The Leader Board

01.12.16

A Legacy of ‘Falling Behind’

Middle Class Shrinks, Manufacturing Struggles, Paychecks Stagnate "Americans are less optimistic about how well the economy will fare over the next year than they were last January. . . . For those in households earning $30,000 or less annually, the feeling of falling behind financially is widespread. Fully 68% of lower-income households think their family's income is falling behind the cost of living . . . . A majority of those with incomes of $30,000 to $75,000 (54%) also say they are fall… Continue Reading


01.12.16

A Legacy of Global Instability

PRES. OBAMA: "[W]e cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." ("President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address," 1/20/2009) FORMER PRES. JIMMY CARTER: "I can't think of many nations in the world where we have a better relationship now than when he took over." ("Jimmy Carter: Barack Obama's… Continue Reading


01.11.16

Obamacare’s Legacy of Failure

Nearly 6 Years Of Broken Promises Burden Middle-Class Americans PRES. OBAMA: "[W]hen I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform." (President Obama, Remarks at Signing of the Health Insurance Reform Bill, 3/23/2010) The Reality For Middle Class Families, Small Businesses: 'Sticker Shock,' 'Higher Premiums, Fewer Doctors and Skimpier Coverage' "[I]n an interview with CNBC's 'On The Money,' a top hospital executive warned th… Continue Reading


01.08.16

Buyer’s Remorse

Dems On President's Iran Policy: 'No Response Is In Effect, A Response' 'Democrats In Congress Are Losing Patience' "Democrats in Congress are losing patience with the Obama administration for failing to respond quickly enough to Iran's test of a ballistic missile." ("Democrats, Frustrated With Obama On Iran, Float New Sanctions Proposals," The Washington Post, 1/07/2016) "Leading lawmakers, including supporters of President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, rapped the White House for … Continue Reading


12.18.15

‘Strengthening The First Amendment’

'Cheer On These Restraints Against Government Harassment' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The legislation before us … will help advance other important conservative priorities too, like strengthening the First Amendment..." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 12/17/15) "…cheer on these restraints against government harassment of political donors." (Editorial, "Free Speech and the Freedom Caucus," The Wall Street Journal, 12/18/15) 'First Amendment Wins In Congressional Deal' "… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Restoring The Senate

'A Congress That Worked' -- From Highways, To The 'Doc Fix,' To Tax Relief For Families And Businesses, Progress For The American People SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[R]estoring the Senate is the right thing to do. And it's the practical thing to do. Because we're only going to pass meaningful legislation if members from both parties are given a stake in the outcome. That's the genius of regular order. That's the genius of the Senate." (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 1/7/15) "Beneath The Batt… Continue Reading


12.17.15

‘Permanent Tax Relief For American Families And Small Businesses’

Job Creators: 'The Importance Of This… Cannot Be Overstated,' 'Easily The Most Positive Thing Congress Has Done For Small Business In The Past Several Years' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It would enact permanent tax relief for American families and small businesses. That will lead to more jobs, more opportunity, and more economic growth here in America." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 12/17/15) Permanent Tax Relief Hailed As 'Historic And Very Promising Breakthrough' NATIONAL A… Continue Reading


12.15.15

President Obama In Paris: American Jobs Sacrificed For ‘Paper Tiger’ Deal

In Return For A 'Paper Tiger' Deal In Paris… SEC. KERRY: "…it doesn't have mandatory targets for reduction, and it doesn't have an enforcement compliance mechanism." (Fox News' "Fox News Sunday," 12/13/15) "The agreement is largely nonbinding and not subject to Senate approval…" ("Businesses Back Paris Climate Agreement," U.S. News, 12/14/15) "…critics on both sides say the deal represents nothing more than a 'paper tiger.'" ("Obama Officials Take Victory Lap Ove… Continue Reading


12.10.15

‘Mounting Anxiety’

'The Signs Of A Pres­id­ent In Deni­al Over The Threat Of Ter­ror­ism Keep Pil­ing Up' 'The President's Assurances Are Being Contradicted By Events Around Him' "The dis­con­nect between Pres­id­ent Obama and the Amer­ic­an pub­lic on the ur­gency of the IS­IS threat is a problem… The signs of a pres­id­ent in deni­al over the threat of ter­ror­ism keep pil­ing up." ("Democrats' Biggest Vulnerability I… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Education Reform: ‘A Rollback Of Federal Power’

After 'Long And Arduous' Path, The 'Largest Devolution Of Federal Control To The States In A Quarter-Century' 'This Is A Law That Everybody Knows Needs Fixing' SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): "The real winners today are 100,000 public schools which are attended by 50 million children, where three and a half million teachers work and are eager for us to bring some certainty to federal education policy." (Sen. Alexander, Congressional Record, S.8237-8, 12/1/2015) ALEXANDER: "This is a law tha… Continue Reading


12.07.15

The President’s Former Advisors Weigh In

'Obviously There's A Lot Of Concern' Former Obama Admin Official: 'Change Your Strategy, Mr. President' LEON PANETTA, Former Secretary Of Defense: 'Obviously there's a lot of concern … resources applied to that mission, frankly, have not been sufficient' "Well, obviously there's a lot of concern about whether or not we've deployed the resources to be able to accomplish the mission that the President described. …I think that the resources applied to that mission, frankly, have not… Continue Reading


12.04.15

‘Promise Kept’

'The First Significant Repeal Of Obama's Signature Health Care Law To Land On His Desk' 'A Major Event In The Senate,' 'Fulfilled A Longtime Pledge To Voters' "Republicans on Thursday night achieved something of a milestone in their five-year battle against the Affordable Care Act: They finally passed a bill repealing the law through the United States Senate. …passage in the Senate means that after dozens of failed tries by Republicans in the House, President Obama will get the oppor… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Obamacare: ‘I Was Lied To’

'It's Scary,' 'Really A Panicked Experience' OBAMA PROMISE: "If you have health insurance and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period." (President Obama, Conference Call With Liberal Bloggers, 7/20/09) POLITIFACT's 2013 Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it' (Politifact, 12/12/13) RHETORIC: 'If You Like What You Have, You Can Keep It,' 'We Guarantee It' SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "In fact, one of our core principles … Continue Reading


12.03.15

Highway Bill: ‘A Major Victory’

'A Legislative Feat,' 'An End To The Cycle Of Temporary Extensions … That Have Bedeviled Congress For The Past Seven Years' SEN. JIM INHOFE (R-OK): "Passing a long-term highway bill has been my top priority as chairman of the Senate EPW committee, and I've been pleased to work alongside my colleagues to make this historic piece of legislation a reality. This bill will provide the long overdue investments needed to put America back on the map as a place to do business." (Sen. Inhofe, P… Continue Reading


12.02.15

American Families ‘Getting Blasted’ By Obamacare

'It's Obscene' & 'Frustrating' 'My Family Is Being Pushed Out Of The Middle Class By The Obamacare Law' KENTUCKY: Breckinridge County Mom: "My family is being pushed out of the middle class by the Obamacare law…how can we pay almost $1,200 a month on health insurance?" (Sen. McConnell, Constituent Mail) Owensboro Dad: "Before the Affordable Care Act, we paid around $100 bi-weekly for the family plan. That has now increased to $235 during the same timeframe. … It is frustrat… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Obamacare: ‘A Big Nightmare’ For Small Businesses

'A Huge Administrative Burden For These Companies' For Small Companies: 'Costs Are Up In 2015,' While They're Buried In 'Tedious' & 'Ridiculous' Paperwork "The vast majority of small businesses are paying more for health insurance for their employees under the health-care law, and many expect their costs to keep going up next year, according to a survey by the advocacy group National Small Business Association." ("90% Of Small Businesses Say Obamacare Drove Up Health-Care Costs," The Co… Continue Reading


11.20.15

Obamacare: This Deal's Getting Worse All The Time

'Higher Premiums, Fewer Doctors And Skimpier Coverage' "Many people signing up for 2016 health policies under the Affordable Care Act face higher premiums, fewer doctors and skimpier coverage, which threatens the appeal of the program for the healthy customers it needs. Insurers have raised premiums steeply for the most popular plans at the same time they have boosted out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, copays and coinsurance in many of their offerings." ("Rising Rates Pose Challenge to… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Guantanamo North: ‘The Law Currently Does Not Allow For That’

Obama Administration Scheme To Transfer Terrorists From Gitmo To The U.S. Would Be 'Defying Congress, The Law And The Public' ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: 'With Respect To Individuals Being Transferred To The United States, The Law Currently Does Not Allow For That' REP. JIM SENSENBRENNER (R-WI): "I have a question relative to the issue of the Guantanamo detainees. Congress recently passed and the President is expected to sign into law legislation that explicitly prohibits the use of federal fun… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Punishing The Poor

Coal Miner: 'You Say You're The President Of The People? Well We're People Too' SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "The Obama Administration is trying to impose deeply regressive energy regulations that would eliminate good-paying jobs, punish the poor, and make it even harder for Kentuckians to put food on the table. Their effect on global carbon levels? Essentially a rounding error. Their effect on poor and Middle-Class families? Potentially devastating. And yet. The deep-pocketed left-wingers w… Continue Reading


11.12.15

President Obama ‘Swore An Oath To Uphold The Laws’

President Obama: 'The Problem Is That I'm The President Of The United States, I'm Not The Emperor Of The United States. My Job Is To Execute Laws That Are Passed' "Congress has passed a $607 billion defense bill that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States - something Barack Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president in 2009. The Senate's vote of 91 to 3 gave final legislative approval to the measure. The House has already passed it with a veto-proof majo… Continue Reading

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