The Hill has a great column showing how Boehner and McConnell have been winning big time lately.
Don’t tell the Tea Party, but the tag team of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are currently mopping the floor with Barack Obama.
The president convincingly won a second term in November, but since that time, the congressional Republican leadership has outfoxed, outmaneuvered and plain out-strategized him on just about every issue.
It bugs me that “Don’t tell the Tea Party” bit. It seems everyone wants to define the Tea Party. In this instance, those who oppose the traditional GOP. I think of the Tea Party in far more generic terms as those who put their foot down on government spending. If Boehner/McConnell can do that, as they did with this sequester, then all hail Boehner/McConnell.
Protein Wisdom is keeping up on the 2nd Amendment fight in CO. Is it a fight? No, not really….lets file it under elections have consequences, because the 2nd amendment is dead here.
My name for this current assembly can be summed up thus: “How the West was lost.” And with it, a tradition of rugged individualism, struck down with the stroke of a pen from a bunch of effete, cowardly lawmakers riding what they think is a momentous wave of anti-gun sentiment.
And the thing is…..I have no idea if there is a wave of anti-gun sentiment or not. I know longer have faith in “the people”. Today’s Morning Jolt contains this quote from Jim Geraghty has been my thought since the election.
Right now, there’s a conundrum at the heart of the conservative movement. Our entire philosophy is about trusting the people, in faith that they know what’s best for themselves, can spend their own money more wisely than the government can, and find the solutions that work best for their communities . . . and right now, we don’t really trust the people.
Not that I think anyone else other than the individual can make the right choice, but clearly the individuals out there are not to be trusted either.
Drew at Ace of Spades thinks the trust is amongst the GOP and I guess it sort of is, because you used to be able to count on half the country to have their brains in tact, and then we end up with an election that includes a huge amount of people on the right staying home in a snit because Romney wasn’t conservative enough for them. Or those others who thought Obama just needed more time.
Since the sequester barely cut spending to levels seen in just the last few years you would think it would be no big deal. BUT when the government wants to make certain everyone notices, they can.
Denver Police Chief Robert White rejected scores of performance evaluations for civilians who work for the police department, saying the ratings were too high and “not everyone is outstanding.”…………….”It’s so much easier to give everyone something than making those tough decisions. That is part of what we are changing in our agency.”
White said he sent back all of the evaluations after noticing many employees had been given “outstanding” or “exceeds expectations” or “successful” ratings — or 5s, 4s or 3s on the 5-tier scale — entitling those employees to a merit raise……………..You are doing a disservice to the exceptional employee by saying that everyone is exceptional.”……………..”There is going to be a lot of grief,” said Denis Berckefeldt of the Denver Auditor’s Office. “He is not going to be making a lot of friends. Usually everyone gets a satisfactory or above. The agencies don’t downgrade anyone. No one wants to do that. People say, ‘It’s not my money. Why do I care?’”