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SENATOR CHRIS DODD – MORON

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 26, 2010

You’ve got to love Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.

Well, not really … but his faculty to actually believe the things he says while continuing to live in exile from the land of rational thought borders on impressive. It’s one thing to keep drawing talking points and flaccid strategies from the ancient Democrat playbook. It’s quite another to sound as if your points of argument were hijacked from an underground leftist blog created in mommy’s basement … or from Chris Matthews’ diaries.

It is a case of Bush Derangement Syndrome on steroids … and the syringe is still sticking out of Senator Dodd’s tush.

The Senator was a guest on Don Imus’ radio program yesterday. According the Nutmeg State nut, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill can be blamed only on one thing: George W. Bush.

From Real Clear Politics:

When asked by Don Imus on his morning program if the Obama was to blame for lack of response to the oil spill, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) blamed the Bush administration. “Well, you know, they come into office a year ago with all of this. And so, after the last eight years,” he said.

At that point, Imus interrupted and asked if he has “lost” his mind for blaming Bush. “The President has been in office for a year and a half and they’ve been dragging their feet and even people like James Carville said that his behavior ‘has been at the very best lackadaisical and naive’ and you’re still going to try to blame Bush?” he said.

“To lay this at Obama’s doorstep, in light of years and years of regulatory permissiveness when it comes to these kinds of operations occurring — it didn’t occur in the last year and a half,” he said. “I mean, you know that as well as I do. You can’t lay this all at Obama’s door anymore than I can say,” Dodd responded.

That must mean that Senator Dodd places the blame for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks squarely on the shoulders of President Bill Clinton, right?

It stands to reason.

George W. Bush was in office a little less than eight months when America was attacked. Barack Obama has been in office sixteen months, and yet, Senator Dud somehow blames Obama’s predecessor on something that occured almost a year-and-a-half after Bush went home.

Using the Senator’s method, President Clinton practically commandeered the planes into the twin towers himself.

As far as the Gulf oil spill … thirty-nine days and counting …

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SWEETHEART DEALIN’ FRAUDS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 23, 2009

Senator Dodd - $100 million for a hospital

There is no question in my mind that many of the sixty Senators who will be voting to pass this monstrosity of a health care reform bill – and thus, voting to strip Americans of their liberty – genuinely do believe that what they’re doing is good for America. I have no doubt that a sizeable percentage of Senate Dems actually believe in their hearts – where all liberal policy-making emanates – that the government takeover of 16% of the American economy is a positive thing. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that anyone with a reasonable mind could actually look at this bill and feel good about its potential to live up to the fairy-tales Dems are peddling, but there are many who genuinely do. 

Some of them get in front of cameras and burble about how critical it is to make insurance more affordable for everyone. Some truly subscribe to the notion that only government is capable of such a thing. Others cackle about the moral imperative in passing it – how it’s the right thing to do. Still others ramble on about this bill’s fiscal soundness and how deficits will actually be lowered over a period of years, blah, blah, blah. 

Senator Nelson - Everyone else pays for Medicaid

Profoundly misguided as this group of Senators is – and as dangerous to this country as they are – these people are not the truly despicable ones. Indeed, there can be no doubt that passage of this who-did-it-and-ran bill would be disgraceful and immeasurably damaging to this nation. But those who really believe this unprecedented expansion of government and liberty-eroding power play will work are not nearly as contemptible as those who allowed their vote to be bought.  

Two questions I used to regularly ask of man-made global warming zealots was: If the world was, in fact, warming, and it could be proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that human activity had absolutely no role in it whatsoever, would it still matter to you? And if, indeed, rising temperatures are as much of a threat to the planet’s well-being as you claim, does it matter what’s causing it? 

Indeed, the political game is played by brokering deals, shoveling promises, and bribing the fence-sitters. No can deny that. 

Mary Landrieu from Louisiana scored $300 million for her state. 

Ben Nelson from Nebraska sold out the unborn and made the other forty-nine states foot his state’s Medicaid bills. 

Senator Landrieu - $300 million for Louisiana

Chris Dodd from Connecticut secured $100 million for a hospital. 

But this bill is unique in that it is set to transform forever the American economy and health care delivery system on a scale no one could have imagined even one year ago. It is slated to increase government involvement in our lives in a way that has not been seen or conceived of before. It will, for the first time, mandate that Americans purchase a specific product or else be subject to penalties. It will promise fines and even jail sentences for those who do not comply. It is a bill that has been hotfooted through the Senate – a bill that wasn’t even seen by the public until Saturday of last week – so that some arbitrary Christmas deadline can be met. It is a bill that has garnered less scrutiny and discussion time than some railroad crossing bills have, yet it will seize for the federal government nearly one fifth of the American economy. 

Two questions for all of those who were promised goodies in exchange for their vote: If it could be proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that ObamaCare would cripple this nation financially and cause the quality of health care to decline, would you then turn down the goodies promised your state? And if, indeed, America is really suffering from a health care crisis of epic proportion as you claim, why is a sweetheart deal necessary to bring you on board to fix that crisis? 

Democrats, if I may … Is doing the right thing dependant on what you can get in return? 

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QUICK THOUGHTS ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S SENATE VOTE

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 22, 2009

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana - the $300 million baby

A little perspective, please.

Don’t let the left’s seizure of the word “historic” after last night’s vote in the Senate convince you that it was anything more than routine. Last night’s 60-39 vote was not historic. It did not make government-run health care a reality. It was nothing more than a procedural vote allowing the matter of health care reform to be formally discussed on the floor of the Senate after Thanksgiving. I’m not even sure that there were many who actually believed that it wouldn’t muster sixty votes.  ($300 million can buy alot).

Face it, last night’s vote really wasn’t one that Republicans could win anyway. Did anyone really think that any Democrat was going to deny anyone in their own party the opportunity to talk about this on the Senate floor?

It simply wasn’t as critically earth-shattering as many have made it out to be.

Certainly, I didn’t like it one bit. Indeed, it would have been a pleasant surprise had the winning side fallen short of sixty, but I didn’t expect it to.

One thing is certain: The ultimate passage of this bill would be a disaster for the United States of America. It must be stopped. There is still time. But last night’s vote, to be quite honest, was being built up far more than it needed to be.

The process has only just begun.

More disturbing, however, was some of the commentary from Democrats.

Just before the vote, Senator Chris Dodd spoke of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, saying it would pay Kennedy the highest compliment of all if they were able to fulfill “that quest of achieving the goal that all Americans aspire for, and that is a national health care plan that serves every one of our citizens.”

“Every one of our citizens?”

Really?

Hmmm … Call me unnuanced, but that smells an awful lot like government-run health care, doesn’t it?

And of course, Harry Reid himself said, ”Today we vote whether to even discuss one of the greatest issues of our generation – indeed, one of the greatest issues this body has ever faced – whether this nation will finally guarantee its people the right to live free from the fear of illness and death, which can be prevented by decent health care for all.”

He’d be almost adorable if he wasn’t so frightfully irritaing.

The Senate Majority Leader obviously believes that the federal government can legislate immortality. Death can be prevented? And all it takes is a merely “decent” health care bill? That’s quite incredible. What if it were a “fantastic” health care bill? Or a “sensational” health care bill? Would they also have the power to bring back the dead and make them well again?

Or maybe Reid meant to say that the fear of illness and death can be prevented.

Really?

So, if the Senate passes this bill, and it is eventually signed into law, no one will be afraid anymore? No one will fear death? That which has plagued humanity since its inception – the fear of death – will be erradicated by passing a “decent” health care bill?

Stunning.

Why didn’t we elect a Messiah sooner?

And by the way … nice job, Senator Landrieu. $300 million is a nice chunk of change.

You go girl.

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OBAMA’S MAD? RIGHT BACK AT YOU, BAM

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 30, 2009

The New York Post’s front page headline on Friday read: “OBAMA TO WALL STREET… BUCK OFF! – Says $18B bonuses ‘shameful’

Yesterday, the President, in no uncertain terms,  blasted  Wall Street corporations who continued to hand out bonuses to executives in the midst of a deepening recession. He called it “shameful” and the “height of irresponsibility.”

Excuse me, Mr. President, please accept this in the spirit is in intended. With all due respect, why don’t you BUCK OFF? And how about doing so eight-hundred nineteen billion times?

If the pot and kettle get any more friendly under your administration, sir, they’re going to have to start going steady.

How is it, Mr. President, that you have the audacity to lambaste Wall Street “fat cats” for doling out billions of dollars worth of bonuses when your spending bill, dressed in stimulus drag, is the most – repeat the most – irresponsible example of government spending in this nation’s history?

There is no doubt now that I exist in an alternate reality.

The President quite literally said, “There will be time for them to make profits, and there will be time for them to get bonuses. Now is not that time.”

Is he out of his ever-loving mind? These words were spoken by a President of the United States??

I ask him … When exactly, sir, is the best time to make profits if not during an economic slowdown? When you say it is okay?

Whether or not it is a good idea from a public relations or public image standpoint for corporations to hand out bonuses to their employees in the midst of a recession is a separate issue. If the public is particularly outraged at Citigroup for their planned purchase of a $50 million jet, for example, let them show it by refusing to do business with them. Let the market work.

In fact, if an executive chooses to voluntarily refuse his or her bonus, or if a company elects to retract one, I’m all for it. More power to them.

According the New York Post:

Obama’s no-nonsense message was applauded by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who said he began reviewing bonuses last September.

“No longer will this country stand for wasteful spending of tax dollars on bonuses for executives whose companies have taken huge losses and required taxpayer bailouts,” Cuomo said.

Sen. Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat who heads the Senate Banking Committee, vowed at a Capitol press conference to seek a return of the bonuses.

“I’m going to be urging – in fact, not urging, demanding – that the Treasury Department figures out some way to get the money back,” Dodd said. “This is unacceptable.”

The pot and kettle have almost certainly consummated their relationship by now.

Wasteful spending, Gracie?

Throwing taxpayer dollars at the National Endowment of the Arts, paying for programs that teach teens all about sexually transmitted diseases, funding NASA to “study” climate change, channeling money into supporting renewable energy projects, spending “stimulus” cash to pretty up the Washington Mall and maintain national park bathrooms (and other public buildings) doesn’t have even a tinge of wastefulness to it?

Recall that on January 7, 2009, newspapers everywhere carried headlines such as this one in the New York Post: OBAMA BANS STIMULUS-PACKAGE PORK:

Take this pork and shove it!

President-elect Barack Obama warned Capitol Hill lawmakers yesterday that he will bar all pork-barrel projects from the massive economic-stimulus package he is asking them to pass.

The proposed plan, which Obama says will cost around $775 billion, will not allow lawmakers to insert pet projects, as they often do on spending bills.

There were no last minute insertions, true to the President’s word. The pig meat in this abomination of Obama-Nation was all prepared ahead of time.

And as far as Mr. Dodd is concerned, how seriously can he be taken since his embarrassing misdiagnosis of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

What is “unacceptable” is the idea that Chris Dodd is even in a position to make such a ludicrous demand of the Treasury Department.

More ludicrous is the fact that there are one thousand, four hundred fifty days left – at least – of this.

The President’s first eleven days have been a joy thus far.

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