Loony Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) last night doubled down on his wild health care rhetoric. On Tuesday Grayson let loose with the statement that Republicans had no health care plan and just wanted everyone to “die quickly” instead of getting care.
Yesterday, after Republicans demanded an apology for the slander, Grayson returned to the House floor where he apologized to people who have died and their families, comparing America’s health care system to the Holocaust (video here.)
(Advice to Republicans: leave the man alone and let him speak. He’s doing more damage than you could possibly do in response.)
Grayson is a rookie member of Congress (replacing four-term Republican Rick Keller in 2008), and it appears he’s not very fond of his new job. His is a competitive district that includes Orlando — not some bastion of liberal whackos like San Francisco.
Is he vying to become some sort of calculated liberal version of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) who, in a moment of incredulity, ad libbed “You lie” in the House chamber during Obama’s joint session health care speech? If so, it seems Grayson doesn’t comprehend the dynamics — it really is an imperative to tell the truth (which Wilson did). The American people are pretty sick of radical phonies about now.
Grayson manages to play “neener, neener” and the Holocaust card all in one oafish sentence. By all means, Congressman, keep talking.
American Energy Freedom Day — Happy Anniversary!
Today marks the first anniversary of American Energy Freedom Day. One year ago today, the ban on offshore drilling for the 85 percent of America’s territorial waters expired. That ban has been replaced by an across-the-board, Democrat-led prohibition on energy exploration on most of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and on oil shale leases on federal land.
In February of 2006, the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a comprehensive inventory of OCS resources. Their report estimated reserves of 8.5 billion barrels of oil. Those reserves would replace imports from Saudi Arabia for over 20 years. Also included in the estimate was 29.3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas. In the undiscovered resources category, we find another 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 tcf of natural gas.
OCS development has been made more efficient and safer through advances in technology. New leasing is estimated to allow for the production of approximately 1.4 million barrels of oil — American oil — per day.
A robust OCS and oil shale program means a wealth of American jobs. Real, high-paying jobs, not the temporary, government manufactured “shovel ready” jobs that have failed to materialize in any real manner under the Obama “stimulus.”
It means American energy independence. Democrats are facilitating the continued transfer of American energy dollars overseas.
The Obama administration isn’t opposed to offshore drilling in principle. In August, Obama lent billions of American dollars to Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil company, to finance the exploration of offshore drilling and the related, high-dollar jobs in Brazil.
How could Obama possibly deny Americans these high-paying jobs?
Senate Passes Staggering Increase in Legislative Budget
Following in the footsteps of the House, the Senate voted yesterday to pass the Legislative Appropriations bill increasing funding for the legislative branch of government at three times the rate of inflation.
Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) made blistering comments on the Senate floor after voting against the appropriations measure.
“Congress’ decision to dramatically increase its budget while families across America are cutting back is an affront to every taxpayer,” Coburn said. "We should be leading by example, not hoarding taxpayer funds for our own perks and political convenience. Spending $500,000 on town hall promotion and $4 million on consultants for leadership offices is an embarrassment to this body.”
Coburn noted that each year his office has returns an average of $470,000 in unspent office account funds.
“This bill represents a failure of leadership in Congress among both Republicans and Democrats,” Coburn said. “With this bill we are not only earning our dismal 16 percent approval rating, but are undermining financial stewardship in every other area of government. If we can’t make hard choices about how we run our offices, how can we expect anyone in government to do the same? Our government wastes at least $350 billion every year through fraud, mismanagement or duplication in part because agency heads have little to fear from congressional oversight.”
“A Congress that so brazenly holds itself above the economic laws that govern everyday life should be held accountable and replaced by the American people,” Coburn added. “Of every dollar we spend this year we are borrowing 43 cents from the next generation. Any family that managed their personal finances that way would end up in bankruptcy. In fact, that is where the federal budget is headed if Congress doesn’t wake up.”
“Our national debt today is now $11.8 trillion and counting,” Coburn said. “Our debt will double in five years and triple in ten years. At the same time, the long-term unfunded liability for Social Security and Medicare is more than $100 trillion. We simply can’t continue on this course any longer. Unfortunately, this bill shows that the leadership of both parties is not only failing to recognize the depth and severity of the problems before us but is willing to put us deeper in debt in order to satisfy their own short-term parochial and political desires.”
Ouch. That left a mark.