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McConnell and 32 Republicans file brief on repealing health reform

November 19th, 2010 . by TexasFred

McConnell and 32 Republicans file brief on repealing health reform

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 32 other GOP senators officially filed a brief on Thursday in favor of a court case challenging healthcare reform.

McConnell filed a 16-page brief in a federal case based in Florida arguing that a key part of the new healthcare law, the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, was unconstitutional.

“Where, as in this case with respect to the [health bill]‟s individual mandate, Congress legislates without authority, it damages its institutional legitimacy and precipitates divisive federalism conflicts like the instant litigation,” McConnell wrote in the filing. “The long term harms that the PPACA may do to our governmental institutions and constitutional architecture are at least as important as are the specific consequences of the PPACA.”

The senators who signed onto the brief are: Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kit Bond (R-Mo.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), George LeMieux (R-Fla.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Utah), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), John Thune (R-S.D.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

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McConnell and 32 Republicans file brief on repealing health reform

I was sincerely hoping that I wouldn’t have to use this very often, and I certainly didn’t expect to make it a GROUP award, but that is exactly what I am about to do.

To the GOP Senators that didn’t sign the brief: Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), George Voinovich (R-Ohio);

For your ignominious actions against those that have elected you to protect this nation, for your continued disgraceful display of cowardice and anti-Americanism, you are hereby made the 1st recipients of the TexasFred Blog award of the RINO OF THE WEEK.

No Republican senators-elect signed onto the amicus curiae filing since the brief is an official Senate communication, and none of the new members are sworn in.

I told all of my readers that as soon as the elections were over that we would see an immediate resurgence of RINOism. We all knew that the above named were RINOs, now all we have to do is wait until shortly after the new Senators are sworn in to find out how many more RINOs we can add to the list.

America is in one of the worst positions it has ever been in, short of the Great Depression. We came perilously close to that happening, and it was by the grace of God that we didn’t fall into a full blown depression.

Look at the names that didn’t sign the amicus curiae, that is a list of ‘The Usual Suspects’.

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RINO of the WEEK Award

October 23rd, 2010 . by TexasFred
RINO of the WEEK Award

Soon we start Operation RINO Watch.

I am firmly convinced that on November 2nd the GOP will win a substantial majority in the House and possibly a one vote majority in the Senate. That’s also what the polls are predicting.

I am also convinced that the Conservatives of this nation are about to be screwed over by the GOP once the elections are done. I am certain that regardless of the numbers, very little will actually change for the better and I predict we will see a resurgence of RINOism like never seen to date.

I believe we’re going to see a ‘reach across the aisle’ that will make John McCain proud. I see a strong possibility that we’ll see elected officials that are, at this time, believed to be Conservative, turn to bi-partisan politics as soon as their seat at the dinner table is safe.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he’d work with President Obama to find areas of compromise, where possible, if the GOP wins back the House.

Boehner, the lawmaker who would likely become Speaker of the House under a GOP-controlled House, said that he thought voters wanted Republicans to at least try to find a way to work with Obama and Democrats on key issues.

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Boehner ‘would welcome’ finding common ground

I don’t believe Boehner will be the only GOP member to immediately begin to look for that Will ‘o the Wisp known as *common ground*. If *common ground* were a reality, it would be in use today. There is NO *common ground* and ANY Republican that tries to sell that load of B.S. is the very reason this award is going to be given!

Folks, the REAL work starts the day after the election. On November 3rd we begin Operation RINO Watch.

A while back I had a similar award I was giving out, and I asked readers for suggestions as to who should win the award. It was called *Douchebag of The Week*. I got very few suggestions from readers, but I used the ones I received. Hussein Obama was, by far, the biggest winner, but after a short while I did away with the DOTW award simply because I was getting NO suggestions and every time I posted an new winner I was bombarded with email and comments asking “Why didn’t you award this to so and so??

Frankly, I got tired of the 20/20 hindsight that so many offered.

It’s pretty easy to be a Monday morning Quarterback. Political commentators do it quite well, I like to think I have a flair for it, but with an award such as this, hindsight is NOT what’s needed, what we need is suggestions for recipients, backed up by cold hard facts, sharp eyes and a sense of political acumen that easily points out, or ferrets out RINO activity.

This isn’t about a list of folks we don’t like, it’s all about holding their feet to the fire. Old line GOP members, the young lions, the new kids on the block, ALL of them.

We hear the screeds about why a 3rd Party can’t become a reality, we hear similar rhetoric as to why we MUST retake and rebuild the GOP, well, here’s a chance for ALL of us to put our votes where our written word lies.

As soon as the elections are over, we ALL start Operation RINO Watch by doing just that, we watch every move the GOP makes, we hammer them on ALL fronts, and if the GOP comes up short, we make them painfully aware, they are currently enjoying their last, or perhaps only term as one of the members of Congress, Senate, state, county or local office they will hold.

Nominations will begin as soon as the new Senate and House are seated. Good luck to all and I will use YOUR suggestions, as well as making sure that YOU are given credit for that nomination.

But PLEASE, none of this ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda’ AFTER an award is given…

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