“I Get Tougher Questions At The Bojangles Drivethrough…” *Open Thread*

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That is what Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said regarding David Gregory’s questions of Susan Rice in his interview on Sunday.

That was not all Rep. Gowdy said. His anger at the despicable responses by National Security Adviser Susan Rice was palpable. Don’t take my word for it, though. Check it out here:

Once the transcript becomes available, I will put it up, but what Rep. Gowdy says is incredibly important. And Gowdy really says it all in response to Rice’s claim that she has “no regrets” about her flat out lie that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a video:

“She was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens.”

No kidding. Arrogance seems to be the hallmark of this Administration though, as far as I can tell. The evidence of that is not just clear with Susan Rice’s failure to regret her flat out lies to the American people and to the families of the fallen, but our President dismissing laws with the wave of the hand, and his AG doing likewise.

It is far, far past time for a Special Investigation on Benghazi. That is the only way Congress has any teeth to get to the bottom of what really happened, to hold Administration officials like Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton accountable for their actions or lack thereof, and to find out, once and for all, who the HELL came up with the video excuse. Now is the time, Congress. Stop dragging your feet on this already.

Meanwhile, another instance of the arrogance and disconnect of this Administration is the continued destruction of healthcare as a result of Obamacare. The most recent acknowledgement of this came out a few days ago. The “bean counters” at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary have come out saying that Obamacare will negatively impact ELEVEN MILLION employees:

[…]Before this year, insurance companies could charge higher prices if an employer had older, sicker workers. Now, under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can’t price on health status and are limited by the amount they can price by age.

The report concluded that about 65% of small businesses, or plans covering 11 million people, would see an increase in insurance premiums under these so-called community-rating provisions of the health law. About 35% of employers would see a decrease for plans covering six million people. These employers aren’t required to pay a penalty under the federal health law if they don’t insure workers.

The report didn’t estimate by how much premiums would increase or decrease for the groups. It also didn’t take into account other parts of the health law that impact the cost of plans, such as tax credits that small businesses are eligible for if they offer insurance.

On Monday, House Republicans circulated the report, which was released Friday. House Speaker John Boehner said, “The Obama administration has finally been forced to disclose what we’ve long feared: the president’s health-care law means higher premiums for millions of American workers.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No freaking duh. Those of us who are capable of logic and reason already knew this. Hell, my partner and I have already experiences this firsthand with soaring premiums and increased deductible, which will go up 30% more in December as a result of Obamacare.

This law is incredibly destructive to this country on a number of levels while lining the pockets of Obama cronies. It must be repealed with all haste, IMHO. That is why the 2014 elections are so important – to get us out from under this burdensome law.

Parenthetically, isn’t it so funny how when it comes to anything related to Obamacare, the Democratic Drones respond that it’s the law, and that’s all there is to it, but when it comes to issues like, say Immigration, those laws are completely at Obama’s discretion? Just sayin’.

What do you say? Do you agree with Rep. Gowdy? Are you being impacted by increased healthcare premiums, or decreased services, or both? Feel free to talk about any of the above, or whatever else is on your minds. This is an Open Thread.

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21 Responses to ““I Get Tougher Questions At The Bojangles Drivethrough…” *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    It seems that I always agree with Trey Gowdy. And that concerns me because I have so little trust in politicians. Is he the one in a thousand who actually IS honest? Wouldn’t that be something.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I hear you, Kenosha – it is a bit disconcerting, but I sure hope he is. He SEEMS like he is. His anger is righteous and on OUR behalf for a change. He doesn’t just say these things in interviews; he says them when he is questioning the people who need to be held accountable. He doesn’t mince words with them, or in interviews. So, maybe, just maybe, he’s for real. Gotta hope so, anyway…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I am hoping Rev. I know that no politician can be 100% honest or they would never be elected. People want big lying promises even if they know that they aren’t true. What’s with that? And when did telling the truth in this country become optional?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Great question, Kenosha. Not only has the truth become optional, it seems people are willing to accept blatant lies if it suits their partisan purposes. It is really disturbing.

          And true abt most politicians, but I sure hope Gowdy is more honest than most. Thus far, he seems to be on the up and up.

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            I happen to believe that Trey Gowdy is the real deal. Until he proves otherwise I will continue to think so and enjoy his ascerbic comments and dry wit. Also Trey Gowdy appears to have the intellect that Obama was said to have – and has proved that he does not.

            I have to believe that there are some decent politicians. If not then there is little hope. Unless we all stand up for our rights and scare the crap out of the rat bastards. If there is one thing they do believe in, the rat bastards that is, it’s self-preservation.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I agree completely, Kenosha. I think Gowdy is, too. Like I said, he talks the same way to Greta as he does when he is questioning someone during a Hearing. By all accounts, he is the man he seems to be.

            I am sure there are others who are also people of integrity. Heck, Sarah Palin gave up a 6 figure income over ethics (which is why the Dems threw all those BS suits her way on ETHICS – to undermine a quality she holds and on which she has stood. Jackasses.).

            So, yes, I agree – there are some good ones, to be sure. My US Senator, Tim Scott, is another good one, btw. He is a man of integrity – thank heavens.

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy.Yes I agree with Trey. 🙂

  3. Katherine B. Says:

    I saw this over at Hillaryis44. I have no way of knowing if it is true because no one in the MSM is reporting on it. But it strikes me as shocking that we are building up American military forces in JORDAN!!!!!!

    U.S. Increasing Military Presence In Jordan, Analyst Says

    The U.S. intends to build up its military presence in Jordan in an attempt to exert more control over the current situations in Syria and Lebanon, a political analyst tells Press TV.

    “The U.S. has continued to build its military capability in Jordan… Under the guise of a humanitarian operation, the United States is putting full combat command inside Jordan,” said Gordon Duff in a Sunday interview with Press TV.

    “One of the reasons behind this is not only the issue in Syria, but the increasing meltdown that’s being orchestrated within Lebanon,” he noted.

    The analyst argued that the U.S. is considering a military role in the region, as Israel has no capability to operate in Lebanon again.

    In early February, Jordanian media reported that a U.S. airplane loaded with weapons and ammunition planned to reach the foreign-backed militants operating in Syria landed in the Mafraq Airport, some 80 kilometers north of the capital, Amman.

    It has also been disclosed that a new group of 1,500 gunmen have completed training in a center in Jordan for fighting in Syria and are now ready to join thousands of other rebels in the war-torn country.

    http://weaselzippers.us/175997-u-s-increasing-military-presence-in-jordan-analyst-says/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy cow, Katherine. That is incredibly disconcerting, especially considering the total CRAP job Obama and Minions have done in Foreign Affairs. For us to have a stronger presence in that part of the world, especially when Kerry keeps hammering away at Israel, really makes me wonder.

      I guess I could have just said, I totally don’t trust this move. Thanks for the alert.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    One another topic:

    Rubio Gives Harkin a Lesson in History

    link: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/02/25/rubio-gives-harkin-a-lesson-in-history/

    This is the Marco Rubio that Republicans fell in love with back in 2010. Then he fell in with McRino and the Gang of Eight and he lost both their “love” and their trust.

    Can he get it back? I guess it depends which Marco Rubio shows up.

    One thing I’m sure of, the further he distances himself from McCain and Lindsey Graham the better off he will be.

    Here’s a link to the video

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/02/25/sen_rubio_speaks_about_the_crisis_in_venezuela.html

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why Jan Brewer Will Veto Arizona’s Antigay Bill

    The Republican governor’s decision is politically calculated and underscores the country’s sizable shift on gay-rights issues. And we’ve seen this from her before.

    link: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/why-jan-brewer-will-veto-arizona-s-antigay-bill-20140225

    I don’t care what her motivation is, she should and must veto this law. I seldom agree with those on the left or with McCain but in this case I most definately do. This IS a Jim Crow lookalike law and decent people should vote against such blatent discrimination!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I think she should veto it, too. The man who crafted it, Steve Pierce, was on Fox this morning saying this wasn’t just abt gay people,b ut that is the perception that has been put forth.

      In any event, my feeling is, if I know a business doesn’t support someone like me, I don’t spend my money there. I don’t know why this has become such a big deal, and why people just don’t use some common sense. You don’t have to sue them to bankrupt them to prove the point, just tell friends and they can choose to patron the business or not.

      People have a right to believe what they believe whether I agree with them or not, but in cases like this, let the Amendments handle this and not sign a bill like this into law.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Believing is one thing – discrimination is a whole nuther kettle of fish. Veto this Jan Brewer – because it’s the right thing to do. Anything else, IMO, supports bigortry.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I am agreeing with you. This should be vetoed.

          But people DO have the right to believe what they believe, whether we like it or not. After all, we cannot force people to believe the way we want them to, or think they should.

          This bill seems to have become a Christian v. gays kind of thing, as if Christians are ignorant, intolerant horrible people. Christians are not the only ones who have issues with gay marriage. Heck, it was just 2 yrs ago that Obama himself was opposed to gay marriage, and only changed his mind when gay donors withheld funds (IOW, his “change of mind” was pandering more than anything else).

          But should this kind of thing be codified? Absolutely not, hence why I said let the Amendments we have be the basis from which to act.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        And it isn’t just the “perception” – it is what it is.

        And I believe that your feeling Rev, that if people don’t support you then you aren’t going to support them or their business with your money. That makes a lot more sense to me than forcing some Bakery, that may out of some misguided religious ferver believe that baking a wedding cake, to supply them with a cake.

        Who wants a wedding cake that is baked and sold by force and filled with ill will? I don’t understand that kind of thinking. It seems more about punishing someone than feeling the joy that a wedding should bring.

        But that’s just me and I’ve never walked in your shoes so I can only imagine. I just happen to be a live and let live kind of person so long as no one is harmed.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          My point was that was not the only aspect of this bill, Kenosha, just the only part on which the media and politicians have focused. It is more extensive than that. Still, it should not stand.

          Exactly – why would I want someone I knew had no respect for me as a person to bake my cake, or take my wedding photos, or make my wedding outfit? I wouldn’t. I would let my money make my opinion known. I simply would not go to that bakery, or photographer, or dressmaker. That’s my CHOICE, as it should be, but people still have the right to believe what they want.

          But to force people out of business because they didn’t like people like me seems a tad intolerant, especially since there seems to be an attitude of righteous jubilation over ruining someone else’s life. THAT kind of intolerance doesn’t help anything, I think, and it seems to be something that we are seeing more of in this country. People HAVE to all be on the same page, or else…

          Bottom line, it feels like people are demanding tolerance while being intolerant. Live and let live is basically my motto.

          OH – and I should add, AZ State Sen. Steve Pierce said just now that they “made a mistake and never should have gone along with this.”

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            I agree with your point about what the media has made of this bill. Evidently the idea was to protect the religious rights of some and while that may seem like a good thing it cannot, and will not, be presented by the media honestly.

            The yapping fauxrage about every damn thing in this country has become so incessant that there is no real understanding of what others may feel and why they feel the way they do. Someone yell bigot or racist and all else is lost in the name-calling and outrage.

            It’s become a knee-jerk response for many of us. I have been caught in that too many times myself so now I take a deep breath – try to find out as much as possible on a given topic and then move on from there. Not everyone that disagrees with me is evil and not everyone who usually agrees with me is right about everything.

            There may have been a good intent behind the Arizona law at it’s inception. The Obama Administration HAS trampled all over religious freedom in the country and a whole lot of us “bitter clingers” are sick and tired of it.

            That doesn’t mean we can, or should jump on every Religious Freedom Bandwagon that comes down the road. All “Bandwagons” are not what they appear to be.

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    Has anyone ever noticed that our servants at both State and Federal have made criminals of all of us with some laws they pass? 😡

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      With all the laws that are on the books, state and federal, everyone at some time is breaking – unwittingly – some law. Which begs the question are we not so much a Nation of Laws as a Nation of too many laws?

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    KENOSHA – just trying to get your attention since the nesting has stopped up above. GREAT COMMENT!!!!!! Very well said abt the bandwagons, the faux outrage, etc. etc.

    Yes, there has been a trampling, and while I appreciate people wanting to halt that, kneejerk reactions are rarely helpful in that regard no matter which side is having the reaction.

    In general, it seems we have enabled this attitude of sheer obliteration of everyone who does not agree or accept or think the same way. It is really disturbing. People used to have the freedom of speech, as well as the freedom of THOUGHT. Now it seems that freedom, is being called into question. Wassup with that?? Hence why I keep referencing our sticking with our rights as spelled out in the Amendments.

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