Fact-Checking Jeanne Shaheen’s Record on Veterans

As is the case on so many issues, there is a world of difference between candidate Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  While she campaigns as a leader on veterans’ issues and an independent voice for New Hampshire, she was the very last member of the New Hampshire delegation to call for the resignation of VA Chief Shinseki.

Indeed, as late as  May 22, 2014, Shaheen still had Obama’s back on this issue; she was quoted as saying, “‘What I have said is that I think we need the investigation to go forward and that whoever is responsible for what has happened — if the report substantiates the allegations then they should be held accountable.”  Kelly Ayotte, in contrast, had seen more than enough and called for Shinseki’s resignation back on May 21st.

It took not only the scathing interim report from the Inspector General of systemic and widespread abuses but also Anne McLane Kuster and Carol Shea Porter calling for Shinseki’s resignation for Shaheen call for him to resign as well.

In other words, it was not until every other member of the New Hampshire delegation  had called for Shinseki’s resignation, and Shaheen would have been a pariah for continuing to support Obama, did Shaheen call for Shinseki’s resignation.

 

BuzzFeed Just Doesn’t Get New Hampshire Town Halls

So someone named Evan McMorris-Santoro at BuzzFeed has a piece out on Scott Brown claiming Scott Brown’s Town Halls are not really open to the public because he excluded “Democrat operatives.”  I am serious; that actually is what this McMorris-Santoro wrote.

Our Senators and Representatives are expected to hold Town Halls in order that we may hold them accountable for their votes and let them know our concerns.  The purpose of candidate Town Halls is for voters to learn about the candidates and for the candidates to learn about what’s important to the voters.

The Democrat operatives who tried to crash Scott Brown’s Town Hall were not there to learn about Scott Brown’s position on the issues.  They were not undecided voters seeking to make up their minds before the September primary.  They were Jeanne Shaheen supporters there for the sole purpose of getting Shaheen’s message out and preventing Brown from having an open discussion with legitimate voters by peppering him with Shaheen-campaign-memes dressed up like questions.

Well, if Jeanne Shaheen wants to get her message out through Town Halls, then she should hold one.  Sending her operatives to crash Brown’s Town Halls prevents voters from hearing from Scott Brown and from discussing issues with him.  Every faux-question from a Shaheen operative means one less question from the voters there because they want to hear from Brown.

On Terrorism (Putin and the Economy) It’s (At Best) Rip Van Shaheen

Last night President Obama announced that the United States would expand its limited military operations in Iraq beyond the 800 military already on the ground.  The expansion, however, is limited to airstrikes to protect Americans in Iraq and members of the Yazidi minority group who in feeing the Islamic State (“IS”) have become stranded without food or water on top of Mt. Sinjar.

First, an abbreviated background. Continue reading

Fact-Checking Jeanne Shaheen on Illegal Immigration

Jeanne Shaheen votes 99% of time with President Obama.  That puts her at odds with the majority of her constituents who, like a majority of Americans, disapprove of the job Obama is doing as President, both domestically and with respect to foreign policy.

One issue where Americans very strongly disapprove of Obama is  illegal immigration.   The American people want the border secured.  Obama and Jeanne Shaheen don’t.

Shaheen twice voted against a border fence. The first vote was in 2009: Continue reading

No, Kelly Ayotte’s Position on Illegal Immigration Is NOT the Same as Jeanne Shaheen’s

Jeanne Shaheen votes with President Obama 99 percent of time.  Not a good statistic for someone running for reelection to the United States Senate at a time when a decisive majority of Americans are outraged by the tsunami of children from Central America coming into America illegally through Mexico because they believe they will receive “amnesty.”

Rather than defend her support for Obama’s unpopular open-border/amnesty policies, Shaheen instead is attempting to defend herself by using Kelly Ayotte as a human-political-shield.  More specifically, Shaheen is claiming that she and Ayotte share the same position  on illegal immigration.  No they don’t! Continue reading

Jeanne Shaheen on HobbyLobby Sounds Like Jeanne Shaheen on Obamacare

Well let’s start with the political LIE OF THE YEAR.  Jeanne Shaheen telling the infamous, ” “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”

And then there is the recent Hobby Lobby decision.  Jeanne Shaheen, or more likely some ghostwriter, penned an oped on the Hobby Lobby decision that began with “employers can now deny coverage for birth control.” That claim, that “now” employers can deny coverage is clearly untrue.

Under Obamacare tens of millions of women may be, to use Shaheen’s words, “denied” all of the 20 contraceptives that HHS says employers have to provide for free, never mind just the four that Hobby Lobby did not want to pay for based on religious beliefs. Quoting directly from the Hobby Lobby decision: Continue reading

The Nashua Telegraph Has Some Explaining To Do

Yesterday the Nashua Telegraph ran an op-ed by Jeanne Shaheen on the Hobby Lobby decision that began with “employers can now deny coverage for birth control.”  That claim, that “now” employers can deny coverage is clearly untrue.

Under Obamacare tens of millions of women may be, to use Shaheen’s words, “denied” all of the 20 contraceptives that HHS says employers have to provide for free, never mind just the four that Hobby Lobby did not want to pay for based on religious beliefs.   Quoting directly from the Hobby Lobby decision: Continue reading

Fact-Checking the Local Press — Ronayne’s Capital Beat

Kathleen Ronayne covers the Hobby Lobby decision in this week’s Capital Beat:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision is re-engerizing Democrats around a message that’s been key to the party’s success in recent elections: We are the party that cares about women’s health and women’s equality.

Accuse me of nitpicking if you want, but it’s important to understand that under Obamacare tens of millions of women may be, to use Shaheen’s words, “denied” all of the 20 contraceptives that HHS says employers have to provide for free, never mind just the four that the Supreme Court said Hobby Lobby cannot be fined for not providing (because the government can provide these to Hobby Lobby’s employees through the same accommodation it makes for religious nonprofits). Continue reading

Jeanne Shaheen Op-Ed on Hobby Lobby a Pack of Lies

In an op-ed published in today’s Nashua Telegraph, Jeanne Shaheen writes that the Hobby Lobby decision “allows certain employers to deny health insurance coverage for health care services – like contraception – that they find objectionable based on their religious beliefs.”  That is so far from the truth that it can only be described as a BLATANT LIE.

I already blogged about Hobby Lobby here.   The decision simply says that the owners of closely-held corporation cannot be compelled to engage in activity that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs when the government can achieve its objective through less restrictive means. Continue reading