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Basic GOP congress dishonesty.
Posted - 12/8/2012 7:02:24 AM | show profile | flag this post
this was in another thread but it deserves it own:
GOP political games during a fiscal crisis.
If the GOP was interested in bipartisanship and compromise and working with the Administration, they could.
They could actually keep the house in session, instead of recess.
They could present detailed counter proposals of cuts and breaks to match the detailed Dem plan, instead of empty rhetoric.
Instead, as was pointed out, the GOP is busy abusing congressional rules to play politics .. for no other purpose than petty partisanship ... to make the Dems "look bad".
yeah, i'm talking about McConnell's own filibuster of his own bill.
Lets stop this nonsense about the GOP bipartisan"compromise". This is the same same strategy as last term.
The GOPs only goal is to see Obama fail .. at whatever cost ... and then dump blame on the Dems next elxn.
There is no excuse for it.
From Global post;
"Senate negotiations took a strange turn on Thursday when Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to filibuster a vote that he had called for himself.
It started when McConnell demanded an up or down vote on a measure that would allow the president to have more authority in raising the debt ceiling.
McConnell was betting that some Democrats would vote against the move, "which would have allowed McConnell to portray President Barack Obama's desire for such authority as something even Democrats opposed."
He also hoped it would show disunity among Democrats.
But Democrats soon realized a way to turn the tables and decided to call McConnell's bluff, saying that voting for a permanent solution to the debt ceiling was the fiscally responsible thing to do.
McConnell was forced to turn around and say "I object," filibustering his own suggestion.
"I don't know how the Republicans can say they're not abusing the filibuster after what we saw on the floor today," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the Huffington Post.
"It's somewhat comic, but sad as well, that we've reached the point where Sen. McConnell will not even accept a majority vote on his own measure.""
Posted - 12/8/2012 2:44:46 PM | show profile | flag this post
Be it far from me to defend the GOP on almost anything; but I felt compelled to comment on this....
Even though, technically Congress is in recesse, these guys are working the collective butts off. It's just like "the president is on vacation"....Uh, No, he's not. Ever.
Boehner and the rest of the GOP Leadership are in constant contact and talks with the WH...I wouldn't be surprised at all if saw an agreement on the 'Fiscal Cliff' before Christmas.
I thought this was good comment: "House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "has a tough job," said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) "He knows Obama won the election, and on the question of taxes going up on the wealthy -- that's going to happen. But he has in his conference members who ran and won on the platform of lowering taxes for the wealthy -- certainly not raising them -- so this is a big challenge for any political leader."
I'm not saying both sides are not playing politics--they are--but to even insinuate they're not working at this 24/7--that's not true.
Posted - 12/8/2012 4:40:01 PM | show profile | flag this post
they're going back home.
Sure leadership will continue talking .. the bigger question why did the GOP fill the session with filibusters, blocks and partisanship instead of real bipartisanship and compromise?
seriously: what was accomplished?
Nevertheless, the vast majority of the Congress is getting back on planes to head home, after a short session, and a post-election break, to chin-wang with constituents.
these jaunts back home are part of Cantor's 2 weeks on, 1-week off, plan that benefits freshmen. Dems have opposed it.
Has there been some huge change since the election a month and a half ago where the GOP absolutely, positively, have to get local advice on America's economic future, and the fiscal cliff that been looming for a year?
Of course, others are lame ducks ... i guess they can take the time to pack.
Do politicians work hard? some do. But they know what they signed up for. They can play the world's smallest violin if they want sympathy. Don't like it .. well don't run. Or better yet, don't waste time with BS partisanship, and get down to business when the house is in session.
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Posted - 12/9/2012 10:19:52 AM | show profile | flag this post
A COLOSSAL f'up!!!! This is the guy leading the Republicans in the Senate?!?!? No wonder nothing gets done. The guy whose whole raison d'etre is to defeat the President in 2012 failed big time on that one. He also failed the United States of America.
btw, here's the list of Senators (all Repubs) who voted against "The (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and signed by the United States of America on June 30, 2009 (the "Convention")":
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Posted - 12/9/2012 10:33:35 AM | show profile | flag this post
Congress going home = bad optics
MP, I get your point that there are still people working hard "behind the scenes" to get something done and I think that's what is likely going on. But, how retarded is it to say "the world is coming to an end, let's go home without accomplishing anything"? Can't they at least pretend they are spending sleepless nights, anguishing over what steps/actions will be best for OUR country?