaker on Thursday said that the public health insurance option could still be included in a final reform bill.

(note: Ellison is a praticing Muslim with some questionable ties and views. As such we are alarmed with respect to his ability to swear to our Constitution and to Protect us. His religious dogma is wholly incompatable with such !   emphsis added ours)

Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said that the government-run plan is within grasp a day after 7 additional senators signed on to a

He tweeted:

Progressive! Don’t be discouraged; be ENCOURAGED. Public Option is within grasp if you ACT NOW! Call your Senator! Say: Support PO#!

Ellison’s words underscore growing momentum among liberal lawmakers behind reintroducing the public plan after it was struck from the Senate bill late last year. 

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Thursday that the public plan “could very well be” reinserted into the final bill, the strongest statement yet from a Democratic leader. 

Clyburn spoke after Democratic Sens. Diane Feinstein (Calif.), Roland Burris (Ill.), Al Franken (Minn.), Pat Leahy (Vt.), John Kerry (Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) signed the letter written by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-signed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, also signed the letter Wednesday. 

“Although we strongly support the important reforms made by the Senate-passed health reform package, including a strong public option would improve both its substance and the public’s perception of it,” the letter reads.

letter calling for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass it through the Senate using the budget reconciliation process. 

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Many states have now introduced either legislation, or state constitutional amendments that nullify any federal legislation on this issue. The reason: There is no Enumerated Power in the US Constitution that allows the federal government to consider this topic, and the states are asserting their 10th amendment rights.


 These are the true deficits: Bush $485B, then under Reid-Pelosi Congress-to $600B and then $800B, now Obama $1.4T and climbing ! 

Dick Morris – 02/02/10 06:37 PM ET

President Barack Obama is being disingenuous when he says that the budget deficit he faced “when I walked in the door” of the White House was $1.3 trillion. He went on to say that he only increased it to $1.4 trillion in 2009 and was raising it to $1.6 trillion in 2010.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) might have said, “You lie,” but we’ll settle for “You distort.”

(As Mark Twain once said, there are three kinds of lies: “lies, damn lies and statistics.”)

Here are the facts:

 Obama’s program of fiscal austerity in this new budget is a joke. He freezes very selected budget items while he shovels out new spending in his stimulus packages. If he wanted to lower the deficit, here’s what he could do:

1. Cancel the remaining $500 billion of stimulus spending; and

2. Cancel the $300 billion of spending in stimulus II.

 Those are the real numbers. Or, as Al Gore would have it, “the inconvenient truth.”


Max Kerr added: Don’t  forget that the $500 Billion that was repaid under the TARP was credited as ‘revenue’ by the current administration effectively driving the first year deficit to $1.9 Trillion, a 250% increase over the previous administrations last year.



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