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Jon Gruber who thinks Americans are stupid made nearly $2M from Obamacare

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Jonathan Gruber is an MIT economics professor who was the architect of Romneycare in Massachusetts and a key architect of Obamacare, aka the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

But both Gruber and the Obama administration kept his work on Obamacare a secret, and instead portrayed him as merely an independent economist who supports Obamacare. Gruber was frequently quoted by journalists and lawmakers who did not know of his connection to the administration; nor did Gruber disclose his connection when writing opinion articles. To this day, Obama denies Gruber’s role in formulating Obamacare or even that he knows the economist at all. (See “Obama lies again: Jon Gruber never worked for me“)

Thanks to Rich Weinstein, a Philadelphia investment adviser, Gruber has now been exposed, not only for his role in crafting Obamacare, but more importantly for his arrogant and contemptuous declarations — captured on video — that Obamacare INTENTIONALLY was written in a tortured and confusing way so as to conceal the law’s true costs from the American people who are too stupid to understand the law anyway, a stupidity “that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass.” 

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Fox News’s “On the Record” on Nov. 12, 2014, that Gruber was paid almost $400,000 ($392,600 to be exact) by the federal government for his “consulting” work in crafting Obamacare.

But it turns out $400,000 is a gross understatement of Jon Gruber’s earnings from Obamacare. After the bill became law, he made a good deal more — 463% more.

Obamacare exchange

Byron York reports for Washington Examiner, Nov. 16, 2014, that when Obamacare became law, many states had to set up online “exchanges” by which individuals and small businesses can compare policies and purchase the now-mandatory health insurance (with a government subsidy if eligible).

Those exchanges would have to be built from the ground up. Studies would have to be done. And Gruber — who had designed Obamacare to begin with — was just the man to do the job. The Charleston Daily Mail in September 2012 even called Gruber “a policy rock star.”

Below are Jonathan Gruber’s earnings for his work as a consultant on Obamacare, both before and after it became law:

1. In 2009, as Obamacare was moving its way through Senate committees, Gruber was a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on two contracts — one in March for $95,000 to work on the project; and the second in June for $297,600 to continue that work. Altogether, Gruber received a total of $392,600 from HHS. 

2. In 2010, the state of Wisconsin, under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, paid Gruber $400,000 to do a study of the impact of healthcare reform. By the time Gruber finished his report, however, Republican Scott Walker had been elected governor and wasn’t much interested in using Gruber’s study.

3. In 2011-2013, the state of Minnesota paid Gruber $329,000 to study how to make its exchange conform with Obamacare requirements.

4. In November 2011, the state of Vermont hired a consulting firm that paid Gruber at least $91,875 to study the state exchange. 

5. In 2012, the state of West Virginia signed a contract for $121,500 with Gruber to study its healthcare system.

6. In 2012, the state of Michigan included Gruber in a multi-firm, $481,050 contract to study its exchange system. It’s not clear how much of that went to Gruber himself.

Altogether, Jon Gruber was paid $1,816,025 from federal and state governments. If we exclude item #6 above, at a minimum, Gruber still made a whopping $1,334,975 for his “consultant” work on Obamacare — a bill that he intentionally designed to be confusing so that those stupid American people wouldn’t know what’s in it, which would enable those stupid Congress critters to pass the bill, many if not all of whom didn’t even bother to read the bill before they passed it into law. And then after the bill became law, Gruber then made even more money — 4.63 times more than what he was paid for crafting Obamacare — for his “consultancy” to state governments on how to make the deliberately-confusing law work.

Obamacare Screw U

But to say that Jonathan Gruber was paid $1,334,975 to $1,816,025 by the federal (HHS) and state governments is really a misnomer.

In the end, it was the American taxpayers who paid Jonathan Gruber nearly $2 million dollars — those same “stupid American people” who are too stupid to understand Gruber’s deliberately-confusing “health care” law.

This is what Obamacare is about, from the beginning. Don’t say we hadn’t warned you.

Who's exempt from Obamacare

~Eowyn

Obama lies again: Jon Gruber never worked for me

Jonathan Gruber is an MIT economics professor who is heavily involved in crafting public health policy and is widely called one of the key architects of Obamacare — the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

For his work as a “technical consultant” on Obamacare, Gruber was very well paid, to the tune of almost $400,000 ($392,600 to be exact), according to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), on Fox News’ “On the Record” on Nov. 12, 2014.

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On Nov. 11, 2014, news came of Gruber being caught on video saying that, to ensure its passage, Obamacare was deliberately and intentionally written in a confusing way so as to conceal the law’s true costs from the American people who are too stupid to understand the law. 

So Gruber went on MSNBC, claiming that his comments were “off the cuff” and should be disregarded. And he expects us to believe his lie because, after all, Americans are really really stupid. The only problem is that we have video evidence of him making those arrogant and contemptuous remarks, which you can see and hear for yourself by going to my post “Obamacare’s architect says Americans are too stupid to understand it“.

Gruber is now politically radioactive. So Democrat politicians are doing their darnedest to distance themselves from him. Congresswoman (and still head of House Democrats) Nancy Pelosi actually claimed she did not know who Gruber is although she once had touted his work. Like Gruber, Pelosi also thinks we are stupid.

Obama, too, is denying he’s ever known Gruber.

On November 15, 2014, while he was in Brisbane, Australia for the G20 Summit, a reporter asked him about Gruber.

Reporter: “At your Burma town hall a couple of days ago, you tried to inspire young leaders by saying governments need to be held accountable and be responsive to the people. I wonder how you square that with your former adviser Jonathan Gruber claiming you were not transparent about the health law because, in his words, the American voters were stupid. Did you mislead Americans about taxes, about keeping your [health] plan, in order to get the [Obamacare] bill passed?”

Obama: “No, I did not. Uh, uh. I just heard about this. Uh, I get world-briefed before I come out here. Uh. the fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff, uh, expressed an opinion that, uh, I completely disagree with, uh, in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run.” Obama then said every detail of Obamacare was “fully debated on” and insisted it was “fully transparent.”

By referring to Gruber as “some adviser who never worked on our staff,” Obama is:

  • explicitly denying Gruber had worked on Obamacare and was paid for his work by the federal government (“never worked on our staff”); and
  • implicitly saying he doesn’t even know who Jon Gruber is (“some adviser”).

You see, like Gruber and Pelosi, Obama also thinks the American people are stupid — so stupid that we can’t unearth evidence that directly contradicts his denial.

But some not stupid American(s) did.

Here’s video evidence of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at a Brookings Institute forum  on April 5, 2006, referring to Jon Gruber by name, calling him one “of the brightest minds” from whom he had “stolen ideas”.

Obama said, “You [Brookings Institute] have already drawn some of the brightest minds from academia and policy circles, many of them I have stolen ideas from liberally, people ranging from Robert Gordon to Austan Goolsbee; Jon Gruber; my dear friend, Jim Wallis here, who can inform what are sometimes dry policy debates with a prophetic voice.”

In fact, Gruber had attended 5 meetings on Obamacare at the White House in 2009, including one with Obama present, as you can see in the video below, which also includes Pelosi and Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) extolling good ol’ “Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare” Gruber.

Simply put, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Baucus, and Gruber are sociopaths. Only sociopaths can lie so shamelessly, easily, and without remorse.

H/t ZeroHedge

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~Eowyn

Obamacare’s architect says Americans are too stupid to understand it. 32% of Americans agree

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Jonathan Gruber is an MIT economics professor who is heavily involved in crafting public health policy, being a key architect of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that’s better and more aptly referred to as Obamacare. For his “consulting” work in crafting Obamacare, Gruber was paid almost $400,000 ($392,600 to be exact), according to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), on Fox News’s “On the Record,” Nov. 12, 2014.

But both Gruber and the Obama administration kept his work on Obamacare a secret, and instead portrayed him as an independent economist who supports Obamacare. Gruber was frequently quoted by journalists and lawmakers who did not know of his connection to the administration; nor did Gruber disclose his connection when writing opinion articles.

Last Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, news came of Gruber being caught on video saying that, to ensure its passage, Obamacare was deliberately and intentionally written in a confusing way so as to conceal the law’s true costs from the American people who are too stupid to understand the law.

After that stunning news went public, Gruber and his fellow Demonrats compounded their contempt for Americans with lies and denials. Forbes reports that Gruber went on MSNBC, claiming that his comments were “off the cuff” and should be disregarded. The Washington Post reports that Congresswoman (and head of House Democrats) Nancy Pelosi actually claimed she did not know who Gruber is, even though she once had touted his work.

Despite their denials, we now have three videos of Gruber making those contemptuous remarks about the American people.

The first video is from a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania in October 2013, in which Gruber says:

This [Obamacare] bill was written in a tortured way …. You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passed…. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass.

The second video is from another October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis. The third video is from a lecture given by Gruber at the University of Rhode Island on November 1, 2012, just before the presidential election of that year. The second and third videos both focus on the origins of Obamacare’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive employer-sponsored health insurance plans, which is a direct violation of a 2008 Obama campaign pledge.

In the two Cadillac tax videos, Gruber mocks the “lack of economic understanding” and “stupidity” of the American voter, because a more straightforward tax on employer-sponsored coverage encountered political resistance, while the Cadillac tax—imposed on employers, rather than on workers directly—made it through. This allowed Obama and his allies to falsely claim that Obamacare wouldn’t increase taxes on the middle class, despite the fact that the Cadillac tax clearly affects middle-income Americans, especially unionized industrial laborers.

It turns out that members of Congress are also too stupid to really understand Obamacare. Many of them didn’t even read the 2,700-page health care bill before voting for it. Since its passage into law, many Congress critters have expressed surprise about some of the things in Obamacare.

Gruber’s cynical view of the American people is shared by a third of Americans.

A Pew Research poll finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters agree that the American people are too stupid to understand the true costs associated with Obamacare. Just 52% disagree and another 16% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Some of the poll’s other findings:

  • Among voters who favor the health care law, only 18% think Americans are too stupid to understand the actual costs associated with the law. (These are precisely the stupid Americans, aka useful idiots, whom Jonathan Gruber and Obama count on to get the unaffordable care act passed.)
  • Those who oppose the law, however, by a 46% to 42% margin do think the American people are that stupid.
  • 62% of Democrats, 50% of Republicans, and 47% of Independents (voters not affiliated with either major party) say the American people are not too stupid to understand the actual costs associated with Obamacare. 
  • Men and those under 40 are more likely than women and older voters to believe Americans are that dumb.
  • Nearly one-out-of-three likely voters (31%) are not sure how their congressional representative voted on the health care law, even though not one single Republican voted for it and nearly all Democrats did.

And surprise, surprise! Jonathan Gruber is right!

Most voters have said in regular surveys since the law was passed by Congress in March 2010 that it will increase the cost of health care in America and that it is likely to cost more than its supporters have projected. This helps explain why most voters continue to view the health care law unfavorably. Voters are now evenly divided over whether to repeal the health care law entirely or fix it piece-by-piece.

The American people are so stupid and uninformed that only 63% of voters were aware prior to the Nov. 4 mid-term elections that Democrats run the Senate and Republicans control the House of Representatives.

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~Eowyn

Americans want GOP instead of Obama to lead nation

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Americans want the Republican-led Congress, not Obama, to steer the course of our country.

That’s what a post-election poll found.

Susan Ferrechio reports for the Washington Examiner, Nov. 11, 2014, that a Gallup Poll taken after the Nov. 4 mid-term election that voted a Republican majoirty to both houses of Congress, asked voters ““Who do you want to have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next year — Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress?”

The result: The GOP Congress won out over Obama by 17 points, 53% to 36%.

The number represents a nearly historic lead for Republicans. In fact, it’s the biggest lead they’ve had on this Gallup question in decades — even larger than the 9-point advantage the GOP Congress had over President Clinton after the 1994 mid-term election that wiped out the House and Senate Democratic majorities.

In contrast, in 2012, Americans preferred Obama instead of Congress to steer the nation’s course, 46% to 42%.

Can you hear us, GOP?

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~Eowyn

GOP elites tell Conservatives and Tea Party to shut up

The bastards have already forgotten that we elected and reelected them to office.

Citing Politico as her source, Melanie Batley reports for NewsMax, Nov. 6, 2014, that just two days after their historic midterm victories, the Republican congressional leadership is “sending out signals” to the Republican rank-and-file, especially the so-called “hard right,” that infighting and gridlock will not be tolerated.

In other words, they are telling Conservatives and the Tea Party to shut up.

The way Politico put it was: “Emboldened by sweeping midterm election victories, Republican leaders are vowing not to repeat the errors of past years, when messy fiscal fights eroded public confidence in Washington and became the hallmark of the GOP-controlled House.” That’s because the GOP leadership feel justified in demanding loyalty from the conservative wing of the party, given that the victories from this election cycle were mainly the result of the party’s early backing of establishment candidates, some of whom are from moderate districts.

Mitch McConnell

1. Incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will not go along with conservative calls to use the debt ceiling as leverage for spending cuts, an insistence by Tea Party members which triggered the government shutdown last year. McConnell has already vowed that there will not be a government shutdown on his watch. And in his victory speech Tuesday night, McConnell made it clear he would also be extending the olive branch to Barack Obama, saying the GOP has a “duty” to work with the White House on issues they agree on. “I’m pretty familiar with our conference including the new members who are coming in,” McConnell said. “The vast majority of them don’t feel they were sent to Washington to fight all the time.”

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2. House Speaker John Boehner is telling colleagues he plans to be a “responsible leader.” By that, he means the party needs to be unified to take advantage of its political dominance.

Rep. Steve StiversIn June 2014, Rep. Stiver’s chief of staff Adam Kuhn was forced for resign after his ex-lover, former porn star Jennifer Allbaugh posted a photo of Kuhn’s penis on Twitter. (Source)

3. Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers, a close ally of Boehner, told Politico, “What this election did is give us a working majority where we have at least 218 votes to pass a Republican agenda, and what I think will be a responsible Republican agenda. We’re not veering hard right, we’re playing it straight down the fairway, to use a Boehner-ism.”

Boehner and McConnell have already set out their legislative agenda, saying in a joint editorial that their top priority is to help the struggling middle class, and a first step will be passing many of the bills the House has already approved. “Enacting such measures early in the new session will signal that the logjam in Washington has been broken, and help to establish a foundation of certainty and stability that both parties can build upon,” they wrote.

The GOP elites maintain that unity could be paramount to maintaining the Senate majority in 2016, when a number of senators from blue and purple states are up for re-election.

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Meanwhile, to make your Saturday even better [sarc], now that Republicans are in control of the Senate, John McCain is set to be chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The same warmonger McCain who has never met a war he doesn’t want to drag the United States into.

Recall that McCain was a big proponent of a U.S. war in Syria. On September 4, 2013, he was one of three Republicans who joined 7 Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving a Senate resolution granting Obama authority to conduct military strikes on Syria’s government.

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~Eowyn

So You Think You’re Safe With the 2014 Republican Win

“The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two Congressional parties more national and international.  The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.  Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.  The policies that are vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement, but are disputable only in details of procedure, priority, or method …..Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but WILL STILL PURSUE, with new vigor, approximately the SAME BASIC POLICIES.”  -1966 Carroll Quigley in his book, Tragedy and Hope

Democrats and Republicans

The Morning After the 2014 Elections

This morning I did something I never do.  I turned on Fox News to hear what had happened with the election.  All local channels were also checked and listened to for a few minutes.  The whole Rah-Rah of the Republicans regaining the Senate after 8 years, the new Republican governorships, and seats in congress, was blasting on Fox and conservative radio talk shows. The propaganda being spewed was that we have been saved.  What a far cry from the truth.

Every morning program, including Fox, featured their hero, Gov. Chris Christie because he won New Jersey with a 21 point landslide.  What does this tell you about the people of New Jersey?  I mean really…Christie is certainly no conservative. In 2011, he appointed Islamist Sohail Mohammed for Superior Court judge of NJ.  What he didn’t tell folks was that Mohammed was an attorney for Imam Mohammed Qatanani, a radical cleric linked to Hamas that the Department of Homeland Security wants to deport from the country. Mohammed was also the General Counsel for the American Muslim Union, a group closely tied to Qatanani’s mosque, the Islamic Center of Passaic County. The mosque continues to be an outreach partner of the Christie Administration.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) honored Christie in September of 2014, as one of the heroes making “outstanding contributions to pushing back against Islamophobic trends in 2011 and 2012.” CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial and the Justice Department labeled it as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.  Read more about Christie’s Islamic ties here in the Clarion Project.

Remember too who Christie has as his advisors for his 2016 presidential run. The top two advisors who should worry the public are Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a position he has held since July 2003. Haass also has been Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution, (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York) a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a Rhodes Scholar.  The other wonderful advisor really takes the cake…it’s none other than Soviet Agent, Henry Kissinger.  Needless to say, I didn’t spend much time watching these news programs.

2010 Election

Americans really do have very short memories. Do any of you remember the 2010 TP midterm elections?  In the 2010 midterm elections, The New York Times identified 138 candidates for Congress with significant Tea Party support, and reported that all of them were running as Republicans. According to a calculation on an NBC blog, of the candidates that were backed by a Tea Party group, or identified themselves as a Tea Party member, 50% were elected to the Senate and 31% to the House, which resulted in 87 new house members.  That was a big win for Republicans.  Within 6 weeks of taking office, all of these TP candidates drank the Potomac Punch and became the new neo-conservative Trotskyites in the House and Senate.

Let’s just look at what the 2010 TP Republicans voted for…not a pretty sight.  Here are just a few of their unconstitutional votes:

  1. Pigford farm payouts which is nothing more than wealth redistribution.
  2. Cut, Cap and Balance Act to raise the federal debt limit.
  3. Voted against cutting 100 billion from Obamacare
  4. The National Defense Authorization Act was passed, eliminating habeas corpus for American citizens, although many of these new reps claimed it was not in the act…
  5. They passed the reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
  6. And here are the names of the 92 house Republicans who stood with Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats when they voted February of 2011, AGAINST Rep. Jim Jordan’s amendment to cut government spending.

Tea Party favorite Allen West even told us the NDAA did not have the elimination of habeas corpus for American citizens, and he even sat on the committee for the NDAA.  As good as West is on understanding the dangers of Islam, he failed his constituents a number of times.  In fact, when he voted for the debt ceiling increase, he angered his district so much that when he was interviewed after the vote by Laura Ingraham, he called the Tea Party folks schizos.  Here is the video of that interview.  West lost his next election, mostly because of redistricting, but also because he failed the people who put him in office.

What Will They Fix?

Talk show host,Dennis Prager is fond of stating that all Republicans voted against Obamacare, but what he never states is that all Republicans did NOT vote to defund Obamacare.  Now that we have a Republican Congress and Senate, do you believe they’ll defund it?  Hell no they won’t…they’ll “tweak” it to suit their own purposes…all for the good of us “useless eaters” and the dumbed down masses, doncha know!

The House has had a majority of Republicans and they could have possibly stopped many of the President’s Executive Orders which are totally unconstitutional. Congress can override an executive order by the President if they have a 2/3 majority vote. They can also pass legislation that won’t allow funding for whatever the President wants to do. This keeps our government from becoming a dictatorship.  However, we’ve not heard a peep out of any of our Congress criminals regarding Obama’s overwhelming use of his pen now, have we?

Congress is the legislative arm of the government, not the president. The article, “Do Executive Orders Violate the Constitution?” will answer many of the questions regarding EO’s. Another excellent article on EO’s is this one by Jim Powell at Forbes Magazine.

The Players

So, we now have Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader, and John Boehner as Speaker of the House.  Don’t those two give you great hope that the Republic will be saved?  Highly doubtful in my book.  Boehner sides with Obama way too much for my comfort, and of course loves playing golf with the Prez.  McConnell is very tight with the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity who I’ve written about many times.  In a recent article, McConnell’s father-in-law’s ship was found to be carrying a large quantity of cocaine.  The Senator is married to Elaine Chao, former Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush.  Neither man is a true Constitutional conservative, and their votes and actions tell the tale.  They both impress me as male Pelosi’s.

My good and wise friend said this, “The new majority will pretend to tweak Obamacare, but they’ll leave it pretty much intact; they’ll pretend to be against cheap, illegal, immigrant labor, but they’ll fund millions of new, incoming illegals; there will be MORE war, since the chickenHAWKS will be in charge. The end result is that you’ll have to look at senile, old fart Mitch McConnell spewing lies instead of senile, old fart Harry Reid. Wow, isn’t that a refreshing change! I feel so much better about the future, don’t you?

Conclusion

Please re-read the quote at the beginning of this article.  It tells the true story by Professor Carroll Quigley, of Georgetown University and Bill Clinton’s mentor.  Quigley was allowed into the archives of the Council on Foreign Relations for two years and wrote his book regarding same…you can still buy a copy of Tragedy and Hope.  As he stated, the citizenry gets angry and “throws the rascals out,” only to get a new set of rascals voted in who will continue with the very same agenda.

Is there any hope for the Republic?  Perhaps, but it would depend on action by the people.  After more than 50 years of watching our nation’s deterioration, I’m not sure there is a lot of hope.  Until the citizenry dumps Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, and their sports and beer, and starts demanding their representatives obey the Constitution and listen to the taxpaying public, nothing will change.  It is the responsibility of the American people to keep these critters in DC in line.  A WWII vet recently told a talk show host that America had become too soft.  What an incredibly true statement.  We need our citizenry to have the chutzpah (guts) to harass and force these politicos to tow the line.  Until we do that, God help us, because we sure aren’t helping ourselves.

~Kelleigh Nelson

Red Is Such A Pretty Color. Look At The Nice Red Picture.

Good Morning my friends. Ran across this picture and kinda brought a tear to my eye. Hope you enjoy.  sniff sniff.

~Steve~ ————————————————————————-

HERE’S WHAT A REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER LOOKS LIKE

That sure is purdy.

That sure is purdy.

 That’s a lot of red for the House.

At the time of this writing, Republicans have picked up nine seats in the House, pushing them to a muscular 243-seat majority.

For House Speaker John Boehner, that means the bar is set highfor legislative accomplishments in the next two years. For the national political landscape, that means a lot of red. Here’s the lower chamber of the 114th Congress, in vivid color.

Rest Here!