With Cromnibus passed, Boehner surrenders all leverage through 2015

Well, the “cromnibus” monster spending bill passed last night, and President Obama and Vice President Biden worked hard to get Democrat support — which they did not receive.

The funding measure passed and in doing so, the new incoming GOP majority will have little to no say in funding measures through the entire year — basically half of the new GOP majority Congress. A better approach would have been to execute a continuing resolution (CR) that went into February and then do appropriations by agency, funding what is essential by priority. Instead Obamacare is funded through October next year and funding to President Obama’s illegal immigration executive action — $2.5 billion. However, Speaker Boehner has declared that next February Congress will take up the illegal immigration fight, since the DHS is only funded through February. Whoopee.

In effect Speaker Boehner essentially surrendered the majority which the American people gave the House GOP and with it, the greatest leverage — the power of the purse. Some 1,800 pages, no doubt including pork, has passed which most did not read.

And what if the gambit Speaker Boehner has doesn’t work out next February? That’s the question The Hill asks, writing, “Even if Republicans shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) next year, President Obama could still carry out his executive actions giving legal status to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders have punted the funding fight over Obama’s immigration action to February, arguing their new majority will have more leverage to stop the plan dead in its tracks.”

“But it’s unclear how much weight the threat of withholding funding would carry. Eighty-five percent of DHS employees continued to work during last year’s 16-day shutdown because they were funded with mandatory funds or deemed “essential” to national security or public safety, according to figures the Congressional Research Service (CRS) tracked down for GOP lawmakers. Only 15 percent of DHS employees were furloughed in last year’s shutdown, the CRS found. On top of that, some 90 percent of the department’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency key to implementing Obama’s executive action, continued operating.”

“Some rank-and-file Republicans are worried that Obama could declare all DHS workers “essential” and keep them on the job — then simply pay them once a funding deal is reached. “People will vote for [the funding package] and feel that they may have some real advantage in February, but it may not happen that way,” one House Republican who has studied the CRS figures told The Hill.”

So it seems funding DHS only to next February with the “promise” to take on President Obama’s executive action appears to be a ruse. And if that ends up being the case, then the GOP has completely lost any leverage for an entire year — a critical year because we all know nothing will be done in 2016, a presidential election year.

Once again, the game of politics has defeated sound fiscal policy, and who knows what dirty little secrets are hidden in those nearly 1,800 pages — which was just dropped Tuesday and voted upon Thursday evening. Does anyone believe every single Member of the US House of Representatives read that spending measure? If you do, well, there is some prime farmland just west of me here in Palm Beach Gardens.

But why? Why in a lame duck session would Speaker Boehner sacrifice the best leverage point the GOP majority in the House would have? Why would he surrender the electoral mandate he was given, which included the power of the purse? Whose side is he really on? That question must be answered.

And as The Hill pointed out if the administration deems the USCIS as “essential” for national security, it can’t be defunded anyway, and that’s the basis for implementation of the unlawful executive order on immigration by Obama in the first place. If this ends up being the case, then Speaker Boehner will either look like someone who has been politically outmaneuvered — or worse, someone complicit in Obama’s scheme. Neither is good but the latter is worse.

Of course the Speaker Boehner cheering squad is hard at work, “If you’re gonna start a bar fight, start it when you’ve got as many friends in the bar as you can possibly have. Why would you start it now?” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a close Boehner ally, told The Hill on Wednesday. A GOP leadership aide rejected the concerns from rank-and-file Republicans, insisting that the party has an “array of legislative and legal options” they will pursue next year to stop the president. The aide declined to specify what those options are.”

This is not about starting a bar fight but rather what we call in the military setting the conditions — shaping operations — in preparation for the decisive operation.

“Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), a top House appropriator, expressed confidence Republicans could take up legislation to target and defund Obama’s executive action in the new year. He cast aside concerns from some fellow Republicans that the USCIS is funded through fees rather than congressional appropriations, saying all of the agency’s money “has to come through Congress, has to come through the Appropriations Committee.” “With reinforcements coming over the hill in January, I’m really optimistic we’ll be able to stop [Obama],” Culberson, an incoming Appropriations subcommittee chairman, said in an interview.”

“But there’s one catch: any bills Republicans pass to block Obama’s immigration action are sure to meet a presidential veto. And if Republicans refuse to fund the DHS at the end of February, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson would have wide discretion in deciding which of his nearly quarter million employees should be deemed “essential.” That’s called, check and checkmate!

Not even one month past the midterm election, the GOP wrote up a massive spending measure and passed it in the House they controlled. It seems Republicans didn’t get the memo from the voters — and right now, they seem no different from the big government progressive socialists.

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McCabe
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The Republicans neutered themselves. Good job idiots.

Eliott
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I could not agree with you more. I am a diehard Republican but like I said, I could not agree with you more.

Surly Curmudgen
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It is time, in the past a third party refused to put up with the WHIGS, a party that gave the Democrats everything they wanted. In only seven years they took the office of president and those of good character abandoned the WHIGS and joined the Republicans. That parties leadership now views it’s base as of no consequence and gives the Democrats everything they want. It is again time for a third party to invite the Republicans to join the WHIGS in oblivion.

Doug Parbery
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I am beginning to suspect Boehner is secretly a Muslim too…just like our Commander-in-Chief! Either way, he is one more reason we need term limits for Congress!!

Matthew 6:5
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He is pretty brown!

ProudGGDOfAConfederateSoldier
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ProudGGDOfAConfederateSoldier

Yes, starting with his nose! His lips are permanently attached to Obama ‘ s posterior. I honestly don’t know if he is corrupt, extremely insecure or just plain stupid!

Clint
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Or all of the above.

jim fixit
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Why is anyone surprised? Bush Jr, was sent in with what would have been considered a mandate, with the full house and senate control. And nothing got done. We had affairs with little boy aids and footsies in the bathroom stall…but nothing of lasting consequence to fix the ills of this nation. Dems and Reps are NOT any different from each other; they are all self-serving. That’s because the entire nation has become unprofitable and God is delivering us over to our ways. You might as well vote in a monkey; you won’t find an honest man. Meanwhile, like Nero,… Read more »
Matthew 6:5
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Just kill yourself now!

Susanne Van Keuren
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And, by the way, if someone is trying to put a bullet between your eyes, call Al Sharpton for protection 🙂

Earl Lee
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That’s right Uncle Ruckus…instead of u running for office where u can make a change…u go to a think tank. To me u have no right to complain!!

Rafael X
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LOL I was waiting for amateur hour. It did not disappoint.

jyearsley
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I can’t believe that this self-serving panderer surprises you Lt. Col. West. He is an opportunist, period.

Matthew 6:5
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LOL and west isn’t?!

Mike H1776
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I am not surprised because I watch CSPAN I watch these Bozo’s work I watch the senate votes i watch senate hearing’s i watch congress and senate debates this is how I stay informed along with reading bills that they pass. but very few Americans can pull themselves away from their fav tv show to watch CSPAN thats just to boring and they use big boy words that they do not understand. I have seen this bozo vote before so i know he is a traitor. people need to use their time right now days or this country is gone.… Read more »
Eliott
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When are these R.I.N.O.’s going to realize they were voted in to STOP Obama, not compromise with him unless it is to our benefit. In my opinion, the establishment Republicans are not worth a crap and they are ruining our party. Boehner should have been gone LONG AGO. Now I hear the big Republican donors are threatening not to donate big bucks unless the nominee is a moderate. We had moderates the last two elections and where did that get us? I should have know they would fold when they didn’t defund Obamacare when they had a chance.
Nannette McGowan
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I agree with you, Eliot. The RINOs only see $$$ and fail to recognize that $$$ don’t always result in votes. Look at Eric Cantor. There are numerous candidates who won with conservative ideas and platforms. The RNC RINOs and their big $$$ people gave us GHW Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. GHW Bush only had one term when he proved not to be a real conservative. George W. Bush only squeaked by a win in 2000 and would have lost in 2004 except that voters didn’t want a change in leadership during a… Read more »
Eliott
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You have made many great points Nannette. Thank you.

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FlyTyer2
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One of the most intelligent posts recently made. :>)

pleazzer
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Now that we can not TRUST ANY OF THE SCUM and continued calls telling off their aids has to be done. The next step we all know to well. History repeats itself and it is strange those in DC are the ones to forget that first.

SFTOBEY
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They haven’t forgotten. That’s why they try so hard to push to disarm the American citizens, so there will be no possibility of a Second American Revolution to take this country back from the traitors and globalist oligarchs.

Robert Crenshaw
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I would rather have Putin finish Adolf Hussein Obama’s term. The Republicans are back stabbers and that makes them worse than the Democrats.They have always been on the same page as Obama and the over sea bankers. Listen to the high school drop outs like Hannity, Rush and Beck. They are nothing more than mascots, cheerleaders, water boys and bench warmers for the Republicrat party.

livefreeordiehard
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Glenn Beck is NOT a republican. He told his audience to quit funding the republicans. It hit them hard enough that they sent some people to ask him to quit telling his audience not to contribute to them. He asked, “Are you going to start representing what the people want?” They round-aboutly said no, and he said he would not quit saying it on his show.

Have you ever WATCHED his show? Then don’t be quoting someone when you don’t have the facts.

Flower
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I’ve watched his show and way back, when he was on Fox, I thought he had some good things to say. Right now, I think he’s a mental case, due to the cult he belongs to, sad to say.

Flower
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Boehner threw the entire GOP under the bus last night by agreeing with Obama! He should be taken out – by any means necessary!

David
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Just exactly how many people have signed up for Amnesty? How many people do you actually think will sign up for Amnesty when they will be facing back taxes, future taxes, and fees just by applying? Paying to be an American defeats the purpose of being here illegally doesn’t it? Republicans need Sue the President as planned in order to prevent obvious illegal actions from the executive branch from happening again. The Amnesty Bill will fail on it’s on weight just as Obamacare is and has. The Democrat party has lost all credibility due to liberals/progressives. Most importantly, do not… Read more »
FlyTyer2
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Seems apparent to the most casual observer (a quote from an Engineering text) that nothing has changed in Congress. We have a two party system that votes as if it were a one party system, and that one party system does NOT support the Constitution of the United States; rather it supports their personal self interests at the expense of the taxpayer.

Time for term limits and a cleansing of the Federal Bureaucracy. Any politician with more than two consecutive terms should be removed from office.

Sandra Stanislav
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I do not trust any of the gov right now. i hope that i am wrong but i think that the gop likes having the power against us regular citizens and refuse to give it up

mercurydeb
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Sandra, I agree with you. At the moment no professional politician is worthy
of our trust!! I recommend that all who disagree with the agreement just
passed in Congress should email or call their representatives ASAP and let
them know their opinions in no uncertain terms! Then we must email the
newly elected reps and tell them of or opinions of the traitors in our midst.
We must let them know that their term of office will be only ONE as long as
they vote against our wishes! This may be the only recourse we have now!!
I will take this action!!

Flower
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I totally agree with you! This act by Boehner was completely against the wishes of most Americans!

2War Abn Vet
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That’s so like the republican Establishment;decisively win the election, then roll over and surrender.

FlyTyer2
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Time for thoughtful evaluations; who would have thought that Boehner, Obama and Biden could agree on anything? I must ask what each has agreed to that also benefits the US Taxpayer? My gut feel is there is no benefit to the US Taxpayer, but the previously mentioned three will benefit greatly.

Boehner is a RINO, Obama is a Socialist, and Biden is a fool!

What is the common thread between the three? They are all career politicians!

Nahtazu
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Can we organize a Boehner recall in his state? He’s a democrat plant.

SFTOBEY
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Unfortunately, Ohio, like many other states, has no “recall” option in place to fire the traitorous SOBs.

mercurydeb
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Indeed, Mr. Boehner and certain other GOP leaders are traitors and indecent members of the party. I was not surprised however, to read of their dirty deeds. My new
representatives who are GOP will learn of my disgust at the actions of the members
who have laid down for the evil democrats and our so-called president. I recommend
that all persons who are represented by evil GOP traitors take time to call or email
their so-called representatives and read them the riot act!! I will do it!!

Barb3000
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Well this just proves what I always thought. Boehner makes no move unless he checks with Obama first, I don’t care what its about. The idea that both sides Dems and Repubs don’t check with each other every day go out to dinner with each other, talk about any bill or business that either one of them want to pass please take your blinders off. Both sides are bought off, the taxpayers are left holding the empty bag or wallet. This is all done to fool the taxpayers because they think we are stupid. There are a few politicians that… Read more »
SFTOBEY
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Sad but true. Out of all of our so-called “representatives” in the District of Corruption, those who actually represent the will of “We the People” are in drastically short supply. Too many who owe allegiance to their NWO masters.

Nahtazu
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Vote Tea Party. Nothing else. Send the RINOs and Libertarians packing.

Flower
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We do need a 3rd party, but the GOP elite are trying to keep the Tea Party from prevailing.

mercurydeb
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We can call this new party the Conservatives, as I believe that describes
most of us, and I agree with you entirely! Hold their feet to the fire and
fight for our rights!!

mercurydeb
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Please do take the time to inform your representatives and your newly elected reps.
of your thoughts of the GOP alliance with the devil. If the new ones don’t do our
wishes, remind them they will have only ONE TERM in office. This I will be doing!!
Fight for our rights, fight!!

JeanluvsCa
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What did Boehner get in return?

SFTOBEY
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A very good question…

MotherBatherick
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As long as Boehner, Biden and obama are still there, no one should be surprised by any this. All three should be Gowyd-ed and not necessarily by Trey Gowdy himself but, by the American people.

Deb Daily
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No One is talking about the new bail in for banks. That was the real monster in this Bill.

SFTOBEY
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You are absolutely right there Deb. When the “Bill” comes due in the form of payment for all of the “derivatives” liabilities, we, the American taxpayers, not to mention many bank depositors, are going to be in for a rude awakening That will make what happened in Cyprus last year look like a family picnic. And all to service the big money interests of course.

Nannette McGowan
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Deb Daily has been Grubered by Elizabeth Warren and Nasty Pelosi. This bill DOES NOT include a bank bailout. Idiots like Warren and Pelosi have been complaining that it’s too hard for the average American to get a loan. This is a move to roll back some of Dodd/Frank fake banking reform bill that kills small local banks and makes the big banks bigger. If you’re truly worried about “bank bailouts”, you should be angry that Dodd/Frank fake banking reform didn’t include government conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who never paid back any TARP loans with interest and… Read more »
Deb Daily
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It seems you are a victim of MSM half truths. http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/17/elizabeth-warren-is-right-the-cromnibus. It’s called a bail in, the G-20 in Australia 2014 just voted that all bank deposit, savings, pension accounts are assets of the banks. USA Banker Lobbyist have been on the war path with congress since this agreement to get congress to save them from themselves, again. Read it a weep. I’m no fan of Warren and I hurl with Pelosi, but it is what it is.

Nannette McGowan
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A “bailout” would be loans from the Treasury and loosening restrictions on derivatives is not a loan or a bailout. You are easily baffled and mislead. Just because you read it somewhere doesn’t make it true. To call it a bailout, you’d first have to change the definition of a bailout and that would still just be semantics and not true.

Deb Daily
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Its called a bail IN.

Deb Daily
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You’re complaint about Warren for beig idiot? What about Ted Cruz’s idiotic move that got Obama laughing, the move that forced Republicans to confirm the judicial nominations by Obama. Obama schooled Cruz and Republicans because Cruz is tooooo predictable stupid.

Nannette McGowan
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You’re naive if you think Harry Reid didn’t plan to push through those nominations regardless of how the CRomnibus vote played out. Obama didn’t do anything to Cruz. All he did was make phone calls to House and Senate members in both parties to support the CRomnibus. Harry Reid has been running the show since Obama was elected. We’ll see how much power Obama has with his veto power without Harry Reid shelving bills to protect Obama from having to use it. Obama has been a puppet of Reid and Pelosi, not a leader.

Andy Martin
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Obama’s an international embarrassment. The world’s leaders school him constantly. Get off his jock.

Flower
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Hate America, huh? tsk tsk tsk

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Oh right in your lowly vernacular, if anyone hate Cruz then that person hates America too.

Flower
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No, quite the opposite, you show yourself to be an Obamabot, that means you’re of low intellect.

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Hate America? Oh man Allen west’s listeners are too clueless.

Flower
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If you feel that way, why are YOU here? Clueless, huh?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Flower
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And what about the $400+ BILLION being sent overseas for abortions in other countries!

John McMickle
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Well maybe if this country would have had abortion on demand in the early 1960’s we might not have had Barrack Hussein Obama today.

Flower
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America is being judged BECAUSE of her stance on abortion! Almost 60 million unborn Americans have been butchered!

John McMickle
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Have you ever heard of sarcasm

Flower
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There’s no place for attempted sarcasm when there is no sound or face to go with it. Gosh, is that so hard to understand?

John McMickle
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time to fire some more people at the next election and demand that legislation be in acted to recall Senators and Representatives. Maybe even repeal the 17th Amendment and take some of the power back from both national parties.

Flower
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In 2 years it will be FAR too late . . .

John McMickle
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What do you propose armed revolution. Short of that there is nothing else that can be done.

Flower
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It’s TRAGIC, but at this point, that is the only answer.

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Paul Deckelman
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Speaking of bar fights, what is your congressional district successor, Patrick Murphy, the notorious Miami Beach Brawler, doing these days?

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Republicans and dear leader, Cheney have new alternative to Obama’s ACA that has gotten Allen West excited and raved for it. Cheney and Republicans agreed that rectal feeding has medical purposes. Why need ” ” Obamacare ” “?

Nannette McGowan
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The “rectal hydration and nutrition” was a medical procedure used ONLY on those who refused to eat in hunger strikes. It’s a procedure used on anorexics and those with some stomach disorders to keep them alive. If we had allowed those on hunger strikes to die, people like you would be accusing our military of not doing enought to help them. Dishonesty, cherry picking and taking the information out of context is typical of lying liberals and Democrats. To continue to blame Cheney after 6 years is insane. In 2022, I guess Republicans should have an investigation, not include Democrats… Read more »
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You lost me when you show obviously being Cheney-licker.

Republic
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The problem is that you can’t replace the damage done in this country with mediocrity. See AmericaIdea for the 2016 Dream Candidate instead.