The new Congress will be sworn in, likely by the time you read this. There is a major shift in power in the House, from the Democrats to the Republicans. Speaker Pelosi returns to simply Congresswoman Pelosi, and Speaker-Elect John Boehner will be sworn in.

But you know Nancy Pelosi did not go quietly into that good night, oh, no. She could not just leave the stage gracefully. Rather, she unloaded this piece of fabrication about the work of the House under her leadership before she left:



Say what? We have gone over the $14 TRILLION dollar mark under the complete and total leadership of the Democratic Party, and she is claiming that “Pay as you go” was their mantra? Maybe “Pay as yourselves and your cronies as you go out the door,” but as this Fox News article highlights, she is full of hooey:

[snip] When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

Uh, yeah. Nice attempt at revisionist history there, Nancy, already trying to blame the Republicans for what you and your party did all by their own selves (as we say down South).

But wait, there’s more revisionist history for you ahead. You know how All Of Obama’s Men are talking about the necessity of raising the debt ceiling, to not do so, in Austan Goolsbee’s words would be “insanity” and “catastrophic”?? See for yourself here:

Yes, it would be “catastrophic,” sheer “insanity,” complete folly!!!

Want to guess who was agin’ raising the debt ceiling before he was for it? One guess and you got it – yes, Senator Barack Obama:

[snip]“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”ii [snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)

I couldn’t agree more with then-Senator Barack Obama – America DOES deserve better.

Yes, it’s a big day as power shifts back to a two-party system, without Speaker Pelosi at the helm. Feel free to discuss your observations on this shift, what you hope to see accomplished with the 112th Congress, or anything else that’s on your mind today.

  • GORDO

    Based on the info supplied by Obama, he is NOT a Natural born citizen.  Rather, Obama is a Native born citizen.  On Obama’s own site, “Fight the Smears”, he is referred to as “native” (see screenshot below).  Natural and Native are NOT the same !!!
    http://fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate.html

  • GORDO

    US ‘Natural Born Citizen’ ?
    ——————————
    Above: No
    Below: Yes

  • getfitnow

    Michelle Malkin has a good breakdown on what’s happening…
    – Unemployment rate dropped by .5% to 9.4%.
    – 103,000 jobs were added.
    – Underemployment rate increased from 17% to 19%.
    – Labor force participation dropped to 25 year low.
    Labor force participation delta was ignored in the report even though 3.9 million have dropped out. If this were incorporated into the official numbers, unemployment would stand at 11.7%!!!

  • getfitnow

    WTF?

  • getfitnow

    I don’t believe anything from this administration. Who was the Supreme Court Justice that said he couldn’t define porn, but knew it when he saw it? I don’t care how glowing the reports are. All I have to do is look around me and listening to people. Things are not good. Period.

  • getfitnow

    I don’t believe anything from this administration. who was the supreme Court Justice that said he couldn’t define porn, but knew it when he saw it? I don’t care how glowing the reports are. All I have to do is look around me and listening to people. Things are not good. Period.

  • getfitnow

    POTUS could not be reached for comment.

    How’s Recovery Winter working out for you?

  • getfitnow

    Journalism is dead.

  • getfitnow

    The “notion” comes from the American people, you jack wagon!

  • getfitnow

    Brian Williams –this was a partisan, unprofessional interview.

  • getfitnow

    Did she ask any democrat rep–when the economy was at “the brink” –why they were so focused on passing health caret instead of unemploymen? And now that they have forced the legislation through, it is a huge drag on increased full time employment. It is, in fact, the biggest thing on the plate.

    I guess Ms Viera didn’t hear the American people.

  • Onofre’s arm

    So you see Creeper, it doesn’t really matter what is written on Boo-Boo’s COLB, or if he EVEN HAS ONE! It’s completely irelevant, he’s a NBC, and thus eligible for the Presidency, by vitue of his mother’s citizenship alone.
     
    I have stated over and over again my deep desire that his RELEVANT records be revealed, I firmly believe that that’s where you’ll find impeachable info, but the COLB is NOT relevant. What the hell do you think will be accomplished if his COLB is produced? What then? He can easily prove his eligibility without it, and he can prove his eligibility no matter WHAT IT SAYS. And he hasn’t spent millions trying to hide his COLB, that cost practically nothing to do. The millions he’s spent have been focused on school records, medical records, past associations, etc., I can have MY birth certificate sealed away with a phone call or a letter, but I would need an army of lawyers and investigators to bury the rest of my past and my paper trail. For the umpteenth time, OBAMA WANTS THE FOCUS ON HIS COLB BECAUSE IT’S A POINTLESS WASTE OF TIME FOR THE IDIOTS PURSUING THE ISSUE!
     
    Of course, the SSOS gordo can now provide the crushing rebuttal “More SMRSTRAUSS talking points, eh Oa?”, or something equally obtuse, and BIINKY, Diana L.C., SSOO, and some others here can continue to wallow like happy little pigs in a mudbath of ignorance that’s been generously supplied by gordo, the ORACLE OF ORACLES on the Constitution, SCOTUS decisions, Original Intent, and ALL things regarding Presidential eligibility!
     
    For what it’s worth, this is my last post on this subject, and the last post I’ll submit for a while, I can only tolerate so much willful ignorance. I’ll miss many of you, and I’m sure those of you who I’ll miss know who you are.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Creeper, it doesn’t matter where Obama was born, and it doesn’t matter if he even has a birth certificate!!! His mother was indisputably an American citizen, NOBODY WITH THE SLIGHTEST CREDIBILITY HAS CLAIMED OTHERWISE!! This ALONE makes Obama a NBC, and unlike the moron gordo, I’ll back this up, below. For some time now, it has been the birthers who have been spreading a completely distorted and ridiculously narrow definition of natural born citizen as it applies to eligibility. I think it’s been a combination of impenetrable ignorance (gordo) and intentional perfidy that has caused this lunacy to get this far, and it has been wishful, yet uninformed, thinking that has fueled this urban myth.

    The “natural born” clause, contrary to the birther’s narrow interpretaion, was meant to cover many different types of situation that would grant natural citizenship at birth. Look here:

    http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_citi.html

    Here’s a few of the catagories that baby Obama would have fallen under by US CODE!

    “Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:“”

    “Anyone born inside the United States *”

    This means exactly what it says! The (*) indicates the exception of children born to diplomats and other foreigners here representing their countries.

    If Obama was born in Hawaii, it doesn’t matter if both of his parents were aliens, he’s a NBC.

    “Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year”

    Obama might fall in this category as well and be a NBC.

    “Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)”

    In the ridiculously unlikely event that Obama was born in Kenya, (the theory of the heavy drug use birthers) HE STILL IS AN NBC BECAUSE OF HIS MOTHER!! It doesn’t matter if he was born on top of Kilimanfuckingjaro, Stanley Ann Dunham was an American citizen who had lived in Mercer Island, Wa through high school and was attending the U. of Hawaii before she gave birth. Obama satisfies this catagory even if he was born on Mars!

    Why is this so difficult? Following the list is this crystal clear statement regarding the ‘natural born’ definition:

    Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President. These provisions allow the children of military families to be considered natural-born, for example.

    Continued:

  • creeper

    I stand corrected.  Per the medicare.gov website:

    How is it funded?
    Payroll taxes paid by most employees, employers,
    ■■and people who are self-employed
    Other sources, such as income taxes paid on Social ■■Security benefits, interest earned on the trust fund investments, and Part A premiums from people who aren’t eligible for premium-free Part A

    I also stand infuriated.  If Medicare is being funded by payroll taxes on all, why will the government start deducting premiums from my pitiful SS when I turn 65 in two months?

    You are probably correct…Obama will raid the Medicare trusts to pay for his debacle of a health plan if Congress does not fund it.

    We are SO screwed.

  • BIINKY

    If I remember correctly, social security and medicare are separate payroll deductions, each supposedly going to its own trust fund.  Social Security is dumped into the general fund, receiving an IOU from the “government.”  Medicare is still in its own trust fund.

    Rep. Weiner said on Fox that Soc. Sec. is not broke, that it has a surplus.  Right.  A surplus of IOUs from a government that cannot redeem its IOUs and now, possibly, Obama wants to rape the Medicare trust fund for his agenda.  

  • seattlegonz

    And, it kills me that in this economy, these times, that withholding a bonus is given to the public as a sign of “punishment” for wrong-doing.

    It was one thing for the Queen of France to be so out of touch that when informed that her people have no bread she tells them to eat cake, and another when the media, and the press that present the news, are so out of touch that they report what the queen said without realizing that it’s illogical, inflammatory and out of touch.

    We live in a world where the queen is told that the people are upset by her eratic and unethical behavior and her response is, “fine, I’ll go without cake, today.”

  • Breeze

    Baffled Vieira to Bachmann:
    Why Vote to Repeal Obamacare
    If It’s Going to Get Vetoed?

    By Geoffrey Dickens

    | January 06, 2011

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    NBC’s Meredith Vieira seemed baffled by the concept of taking a principled stand against Obamacare, as she repeatedly pressed Michele Bachmann, on Thursday’s Today show, why Republicans would bother to vote to repeal the health care bill in the House if it wasn’t going to get passed in the Senate or signed by the President? Vieira’s very first question to the Republican Minnesota Congresswoman set the aggressive tone for the entire interview as she demanded: “Given the fact that the Democratic-led Senate will never go for that and the President has veto power, why make that the first big thing on your plate?”

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2011/01/06/baffled-vieira-bachmann-why-vote-repeal-obamacare-if-its-going-get#ixzz1AND1JARK

  • Breeze

    Williams to Boehner: ‘Where Are You Getting the Notion’ Americans Want ObamaCare Repealed?; Blames Him for Birther Outburst

    By Brent Baker
    | January 06, 2011

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    In an “exclusive” interview with new House Speaker John Boehner for Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams told Boehner the promised vote to repeal ObamaCare has “been called a stunt,” pressed him to justify repealing it given many would not call it “the best health care delivery system in the world because they, by the millions, weren’t getting it” and demanded to know “where are you getting the notion…the American people want it repealed” given polling was “very evenly split on that?”

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2011/01/06/williams-boehner-where-are-you-getting-notion-americans-want-obamacare-#ixzz1AN9Eggts

  • AbigailAdams

    OA:  You DO NOT have permission to leave.  Period.  You are ordered to stay because I’ve come up with an idea for 2011 at NQ if Larry, et al will allow it.  I’d like anyone here who is interested to post their most recent read and share what they got out of it.  There are so many very interesting books, especially (to me) American history that I think we might all be the better for knowing about them.  I had you, especially, in mind when I was thinking about this.   

    I left the birth certificate controversy quite a while ago.  I do care, from a constitutional standpoint, that any of our presidents are eligible, but I find there is little gained unless and until the states have laws requiring irrefutable proof of that and many don’t.  And besides, whether he is or is not constitutionally eligible, he “slipped through” on quite a few other points, which you remark on, above.

    Don’t leave.  Please.

  • Breeze

    How Kooky Is Daily Kos? Obama’s
    a GOP ‘Hostage,’ MoveOn.org
    Is Just ‘Moderate Left’

    NewsBusters,
    by Tim Graham   

    Original Article

    1/7/2011

    Just when conservatives think there’s finally a little ideological balance in the Congress, the far-left diarists of the Daily Kos are convinced the country has dangerously shifted to the right, led by Obama, who’s now a “hostage” to Republicans, and even MoveOn.org is too “moderate left” for them.

  • Breeze

    House Clears Way for Floor
    Vote on Health Care Law Repeal

     
    Fox News,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    1/7/2011

    The House of Representatives has cleared the way to hold a vote next week on repealing the health care overhaul. The procedural vote, known as the “rule,” frames the terms of debate for the bill. It passed largely along party lines on a 236-181 vote Friday morning.

  • seattlegonz

    It kills me that anyone can say anything and report it as if it’s substantiated. This PI has no evidence, it’s all supposition, and it ends with the major damage to the body was caused by being shaken in the dumpster that he got into because he was disoriented and needed a warm place to go.

  • creeper

    I am utterly baffled as to how anyone who worked for Bill Clinton could tolerate the incompetence of Barack Obama.

    What on earth are we paying these people?