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Wife of retiring 30-term Dem announces intention to create Dingell dynasty in House

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This is article 12 of 32 in the topic 2014 Elections

John Dingell has been in the House so long they had to carbon-14 date his office name plate to pin down how many terms he’s been there, but even after decades of helping bury the country in insurmountable debt, the family still obviously feels it has unfinished business in Washington.

From the WaPo:

Democrat Debbie Dingell plans to run for the seat being vacated by her husband, Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), two senior Democratic strategists on Capitol Hill familiar with her plans told Post Politics. She will begin her campaign as the clear front-runner to succeed her husband.

Debbie Dingell is an experienced Democratic strategist who currently serves as chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors. John Dingell has praised her as his closest confidant.

Debbie Dingell, 60, was 2-years-old when John Dingell was first elected to the House, subsequently becoming what Nancy Pelosi called a “lifetime public servant,” which is an oxymoron:
 

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Career politicians live to serve the public, and they do — in much the same way termites appreciate homeowners.

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Predictable proposal: Tax increases now; spending cuts way later

by Doug Powers on Friday, November 30th, 2012

This is article 312 of 389 in the topic economy

On Monday I wrote this: If a “deal” is reached it will probably be more of the same: Higher taxes and a debt ceiling increase now purportedly offset by spending cuts that would go into effect the next time Halley’s Comet swings through the neighborhood.

If there’s one thing I take comfort in with this bunch, it’s their predictability:

Democrats want most Medicare and other entitlement savings to kick in between 10 and 20 years from now, which will make some Republicans choke. Democrats will point to the precedent set by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) of pushing most mandatory savings off until a decade from now.

“A lot of the big entitlement savings comes in the 10-20 year budget window, not the next 10 years,” a Democratic aide said. “Everybody will need to get on board understanding that. Paul Ryan and the Obama budget are the same on health cuts for the next 10 years.”

But that will most likely be the deal Republicans will be staring at: tax hikes now in exchange for Medicare changes way later. That will require some fancy footwork by Boehner to sell.

Assuming the cliff is averted and a deal is made, the “painful” cuts will be set to detonate after most of them know they probably won’t be in Washington anymore. Well, most with the exception of John Dingell, who is determined to have a career so long that he makes Amos Alonzo Stagg look like a quitter.

Even though the spending cuts will probably wait until much, much later (if ever), rest easy, because the **Hawaiian vacation part of the deal kicks in almost immediately. If you have to be staring at a cliff, it might as well be one on Molokai.

**No, not your vacation

No deal is imminent:

John Boehner also says there’s been no substantive progress at this point.

Newt Gingrich’s advice to Republicans? Don’t negotiate with Obama at all:

“So my number one bit of advice to the congressional Republicans is simple: Back out of of all of this negotiating with Obama. The president is overwhelmingly dominant in the news media. You start setting up the definition of success finding an agreement with Obama, you just gave Obama the ability to say to you, ‘Not good enough,’” Gingrich said.

“There is no fiscal cliff. It’s absolute, total, nonsense,” Gingrich said.

“It is an excuse to panic. It’s a device to get all of us running down the road so we accept whatever Obama wants because otherwise we have failed the fiscal cliff, and how can you be a patriot if you don’t do what the fiscal cliff requires, and the fiscal cliff will appear to us one afternoon, much like the land of Oz, where there will be this person hiding behind the machine who will say, ‘Raise taxes now,’” Gingrich intoned, “and if you don’t raise taxes you’ll have violated the fiscal cliff.”

We’ll close it out with an instant classic from Jay Carney speaking with reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations:

Q I wonder — it sounded like, in answer to Jim’s question when he was saying, do you have to do entitlement reform by the end of the year, your answer was in the future. And I noted that when the President spoke today –

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Those Chevy Volts Sure are Selling Like Hot Cakes

by Doug Powers on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

This is article 25 of 64 in the topic Business

nullIn December, Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the dusty relic who’s been in Congress so long his length of service can only be determined by carbon-14 dating, claimed the Chevy Volt is “selling like hot cakes.”

What Dingell didn’t mention is that the hot cakes in question are being sold to macrobiotics.

The Detroit News has the January sales figures for the Volt:

Washington- General Motors extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt had its worst sales month since August, as negative publicity over fire risks hurt vehicles sales in January.

GM sold just 603 Volts – above its sales in January 2011, but far below GM’s best-ever sales month in December, when GM sold 1,529 Volts.

Last week, GM North America President Mark Reuss said sales of the Volt have been hurt by bad publicity.

“Bad publicity”? Please. The Volt sales are low because there wasn’t demand for it in the first place!

Sometimes I’m inclined to believe that somebody invented the circumstances surrounding the recall (er, I mean “call back” — sorry) so they’d have an excuse to justify lousy sales on a car that has cost taxpayers a fortune.

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GM to Call Back Chevy Volts

by Doug Powers on Friday, January 6th, 2012

This is article 21 of 64 in the topic Business

nullMaybe it’s not as bad as it sounds. Technically a “call back” is a notch below a recall, and it only affects 8,000 vehicles — which is a mere, um, 100% of all Volts sold in 2011. Lucky sales didn’t catch fire or the fixes would have been a more massive undertaking:

General Motors plans to ask Volt owners to bring their electric cars into dealers to strengthen the structure around the batteries.

The automaker said Thursday it plans enhancements to the vehicle’s structure and battery coolant system to further protect the battery from the possibility of an electrical fire occurring days or weeks after a severe crash.

The enhancements come in response to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Preliminary Evaluation to examine post-severe crash battery performance.

Has there ever been a year where an automobile has been named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and also a Flop of the Year? They should have called it the Paradox. You certainly can’t argue with the value though — it isn’t often you can buy a $250,000 car for just $41,000.

In other Volt news, in spite of there being only 8,000 Volts sold in 2011 (1,529 in December alone, meaning either sales picked up or Al Gore used them as Christmas stocking stuffers), Michigan Rep. John Dingell thinks they’re flying off the lots:

Following Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s claim that the Chevrolet Volt is an “idea whose time has not come,” Dingell apparently issued a press release that said, in part:

Romney is the only fellow in the United States who appears to think that the Volt is an idea whose time has not come. Clearly it has not come to him. The Volt is selling like hotcakes.

For a car being called back to repair a possible fire hazard, “hot cakes” probably isn’t the best choice of metaphor, and it certainly isn’t the most accurate one.

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Rep. John Dingell (D-Inosaur) Upset at Cancellation of House ‘Page Program’

by Doug Powers on Saturday, August 20th, 2011

This is article 15 of 36 in the topic Government Programs

Dingell hasn’t been this angry since Champ Clark crap-canned the Horse & Buggy Chauffeur Program, forcing him to have to learn how to drive his own damn carriage.

I honestly didn’t know there still was a “Page Program” in the House — haven’t heard about it since the Mark Foley incident — but that doesn’t matter, because there isn’t anymore, and Dingell isn’t happy about it:

The House’s longest-serving current member, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), is calling on Republican and Democratic leadership to justify their recent decision to terminate the page program.

In a letter sent Friday to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Dingell expressed concerns about the recent cancellation of the program — in effect for nearly 200 years — due to prohibitive costs and advances in technology.

“While I appreciate the fiscal constraints currently facing our nation and the House of Representatives, I believe the decision to end the House Page Program was short-sighted,” Dingell wrote.
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The page program employs roughly 70 high school students to serve as messengers and couriers on the House floor and around the Capitol complex, offering them the opportunity to work and attend high school in Congress for a semester, or for several weeks during the summer.

“This decision was not easy, but it is necessary,” Boehner and Pelosi wrote of the cancellation, noting that the cost to operate the program exceeds $5 million annually.

You know it was a waste of money if Botoxi the Clown was in favor of giving it the axe. Either that or she’ll use it as an excuse to hire more congressional staff.

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What congressional debate was meant to look like

by John Lott on Saturday, February 19th, 2011

This is article 43 of 130 in the topic US Congress

A more open process probably also means that fewer bills will get passed.

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t on schedule and it wasn’t the least bit predictable.
But it was pure Boehner.
Long before he took the reins of the House Jan. 5, Boehner began promising that he would bring the House back to its more freewheeling roots. Over five days, there was confusion — even mayhem — on the floor as freshmen learned the legislative process and veterans dusted off their debating skills. . . .
Even some veteran Democrats praised what was the most open and sprawling floor fight the House had seen in years.
“After as little openness as we’ve had, it’s a very big change. It’s refreshing, and I think it’s a good thing,” said Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the dean of the House and a member of Congress since 1955. “We’ll see whether the members like it.” . . .

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Turnout for Bill Clinton’s Detroit Rally: It Depends on What Your Definition of ‘Anemic’ Is

by Doug Powers on Monday, October 25th, 2010

It’s certainly not a good sign, at least for 20-point-down governor wannabe Virg Bernero here in Michigan, when you have a rally in a high school gym featuring a former president in a city that allegedly loves him — a week before a major election — and the turnout is horrendous:

While the crowd hoisted signs that stated “Virg Surge,” the turnout at the rally was anemic. More than 500 people came to the rally, but the gym at Renaissance High School was only about one-third full, even though Clinton used to command full houses wherever he went, especially in Detroit.

Politician after politician exhorted the crowd to not let the polls keep them from voting on Nov. 2.

Now remember, we’re talking about a city that can sell out Detroit Lions games, so this is a bad turnout.

The Dems should have brought the motivational excellence of Jamie Foxx into town, because clearly too many people are exhausted from defending Obama:

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Another view:

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After the Bernero rally, Clinton spoke at a rally for super-liberal Detroit dinosaur John Dingell and talked about things that make him gag (feel free to write your own joke). I don’t know about you, but somebody who’s been in Congress for 55 years is what makes me gag.

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