No Bipartisanship for President Obama

The news that is not White House approved...

Here's an Idea

Rather than use the State of the Union address as an opportunity to reach across the aisle, the president instead attacked Republicans throughout the speech. At one point he even made the ridiculous claim that Republicans have not offered any ideas on health care reform:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Let me now.


Despite what the president and the mainstream media say, Republicans do have ideas to fix the country's health care system. Congressman Paul Ryan responded to the president's claim on "Fox and Friends":


REP. PAUL RYAN, R-WISC.: He knows we have we've these ideas. He keeps asking us for ideas. We send him ideas, but we have yet to receive responses from the White House on these kinds of ideas we've been proposing.


Congressman Ryan is not the only Republican being ignored by this president. House Minority Leader John Boehner revealed Wednesday to reporters that he has not been contacted by White House Chief of Staff Rahm "Rahmbo Dead Fish" Emanuel or anyone on the president's team in more than a year.

Somehow the president is able to say that he supports bipartisanship with a straight face. Pretty unbelievable.

Tax Cheat Turmoil

There was a big showdown on Capitol Hill Wednesday. In one corner it was TurboTax cheat Tim Geithner. In the other it was handful of livid members of Congress. Together they grilled Geithner over his handling of the AIG bailout back when he served as the president of the New York Federal Reserve.


REP. EDOLPHUS TOWNS, D-N.Y.: In effect the taxpayers were propping up the hollow shells of AIG by stuffing it with money. And the rest of Wall Street came by and looted the corpse.

REP. JOHN MICA , R-FLA.: You know when you were being confirmed, a lot of controversy surrounded your not paying your taxes. You gave lame excuses then. I believe you're giving lame excuses now.

Your punting the blame and I think you're trying to position yourself as the —


TIMOTHY GEITHNER, TREASURY SECRETARY: Congressman, you don't know me very well.

MICA: And yet —

GEITHNER: You don't know me very well. I will take —


MICA: We're not getting the whole story, we're getting a lame story.

REP. STEVEN LYNCH, D-MASS.: You could have done the right thing by those people, by the American taxpayer because their money was being put into this deal.

GEITHNER: Congressman, I —

LYNCH: It just stinks to the high heaven what happened here.


That was a Democrat.

I think it's time for Tim Geithner to follow his lead of the other tax cheat Tom Daschle and maybe go away for good.

Rosie's View

Radio talk show host and outspoken liberal activist Rosie O'Donnell is making her voice heard on the issue of disaster relief, saying the relief effort in Haiti is going well. You'll be shocked to hear who she thinks is responsible for all the success.

Here's what she had to say on "Rosie Radio":


ROSIE O'DONNELL, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: I think in some ways, too, it is because of the presidential response. If two days after Katrina, you know, the president of the United States went on and said, "You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten. We are sending in the Army."

I don't know, if there was that sort of mass impulse to help, I think then Americans would have felt more justified of, you know, helping in the manner — you know, there was so much conflict involved in how long it took, right, for the White House to respond.


Actually, two days after Katrina here's what the president of the United States told the nation:


THEN-PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, AUG. 28, 2005: We will do everything in our power to help people and the communities affected by this storm. Hurricane Katrina is now designated a category five hurricane. We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities. I urge all citizens to put their own safety and the safety of their families first by moving to safe ground.


Rosie must have forgotten about that, but I'm sure she will appreciate our friendly reminder.

Climate Commission

The Meltdown is brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is now encouraging companies to publicize how climate change is affecting their business. They claim this information is important to investors who want to know whether companies are well positioned for the future.

But some don't think this is the best use of the organization's time. Two GOPers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said of the SEC: "Having permitted the now imprisoned Bernie Madoff to bilk as much as $50 billion from trusting investors, it will now turn its investigative eye to global warming instead of investor protection."

I think that pretty much just sums it up.

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