Virginia Democrat Rep. James P. Moran Says “The American People Should Know that the Members of Congress are Underpaid” at $174,000
These politicians are so out of touch with the American people and what is going on in the real world that they need to be fired and sent back to it …
US Rep. James Moran (VA-D) told CQ Roll Call that, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” Moran went on to say that with their $172,000 a year salary, many in Congress cannot “afford to live decently in Washington”. UNDERPAID, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Are we supposed to feel pity for these hacks who have pretty much forgot the reason why they are even in Washington, DC? As Weasel Zippers opines, “So he makes $3,300 per week and we’re supposed to feel bad for him?”
It is the Democrat party mindset where these fools think they should get raises for doing nothing, except things that are detrimental to America and Americans.
Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.
“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.
“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.
Moron Moran is complaining about having their pay frozen … welcome to the economic world that you, Barack Obama and the rest of the Democrats have created in a jobless recovery. This is just one of the reasons why the people give Congress such a low approval rating. Most politicians have forgot who they work for. With the work product they have put forward, had they been in the real world, individual like Moran would have been fired.
I have a better idea Mr. Moran, go get a real job!!! You were not sent to DC to get rich. If you do not like the pay, then resign from office and go find a job like the rest of America has to in this Obama jobless America. Personally, I think their pay should be cut in half and they should only be in Washington if they have to.They should be made to work the rest of the time in the private sector to deal with the garbage laws they pass.
Another Shooting at Fort Hood … 4 Dead Including Gunman … Shooter ID’d as 34 Year Old Fort Hood Soldier Ivan Lopez
If we learn nothing from history, be are destined to repeat it …
Sadly, yesterday we were witness to another shooting at Fort Hood where three people were killed and 16 individuals injured before the gunman killed himself. The shooter was identified as 34 year old Fort Hood Army specialist Ivan Lopez. According to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the shooter served in Iraq in 2011 and was being treated for “behavioral health and mental health” issues. Lopez had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder.
Have we learned nothing from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting where Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 12 soldiers?
There was a shooting on Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon.
Three people are dead along with the shooter, and 16 others were injured. All were active duty military.
Thirty-four-year-old Fort Hood soldier Ivan Lopez was identified as the shooter. General Milley said that the shooter was being treated for mental issues, but not yet diagnosed with PTSD. The shooter is married with family in the local area, and he just arrived at Fort Hood in February.
Lopez is said to have been the only gunman.
Gen Milley believes the shooting started when he opened fire in a building. He then left the building, got into his vehicle, and fired. He then got out of his vehicle again and went into another building. After entering the second building, he became face-to-face with an officer and that is when he shot himself.
Spc. Ivan Lopez, Fort Hood, Warrior Transition Brigade
Pic from Rusty Shackleford – Twitter: @mypetjawa
UPDATE II: Press Conference (VIDEO)
The suspect, a soldier who had served in Iraq, “had behavioral health and mental health” issues, Milley told reporters late Wednesday.
The general said there was no known motive for the shooting.
“There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism, although we are not ruling anything out,” he said.
The suspected shooter was wearing combat fatigues, said a U.S. official briefed on the shooting. He was armed with a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun that he purchased recently, said Milley.
Score One, Make that Six For the Good Guys … British Sniper in Afghanistan Kills Six Taliban Islamists with One Bullet!
Afghan Taliban Islamist Jeopardy: I will take ‘killing Taliban radical Islamist Muslims’ for $500 Alex. The answer, 6. Alex, that would be how many Taliban Islamists were killed with one British sniper’s bullet Alex. CORRECT!!! As reported at the Telegraph, a British sniper hit trigger switch of suicide bomber whose device then exploded killing the bomber and 5 others around him.
A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.
The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.
The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year.
Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby.
The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards (1,340m).
Just Criminal: Obama Administration Refuse to Enforce Immigrations Laws … ICE Released 68,000 Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Convictions
How is it that Obamacare is the law of the land, yet Barack Obama refuses to enforce current immigration laws?
UNREAL … This is how the Obama administration protects the citizens of the United States? You know Barack, the legal ones! As reported at The Hill, in 2013 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions back into the population. Instead of deporting these criminals, the Obama administration released 35% of the illegals with criminal records back into the general population. Barack Obama should be charged with a crime for this.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last year released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions, undercutting Democratic claims that President Obama has strictly enforced immigration laws.
An internal Department of Homeland Security document compiling statistics on arrests and deportations in 2013 showed that ICE agents encountered 193,357 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions but issued charging documents for only 125,478. More than 67,800 were released.
The data came from an end-of-year “Weekly Departures and Detention Report.”
The Center for Immigration Studies, a research group that favors stricter enforcement of immigration laws, estimates ICE agents released more than a third of illegal immigrants with criminal records they detained.
“ICE released 68,000 criminal aliens in 2013, or 35 percent of the criminal aliens encountered by officers.
As Breitbart further points out, this report comes out on the heels of a report from the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) last week which found that only .08 percent of the aliens deported in 2013 were not serial immigration law violators or convicted of serious crimes.
Obama’s Chickens coming home to roost means American’s goose is cooked …
I would add it is more than a mere coincidence that everything that Obama has done in his six years in office has made the United States of America a weaker nation. whether it be domestic or foreign policy, Obama has done what many believe is irreparable damage to the US. One would almost say, it would be impossible to get so many things wrong. One might even say it was intentional.
It is impossible to dismiss as mere coincidence the Russian Bear’s invasion of Ukraine and the continuing mayhem of the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, each reflects the full flowering of the policies of Barack Obama.
His chickens are coming home to roost, and what a mess they are making.
Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something. He’s been in the Oval Office so long that it is obscene to blame his problems on George W. Bush, the weather or racism. Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake.
Nothing important has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come. The president’s casual remark the other day that he worries about “a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan” inadvertently reflected the fear millions of Americans have about his leadership. Not necessarily about a bomb, but about where he is taking the country.
Tensions flare between North and South Korea …
North Korea is at it again. The exchange of fire into the Yellow Sea followed Pyongyang’s sudden announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Koreas’ disputed maritime boundary.
North Korea fired 500 rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about 100 of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. South Korea responded by firing 300 shells into North Korean waters, he said.
A day after raising the possibility of further nuclear tests, North Korea has engaged in provocative live-fire exercises near the South Korean maritime border, leading to an exchange of fire between the two neighbors.
Semi-official South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Monday that the North had begun the drill just after noon (local time). The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) confirmed that some North Korean ordnance landed in South Korean waters, and that the South responded with fire.
The JCS confirmed that the North Korean offshore military exercise began around 12:15 pm (local time) Monday, and said that “a part of North Korea’s shelling reached South Korean side of the NLL (Northern Limit Line) and we (South Korea) responded with K-9 self-propelled guns into the North Korean waters above NLL.”
The statement is in line with Yonhap’s report that the North fired “several” artillery shells, to which South Korean military responded with self-propelled artillery fire. The South Korean K-9 howitzers have a 24-mile (40-kilometer) range.
Could they finally have found missing Malaysia Flight 370?
It might just be the break that searchers have been looking for, have they finally found the needle in the middle of the Indian ocean? A crew on board a New Zealand military plane has spotted several objects in the Indian Ocean west of Perth. The sightings would need confirmation by ship, which is not expected until Saturday, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
17: 15 pm: New Zealand military plane spots ‘objects’ in Indian Ocean
Crew on board a New Zealand military plane has spotted several objects in the Indian Ocean west of Perth, reports BBC. Surveillance ships will likely reach the area by Saturday.
15: 45 pm: Our priority is to get to the debris sighted by satellites: Hussein
Malaysia Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the focus right now is to reach the debris sighted by the satellites so that it can be identified if the debris sighted is of MH370 or not.
He also said that Malaysia will follow all possible ways to find the ‘black box’ of the missing plane.
House Republicans Trey Gowdy (SC-R), Jim Jordan (OH-R) & Darrell Issa (CA-R) Hammer IRS Chief John Koskinen Over Stonewalling in the Tea Party Targeting Scandal Investigation … IRS Says It Could Take “Years” to Produce the Emails
Imagine what would happen if you told the IRS it would take years to produce the documents you were requesting?
Republican House members let loose yesterday on IRS Chief John Koskinen with regards to Lois Lerner’s emails and the investigation into the IRS scandal in targeting Conservative organizations and Tea Party groups vying for non-profit status. The IRS has to date refused to comply with the subpoena to produce all of former IRS employee, Lois Lerner’s emails. Issa repeated the threat to hold Koskinen in contempt of Congress if the documents are not produced to the committee.
A chief Republican inquisitor of the Internal Revenue Service tea party controversy hammered the new agency commissioner on Wednesday, accusing him of being more concerned with averting political fallout than cooperating with congressional probes.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and IRS chief John Koskinen sparred over the pace in which the IRS is shipping documents to the panel, one of several probing the matter.
“Does a nonpartisan or nonpolitical agency withhold documents requested during a congressional investigation? The IRS does and did,” the California Republican said, calling the pace of document production “dismal.” “You’ve been more concerned with managing the political fallout.”
Rep. Gowdy Questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about IRS Targeting Scandal (Classic Gowdy video)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-R) just shredded IRS Chief John Koskinen and stated to the IRS head, “I want the subpoena complied with and I want the subpoena complied with in a timely fashion.” Then Gowdy said, “whether or not you think we need something, or we outta have it, or we are on a wild goose chase, frankly I could care less what you think about that. Our subpoena is our subpoena. If you do not like it, move to quash it, otherwise comply with it!” Why is guy did not primary challenge establishment GOP candidate Lindsey Graham in SC puzzles me.
Rep. Jim Jordan Grills IRS Commissioner on Targeting Scandal: ‘We Don’t Want the Excuses Anymore’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said at the hearing, “We don’t want the excuses anymore, You’re not working fast enough. It’s that simple.”
An IRS official said Wednesday that it could take years before the agency is able to turn over to Congress all documents pertaining to the improper targeting of conservative groups.
“What they want is something that’s going to take years to produce,” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday.
The commissioner’s remarks were made in response to specific questions asked by Republican lawmakers on the committee.
Republicans have accused the IRS of stonewalling their investigation by intentionally delaying the release of certain agency documents.
I will say again, can you just imagine if a party ever responded to the IRS in this manner in provided requested documentation? This is the reason why the IRS needs to go bye-bye and a flat or fair tax needs to be implemented. How can Congress have a lawful means to demand emails and yet the IRS stonewalls and does not comply. Then they are allowed, on the honor system, to provide the emails. Juxtapose that with the tax payer being audited is guilty until proven innocent and you have no right not to produce anything.
The IRS fears no consequences ever … this is the reason why such a tyrannical government agency has to be replaced. Never in a million years would The Founding Fathers ever have approved of such an entity.
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Let’s make DC pork spender squeal like a pig!!!
Joni Ernst, a GOP candidate for the US Senate in Iowa has certainly made a splash on the scene with a memorable political ad. If you have not already watched it, please take a look at the video below. The Conservative Republican candidate promises to cut pork when she gets to Washington. What are her qualifications you ask? Joni Ernst grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm that’s how, so when she gets to DC, she will know how to cut pork. OUCH!!! Ernst promises to cut wasteful spending, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget. Sounds like exactly what is needed to turn things around in the Senate and save America. Joni Ernst and several other Republicans are vying for the open Iowa Senate seat of the retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
“I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”
“My parents taught us to live within our means. It’s time to force Washington to do the same.”
Former Alaska governor and Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin is endorsing state Sen. Joni Ernst, a candidate in the Iowa Senate race, following Ernst’s tongue-in-cheek ad about castrating D.C. pork.The endorsement was made on Palin’s Facebook page:
“If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork,” Palin wrote. “Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her ‘pork cutting’ skills to the Iowa State Senate, where she has been a champion for life, small government, and lower taxes – voting for the largest tax cut in Iowa history.”
Posted alongside a picture of Ernst in uniform, Palin was paying homage to the TV ad Ernst released on Tuesday.
More from Real Clear Politics on the other GOP candidates vying for the nomination and missteps of Democrat leading candidate U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who was caught on camera at the closed-press event suggesting that Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is unfit to become the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.
Ernst is one of a half-dozen Republicans vying to take on U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the likely Democratic nominee, for the right to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
Braley has been considered the favorite but faced significant blowback this week over comments he made at a Texas fundraiser. The four-term congressman was caught on camera at the closed-press event suggesting that Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is unfit to become the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman — should the GOP win control of the upper chamber — because he is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”
Braley later apologized for his remark, but Iowa Republicans seized upon it in an effort to portray the Democrat as being out of touch with the values of the farming-heavy state.
Democrat ‘Unhinged’ Insanity … Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Blames Republicans For Russia Annexing Crimea
More proof Democrats are in serious trouble for the midterm 2014 elections … Senate Majority Leader Reid says Republicans are to blame for Russia’s take-over of Crimea.
Some people have no shame, add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to that list. Sen. Harry Reid (NV-D) said Monday that Republicans helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimea. Hmm, where is the outrage from the MSM over such a slanderous accusation? What kind of an irresponsible foll must one be to make such a comment. However, Reid has been making such outrageous comments like these for years and been getting a free pass. A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “unhinged”. That’s an understatement.
This is what passes as leadership in the US Senate? It is hard to believe this man gets reelected, let alone is the Senate Majority Leader. That needs to change in 2014, Wake up America!
We need to play the blame game to distract from Obamacare and our parties failed president …
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine.
Outlining the Senate’s agenda after a one-week recess, the Nevada Democrat said the first item would be the Ukraine bill that Republicans blocked just before lawmakers went on break. He urged Republicans to consider “how their obstruction affects United States’ national security as well as the people of Ukraine” and said their delay of any congressional action “sent a dangerous message to Russian leaders.”
“Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases,” Reid said. “It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice.”
As the Lonely Conservative aptly points out, Dingy Harry failed to mention that the bill the GOP blocked would have given Russia more control over the International Monetary Fund.
In other news, Harry Reid blamed Republicans for the mudslides in Washington state, the disappearance of the Malaysia airline in the Indian ocean and the kidnapping of the Lindbergh’s baby.