Posted by: Debby Durkee | August 22, 2010

Stopping the lame duck Congress.

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Stopping the lame duck Congress.

This is from Phil Kerpen of that “foreign-controlled corporation” group (according to our president) Americans for Prosperity. I mean, really, how much more foreign could you be if you want a prosperous America? Obama’s out-spoken negativity against this group should convince a normal American that he’s just not that in to you. Kerpen has travelled to Maine to get the ball rolling in order to stop any shenanigans from Democrats during a lame duck Congress after the election and before the actual takeover of the newly-elected Congress. This is from http://www.pajamasmedia.com.

The lame duck threat is real… In fact, Harry Reid has already set the schedule for the lame-duck session: it starts November 15, breaks for a week for Thanksgiving, and reconvenes in December. Perhaps running right up to Christmas Eve, in a frightening replay of last year’s health care disaster.

We know how extreme the agenda will be, because Senate Democrats have been telling us: Sen. John Kerry told Bloomberg News that after the election, members of the Senate — especially, of course, the losers — will feel “free and liberated” to pass cap and trade. Sen. Tom Harkin has similarly promised to revive card check, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad expects “one of the most significant lame-duck sessions in the history of the United States.”  Snip –

Fortunately, there are three key strategies that can stop the lame-duck threat: convincing moderate Republicans to vote no on any major policy changes in a lame-duck session; educating voters in the key special election states whose new senators will be seated for the lame-duck session; and pressuring key Democratic senators, mostly those up for re-election in 2012, who will still be susceptible to public pressure in the lame-duck session.

… convincing moderate Republicans to filibuster any major policy change in a lame-duck session. Quite simply, even if Harry Reid can convince every single Democrat to get on board a sweeping lame-duck agenda, he can’t get to 60 votes without Republicans.  Snip –

Last week I went to Maine to make the case to the most important swing senators on the Republican side: Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

… called 57,000 Maine households for a telephone town hall, recorded a public access cable show, appeared on radio throughout the state, did a press conference in Bangor covered by all three networks, met with key business and political leaders throughout the states, and met directly with Collins and Snowe staffers.

Our message was clear: it is an inappropriate affront to the democratic process to rush through such enormous issues in a lame-duck session, to circumvent a national election, and to skip the legitimate process necessary to make good policy.

The message resonated. We met with hundreds of people — not one supported Reid’s lame-duck agenda. As the people of Maine keep up pressure on this key issue, we hope both senators will be inclined to make clear public statements that they will oppose any major policy changes in a lame-duck session.  Snip —

The author says that Reid has been unable and will continue to be unable to reach the 60 votes without Collins and Snowe. And, they would in turn send a signal to other wishy-washy Republicans (like Scott Brown, Judd Gregg and Lindsey Graham) to refuse to “cross the aisle” on these political hot potatoes.

The bottom line is that Senate Democrats cannot jam through an extreme policy agenda on their way out the door without help from Republican moderates. And there is no good reason for moderates to help them.

If you live in a state with a “moderate” Republican senator, make sure you let your voice be heard on this issue. A vote with the Democrats in a lame duck session is a vote against the will of the American people, our system of government and our free enterprise system. Please read it all here: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/moderate-republicans-key-to-stopping-lame-duck-threat/

Here’s what the president said regarding Americans for Prosperity at a fundraiser in Austin, TX on August 9. Pretty laughable, really. He also got a dig in on the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations the freedom to advertise in political campaigns. Americans for Prosperity is not a corporation, foreign or domestic-owned, Mr. President.

Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country.  And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are.  You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.  You don’t know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank.  You don’t know if it’s an insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.

A Supreme Court decision allowed this to happen.  And we tried to fix it, just by saying disclose what’s going on, and making sure that foreign companies can’t influence our elections. Seemed pretty straightforward.  The other side said no.

They don’t want you to know who the Americans for Prosperity are, because they’re thinking about the next election.  But we’ve got to think about future generations.  We’ve got to make sure that we’re fighting for reform.  We’ve got to make sure that we don’t have a corporate takeover of our democracy.

Americans for Prosperity has partnered with many Tea Party activists to put together such anti-American actions as the 9-12 March on Washington to protest Obamacare. No wonder the president thinks they are foreign influenced. Hilarious, really. You can read all of the president’s remarks here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/09/remarks-president-a-dnc-finance-event-austin-texas

Thank goodness there are such organizations as Americans for Prosperity to stand up to the Obama administration and the leftist Congress. Here’s Americans for Prosperity’s website if you’d like more information on their sneaky ways of supporting and doing good for the country as a whole: http://americansforprosperity.org/national-site

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  1. Let’s just pray that there will be a lot of political dead ducks in the new congress and senate after the election. Let’s also hope the message of American’s for Prosperity rings low and clear in the ears of Republicans and Democrats alike when the dust settles. Maybe the President will call for a tea party summit in December.

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