Here’s Why No One’s Funding the Department of Homeland Security

Basically, it’s another war between Republicans and Obama, mostly because some are not a fan of how lenient he’s being towards undocumented immigrants. Not too long ago, President Obama issued an executive order to bring his immigration plan to fruition — all of which is implemented by the DHS. Depending on which side you ask, this was either marginally legal at best (constitutionally speaking), or a long overdo policy shift to give the country time to proactively reform its current immigration policies. And because the DHS is the department that funds immigration-related activities, this is the Republican’s biggest bargaining chip.

Since Congress cannot directly stop Obama’s executive order, their only other option to stop it is to deny funding of the DHS. Because if the DHS doesn’t have money, the executive order can’t be implemented.

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The idea that most Americans are “moderates” who share an agenda is absurd — and the belief in it is disastrous

If there’s one article of faith in the political establishment it’s that being a political “moderate” is the only appropriate philosophy for people of good sense and mature disposition. No one possessed of even a modicum of rationality and logic could possibly hold a set of values or political positions that fall entirely on one side of the political divide or the other because that would mark him as a fanatic of some sort. And that would be very bad indeed. It might even be considered (shudder) partisan.

The term “moderate” is used by political elites to marginalize the views of the people. And that’s anything but “moderate.” In fact, it’s downright radical.

Wall Street Journal Tears Into Incompetent House Republicans For Mishandling DHS Funding Bill

Wall Street Journal Tears Into Incompetent House Republicans For Mishandling DHS Funding Bill

When even the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal blasts House Republicans for their epic mishandling of the DHS funding bill, you know the GOP has a problem.

That problem, of course, begins with the small group of conservative extremists who do nothing in the House of Representatives except oppose President Obama no matter what, even if their party takes a beating because of their…

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Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), throws a snowball on the Senate floor in a bizarre attempt to prove climate change is a hoax.

Inhofe is the new chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, which controls spending and administration of environmental laws and pollution.

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Reince Priebus, the Republican national chairman today, said that 300,000 jobs, 323,000 created, ought to be expected every month. It shouldn’t be an exception. And just a historical perspective, during the eight years of President Bush, there were 2.1 million net jobs created in the United States, and of that 2.1 million, 1.8 million were in the public sector, state, local or federal government.

That means there were 300,000 jobs in the private sector created in eight months — in eight years, rather, net. So, I mean, this is rather remarkable. And I just point out that in the — David touched on the fact that more jobs have been created in the United States in the last four years than in Europe, Japan, all the industrialized modern world combined.

So, it’s a record. And there’s just one other little item, and it’s not unimportant. And this is where David and I do disagree, I know; 70 years since World War II, 36 years with a Republican president, 34 years with a Democratic president, in those 70 years, there were 36.7 million jobs created by Republican — under Republican presidents, while Republicans were office, OK, a little over half the time.

In 34 years, there were 63.7 million created by Democrats. That’s 29 million more. Perhaps it’s an accident once or twice or what. But, I mean, at some point, the Democrats ought to be trumpeting the fact that they have been better on the economy and job creation than have been their opposition.

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Mark Shields

Thanks to nubbsgalore for the quote from PBS.