Czarry About That, Obama!
UPDATE: 5 FOR 5: House Votes To Defund EPA
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved an amendment late Friday afternoon that will eliminate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The measure, known as the Poe-Carter Amendment after its sponsors, Reps. Ted Poe and John Carter of Texas, is part of the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution.
The amendment will specifically cut funding for EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from stationary sources.
Yesterday was a bad day for Red Squares, Public Disservice employees and flummoxed members of the national Jackass Party as the dismantling of Barack Obama’s Comintern began in earnest. Predictably, union shock troops and other assorted useful idiots took to the barricades in Wisconsin to protest the impending end of their no longer affordable benefit packages, while the surviving Democratic legislators who had made such largess possible in the first place stampeded out of town in a panic to previously prepared hide-outs in Illinois. In the nation’s capitol, House Republicans defied long-standing tradition and actually did what they were elected to do:
The vote was 249-179.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered the amendment that blocks funding for various policy advisers to combat what he called “a very disturbing proliferation of czars” under Obama.
“These unappointed, unaccountable people who are literally running a shadow government, heading up these little fiefdoms that nobody can really seem to identify where they are or what they’re doing,” Scalise said Thursday. “But we do know that they’re wielding vast amounts of power.”
The jobs on the chopping block: White House-appointed advisers on health care, energy and climate, green jobs, urban affairs, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, oversight of TARP executive compensation, diversity at the Federal Communications Commission and the auto industry manufacturing policy.
The House voted to defund President Obama’s health care overhaul on Friday during a sustained burst of floor activity on a temporary spending bill.
The House passed the health care measure, 239-187, as an amendment to a bill that would keep the government lights on through the end of the fiscal year but also impose deep cuts on domestic programs.
The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.
The amendment, approved on a 244-181 vote, was offered by Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to legislation that would fund government agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2011.
If the defunding effort fails, Republicans are pursuing a second route to try to block the FCC’s open-Internet order. Walden and other Republicans in both the House and the Senate introduced on Wednesday a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which would give lawmakers a limited amount of time to try to block the FCC’s net-neutrality rules.
The vote was 240-185 with 11 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against. One member voted present. A group of Republicans on the floor applauded when the vote hit 218.
I posted yesterday on the intentional destabilization of the Mid-East. Now it’s happening in our own mid-West, where the all-too-real Barack Obama champions our restive unions for the same reason as did the fictional Tony Soprano in New Jersey:
The primary reason the White House and the Democrats are fighting the movement to end collective bargaining is that dues will no longer be mandatory for teachers in the unions once they can no longer bargain. Therefore there will no massive slush fund for the Democrats. In 2010 the following for the two major teachers unions in the U.S. were massive moneybags for the left.
The National Education Association
- Gross receipts: $337 Million (88% Dues)
- Political Contributions and Lobbying $50.4 Million (99% to Democrats)
- Contributions, gifts and grants $89.0 Million (100% Liberal Organization)
American Federation of Teachers
- Gross receipts $225 Million (90% Dues)
- Political Contributions and Lobbying $18.8 Million (99% to Democrats)
- Contributions, gifts and grants $3.6 Million (100% Liberal Organizations)
Total political contributions and Lobbying: $ 69.2 Million
Contribution to Liberal causes $92.6 Million
The political unrest in Wisconsin, billed as some kind of grass-roots uprising, is being organized and directed by Barack Obama‘s Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee. This development is consistent with Mr. Obama‘s instructions for supporters to “get in the face” of those who oppose them, but in this case, they are seeking to derail a lawful legislative process.
Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would nullify collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.
The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to mobilize thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
[…] By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were working to organize additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers.
As key areas of the world erupt in civil discord throughout the Muslim world, the unrest has spread to the United States, and President Obama and the Democrats stoke the flames. A common thread runs through the entirety of civil unrest throughout the world–labor unions join with Marxists and radical Islam to create chaos. The unions play a key role in the unrest in Egypt, Libya, and other Muslim nations, and their tactics have spread to American states in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Idaho, with reports indicating similar unrest is pending in Minnesota.
Try as they might, Obama and his minions are going to have a hard time prevailing over a nation in the midst of repairing the damage they started two years ago.