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Posts Tagged ‘Senator’

Bernie Sanders Blames Climate Change for Causing Terrorism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 15, 2015

During the Democratic presidential candidate debate Saturday evening, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont showed nativity to the extreme when it comes to terrorism and its causes.  When asked by the moderator whether he stuck to his previously made claim that climate change is the greatest threat to national security, Sanders answered “absolutely”.  Not satisfied to leave that bit of ignorance to stand on its own, Sanders than went on to claim: “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

Let’s see, the clash between Islam and the West has been ongoing since the Crusades, which started 1,000 years ago, approximately eight centuries before the beginning of industrialization that the zealots claim is the prime cause of climate change.  For Sanders to now blame Islamic terrorism on climate change is incredulous.  More troubling is that Sanders is currently the Democrat’s second choice to be president of the United States.  That’s scary!



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Sen. Chuck Schumer Falsely Blames Amtrak Crash on Funding

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 15, 2015

The Amtrak train crash earlier this week resulted in the death of eight and dozens of seriously injured.  The victims were not even buried before this tragedy became a political tool championed by Democrats to increase governmental spending.

The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) quickly concluded that the train crash occurred due to operator error.  The train was traveling over 100 mph, twice the safe speed at that point in the track.  While operator error was the cause, Democrats immediately began placing blame on Republicans who supposedly refused to supply funding to Amtrak to install the safety equipment that could have avoided the accident.

SchulmerSenator Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, stated:

“Speaker Boehner’s comments are patently false.  Experts have made clear that Positive Train Control could have prevented the tragedy in Philadelphia.  It is simply a fact that insufficient funding for Amtrak has delayed the installation of PTC, and to deny a connection between the accident and underfunding Amtrak is to deny reality.”

While this Blog is no fan of Republican Speaker of the House Boehner, in this case it is Schumer who is “patently false” and “denying reality”.  Here are the facts reported by the New York Times:

  • In 2008, seven years ago, Congress mandated installation of Positive Train Control system in trains, the system mentioned by Schumer.
  • The Amtrak train involved in the crashed was already equipped with Positive Train Control.
  • The main reasons Positive Train Control in the Amtrak train was not operational were due to technical hurdles and bureaucratic bungling.
  • Amtrak took four years to obtain the wireless frequencies needed for the Positive Train Control system, which were finally approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in March, 2015.

This tragedy and the way Democrats attempt to use it to further their political agenda is telling at various levels.  First, it demonstrates that Schumer is either ignorant, a liar or both.  It further demonstrates the incompetence of government to implement its own regulations.

Liberals offer a basic solution to any societal problem; throw money at it.  Since Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, and more specifically since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the United States has gone through perhaps the most expensive social reengineering experiment in history.  The results are in and they show failure.  A prime example is the War on Poverty initiated by Lyndon Johnson.  After spending trillions on this “war”, the poverty rate remains nearly unchanged in 50 years.  Then there is Nixon’s War on Drugs that has failed in its efforts to stem the flow of drugs to the United States, has resulted in the growth of cartels south of the border, and led to too many inner-city “capitalists” being imprisoned.  Examples are nearly endless.  But still Progressives call for more spending and more government.  That is indeed insanity.

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Millionaire Elizabeth Warren

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 12, 2015

elizabeth warrenElizabeth Warren, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, seems to have self-esteem related issues.  During her successful run for the Senate in 2012, it became public that Warren claimed to be a descendent of native-born Americans.  After the Boston Herald’s was unable to find any such genealogical connection, Warren came up with a novel excuse:  “Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family’s Native American heritage.  As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation — what kid would?”  In addition, Warren defensively proclaimed that “I never sought nor gained personal benefit in school or job applications based on my heritage.”  Unfortunately, American politics does not demand honesty.

Warren claims to be a protector of less well-to-do Americans.  In a CNN op-ed last year, Warren said: “Big banks, powerful corporations and billionaires – people who can afford to hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers – have amassed more and more wealth, and meanwhile, the foundations of our once strong middle class have begun to crumble, and families have been caught in a terrible squeeze.

While the middle class in the US has been squeezed, Warren sure has not.  According to CNNMoney, Warren is part of the top 1% that she so often attacks with an average net worth of just under $9 million, not including her home valued at approximately $2 million.  The total income for Warren and her husband has been just under $1 million annually in recent years.

It is remarkable how elitist Progressives claim to be champions of the middle class while accumulating so much wealth for themselves.  These two realities are not disconnected.

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Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan refuses to Call Obama a Strong Leader

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 24, 2014

One indication of how negatively Barack Obama is viewed are the many politicians within his own party that are jumping ship as election approaches.  This week Democratic Senator from North Carolina, Kay Hagan, was asked a simple question by a reporter: “Do you think Pres. Obama is a strong leader?”  After dancing around the issue a bit, Hagan finally answered in the negative, as seen in the video below.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that the question was posed to Hagan from the far Left media outlet, MSNBC.

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Senator Feinstein’s Husband to Make a Fortune on US Postal System

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 24, 2013

FeinsteinThe US Postal System has entered into a contract to sell 56 of buildings that are no longer required as they close down local Post Offices.  Okay, no problem.  Businesses need to sell assets when they downsize.  However, given that US government is the seller, it is not surprising that in the process that at least one member of the political-elitists in Washington will profit from the sale.

The company that has obtained the sole contract to sell the buildings a commission basis is CBRE.  The chairman of the BRE is Richard Blum, the husband of Dianne Feinstein, a powerful Democratic Sen. from California.

Does the story smell fishy?  You bet it does?  It has been vetted and confirmed independently by Snopes.com













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Piers Morgan Taken to the Woodshed by New York Politician

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 23, 2013

CNN’s Piers Morgan stands out as a particularly obnoxious Leftists journalist; a pretty tough barred to cross.

On Piers Morgan Live this past Monday, Morgan took on Republican New York State Senator Greg Ball on a comment he tweeted concerning one of the Boston Marathon terrorists.  As typical with Morgan, he attacks those on the right who disagree with his Progressive agenda.  Ball would have none of it and shot right back at Morgan in the aggressive, yet appropriate fashion.  The video posted below is amusing.


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US Lawmakers Attack the Movie “Zero Dark Thirty”

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 8, 2013

In another sign of governmental impingement on free speech, some members of the Senate have attacked the movie “Zero Dark Thirty”.  As reported by the Wall Street Journal, last month Senators Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.,), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D., Mich.), publically criticized the film that chronicled the tracking and assassination of Osama bin Laden.  They said of the film: it is “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its bin ladensuggestion that torture resulted in information [that made the bin Laden killing possible]”.  The Senators also demanded that the CIA supply them the names of who at the Agency communicated with the filmmakers and what information was supplied.

Co-producer Mark Boal has criticized the Senators’ attacks saying: “There is a difference between criticism and investigation.  And I think that crosses a line that hasn’t been crossed, really, since the ’40s, when you talk about government investigating movies.”  More to the point, the level of governmental trampling on American rights is unmatched in modern times.

On the one hand it is humorous to see Hollywood and the Progressives going at it.  However, this demonstrates the slippery slope that Leftist politics and political correctness have taken us.  How dare Hollywood produce a movie insinuating that torture played a role in tracking bin Laden when the Left so often pronounced otherwise.

This Blogger did see Zero Dark Thirty and found it entertaining.  The fact that the government is attempting to quash the story makes it even fascinating.


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Chuck Hagel and the Arrogance of Washington

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 4, 2013

The arrogance that is a trademark of Washington politicians was on full display last week during the confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary of Chuck Hagel.  Hagel is known for bizarre in hard Left views on foreign policy.  This includes his unwillingness to support unilateral sanctions against Iran, an unwillingness to call Iran’s Revolutionary guard a terrorist organization, and his historical stances against Israel.

chuck_hagelDuring the hearing Hagel apologized for comments made while a senator about the so-called “Jewish lobby”. An apology is not at issue or required.  Instead, it is the intent behind these words that are troubling.

In addition, Hagel was a strong opponent of the 2006 Iraqi war surge that ultimately led to a significant downturn in violence in that country and paved the way for the United States to withdraw its troops from that country.  It was on this issue that Sen. John McCain questioned Hagel, leading to the following exchange:

McCain – “Were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder … since Vietnam?”

Hagel – “It’s far more complicated than that space… My answer is, I’ll defer that judgment to history.”

Hagel’s unwillingness to answer a straightforward question led to McCain conclude: “I think history has already made a judgment about the surge, sir, and you’re on the wrong side of it. And your refusal to answer whether you were right or wrong about it is going to have an impact on my judgment as to whether vote for your confirmation or not.”

Also telling is that while Senator Hagel was a vocal critic of the Bush Administration’s Iraqi surge strategy, he has been less vocal in criticism of Pres. Obama’s Afghan war surge.  Now, he seeks to go to work for the man behind that more contemporary surge strategy.

In typical Obama fashion, the President presents the nominally Republican Hagel as a supposed positive gesture to the Right.  In fact, it is the opposite with Hagel being just another left-wing wingback that happens to have an “R” behind his name.

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Sen. Menendez Investigated for Sleeping with Underage Girls: Story Buried by ABC

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 26, 2013

The dailycaller.com published an article about more sleaze in Washington, DC.  This time it is US Democratic Senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez that got caught.  It seems the good Senator has a penchant for Dominican Republic prostitutes, with some alleged to have been only 16 years old, under the age of consent in the DR.

menedezThe Menendez matter came to light in early April 2012 when Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) was given information concerning the allegations.  According to reports, the FBI opened an inquiry in early August 2012 into the matter.  It is reported that the Senator made multiple sorties to the Republic with big time Democratic donor, Miami eye-doctor Salomon Melgen, and participated in booze and sex parties.

In addition to the allegations of the underage liaisons with underage girls, prohibited under the 2003 Protect Act, Menendez has other potential legal/ethics problems.  It is reported that he was provided with gratis transportation and lodging for some of the party trips that were not reported, as required by Senate rules.  Finally, while prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, Senatorial ethics rules prohibit members from engaging in acts that are illegal in the United States.  Well duh!!!!!

ABC News investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz got wind of the matter in early May, 2012, seven months before Menendez’s upcoming Senatorial election.  However, ABC decided not to publish the story.  Let’s see, a salacious story about a US Senator is not newsworthy?  Coincidence that this Senator involved is a liberal?  This is but proof that the mainstream media is no longer independent.  That is almost as scary as our current President trampling all over the Constitution.

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Senator Feinstein Makes Sexist Comment During Swearing-in Interview

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 5, 2013

On January 3, twenty females were sworn in as United States senators.  That day the 20 get together for a joint interview with reporter Diane Sawyer.  Their comments go a long way to demonstrating how fractured our society has become.

male-and-female-signsOne of the interesting comments made was by long-term Senator, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California, who responded to a Sawyer question saying: “We’re less on testosterone.  We don’t have that need to always be confrontational.  And I think we’re problem solvers, and I think that’s what this country needs.”  There was general agreement with this statement by Feinstein’s 19 colleagues with Republican Lisa Murkowski saying: “Maybe it is the testosterone that you speak to, Dianne, or the ego that is attached there.

Females are not the only politicians with testosterone concerns.  Last year President Obama in a speech said: “Fewer than 20 percent of the seats in Congress are occupied by women.  Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in congress?  I think it’s fair to say:  That is almost guaranteed.”

This testosterone-troubled Blogger finds it hard to disagree with the concerns expressed.  Testosterone does the damnedest things to many of us.  It is about time society opens up to this important subject.  Maybe, us guys will get some special dispensation for our inability to control this most dangerous of substance.  At the same time with political correctness broken, we will have the opportunity to again start discussing that other nasty substance, estrogen.  What effect does this substance have on female decision-making?  We await Feinstein’s answer.

There certainly is a gender gap in Washington with only 20 percent of the US Senators being female, even though over 50% of voters are women.  Possibly we will find that estrogen gets in the way of fair voting.

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