The news that is not White House approved...
Stretching the Truth
The White House recently announced that it will no longer use the saved or created barometer to measure the success of the stimulus package, but apparently it's back for one last hurrah.
The White House is now claiming that the stimulus has saved or created between 1.5 and 2 million jobs. I'm not sure how they came up with that number, given that the U.S. economy actually lost 4 million jobs last year — 85,000 in December alone.
Nonetheless, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer rushed to proclaim, "This is truly a stunning effect."
If that's what the White House is labeling a success these days, I am frightened for you, your families and the country.
Democrats continue to negotiate behind closed doors in an effort to merge the House and Senate health care bills, and things are not going well.
Last night, Fox News caught up with Congressman Raul Grijalva and Anthony Weiner, and to put it mildly, they aren't happy with the Senate's attempts to ram through their version of the bill:
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REP. RAUL GRIJALVA, D-ARIZ.: I think the Senate bill at this point would not get 218 votes in the House, period. Could be at an impasse. I've said many times that we sent over a silk purse so we can get back a sow's ear. And I think this is a good example of that.
REP. ANTHONY WEINER, D-N.Y.: The Democratic Caucus is pretty fired up by the idea that it wasn't that easy for us to get 218 -- and we keep hearing them squeal like pigs in the Senate that they had a tough time getting to sixty. It wasn't particularly a picnic for us to get to 218 -- I just, you know, generally speaking, the Senate kabuki dance has lost its magic on those of us in the House, we — it's no longer that thrilling to watch.
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Wow, "squeal like pigs"? Maybe this is why the Democrats don't want to open up debate to the public.
It sounds like it is getting very ugly in that smoky backroom.
Harry and Harold
Leave it to Harold Ford Jr. to kick a guy while he's down. The former Tennessee congressman who's now eyeing a Senate run in New York slammed embattled Senator Harry Reid in a recent interview.
Reid happens to be a supporter of Kirsten Gillibrand's re-election campaign and has reportedly urged the Tennessee native not to run against her.
That is not sitting well with Ford. He told The New York Times, "If I'm elected senator from New York, Harry Reid will not instruct me how to vote."
Hey Harold Ford Jr., I think that's pretty obvious, because Harry Reid will not be instructing anybody how to vote — he'll be out of a job come November.
Ice Age Sequel
Some devastating news for Al Gore. The vanquished vice president will be alarmed to learn that several prominent scientists say that we are on the verge of a mini ice age. That contradicts computer models that are favored by Gore and his gang.
One of those scientists said that the warming that we've seen over the past several years has "gone into reverse, so winters like this one will become much more likely. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all of this may well last two decades or longer."
Sorry Al, looks like you may have to put that houseboat away for a while. It's probably going to be too cold to use.
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