After a couple of days of "fist bumps" to avoid spreading my cold and cough with handshakes, I am finally throwing in the towel and hoping that a sick day from TV news will get me back in action.
In the mean time, I am playing catch-up on some political news and news releases from the last few days.
Rand Paul's campaign is slamming President Obama's job performance on the oil spill, and -- speaking of throwing in the towel - saying Congressional Democrats have done just that on the budget:
Democrats Throw in the Towel on Budget
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Rand Paul campaign today issued the following statement:
“When the federal government that is so out of control that it spends 3.7 trillion per years and climbing, and does not even bother to try to pay for nearly half of that, some wonder why we actually bother to pass a Budget?
“Today in Washington, House Democrats finally decided enough was enough. If fiscally responsible people were going to keep pointing out that their budget was woefully out of balance and bankrupting the country, well, they just won’t pass a budget.
“Let’s get one thing clear: The document that Democrats in Washington have been putting out for the last few years wasn’t technically a “budget.” That would imply some relationship between revenue and spending, and that clearly wasn’t the case. What the tax and spend politicians in Washington have instead been passing is a list of things they want, with no funding attached to large parts of it.
"They’ve mortgaged our future and our children’s future. And unlike their schemes over the past few years, when this bill comes due, there won’t be any bailouts.
“That’s why we have to send people to Washington who are serious about our debt and spending. Dr. Rand Paul has vowed to introduce and force a vote on both a Balanced Budget Amendment AND a fully balanced budget plan.
“My opponent can’t do that. And he can’t be serious about cutting spending in Washington, because he will be there to support the Obama/Pelosi/Reid spending spree that is bankrupting us.
“Kentucky cannot afford more liberal politicians like Jack Conway who want to march to Washington and reinforce the army of tax and spenders who are bankrupting our country. Rand Paul will stand up for Kentuckians and fight to massive debt and out-of-control spending that threaten us all.”
How Not To Handle A Crisis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June, 18 2010
BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – Today, Senate Candidate Rand Paul issued the following statement.
"Recently, the President disturbingly noted he was studying the crisis in the Gulf in an attempt to find our “whose *ss to kick.” I’ll move past the obvious problem with the appropriateness of the comment to just say this: Look in the mirror Mr. President.
"This crisis has been a case study in failure to lead, failure to act, and using a crisis to advance your own agenda rather than solve the problem.
"Make no mistake, this is an environmental disaster of epic proportions, and should be treated as such. BP should be held responsible for whatever their negligence was. Congress and the Administration should examine how this happened, and what we can do to prevent this in the future. But it should be noted that offshore drilling of this kind has been in place for 40 years with few problems. It’s wrong for the Administration to use this crisis as a platform not for cleaning up the mess; but rather as one to threaten, bluster and seek to advance parts of their agenda.
"If the Administration were serious, they’d be leading, much like Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Governor Jindal has had to wait weeks for federal waivers, assistance and supplies. He finally decided he’d had enough and is proceeding, in some cases without assistance or permission. He’s protecting his state while President Obama does photo ops.
"That’s why for the people closest to the disaster, over 65% of his constituents approve of Governor Jindal’s handling of the spill, while only 30% approve of President Obama’s inaction.
"But this isn’t the whole story. Part of their inaction has also been because of their special interest friends. You see, the Obama Administration could have waived something called the Jones Act, which is a party of a 1920 law that prohibits foreign ships from assisting in this type of crisis. The fact is many foreign countries have technology to clean up oil spills that exceed our own. We should be taking advantage of their offers to help. Now why would we not waive this Act, as was done just 3 days after Hurricane Katrina by President Bush? Because the single biggest proponent of the Jones Act is also the single biggest donors to President Obama and Democrats in Congress – Big Labor.
"Then to add insult to injury, the President Obama announced two actions that, instead of helping clean up the mess, will lead to bigger problems.
"First, he declared a moratorium on offshore drilling for wells more than 500 feet deep. According to a Senator from his own party, this could cost as many as 330,000 jobs and will surely cost hundreds of millions of dollars in increased costs to consumers and businesses.
"According to the Minerals Management Service, Offshore drilling on the Outercontinental Shelf accounts for 27% of our domestic oil production. And that has been shut off, with no plan in mind to deal with the job loss and increased costs that will follow.
"And now, he is using the crisis to revive his failed energy Tax/Cap and Trade scheme.
"As the White House Chief of Staff said about another crisis “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste -- and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."
"So what we have here is inaction and failed leadership, coupled with political opportunism and special interest paybacks. That’s not the kind of leadership Americans need or deserve."