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Commentary by E Dee Monnen
April 12, 2014

With so many American’s struggling today, could there be a more absurd comment than Congressman Jim Moran’s claim that our U.S. representatives are underpaid?  Unlike regular employees, who must build their case for greater compensation and meet the boss face-to-face, Congress is free to vote themselves largess without justification.

Perhaps it’s time to remove all compensation decisions from Capitol Hill and place that responsibility in every State House in America.  Individual states ought to be responsible for a U.S. representative’s paycheck—US senators, too. Let the state legislators in Richmond hold Virginia Congressman Moran and others from his delegation accountable for their work or non-work in Congress. Our federal representatives would then be forced to explain their worth to the people. 

Every state should also be responsible for housing their representatives in Washington. Whether the state pays the rent or purchases a permanent residence, it should be out of the hands of every Congressman and woman, unless an individual representative wishes to provide their own housing with their own money.  Congressman Moran, whose district is literally at DC’s backdoor, never needs a hotel for overnights or an apartment for longer stays. He’s practically home when he leaves his DC office. This is what makes Moran’s demand for a higher salary even more unbelievable.

States don’t like it when the federal government gives them more responsibilities without compensation, but this has merit.  It may cost the states a little more, but not the taxpayers. No matter which government agency foots the bill, it all comes out of the taxpayers’ wallet.  Only this way, citizens would have a greater say.

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Eric Holder Threatens Louie Gohmert: 'You Don't Want To Go There Buddy'

Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about Congress' requests for documents relating to congressional investigations...

"I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight," Gohmert said.

"You don’t want to go there buddy," Holder replied. "You don’t want to go there OK?”

"You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me, I think it was inappropriate," Holder continued. "I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”

"I don’t need lectures from you about contempt," Gohmert added.

"And I don’t need lectures from you either," Holder shot back.

North Carolina Exposes Vast Voter Fraud

By E Dee Monnen

A few years ago, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quoted as saying that voter fraud in the US is almost nonexistent. She spoke too soon, because a few months later in Maryland, it was discovered that Wendy Rosen, a Democrat running for Congress in the First Congressional District, had voted in Florida and Maryland in the same year.  She owned homes in both states, but voting in both places was a clear violation of law. Rosen was shamed into bowing out of the race, although her name still appeared on the ballot.

On Wednesday, the North Carolina State Board of Elections disclosed that over 35,000 people voted in both North Carolina and in some other state during the 2012 election cycle.  North Carolina was one of 28 states that participated in the Interstate Crosscheck, a program developed by the National Association of State Election Directors.  By comparing names, birth dates, and the last four digits of voters’ social security numbers, the program was able to uncover the alleged duplicate voting, which now seems to be more common than expected.

North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis and State Senator Phil Berger in a joint statement wrote, “These findings only take into account data from the 28 states who participated in the 2014 Interstate Crosscheck, leaving out potential voter error and fraud in the 22 states that do not participate in the consortium.”

Double voting was not the only problem with the 2012 election in North Carolina. The state also discovered that it had over 13,000 deceased persons on their voter rolls, and 81 of them voted after they died. 

This vast abuse ought to be enough evidence to require voter ID laws in every state, but Democrats remain resistant to such changes. They have declared voter I.D. laws as unfair, discriminatory, and racist; although when challenged, they have difficulty finding a registered voter who does not possess a government issued ID. If there really were such a person, here’s their profile:

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Mike Lee laughs at Eric Holder's suggestion that Congress ask Treasury Department for legal arguments

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, can't believe Attorney General Eric Holder suggested that lawmakers ask the Treasury Department, rather than attorneys in his bailiwick, to provide the legal basis for President Obama's unilateral delays of the employer mandate.
"Wow," Lee laughed when told of Holder's comments. "He is the attorney general of the United States."
Holder told Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, that "the Treasury Department had looked at it and determined that there was a legal basis [for the mandate delay]."

Cantor sabotages conservatives in quest for speakership

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is intentionally sidelining one of his own Republican committee chairmen — and the chairman’s attempts to pass conservative reforms — in order to better secure his own path to the speakership.

Informed sources in the House, Senate and outside groups tell The Daily Caller that a shift in leadership is going to come sooner than expected, and Cantor is fighting hard for the new spot.

Speaker of the House John Boehner will likely step down if the Republicans fail to take the Senate in 2014; and even if Republicans do win, the rumor is Boehner isn’t interested in sticking around in the unpopular gig for too long anyway. This leaves his top deputy, Cantor, in a strong position to succeed Boehner at the helm in the next two years, and Cantor’s aspirations for the speakership are obvious.

Cantor’s alleged target, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, poses a rare threat to Cantor’s rise: He has strong conservative bona fides, once heading the conservative Republican Study Committee and often fighting for conservative reforms. He has also been around long enough – including serving as chairman of the House Republican Conference – to earn the respect of more moderate, “establishment” Republicans.

Schumer: We'll Have Amnesty in 2014 Thanks to Liberal Republicans

Ever the happy warrior of the left, Sen. Chuck Schumer is not giving up on his pipe dream: amnesty for illegal aliens in 2014.

Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, Schumer said he thinks it still can happen this year thanks to a group of liberal Republicans—what he thinks is the majority of Republicans—who will stand by silently, letting amnesty pass while voting against it in the end. He called it the “vote-no, pray-yes caucus,” meaning that certain Republicans would publicly claim they are against amnesty, vote against it in the end, but behind the scenes either fight for its passage or let it sail through Congress.

“Most people are for immigration reform,” Schumer said on MSNBC. “Most Republicans, they’re in the vote-no, pray-yes caucus, they want it to pass as long as they don’t have to vote for it,” he said on MSNBC. “I still think we have a chance to pass it this year.”
Schumer even added that he thinks the “vote-no, pray-yes” Republicans will lose the 2016 election if they don’t grant amnesty to illegal aliens, and that they won’t do so in 2015.

“The leadership of the caucus realizes one thing, they won’t do it in 2015,” Schumer said. “And [that] most certainly means they’re going to lose in 2016.”

Schumer’s remarks came as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that for illegal aliens to illegally cross the U.S. border is an “act of love.”


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Texas State Senator Bob Deuell Gets Desperate

“Desperate times call for desperate measures” must be the new campaign motto for establishment State Senator Bob Deuell. As one of the most liberal Republicans in the Texas Senate during the 83rd Legislature, Deuell failed to secure enough votes during the March primary to avoid a runoff against two more conservative and drastically underfunded challengers. Now, with grassroots across the state bearing down on his race, he’s seeing the writing on the wall and attempting to jump on the Dan Patrick bandwagon to avoid a stunning defeat at the end of May.

Deuell, who scored a 53 on the Fiscal Responsibility Index, spent nearly $370,000 (about $30 for every $1 of his tea party challenger Bob Hall) in his quest to win re-election in Senate District 2, only to earn 48% of the vote on the night of the primary. Hall, who spent only $12,400, earned 39% of the vote, while Mark Thompson came in third with 13% after spending a measly $1,370.

So what’s an establishment incumbent to do when trying to spend, spend, spend their way to re-election isn’t working?

Queue the political head-fakes.

Yesterday, Sen. Deuell announced his endorsement of State Senator Dan Patrick in his race for Lt. Governor. Patrick (who earned a 93 on the last Fiscal Responsibility Index) performed better than pundits expected — coming out on top of sitting Lt. Governor David Dewhurst 41% to 28% in a four-way race. Patrick has earned the primary endorsement of many tea party and conservative groups, including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings' staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” the letter to Cummings states. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

The first contact between the IRS and Cummings' staffers about True the Vote happened in August 2012. In January 2013, staff asked for more information from the IRS about the group. Former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner went out of her way to try and get information to Cummings' office.The information Cummings received was not shared with Majority Members on the Committee.

On January 28, three days after staffers requested more information, Lerner wrote an email to her deputy Holly Paz, who has since been put on administrative leave, asking, “Did we find anything?” Paz responded immediately by saying information had not been found yet, to which Lerner replied, “Thanks, check tomorrow please.”

On January 31, Paz sent True the Vote's 990 forms to Cumming's staff.

Up until this point, Rep. Cummings has denied his staff ever contacted the IRS about True the Vote and their activities during Oversight hearings. In fact, on February 6, 2014 during a Subcommittee hearing where Engelbrecht testified, Cummings vehemently denied having any contact or coordination in targeting True the Vote when attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing the group, indicated staff on the Committee had been involved in communication with the IRS. This was the exchange:


The Lesson of Ted Cruz’s Two Foreign Policy Victories

As we reported several weeks ago, GOP leaders were planning to capitulate to Democrats on the IMF bailout by allowing them to slip the provision into the Ukraine aid package.  On March 13, Senator Cruz sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid warning that he planned to block the bill if the IMF provision remained.  While only a few Republicans joined him from the onset, and some like Senator John McCain even lambasted him, Cruz harnessed his megaphone to rally Americans all over the country and embarrass those who supported this provision to weaken our nation’s power on the world stage.

Ultimately, Republicans in the Senate and the House were forced into joining the fight, and Democrats were pressured to drop their demands.

Hence, this is the power and prerogative of one Senator to be a voice, not just a vote in the Senate.

Fast-forward a few weeks and Senator Cruz got wind of another issue that needed to be addressed – one which would have been ignored by senators in both parties.  The government of Iran decided to appoint Hamid Aboutalebi as their ambassador to the United Nations.  Aboutalebi was one of the leaders of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, one of the deeds for which the current regime has never been held to account.

Following the rules of past senators, Cruz could have joined the chorus of merely denouncing the appointment.  And indeed the Obama administration called the nomination of Aboutalebi “extremely troubling.”  But Cruz was the one who took the initiative to actually send a definitive message to Iran by introducing legislation (S. 2195) to ban him and other known terrorists from being granted visas to enter the U.S., even for the purpose of serving at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

While this was an initiative publicly supported by many members across the aisle, it was only Ted Cruz’s high profile campaign to elevate the issue that embarrassed Democrats into considering the floor.  Shortly thereafter, Chuck Schumer co-sponsored the bill.  Yesterday, the bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

The man who is regarded as the most combative conservative in the Senate managed to pass a bill through a Democrat-controlled Senate without a vote.  That is true leadership.  Working across the aisle doesn’t mean putting a Republican stamp on liberal policies, as the political class wishes to happen on a daily basis.  It means harnessing our leverage and political megaphones to inspire, convince, and even shame the other side into supporting our causes.

Texas State Senator Bob Deuell & Obamacare Death Panels

Texas State Senator Bob Deuell authored SB 303 which would have granted hospitals the power to impose denial-of-care directives, such as "do not attempt resuscitation" (DNAR), against patients without their consent and without even giving them written notice. Fortunately, the bill was defeated, but Senator Deuell is up for reelection and Texans must remember this bill when they hit the voting booths.

Texas State Senator Bob "Dr. Death" Deuell

The AAPS (Association of American Physicians and Surgeons) apply named the bill the "Right for Hospitals to Deny Care Act".


Senator Bob Deuell has a primary challenger - constitutional conservative Bob Hall.

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