November 2010

John Boehner’s First Big Test

by Bill O'Connell on November 29, 2010

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The newly elected majority in the House of Representatives has an opportunity to prove that what they campaigned on was not just talk.  In the next week or so the Republicans will choose their committee chairman.  We will have the opportunity to see if the Republican old bulls lead the party back to the same old, same old, or if the young bulls lead the charge to change.

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Al Gore Quietly Paves the Way for Ethanol’s Demise

by Bill O'Connell on November 27, 2010

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Did you hear the news on broadcast television what Al Gore said about Ethanol?  Neither did I.  You have to dig a little further to find news that goes against the progressive grain.

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Eric Holder as Free Agent

by Bill O'Connell on November 23, 2010

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The baseball season has ended.  The San Francisco Giants are the world champions for the first time since 1954 when they were the New York Giants.  The stadiums are empty and the spring training fields have not yet gotten busy.  But, fear not, the free agent season is heating up.

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Oh, To Be Charlie Rangel

by Bill O'Connell on November 22, 2010

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The injustice of it all.  Poor Charlie Rangel ran out of money for his attorneys and stomped off saying he wasn’t going to play anymore, because his fellow House members were being unfair to him.  As many a parent has said to their recalcitrant child, “You should have thought about that before you [fill in the offense here].”  It is most likely that Mr. Rangel will be censured, just like his predecessor in that same Congressional District, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was censured.

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Pistole Whipped

by Bill O'Connell on November 20, 2010

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Did you ever watch a business, celebrity, or government agency find itself in the middle of a media frenzy that it thinks will soon blow over and instead it only gets worse? In a way, I feel sorry for TSA Administrator John Pistole, but after listening to him try to defend what they are doing, a head slap is the more appropriate reaction. What are these idiots thinking?

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Have the TSA’s Latest Screening Techniques Gone Too Far?

by Bill O'Connell on November 17, 2010

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There has been significant buzz lately surrounding the new full body scanners now being rolled out to airports around the country.  Somewhere in a cave on the other side of the world I can imagine a conversation like this:

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The Earmark Victory

by Bill O'Connell on November 16, 2010

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The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money – Unknown (often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville)

That, in my mind, pretty much sums up earmarks.  It is a way for Congress to bribe the public with the public’s money.  As Tip O’Neill once said, “all politics is local,” and the way it is made local is that the members of Congress get money from the Treasury, put there by their constituents (the public) to show what a great job the member is doing at bringing home the bacon (bribe).

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The Tangled Web of Entitlement Politics

by Bill O'Connell on November 15, 2010

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“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” – Ronald Reagan

 

Our friends on the left scoff at such words as those above, but the longer they are in power and providing “help”, the more they get tied up in knots.  Let me walk you through an example using Congressman Tim Bishop as the key player.

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ObamaCare in Action

by Bill O'Connell on November 12, 2010

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When President Obama and his team stood before their supporters and introduced ObamaCare you could almost hear them sing in unison the Carly Simon song, “Nobody does it better…”.  They were going to bring us the health care we had been waiting for.  Magically covering every soul in America whether they wanted it or not.  If they did not, the government would be just like granny used to be, “Open wide, this won’t hurt a bit.”  Come to think of it, was that granny or… never mind.

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Fixing New York – Episode 2

by Bill O'Connell on November 11, 2010

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Please enjoy this audio podcast

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