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The GOP's lame-duck blockade

So how's this for leadership in Washington? Senate Republicans plan to block debate on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation that isn't related to tax cuts or government spending in the lame-duck session of Congress. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, and Sen. Jon Kyl, the Republican whip, added the signatures of all members of the Republican Senate caucus to a letter that promises to implement the plan.

Never mind that Senate Republicans have obstinately fought most Democratic legislation for the past two years already. Now they want to make it official. Whether it's a political gimmick or a real effort to force a focus on urgent deadlines, the letter sets aside a reality of productive leadership we expect from the people we elect.

Democrats certainly aren't blameless for taking part in their own brand of partisanship over the past two years. Obama's so-called "Slurpee Summit" at the White House Tuesday was a first step in trying to bring the two sides together, but may be too belated to do much good. And the Republicans surely believe they have good reason to petition Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: they want to keep Congress's priorities on funding the government and the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts. "With little time left in this Congressional session," their letter reads, "legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities."

Indeed, priorities on both sides should--and will--remain on these issues, particularly with the looming tax-cut expiration deadline. It would be political suicide for any representative, senator or president to be accused of raising taxes on the middle class by preventing a vote from happening this year. Democrats may be pushing their own position--however fractured and vulnerable to compromise it may be--but that doesn't mean they will dilly dally on bringing it to vote because they were messing around on some other pet project.

Deadlines are deadlines. Priorities are priorities. All leaders--corporate, governmental or otherwise--know they have to meet the prior and focus on the latter. But they also know they can't completely ignore the rest of their jobs, even if those priorities are lower down the list, just because they've got a big project to finish, a critical deadline to meet, or a particularly thorny challenge to solve. We expect our leaders to be able to focus on more than one thing at a time, to set priorities but not ignore the small stuff.

Of course, this is the Senate we're talking about here, where politics has become so corroding and divisive that the chamber has nearly lost its capacity to govern. Perhaps the mere expectation from our leaders of multitasking is too much to ask. Yes, Congress needs to set priorities and focus on coming to a compromise on the tax cuts. But to formalize that into a pledge that opposes any legislation the other party proposes is neglecting the rest of their duties and adding even more political kindling to an already explosive situation.

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That's ok let them block all they want come next election we will see how much they can block the American People!

Posted by: InsiteFX | December 3, 2010 11:03 PM


No one realy likes paying taxes, but they are necessary if citizens want services. As programmed to "expire," the Bush tax cuts were a very poor idea. Let them truly expire and let's start paying back the debt Republicans hate so much.

Posted by: tperry1 | December 3, 2010 1:32 PM

Hooray for the Republican leadership to stand firm and not yield on the TAX INCREASES.

What is it, people, that you DO NOT UNDERSTAND????

There was an election on Nov 2nd, which spoke loud and clear REJECTING Obama's policies!!!!

Raising taxes to the job creators will continue to undermine our economy. How about cinching our belts and putting a STOP to these Socialist/Marxist ideas of class welfare and income redistribution to be mandated in our free country? Who do you think you are to dictate to those that make a decent living in this country to give it up for the benefit of others? This welfare mentality is ALIEN to our values and it was stopped on Nov. 2nd!

The Democratic Party has been taken by the socialists and it urgently needs a name change. As it stands it is doomed!

So, I urge the Republican leadership to stay firm and insure the political demise of this incompetent nincopoop who dared become President of our beautiful country without an ounce of experience and that has been proven since day one!!!

Posted by: Hispana | December 3, 2010 12:41 PM

The tax problem is directly related to 26,000 US corporations in China. The COMMUNIST Chinese Gov. owns 50% of EVERY corp. in China. They make 50% of the profits and force their population to work as slave labor. How else can you make a product in china ship it to the US and still make a profit. Joe Mcarthy is spinning in his grave!! If you have a good paying job you are working paying taxes and stimulating the economy. The repblicans wrote and passed legislation to allow this. They have a mission, it is called PLUTOCRACY. Check it out for yourself.

Posted by: rbadcaj | December 3, 2010 11:10 AM

Dennis you're a jacka$$

Posted by: CapHillDC | December 3, 2010 10:26 AM

I AM 82 AND SERVED ON AN AIR CRAFT CARRIER FOR THREE YEARS IN THE LATE FORTIES.I WAS AN ENLISTED MAN AND LIVED IN CLOSE QUARTERS WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHER SAILORS. AND YES, WE HAD GAYS BACK THEN; HOWEVER THEY DID NOT ANNOUNCE IT OPENLY. IF THIS DADT IS REPEALED THERE WILL SURELY BE "BIG" TROUBLE ON THESE WAR SHIPS. PERHAPS THESE HIGH RANKING OFFICERS THAT ASPIRE TO THIS CHANGE COULD BE SUBJECTED TO THESE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR A YEAR AND THEN AND ONLY THEN WOULD THERE VOICES BE HEARD.

Posted by: jackwbarnes1 | December 3, 2010 8:17 AM

The corporate entities, such as the Wall Street banks, but also the American-based corporations that have invested heavily in China, that own the national Republican Partyhave no interest in maintaining a prosperous and powerful Unites States. Nor does the Senate or the Congress govern. The President, however, is beholden to the people because he alone holds a truly national office, and it is his job to govern them in their name and with their consent (the only way possible). Now that the Senate has neutered itself and become a kind of autoimmune disease within the government, perhaps it is time to break the Senate by ending the power to filibuster, the so-called nuclear option that the Republicans once threatened to employ during the Clinton years when their abuse of the impeachment power failed to get them what they wanted. It's worth a try. What do you think, McGregor?

Posted by: morphex | December 3, 2010 1:50 AM

Me teabagger.

mylesgordon - racist teacup

emancipation proclamation, traded one massah(whitey) for another (USGovt)

shame on you

Posted by: MrLagg | December 2, 2010 6:03 PM

To All Senators and Congressmen: Quit talking to your very wealthy friends and Neighbors. Just listen to us the unworking people. We the people, who need this to stand up, and be PROUD, to be an AMERICAN. Please remember we were not the ones to waste millions of advertising dollars to tell us how you would help us. All we want is to give our families food, shelter and comfort

Posted by: gethb | December 2, 2010 1:22 PM

Amerika!

Posted by: whocares666 | December 2, 2010 12:43 AM

Here is were we stand.

Republicans are, self centered, me first, I got mine screw you, I'll am happy to watch old people beg in the streets as I drive to my gated community people. Democrats are simply pure cowards afraid to stand up for what they believe in. The US general population is a profoundly anti-intellectual.

We as a country won't survive this.

Posted by: frankieCO | December 2, 2010 12:34 AM

The GOP is responsible for $7 of the last $9 Trillion added to our National Debt. Ronald Reagan increased the National Debt from $900 billion to $2.4 Trillion and left a $400 billion budget deficit. George W. Bush increased our National Debt from $5.5 Trillion to more than $11 Trillion and left us with a $1.4 Trillion Federal Budget Deficit. The Republicans are bankrupt and they have bankrupted our Country. They have done it intentionally. They are a sick bunch. I think they have the Caine Gene.

Posted by: satgroup | December 2, 2010 12:18 AM

People in my district voted out a Democrat who had brought a lot of progress and jobs. Now, whenever possible, I spend my $ elsewhere. I no longer donate to the local food bank (let them be on their own, the lazy bums who aren't working despite the fact that there are no jobs available) or the local United Way. Go for it, Tea people and their Republican lackeys. Their tax breaks for the rich will help you put food on your table. Just wait until January. It will all be ok.
Posted by: burnedout | December 1, 2010 9:43 PM
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Now, let me get this straight. Your favorite Democrat was voted out of office, so, in your gesture of simple goodness, you're going to punish the whole District, by "not" participating, by "not" contributing, by "not" spending your money, in your District???
Just as O'bama would do. Go ahead, join the sore losers club.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | December 1, 2010 11:08 PM

The Republicans are, once again, putting their petty party interests ahead of the interests of the country. As far as I'm concerned they are guilty of treason.
Posted by: koygdb1 | December 1, 2010 9:08 PM
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That's your "minor" opinion, koygdb1.
The Tea Parties "are" directing this episode. The interest of the Tea Parties, "is" the best interests of the Country. Stand by. We'll determine who brings charges of Treason.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | December 1, 2010 10:48 PM

The Republicans are, once again, putting their petty party interests ahead of the interests of the country. As far as I'm concerned they are guilty of treason.
Posted by: koygdb1 | December 1, 2010 9:08 PM
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That's your "minor" opinion, koygdb1.
The Tea Parties "are" directing this episode. The interest of the Tea Parties, "is" the best interests of the Country. Stand by. We'll determine who brings charges of Treason.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | December 1, 2010 10:42 PM

Be careful what you wish for, you may get it. Well the majority of voters have spoken and apparently they have short memories, remember those ten years when the republicans were in the majority, they did so well that they were voted out well THEY'RE BAAAAAAAACK
Posted by: eddie1247 | December 1, 2010 9:28 PM
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You're right, Eddie, We're BAAAAAAAAACCKKK.
Thorough the efforts of the Tea Parties, we're back. We're going to hit'em up beside the head, again. They forgot why they were sent to Washington, in 04, and 06. We're going to try to retain their attention, this time. We're watching, and listening. The hammer is poised, we're ready to drop the hammer, if they become deaf, or if they fail to listen.
Dennis
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I think the Republicans in effect are asking the president to bend over. If he caves on their demands for taxes., etc. now, let's just say the next two years are going to be extremely uncomfortable.
Posted by: VinceDC | December 1, 2010 9:19 PM
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O'bama's from Chicago. He well knows the rules. The winners joke, and the losers say, deal. We plan to fully get his attention, in 2011. We're going to kick him around, a bit. Don't worry, he'll get accustomed to it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | December 1, 2010 10:35 PM

Are we all having fun yet? A "new idea" from the repubs...hmmmm didn't that start 4 years ago(obstructionism, evilness,etc.)? Mr. Boehner where are those jobs? The rich have had their tax breaks since 2001...where are those JOBS? The Dems better stand tall and call these evil thugs out or our country is going to be doomed. Which apparently is exactly what the repubs want.

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | December 1, 2010 10:34 PM

Whatever is blocked during the lame duck session is likely to stay blocked when the new congress convenes. An inert session is what we will get next year, with squabbling that will make us all yearn for the good old times of the last session.

Posted by: serban1 | December 1, 2010 10:21 PM

It is time to make those who would Filibuster actually stand up and talk for the duration of the Filibuster. If they stop talking, the measure comes up for an immediate vote. This talking will need to be 24/7. This way, people can observe the petty tactic on television.

Posted by: RedBear57 | December 1, 2010 9:44 PM

People in my district voted out a Democrat who had brought a lot of progress and jobs. Now, whenever possible, I spend my $ elsewhere. I no longer donate to the local food bank (let them be on their own, the lazy bums who aren't working despite the fact that there are no jobs available) or the local United Way. Go for it, Tea people and their Republican lackeys. Their tax breaks for the rich will help you put food on your table. Just wait until January. It will all be ok.

Posted by: burnedout | December 1, 2010 9:43 PM

October 25, 2010:
"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."
- Barry the incompetent boob Obama
November 2, 1010:
Republicans win 62 seats in the House of Representatives, and with it control of the House. Republicans win 6 seats in the Senate; the only reason the Dims retain control is that in a Senate election only about 1/3 of seats can possibly change hands.
Dims who lost huge in the election expect to get their way during the lame duck session?
Not going to happen.
Does Barry have the votes? No.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM
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Barry, we won. We're taking over your car.
Get in back. Sit down, and shut up.
One more crack out of you, and we'll crash the car. We're doing this trip, our way.
We Won.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | December 1, 2010 9:43 PM

You people are all terrifying. I hope you don't vote. I know it's the internet and all, but enough with the drawing lines in the sand. It's sheer lunacy to think paying taxes is unpatriotic or that Mitch McConnell wakes up every morning and thinks, "How can I ruin lives today?"

If the Democrats were consistent and voted the way they campaign, they would have blocked everything Bush wanted, too. In a heartbeat. (As it is, they collapse under pressure and vote against their platforms so the big bad GOP doesn't call them sissies.) And to the so-called victims of the Communist redistribution of wealth (that somehow continued throughout the entire Cold War -- that thing we had where we didn't like the USSR, to those who fail in history), if you think the working poor are lazy, why don't you take a nice vacation and scrub toilets or drive a bus? Or maybe try to get a job when your 20-year career makes you overqualified for that entry level position (since no one's hiring for good jobs)? You make destitution sound really easy and relaxing -- and apparently you get to steal from millionaires as a bonus!

And stop saying this is some apocalyptic division. The only debate here is whether the wealthy, super-rich, and merely very comfortable should pay a little more taxes. The IRS swat team is not breaking down your door to steal the gold fillings from your mouth. Everyone in DC wants the other 98% of the Bush tax cuts to stay in place. This is a minor difference of opinion. The Civil War was a major division. This is political circus, and everyone seems to be buying tickets.

I wish I worked for the voter registration office. I would delete all of you for being mentally incompetent. You're so loony tunes, you sound like senators. Grow up.

Posted by: dagrubb824 | December 1, 2010 9:42 PM

Be careful what you wish for, you may get it. Well the majority of voters have spoken and apparently they have short memories, remember those ten years when the republicans were in the majority, they did so well that they were voted out well THEY'RE BAAAAAAAACK

Posted by: eddie1247 | December 1, 2010 9:28 PM

I think the Republicans in effect are asking the president to bend over. If he caves on their demands for taxes., etc. now, let's just say the next two years are going to be extremely uncomfortable.

Posted by: VinceDC | December 1, 2010 9:19 PM

The Republicans are, once again, putting their petty party interests ahead of the interests of the country. As far as I'm concerned they are guilty of treason.

Posted by: koygdb1 | December 1, 2010 9:08 PM

The Republican finger-waggers are a bunch of pompous blowhards.

Mitch McConnell should make no mistake, he didn't receive one single vote in the most recent election, but that doesn't stop him from acting like he was elected the Holy Teabagger Emperor.

Posted by: russellglee | December 1, 2010 9:06 PM

Who cares that the country is going down the tubes as long as the two parties can keep on throwing rocks at one another? When did the Democrats and Republicans loose sight of the fact that WE THE PEOPLE are those they have pledged to serve but in fact are serving no one but themselves. The ALL need to go and that includes a LOT of the members of the state legislatures, especially California's.

Posted by: larrypoke | December 1, 2010 8:49 PM

Politicians are hiding behind the $250,000 arbitrary limit, why does it have to be $250,00 can't it be raised to $500,000 or some other number?
We elected all politicians on the belief that they would represent our interest and help lead this country out of this depression, if you continue stalling, or as I see it, not doing your job, no matter if you are a republican or democrat you will be voted out of office for being inept.

Posted by: dworrell | December 1, 2010 8:45 PM

Here we go again! Now the republicans are at it again, showing that they really don't a rat's asset about anyone else but themselves.

Just as the Democrats had previously done.

Lack of fair play ! The Mortgage industry has been crippled maybe permanetly damaged because of over regulation : The NMLS safe act has created more problems that it has solved and none of the issues that it was suppossed to fix have been fixed.

Broker are paying more fees to get licenses and have now more red tape than ever in the history of the mortgage industry.

The Banks however have a free for all to do whatever they want as always and get away with it.

A person with excellent credit (750 fico scores or better) can not get a loan with any bank, because of FNMA and Freddie New requirements: Seasoning requirements, not even with 25% down or an Loan to value of 75% will help a borrower/buyer to get a NON Owner Ocupied (Investment) Property.

With people still loosing their homes at a record pace as a result of unemployement, negstive equity and whatever other reasons that exist, the people that can buy proprty can not because of all of the requirements.

It is time that we as american start seeing things that are happening because of our lack of attention on who vote for. Both Democrats and Republicans have let us down and have craeted the mess we are in.

I for one have stopped voting altogether because it really doen't matter one way or the other neither party deserves my vote. There is no exception and there is no one in the whole political field that is worth a wodden nickle.

What we need is another revolution that changes the US, just as we did in 1776 from the british and more than likely it is going to take the Veterans of America to rise in arms to do it.

Every day we are getting closer to it and it will be in my opinion American fault, we let it slip away from our hands " The America Dream" is now the America Tradegy.

Guess what ! we deserve it and with it the government we have now.

Posted by: OneBrokerFitsAll | December 1, 2010 8:28 PM

Lame Republicans.

Why is it that Republicans hate America?

We know they hate the constitution and refuse to be members of the ACLU, the only body dedicated to preserving our Bill of Rights. In fact they attack those that defend our rights.

Why are Republicans against reducing the deficit? Really, extending the tax cuts builds the deficit and we know from 8 years of experience that the TAX cuts didn’t make new jobs.

If congress had to pass IQ and Drug tests, most conservatives wouldn’t be there.

Global warming is real, creationism is a fable and anyone that does not accept basic evolutionary science cannot be intelligent enough to serve in the government.

Homosexuality is not a choice, denying women the right to control their bodies is basic to freedom and liberty.

So, in a nut shell.....no, not Mitch McConnell’s head..... we have the problem in America, conservatives who have voted in the courts that corporations are people and conservatives in congress that stop all good legislation or water it down to favor corporations over the spoiled children they really are.

The real problem is that conservatives believe that only the richest deserve LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT or HAPPINESS and it shows.

Posted by: nacirema | December 1, 2010 8:28 PM

Lame duck blockade a good idea? It's a great idea.

Today That weird little weasel Reid tried to push through 4 different amnesty bills without even committee hearings.

The lame ducks are out to push every social engineering and spending bill before they leave.

Meanwhile no budget proposal 4 months late, 10% unemployment, massive Obama tax increases on everyone coming in January. No unemployment benefits hearings. No nothing but... stinking anti-American liberal lunacy.

Screw the dems. Stop them at ~everything~ until they leave in January. We waited more than 2 years to dump them. A little while longer won't matter.

Posted by: Straightline | December 1, 2010 8:12 PM

The Republicants are really earning reputation as the "Can't Do" party. Meanwhile the country suffers because they would rather be a thorn in "Barry's" side than actaully solve some problems.

Let's cut the deficit! -- oh yeah, but let's give tax breaks to the richest. Let's get those layabouts off unemployment! -- oh yeah, but we're against federal stimulus.

How about inserting a little logic into your proposals, rather than being the Party of Can't?

Posted by: tomguy1 | December 1, 2010 7:53 PM

I think its time to start a 2012 pledge. Americans should pledge not to vote for a republican, any republican, no matter how honest and good the very few of them may be, until the republican leadership is replaced with patriots and not puppets of corporations and the wealthy.

My god, republicans cheer federal wage freezes, which are a tax since it takes money out of next years fed's salaries and keeps it in the government, yet they are standing firm on extending the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2%. They want to go further with feds by firing 10%, yet tell us extending taxes to the wealthiest 2% will create jobs when not one economist would agree with that.

What a joke these republicans are. They lie and lie until they expect the average American to believe it. They have stated their primary objective is political, not legislative. They do not care about government, or people, or the American nation, they only care about getting Obama out of the white house to score a political point. Well, I don't think Americans sent officials to Washington to play petty schoolyard games.

The republicans should all be held to account and if the electorate in their states do not hold them to account, then we need a national boycott of those states to hold that electorate to account. It had an effect in Arizona, why not in Kentucky where McConnell was elected? Planning to see the Kentucky Derby next year? Instead go watch horse racing in a state that cares about America.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 1, 2010 7:47 PM

It is about time the GOP went from talk to action. This Republic is in trouble and the Obamites and especially the so-called Progressives must be defeated.

Posted by: ravitchn | December 1, 2010 7:47 PM

Millions will be without unemployment benefits come Dec 6. GOP message: Sorry, Merry f'n Christmas (despite the proven economic benefits of enemployment insurance). A nuclear arms treaty that the POTUS negotiated in good faith with Medvedev held hostage. GOP message: The leader of the free world's word has no weight. The Pentagon, that bastion of liberalism, asks, no begs the Congress to repeal "Don't ask, Don't tell" before the courts get involved again and the GOP won't let it come to a vote. GOP message: "We're pro defense, until boy soldiers start a kissin boy soldiers, and girl soldiers start a kissin on girl soldiers, 'cause that don't play in my RED state" But when it comes to tax cuts for their millionaire buddies it's, "hey, now we're talkin!" Tax cuts out of one side of their mouths and deficit reduction out of the other. I can't for the life of me figure out how so many of you rubes vote for these self-serving, glad-handing, party before country GOP hipocrites.

Posted by: rcupps | December 1, 2010 7:46 PM

I'll say what I've said elsewhere before. It looks to me like the GOP is holding START hostage to tax cuts for the rich. In ohter words, they won't deal with a treaty (which has long history of Republican support) until they get an extension of the tax cuts for their rich backers.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | December 1, 2010 7:43 PM

McConnell has to go...he says nothing of any importance, has no plans or novel ideas, and
he's acting like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond. Except Helms and Thurmond were 90 yrs old and still trying to govern. C'mon Kentucky come out of the darkness. You need a new and younger anyone to represent you. All this guy does is dither.

Posted by: mikald | December 1, 2010 7:31 PM

Screwjob22 says 'Hilarious Dims, the filibuster rule is not going anywhere.'

Ever hear of the nuclear option. Do your homework before making a fool of yourself.

Posted by: igsoper | December 1, 2010 7:22 PM

It is completely understandable for people to feel embarrassed about apathy and ignorance allowing Republican psychos to get into office. Now the choice is allow the unsustainable extention of tax cuts for the wealthiest, or blockades (which they would probably do anyway). The Republican/Tea/Klan party are like having the mob in charge of government.

Posted by: revbookburn | December 1, 2010 7:06 PM

Good heavens, hasn't anyone been reading the news for the past two years? Remember the Finance Committee negotiations on health care? The Gang of Six? There was never going to be a bipartisan love fest, but it's not Obama's fault.

There are exceptions, of course, one being Senator Richard Lugar's (R-IN) continuing commitment to ratification of the new START treaty, but they are few. Truly Mitch McConnell said it all when he revealed that the GOP's number-one priority was ensuring that Obama is a one-term president.

Note that McConnell did not say their key priority was making sure every American who wants to work has a job, or that families who face medical bills won't be bankrupted, or that there must never be another terrorist attack on American soil.

He stripped his partisanship and even his spite naked, and put them on display for all to see.

Let no one doubt the nature of the GOP's game. It's money and power, not the long-term good of the country.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | December 1, 2010 6:38 PM

Gotta ask:

What is wrong with Mitch McConnell? Seriously, if a guy at your work place walked around looking like a stroke victim all the time you'd try to get him some help. Right? How come nobody has begun an intervention for Mitch. Something is seriously pohysically wrong with the man that is impacting his mind. True fact.

"Leadership" implies at least sometimes looking and acting like a leader instead of a looking and acting like a doddering fool. No leadership with Mitch.

Posted by: roboturkey | December 1, 2010 6:31 PM

23 MINUTES AGO
From last week's Fox poll, it appears that Americans are finally realizing that while tax cuts for the middle class should be kept, absolutely and with no question, the huge tax cuts for the richest 2% should be repealed. Paris Hilton and Ivanka, the Trump's daughter have enormous incomes and I don't think they will be creating many jobs with the thousands in tax rebates they will receive, maybe a new hair-dresser or two. The Bush tax cuts during his two terms created 1,000,000 jobs. In Clinton's 2 terms, 20,000,000 jobs were created with no tax cuts for the richest Americans. Republicans, the lobbyists, lawyers and the elected officials who have been bought and paid for by the richest 2%, along with a few "Democrats" will just keep making the cynical and false promises that these billions will all go to creating jobs.

As a dog returneth to his vomit, thus a fool returneth to his folly. Proverbs 26:11

Posted by: m_richert | December 1, 2010 6:22 PM

All of these political antics are designed to force all able-bodied Americans to join the military. Those who are not able to join the military will be either working or left to die. As a matter of fact if you can't work for whatever reason, then this will be your death sentence, unless you have wealth. Tax cuts are the priority because this action is directed toward people who are working. The other action is to cut safety nets, such as unemployment, medicare, social security, and education. The military is left alone because America will need something to clean up the rebellious and angry people that will be forced to the streets. Obviously elections don't help solve the problems that are sucking us dry, such as two wars. What else can Americans do to? Stop paying taxes? If our leaders want to give us a tax cut, then why don't we just stop paying taxes altogether. Wouldn't that have the same effect as a tax cut--albeit a big one. No one in Washington is explaining how much we really need to pay to fund the government. Obviously we're not paying enough, or we wouldn't be in such debt. So, why not stop paying taxes until the government figures out what it needs to run itself.

Posted by: frounds2 | December 1, 2010 6:17 PM

If the Gov't takes more money from people in Taxes, how does that help you Mr. Democrat?
The congress will still spend more than they have and continue to waste Billions! They already bring in Trillions into the Treasury! Is that not enough? Who are you people that feel good about others who feel the wrath of Uncle Sam? It's such jealousy it makes me sick.

Posted by: steveiev | December 1, 2010 6:13 PM

Well, I don't blame Republicans because they do what their rabid base is telling them to do and they listen and they specially listen to their god Limbaugh. In the other hand Obama doesn't listen to his base but allows his staff to insult them.It is not the republicans are wining but Obama's weakness is losing.

Posted by: rappahanock | December 1, 2010 6:02 PM

Given a choice between taking these benefits away from the working people of the public sector or having the same decent benefits for yourself and those working in the private sector which would you choose? (and I'm not talking about certain cases of much needed pension reform)

Are they getting too much or are you jealous of what they have because the private sector won't offer it to you? Shouldn't the goal be to have working people in both the public and private sectors be treated fairly rather than applying the exploitative standards of the private sector to all.

Posted by: paulrandall | December 1, 2010 6:00 PM

excellent.

no lameduck amnesty

no lameduck net neutrality

no lameduck global warming nonsense

no lameduck big govt policies at all.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 1, 2010 5:26 PM

The old dirty politics. Republicans are the cancer of America. You just cannot stop all important issues because just one thing. It is bizarre. I can't believe this is the United States of America.

Posted by: lucavalcanti | December 1, 2010 5:09 PM

Somebody in the comments was propagating one of the big lies. Rich people get rich because they worker harder than poor people. Some rich people do work hard. Some are born into wealth. Some get rich because they are lying, backstabbing cheats that would literally kill their own mothers for a buck. Some of the hardest working people I have ever known were poor because they did not love money, but they still deserve the right to live without fear. SO stick it. You're probably a wanna be anyway.

Posted by: CharlesS | December 1, 2010 5:07 PM

The only lame-ducks are the democrats and whats REALLY behind the despicable bills they are trying to shove up our A&&ES

Posted by: yourmomscalling | December 1, 2010 4:58 PM

Letter To Congress

Gentlemen,

My intent is to contact each member of congress directly. Regrettably, I have found no way to do so practically.

This failure of Congressional cohesion, at this time, is inexcusable. Our country is on the verge of devastation. Every instance of dissension must cease immediately. It is no longer acceptable to further allow egocentric idiosyncracies to govern this nation.

It is abhorrent for any member of Congress to oppose, and undermine the securities of this nation, for any reason. Those in Congress, who exercise these contemptible actions, must be brought to reason with the greatest urgency, and influence.

All of you know, clearly, what must be done. You have the statistically logical formulas before you that, when enacted, will correct our economic instability instantly, and exponentially.

All of you are ethically, and directly responsible for the condition of this country. If you fail to act reasonably, and promptly, you will be responsible for the ruin of everyone, including yourselves. All other positions to the contrary are void of substance.

I thank you for the time, and for your objectivity.

My God be with us all!

Posted by: dwight_e_robinson | December 1, 2010 4:44 PM

Good old Republicans. THAT'S the bipartisan spirit they were hoping for. This should definitely encourage Obama to reach out to them again, as they whined he wasn't doing. I wonder why?

Posted by: EvilOverlord | December 1, 2010 4:41 PM

I say let's play chicken with the Republicans. The people support the Democratic position on tax cuts. Let them all expire before surrendering again but make sure everyone knows the Republicans were responsible. Don't let them control the sound bytes. Everyone get tax cuts on the first 250,000. That's more than enough in time of war. In time of war there shouldn't even be tax cuts. It's unpatriotic. Let the people know the Republicans are not supporting the war.
The Republicans are never pushed to the limit. Do it this time!!

Posted by: guyachs | December 1, 2010 4:40 PM

@screwjob22:
Sorry, I assumed you knew the difference between the Constitution and arbitrary Senate rules. The former is the law, the latter is allowed once the former grants it.
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Therefore, the latter can't be in place until agreed on by the current session. The Senate simply can't violate the Constitution by can it?
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The Filibuster is *not* in the Constitution and as much as you'd like it to be, that hasn't changed.
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The Filibuster is a useful tool that has unfortunately been massively abused in the last 4 years by the GOP. The basic reason is there isn't any cost associated with wielding it.
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It needs to be changed such that using it causes significant perhaps complete shutdown of the Senate. Use it when you *really* feel it necessary and not as a 'get out of doing anything free' card.

Posted by: rpixley220 | December 1, 2010 4:39 PM

"Republinazi Christanics HATE our country. They hate what our country stands for. They hate Democracy, human rights, civil liberties, and our freedoms. They're theofascist traitors who work for themselves and their fat rich white corporate masters.

Posted by: DamOTclese | December 1, 2010 3:35 PM"

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Actually, we hate your dirty, grubby, greedy little hands in our pockets, you don't even give us the benefit of a little tickle or a rub of thanks as you rob us of OUR money.

LOOTER!

Our civil rights do not include taking what somebody else owns... that was what our 1776 revolution was all about. And we're not a democracy, at least we WERE not... we are a representative REPUBLIC, so that the individual is protected from the tyranny of the dirty, grubby, greedy-handed majority. Our country stands for the liberty of the individual, and his power over the state. You want it to stand for the collective good. Ours is a beautiful thing, and you should move to some workers paradise and leave us alone, instead of destroying OUR AMERICAN way of life.

You sir, are totally UNAMERICAN.

POSTED BY: MRLAGG | DECEMBER 1, 2010 4:10 PM
Wow, Mr Lagg.... I guess you shoot your own food, build your own cars, pave your own roads, built yout own house, print your own books (and money), treat your own illnesses, fly ypur own planes, make your own entertainment -- and BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BELIEVE.
Oh... and what about all of those millionaire politcians who duped you dumb teabaggers into supporting policies that just channel more and more of our (yes, the "public's" money) into tax shelters and schemes that reward then for being "successful," while the Average Joe struggles to make ends meet on a salary. But we're just "grubbers," right? Because we're not well-connected enough to figure out how to buy a Congress or a Supreme Court to support our "private" interests.
"Our civil rights do not include taking what somebody else owns." Read some history. That's exactly the argument secessionists used to when Lincoln wanted to take their slaves. Congressmen, public figures spend decades trying to figure out that one and you know what? A Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation redefined that "public good."
You know nothing about 1776, 1863 or anything else.
Hey, why don't you just form the United States of Me. See how long you'll survive.

Posted by: mylesgordon | December 1, 2010 4:38 PM


HUGHGKNUTTS: "Penalizing those that work harder than others is socialism. Since when, in this country, is hard work penalized (taxed more than others)?:

Assuming that hard work = higher income, under the Republican Eisenhower taxes were highest among the high-income brackets. I don't think the higher earners were having conniptions about it back then because we were still paying off WWII, and they saw it as their patriotic, capitalist-supporting duty to make the US stronger.

HUGHGKNUTTS:"The rich didn't get us into this mess. This mess was caused by the collapse of fanny mae and freddie mac, by forcing banks to give loans to those unqualified and despite warnings from republicans, the democrats (who were in control) did nothing to heed those warnings."

really a bit of an oversimplification, but to address your blanket statements would be to play into victimization logic. We should really be asking: How bad is the mess, really? What do we do to get out of it? And how can we prevent it from happening again?

HUGHGKNUTTS"If you want to penalize someone for the solution, start taking the personal assets of those in the house and senate who didn't do their jobs and let this happen."

No problem with that, but would really only scratch the surface. Better yet, why are they getting any income? It should be a privilege to serve elected office.

HUGHGKNUTTS:"Personally, I'd like to see the deadbeats taxed more than the rich. It would encourage them to get off their lazy butts and start reaching for success instead of being content with government welfare."

so people who aren't rich are lazy deadbeats? I think you are in the minority here.

Posted by: johnhunsaker4 | December 1, 2010 4:38 PM

Congressional gridlock? So what's the problem? Every time they pass anything it costs us more money. Gridlock for a change would be refreshing.

Posted by: dkaag | December 1, 2010 4:32 PM

@rpixley220

The CBO works with what ever formulas and assumptions the requestors gove it. Garbage In - Garbage Out.

Unemployment 'benefits' put the real problems on the back burner and let them fester unnoticed.

Unemployment benefits take money out of the retailers' til and give it to the customers. The retailer makes sales but not profits. The government collects taxes and after taking some to fund the bureaucracy it gives it to the customers. The retailer again makes sales and then closes the doors and the customers blame capitalism.

The economic woes of the United States start and end with taxation and government spending.

When taxes were down we were the envy of the world because by hard work you could make your dreams come true.

Now with the creators of jobs being shackled to government progrommes the economy is in the tank and will continue downhill until the government goes away either by releasing its strangle-hold on business or crumbling like the USSR.

It's your choice America.

Posted by: inov8tn1 | December 1, 2010 4:31 PM

If Republicans block all Bills with Democrat majority in the Senate and a stubborn veto president, then the Supreme court may need to call for a new presidential election to save this nation, as otherwise this combination is a number lock on America. Obama may need to resign or dilute his Veto power.

Posted by: venu1_venu1 | December 1, 2010 4:26 PM

"I'm old enough to remember a beautiful, bountiful America where an extreme leftist you know what could never be president."

No, getjiggly2, I don't know what. What say you stop mincing words and tell us? If you've got the courage of your convictions, that is.

Posted by: chaos1 | December 1, 2010 4:26 PM

POSTED BY: SUMO1 | DECEMBER 1, 2010 4:13 PM
With McConnell and his friends playing games in the Senate with their declaration I would like to know why the voters in their States allow this. Mitch McConnell wants tax breaks extended for the rich."

This is a lie. We want tax breaks for everyone, not just the rich.

The class warfare of the democrat/progressives is over. It's not going to happen anymore. This is a country that was founded on opportunity. You work hard, you reap the benefits.

Penalizing those that work harder than others is socialism. Since when, in this country, is hard work penalized (taxed more than others)?

The rich didn't get us into this mess. This mess was caused by the collapse of fanny mae and freddie mac, by forcing banks to give loans to those unqualified and despite warnings from republicans, the democrats (who were in control) did nothing to heed those warnings.

If you want to penalize someone for the solution, start taking the personal assets of those in the house and senate who didn't do their jobs and let this happen.

Personally, I'd like to see the deadbeats taxed more than the rich. It would encourage them to get off their lazy butts and start reaching for success instead of being content with government welfare.

Posted by: HughGKnutts | December 1, 2010 4:22 PM

RGee1 wrote: America" hasn't been telling Congress to stop. A vocal minority has. There's a difference. And, we should recognize that in both the House and Senate, political grandstanding has gotten so bad that their ability to actually govern is pretty much nil. Those are the kinds of leaders you have voted for. Nice job.
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Wrong you've just been sitting next to Nutsy Pelosi too long. That "shellacking" that Obama got was loud and clear. Republicans cleaned house at the state and local level too. You guys didn't even bother to realize all the Republican governors that just went into place. Republican leadership has been holding talks with them. So not only on a national level but at the state level will you see Republican states working with the Republican leadership to fix this country. You blew your mandate bud and now it's our turn. I wasn't a Bush fan but the behavior from Democrats all through the Bush administration was deplorable. You just got a taste of it for the last two years. Imagine another six like the last two. Republicans have been told to hold their ground until we get the new Congress in place. The Pelosi agenda is over. Get over and get out of the way. Otherwise we will run you over.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 1, 2010 4:22 PM


UNITED STATES CONSITUTION:

Article I, Section 5:

"Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings..."

STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE:

Senate rule V

2. The rules of the Senate shall continue from one Congress to the next Congress unless they are changed as provided in these rules.

Senate rule XXII

"Is it the sense of the Senate that the debate shall be brought to a close?" And if that question shall be decided in the affirmative by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn -- except on a measure or motion to amend the Senate rules, in which case the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators present and voting -- then said measure, motion, or other matter pending before the Senate, or the unfinished business, shall be the unfinished business to the exclusion of all other business until disposed of.


Hilarious Dims, the filibuster rule is not going anywhere.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 4:18 PM

If the R's do nothing that will be better than something.

The notion that working in government is good is ill-founded for when legislators 'work' they inevitably come up with ways to spend and when they spend it's always our money.

Bush's 2 wars are being funded - but not through tax dollars. They are being funded by debt and inflation.

The tax cuts ight be the best thing that Bush did for the country. Too bad he couldn't get them passed as 'permanent' for when creators are unshackled everyone benefits.

What needs to 'expire' is the insane level of governmental spending. Bush and his cronies left us cuts with a sunset provision because they didn't have the ouveos to cut the spending - apparently neither did the D's - any of them.

The R's have done the right thing wrt balancing the budget, etc. but sometimes as a partisan thrust as with Clinton's so-called balanced budgets.

The government doesn't create any jobs.

Government-created jobs have the government come into the retailer and take the money out of the til and distribute it to the 'customers'. The retailer makes sales but no profit because nothing has been created by the customers. The government takes taxes as usual. The next round leaves less money in the retailers cash drawer so he can't buy inventory. The government still collects taxes. The retailer sells whats left to a dissatisfied customer base and closes the doors. The customer base blames capitalism.

The only winners are the bureaucrats but their win is short term because since they create nothing they will eventually run out of other peoples' money.

The USSR, N&S Korea, and E&W Germany are clear demonstrations of the outcome of high taxes and regulations that shackle creators and make them slaves to the bureaucrats.

Government 'work' means that the politicians will be spending our money on their pet projects - i.e. the projects that their contributors want them to force us to fund.

It would be better for us all if all 546 of the sitting politicans (House + Senate + Supremes + President) would play golf and go on junkets.

We have enough laws.

Posted by: inov8tn1 | December 1, 2010 4:14 PM

With McConnell and his friends playing games in the Senate with their declaration I would like to know why the voters in their States allow this. Mitch McConnell wants tax breaks extended for the rich. But last week these same people made more money in the last quarter than they did anytime in history. The American people need to stand up to McConnell and his GOP friends and demand that they do the job they were elected to do or step down. And if they won't step down, then the voters in their States who are upset with their actions should file complaints in Federal Court and have them removed. No State or Federal law protects these useless individuals to keep their seats if they don't do their jobs. The power is with the people and they should say, I have had enough of this bullcrap and go to have them removed from office. And a Federal suit will do just that. Our forefathers did not create the Senate. An act of the House of Representatives did. And that act can be reversed if they are doing damage to the public. And by their declaration they are.

Posted by: sumo1 | December 1, 2010 4:13 PM

"Republinazi Christanics HATE our country. They hate what our country stands for. They hate Democracy, human rights, civil liberties, and our freedoms. They're theofascist traitors who work for themselves and their fat rich white corporate masters.

Posted by: DamOTclese | December 1, 2010 3:35 PM"

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Actually, we hate your dirty, grubby, greedy little hands in our pockets, you don't even give us the benefit of a little tickle or a rub of thanks as you rob us of OUR money.

LOOTER!

Our civil rights do not include taking what somebody else owns... that was what our 1776 revolution was all about. And we're not a democracy, at least we WERE not... we are a representative REPUBLIC, so that the individual is protected from the tyranny of the dirty, grubby, greedy-handed majority. Our country stands for the liberty of the individual, and his power over the state. You want it to stand for the collective good. Ours is a beautiful thing, and you should move to some workers paradise and leave us alone, instead of destroying OUR AMERICAN way of life.

You sir, are totally UNAMERICAN.

Posted by: MrLagg | December 1, 2010 4:10 PM

I am not a democrat or republican. I am really more of a Libertarian Christian. I don't hate Obama or adore the republicans. I do think that someone has to try to stay on point in the Capitol. Last summer our president was commenting on how he had been working congress to hard and didn't think they had the stomach for diving into immigration reform in 2010. Then just a few weeks later he was talking about trying to pass immigration reform by the end of the year. The circumstances cannot be improved without focus on the core issues first. Incent the markets to create jobs and get the Federal government under control (spending and intelligence, then fix monetary policies FAST.

Posted by: jkpaschal | December 1, 2010 4:09 PM

Unfortunately, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats understands the realities of Federal Taxation or Monetary Sovereignty.

Anyone who does not understand monetary sovereignty does not understand economics.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Posted by: rmmadvertising | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM


October 25, 2010:

"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."

- Barry the incompetent boob Obama

November 2, 1010:

Republicans win 62 seats in the House of Representatives, and with it control of the House. Republicans win 6 seats in the Senate; the only reason the Dims retain control is that in a Senate election only about 1/3 of seats can possibly change hands.

Dims who lost huge in the election expect to get their way during the lame duck session?

Not going to happen.

Does Barry have the votes? No.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 4:07 PM

If you listen to Obama et al, their November defeat was because the voters did not understand what good they were doing for us. They are in denial. What folly! It is the flawed policies of Obama, Pelosi, Reed, and all the rest, plus the way these policies were forced down our throat, that have brought about their doom.

So I say good for the Republicans. The Democrats did not want bipartisanship then, and they obviously do not want it now either.

Posted by: MikeN3 | December 1, 2010 4:06 PM

Good! Everyone knew the democrats were going to abuse the "lame duck" session. Democrats have abused America for the past four years and are responsible for the mess we are in. (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac - near collapse of our economy).

Obama and the democrats have done nothing but increase our debt, increase unemployment, spend money like there is no tomorrow, spit in the face of Americans and generally conduct themselves like fascists imposing their personal will on the American people.

It's about damn time someone stood up and said "no more." That's what you were elected to do...put a stop to these treasonous progressives that are destroying this country.

Posted by: HughGKnutts | December 1, 2010 4:05 PM

@getjiggly2:
You do realize that what you're saying is directly contradicted by the non-partisan CBO right?
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Unemployment benefits are the best way to stimulate the economy because people actually need to spend that money. It goes straight into the economy.
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Tax cuts to the rich won't create jobs until there is *demand* for those jobs. Just because you give the rich money doesn't mean they are going to spend it. They need a reason to spend it and since they are by definition 'rich' they don't need to spend the money...i.e. their food and housing are already covered by their current income.
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The unemployed however, need to spend the money just to have something to eat and keep a roof over their heads.
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Or shall we just go with the deficit costs? Unemployment extensions would cost 10s of billions of dollars. Tax cuts for the rich? HUNDREDS of billions of dollars. You can't be for fiscal sanity and the tax cuts at the same time. pure and simple, they don't work in any reasonable sense of the word.

Posted by: rpixley220 | December 1, 2010 4:02 PM

I'm glad the GOP is supporting blocking on Government spending, I'm am very happy. Now lets stop spending on the GOP Salaries. No more salaries, health insurance, lets take their Government issue credit cards, no more favoritism. They can survive with the money their lobbyists pay them to protest.

Yours Truly

THE GOVERNMENT

Posted by: R3N364D3 | December 1, 2010 4:02 PM

the republican attitude borders on treason, how can we accomplish anything with these babies in office, they forget that they work for us and not the other way around, we need to put a ballot issue together to be able to remove these rich spoiled babies on a vote. what a bunch of BS.

Posted by: bentover64 | December 1, 2010 4:01 PM

Kinda sounds like "We won you lost." The shoe seems to pinch a bit on the other foot.

Posted by: timman1 | December 1, 2010 4:01 PM

Should I be shock about this letter. The new session will start and they going to say lets focus on something else. No change from the last two years. Their ultimate go is to see that Obama only has one term. I say lets go down fighting by making those changes that is necessary for the America.

Posted by: mackado | December 1, 2010 4:01 PM

The Republicans got some nerve, this is the same thing they did with Obama's stimulus. If you don't give tax cuts to millionaires, they'll vote against everything. Holding the middle class hostage. Look at the profits these big companies / multi-nationals are turning, does it look like they need a tax cut? They're already robbing our country of billions with all the tax loopholes they're allowed. They've got the best tax rate on the planet. The rich don't even care about the freakin tax cut. What don't the Republicans understand, this is how our country got in this position. You can't give massive tax cuts without a way of paying for them. But of coarse it's all the Democrats fault. Things like financial reform are bankrupting the country. Please! If I was Obama, I'd let taxes go up for everybody. If the Republicans want to bankrupt us, let them do it when they're in charge. Then they can answer for it.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | December 1, 2010 4:00 PM

Finally the GOP are making the democrats focus on things that are extremely important. Thank God for the GOP.

Posted by: farmsnorton | December 1, 2010 3:59 PM

@screwjob22:
Changing the filibuster rule does require 2/3 vote.
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However, throwing out the rules and establishing new ones only requires 51. Hint: it's the first thing every new Congress does is decide whether to adopt the previous session's rules. That isn't governed by the previous rules and this can be done via simple majority.

Posted by: rpixley220 | December 1, 2010 3:57 PM

I just want this rampant taxing and spending to stop! We need to make cuts and the time for compromise is over. Might as well start with the unemployment extensions. We need to get these bums off the couch and back to being productive members of society. On the other hand, raising taxes on the higher income job creators is crazy. It has been proven over and over again that it is the higher earners who create jobs in this country. I love America, at least the old America before the extreme left took over. I'm old enough to remember a beautiful, bountiful America where an extreme leftist you know what could never be president. Thank you. We will take this country back! Stomping leftist legislation is the first step. Wait till 2012...bye bye liberals! Now excuse me while I sip my tea...

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 1, 2010 3:57 PM

Tsk, tsk, tsk -

Jena says "...that isn't related to tax cuts or government spending"

McConnell says "..that isn't related to tax cuts or funding the government"

Big difference!

Is this Jena's intentional misrepresentation, or is it her dividend for years in public education?

Send her back to the farm club, until she stops shilling for her team.

Posted by: MrLagg | December 1, 2010 3:56 PM

This is good. I am glad that the GOP is finally listening to the will of the people, instead of the unions and special interests like the Democrats do. There just might be hope after all....

Posted by: DL13 | December 1, 2010 3:55 PM


Silly Dims, the filibuster rule in the Senate is not going anywhere. A proposed rules change in the Senate requires a 2/3 majority vote of senators to change the rules.

To even bring the proposed rules change to a vote requires a three-fifths vote in the Senate.

Do the Dims have the votes? No.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 3:54 PM

McConnell and Boehner are playing with fire. They remind me of a couple of junior high kids demanding that everyone do as they say, or risk getting thrown out of "the in group". The Far Right now rules ( Teaparty = far righties ). They might get away with playing to these fanatics with stunts like this in the short run, but in the long run the American people voted for a well run, functioning government; not NO government ( unless you're from the Deep South, I guess ). The day these wingnuts stop government, as they are threatening, and many don't get their social security checks... bye bye, repubs in the next election. McConnell is just fanatical enough to pull off this stunt, as Gingrich did. We did not vote for all of the pie to go to the rich... I believe we voted for jobs and a better distribution of the country's wealth.

Posted by: badgervan | December 1, 2010 3:53 PM

I think the Republicans have shown that the are beholden to their corporate financiers rather than the common good of the USA, They vote down a bill costing apprxiamately $ 12 billion that would secure the basic needs of the unemployed, who are in their situation through no fault of their own, but the voodoo economics shoveled out under 8 years of irresponsible Republican rule. Yet these same Republicans are demanding an extension of failed policies and an additional 700 Billion dollar tax cut for the top 2%. When was the last time the GOP put America ahead of their Corporate Masters/Donors & their Political Ambitions?

Posted by: wave06 | December 1, 2010 3:53 PM

Why are conservatives so sick and stupid and immoral? why?

Posted by: letemhaveit | December 1, 2010 3:52 PM

Those useless anti-american corporate hacks.

They'll say 'look how the democrats can't get anything done' The electorate will fall for it (again) and they'll take the entire government back.

I give this country 3 years. And I will be laughing when it burns to the ground.

Posted by: phdbd | December 1, 2010 3:52 PM

I'm not sure how much more clear the recent election results could have been. It will not be business as usual, the same usual which has given us a multi-trillion dollar debt. My vote and millions of votes like mine said NO MORE uncontrolled spending of our children's and grand children's money. My vote was to BLOCK any further legislation until we get spending under control. Is that something that only the Democrats cannot understand? How many more elections like the last one will it take to get the message through?

Posted by: williams3061 | December 1, 2010 3:51 PM

Hey, little big tree. Progressivism is what brought America to it's present state of affairs. Progressivism on the left AND right.

Congratulations to us all for letting it happen.

Posted by: redduke | December 1, 2010 3:48 PM

"Our family gives a thumbs up to their stand against any legislation unless they extend the Bush tax cuts to all and pass the budget to run the government. We want spending curtailed. " qyote

Kind of confusing - We are spending trillions on war and you want tax cuts.

And most people realize that the Iraq war was a disaster based on lies which supported the military industrial complex.

And if it wasn't for the Iraq build up we would have had the troops to kill bin laden when he was trapped in the tora bora mountains in 2002.

So send the bill for both wars to all the repubs who voted for George Bush Jr.

And we'll ahve plenty of money for health care for all.

Not the scene where the "support life" people of the republican party want to see the middle class dying on the hospital steps - no money no care.............go die, tough you know what.

The desires of the all for me, nothing for you gang called republicans and hteir tea party friends

Posted by: n6621j | December 1, 2010 3:48 PM

This comes as no surprise.
Like robots, like the Borg, the GOP leadership in House and Senate only has a one-note message to America:
NO!
FAIL!
Let's just move out every roadblocker in both houses and send them off to Limbo in Dubai with their Hallyburton buddies.
There, they'll have an artificial harbor with artificial islands and Malls with artificial snow on which they can artificially ski.
They can lounge around and dream about the fact that they couldn't reshape America into the corporate kingdom they were paid to espouse.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | December 1, 2010 3:48 PM

It would be one thing if the Democrats would stop taxing the middle class to pay for all their socialist agenda, but that simply isn't the case. Case in point look at Kerry's billionaire wife who only paid 6% of income tax because of the loophole made for the rich. The Democrats talk a good game but they ultimately are all extremely wealthy, and none pay the actual taxes as we would being in our tax bracket. Until there is a flat tax, with NO loopholes, it will never be fair. Every "program" that comes up, the guy that makes between 30k - 150k is the person that is paying for it. So saying the Republicans are for the rich is not a lie by any means, the fact is BOTH parties are. This is why the Democrats wouldnt vote for a flat tax. The Democrats pander to Unions and the rich, meanwhile all middle class are ignored and ultimately get screwed. The mega wealthy are so greedy it is discusting. I hate to say it but there used to be a moral value that would prevent the CEO's from taking so much money for the hard work of employees. We need to put a 99% tax on bonuses and stock options for people that make over 200k. There shouldnt be people making 5 million a year in a company that pays minimum wage. Morals don't work any longer, they don't seem to exist.

Posted by: TBOregon | December 1, 2010 3:46 PM

Taxes the Democrats increased:

cigarette tax, Caucasian tax (aka tanning salon tax), health insurance opt-out tax (yes, they went to court claiming it's a tax so shut up about it), penalty on employers who do not comply with Obamacare, 40% tax on Cadillac health care plans like the Unions have gotten for themselves, reduce double-taxation of worldwide employers, Federal unemployment surtax extension, repeal of guidance to loss of an acquired corporation, tax on Medical Devices, limitation on deduction of Medicare part D subsidy . . . and on and on and on Reference public laws 111-148, -152, -3, -5, -92 and -147. Now all the rest of you racist, hate mongering non-American Stalinist start getting used to us fighting back in the style you so carefully developed the last thirty years. This is only the beginning as the new House isn't even seated yet!

Posted by: redduke | December 1, 2010 3:45 PM

Business as usual from the GOP.

How many decades does it take for right-wingers to figure out it is their own parties and "leadership" that has rendered the United States a second-tier nation.

Time for all that exceptional arrogance to be deflated before it is too late.

Posted by: BigTrees | December 1, 2010 3:43 PM

This is good leadership? More like good politics.... I want people who will work together! Throw these bums out too!

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | December 1, 2010 3:41 PM

It's amazing how the first few comments following any story like this are relatively thoughtful, agreeing or disagreeing with the author's premise. These are mostly, though not totally, from moderates and liberals.

Then the e-mails go out to the Republican base, aka the far right, warning that evil is afoot and the manure starts to fly. It's always recognizable because everything is the fault of President Obama who's name is never preceded by the title he won, but be multiple adjectives - all derogatory. Talking points replace fact and words like liberal become "lib."

Pathetic.

Posted by: jtn123 | December 1, 2010 3:41 PM

Hey why dont we put people who despise government in charge of it...again!

Way to go America. Just dont pretend to be suprised when things go to heck even faster than they have been.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | December 1, 2010 3:41 PM

As President Obama so famously stated to Republicans in early 2007, elections have consequences, I won, you lost, get over it.

Well, he might not have been THAT direct, but you get the point. Elections DO have consequences and the tax cuts and funding the government are the key issues of the day.

Democrats deal with them first and soon and their is plenty of time to address their laundry list of liberal legislation.

Sorry Jena, it is nothing personal. It is just business, but clearly you are still stinging from the election results.

Oh, well.

Posted by: Willbone87 | December 1, 2010 3:40 PM

The Democrats and some Republicans are destroying America via financial means. Blocking spending to pet unions and greedy public employees who have far more lavish pension plans than people in the real world should be a top priority. NO MORE VOTE BUYING WITH OUR MONEY!!!

Posted by: luncheaterguy | December 1, 2010 3:39 PM

Oops! make that 90%

Posted by: akcoins | December 1, 2010 3:38 PM

The jokes on you therealjjj77, There is no imaginary being up in the sky watching all that we do. Do you mean one more reg. like don't dump 55 gal. drums with haz-mat in them in the lake down the road? Because if you didn't have these regs someone, make that more people would do that than are doing it now. You people who actually believe that these multinational corporations need our help and tax breaks should quit drinking that koolaid. Let's go back to the days of Eisenhower when taxes were at least 97% if you were a millionaire. To keep from paying taxes they payed livable wages, mom could stay home with the kids if she wanted to, and also put money back into the business which meant more jobs.

Posted by: akcoins | December 1, 2010 3:36 PM

Republinazi Christanics HATE our country. They hate what our country stands for. They hate Democracy, human rights, civil liberties, and our freedoms. They're theofascist traitors who work for themselves and their fat rich white corporate masters.

Posted by: DamOTclese | December 1, 2010 3:35 PM

At last there is someone in Congress willing to represent the American people and show some leadership. I'm all for the GOP, which is turning out to be the party of KNOW.

Posted by: johne37179 | December 1, 2010 3:33 PM

Of course the republicans are out to destroy Obama.

their base is the southern bible belt who justified slavery as per the bible.

the only difference now is they want to turn all of us - white and black and yellow etc, into slaves.

And return to a Lord and Serf society. Where the rpub leadership is the Lords, and the once middle class is the slaves/serfs.

When Regan took office, the top 1% of the earners took home 9% of the national income.

At the end of ?Bush's term, they took home 23-24% of the national income.

The repubs goals - Make AmeriKa like the (3rd) world . Where the top 1% own 80% of the worlds wealth.

The future for most of the republicans children as well, and they are so driven to angre that they can't even comprehend it

Posted by: n6621j | December 1, 2010 3:33 PM

Unfortunately, the Democrat mind set, including Congress and the President, is that Americans all have barrels of money and we can afford to adopt Mexico.

Posted by: vickie105 | December 1, 2010 3:32 PM

Whta's New ? The Republicans have blocked everything since Obama took office; Their goal, since 2008, has been to defeat Obama, and ignore the needs of this nation. Now they're proud of it, and they don't mind admitting that they'd rather block everything than to govern for the needs of Americans.
But this will back fire,because Obama will promote intelligent legislation that Americans vitally need, and when they watch the Republican's destroying every potential for change, hey will remember in 2012 , and the big Party Of No, will have to eat their own righteous dirt. What a lousy representation for America !!

Posted by: dylan915 | December 1, 2010 3:31 PM

Start the clock now towards a complete government shut down with over 100,000 troops in theater. The Senate will not reach cloture on anything for the foreseeable future. Pesimistic but that is what the Republican "leadership" wants.

Posted by: ehpercy | December 1, 2010 3:31 PM

All republicans should be shot, dragged down the street by their necks, burned in the streets, hung up so everyone can see them and spit on them. Just like the soldiers in Iraq were during the Bush administration or did you forget, it was republicans that created this mess we are in now. NOT Democrats! And the rich ones should go first!

Posted by: blazer1120 | December 1, 2010 3:30 PM

Most All my posts are banned. Washington SPAMpost should be destroyed. My rights are repeatedly violated. The whole senate for the past 5 decades are lame duck enemies to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And enemies to my ancestors that chased the british out of Boston.
My hat is off to anybody that executes my senator. I hope for the destruction of the Florida Legislature.
Exterminate the US Marine Corp
American born and Bred since 1730

Posted by: EyemNotFree | December 1, 2010 3:30 PM

Wecome to America in free-fall toward the third world.
It was a great ride while it lasted, but, as Mr. Franklin reminded us long ago, it was 'a republic - if you can keep it'.
Ben, some of us tried to keep it but others lost the faith.
Somehow, the American people decided to elect the faithless to office in a fit of pique.
How's France these days? You seemed to have a decent time there?

Posted by: bloommarko4 | December 1, 2010 3:29 PM

"...Senate Republicans plan to block debate on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation that isn't related to tax cuts or government spending..."
.
And it's about TIME!!!
It's a shame really, that it took so many Democrats losing their jobs before SOMEone, ie: the American People, finally woke up and put a stop to the runaway Socialist Express of "Odumbo, Pelosi & Reid". But even AFTER getting his tail "shellacked", this President STILL doesn't seem to get it. What an utter embarrassment the Democratic party's leadership has become..

Posted by: b1092692 | December 1, 2010 3:28 PM

The is all the GOP know how to do because they're totally devoid of ideas about how to govern. The want tax cuts for the rich. Kick the unemployed when they're down, complain about spending and then proceed to break the bank with starting wars. Why can't the Fox News waching hillbillies figure this out??

Posted by: blarsen1 | December 1, 2010 3:27 PM

@priley8104 wrote:
"Go for it, Repub's, we have your back."
.
Unless you make $250K+ they likely don't have yours...

Posted by: rpixley220 | December 1, 2010 3:27 PM

If Republicans believe that the American people want fiscal responsibility, then this is Leadership. Clearly articulating goals, excluding other issues until critical issues are resolved, developing your powerbased around resolving those goals, putting measures in place so hat they are measurable as to whether the goals have been achieved or not.

So is it political games as usual (who will blink first) or a game of popularity (I'll trade my vote on this if you'll cast your vate for me). No.

I really do not care if the Democrats, Republicans, Greeners or Bullmooses run the show, fund essentially services, cut unproductive or obsolete spending, release capital back into the market place when it is short of capital and provide for an effective defense from enimies without and within.

Maybe the START Treaty is a good one or maybe it sets us back in defense, but if the government isn't running or funded does it matter?

I am just one opinion but it frosts me to hear someone like the senator from Nevada take 15 minutes talking about football metaphors and poking his finger in the eye of the opposition when in 4 days the government appropiations, that were suppose tobe in place pre-September 30, run out. In 31 Days taxes on those who pay income taxes marginally go up 50% (10-15%)at the lowest rate and in computing your 2010 taxes Alternate Minimm Tax of 26% hits milion of Middle-class wage earners, yet the talk is about how a minority party wants to hold action on all other items till our pressing fiscal issues are addressed.

I believe that it is leadership to be focused on a goal that most voters seem to endorse. I might not agree with the tactics, but I rather be in a meeting where the agendas and interests are known rather than one where they are hidden. The former leads to progess towards shared goals, the later ends with both sides complaing.

My thoughts.

Posted by: joewil | December 1, 2010 3:27 PM

The Republicants are sticking with their old playbook, NO on everything except tax breaks for the rich. What hypocrits! I guess they've already forgotten about the deficit. And working families. The unemployed. Everybody but the fat cats.

Yep, cut spending, but we can borrow to give tax cuts to miilionaires. Repub trash.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | December 1, 2010 3:26 PM

Republicans - the people who would destroy the middle class in their endless greed for money and power.

Their mantra was best described 80 years ago...........

Tell a lie often enough and outrageous enough and it will be seen as the truth"

And so many people - mostly former good republicans fall for that line.

Guess who wrote it - Paul Joseph Goebbels.

Todays republican party - the party of ...

the military industrial complex.

The party who hate the immigrants (while their business leaders hire them because they work for next to nothing.

The party of the relgious right bible belt - eg the Pat Robertsons of the World, who told the Haitians they deserved the terrible earthquake (because some of them don't practice (an almost islamic mad version of )Christianity

And the tea party. headed by the Koch Brothers - whose Grand Aunt Ilse Koch was jailed in germany after WWII for making Jews skin into lampshades.

The republicans win all ,we will become just another saudi arabia but with out the wealth of the oil. 99% of the people desperately poor, while the 1% fly around in their private jet planes and your children line up for under minimum wage jobs in a big box store.

And the religious fruitcakes have your wives walking around covered from head to toe, and confined to the house, barefoot and pregnant.

Posted by: n6621j | December 1, 2010 3:24 PM

Republicans and Democrats are an outmoded Aristocratic Duocracy Corporation. Take them all down... vote Independent!

Posted by: visitorzeroMCS | December 1, 2010 3:24 PM

"Democrats certainly aren't blameless for taking part in their own brand of partisanship over the past two years. Obama's so-called "Slurpee Summit" at the White House Tuesday was a first step in trying to bring the two sides together, but may be too belated to do much good."

Excuse me, but the reason this meeting took place this week instead of 3 weeks ago is because the Republican Caucus decided at the last minute to rudely blow off their originally scheduled meeting with the President, with no serious explanation.

This is not leadership. This is power-hungry men acting like petulant, uncooperative children because they can't have everything they want precisely when they want it.

Posted by: krsbar2 | December 1, 2010 3:23 PM

Fine, but if they are going to Filibuster, then make them Filibuster. Don't just let them say "We Filibuster" and so there is no vote and the whole thing is shut down. Make them stand up and talk for the entire duration of the Filibuster. Then they will be on CSpan, etc. showing their true colors.

Posted by: RedBear57 | December 1, 2010 3:22 PM

The Boss Break
It's called the Boss Break. Your Boss makes a hella lot more than you, she deserves a break. The Republicans want to give her a tax break. Give your Boss a tax break. Untimately that will help you. Yeah right. [works even if your boss is male].

Posted by: Triathlete415 | December 1, 2010 3:22 PM

This has to be one of the most biased columns I've ever read in the Post. How Sad.

As President Obama stated, "Elections Matter" Something this so called Journalist clearly doesn't understand.

Why should a lameduck Congress which clearly doesn't have the support of the American People be in the position to force more unpopular laws down our throats? Frankly, there should be less time between elections and taking office.

Posted by: BudMiller | December 1, 2010 3:21 PM

"So how's this for leadership in Washington?" It's great leadership!! And it's exactly why we sent them to Washington - stop the tax and spend disaster known as the Obama Administration.

Shame on you for not condemning the Democrats for trying to push through important legislation during a lame duck session!!!! The American people have rebuked these policies in an historic fashion and instead of accepting that and trying to come up with ways to work with the GOP, the Democrats are trying to sidestep the American people one more time and push through legislation we don't support. Not the kind of leadership we need!!

And to you Mr. "the republicans are out to destroy the first black President of the United States", I've never heard anything more racist in my life. You support a president based on the color of his skin? To the contrary, the GOP is opposing policies, not any one man!! Put down your race card and convince the hearts and minds of Americans that Obama's liberal policies are good for America. You know you can't do that, so you move to call us all racists. Grow up!

Posted by: srandall20 | December 1, 2010 3:21 PM

So what's new? This is business as usual since Obama has been elected. No extension of unemployment unless the rich get theirs first! Tax cuts for the rich to make jobs. How may jobs have been created by the rich since the tax cuts were enacted? Let's see.... that would be none. The people responsible for this mess the bankers and wall street brokers need more money? What is wrong with you people? They make more in 1 years bonus than the average working man makes his whole life including retirement. You complain about unions but they brought you 5 day work weeks, livable wages, and child labor laws to name a few things. 250K adjusted gross income means small business can make a lot more than 250K and still not pay taxes. You idiots would cut off your nose to spite your face.

Posted by: akcoins | December 1, 2010 3:19 PM

Jena, who dares stand in the way of Govt Almighty? Those blasted Republicans.

Govt Almighty will come and save all of us from our misery and lack prosperity. It will pour down showers of fiat money and bail us all out of our problems. All of our problems can be solved if we can just get one more regulation in place, one more tax, and one more program... then we'll finally reach the promised land that the great prophet Karl Marx spoke of.

Okay, enough of my parody. Hope you catch my drift. lol.

Posted by: therealjjj77 | December 1, 2010 3:18 PM

I for one am quite happy to hear that there will be stalemate in D.C. Because at least they won't be able to pass more legislation that takes away more citizen rights, such as the patriot act. Furthermore, I chose not to read the first two wikileaks releases as It's my considered opinion that there would be no way to really put them into context. That said. I'm waiting with bated breath on the banking related files as What has been done with taxpayer money is our business. It's my hope that none of it will be redacted. I find it interesting that after the war diaries and diplomatic releases, that now with the pending financial bank papers on the horizon. There is a lot of effort being spent on trying to get charges like spying etc. leveled at wikileaks. It will be a great day when they are released and those screaming the loudest turn out to be the ones caught with their hands the deepest into the cookie jar. Nuff said

Posted by: saintronmcg | December 1, 2010 3:18 PM

They should just adjourn Congress now. Let our elected lords and ladies volunteer at a homeless shelter or a food bank or a USO for a few weeks. Its probably as close as any of them will ever come to the wrong side of K Street.

Posted by: SoCal | December 1, 2010 3:15 PM

Has anyone besides me noticed that the GOP's only concern is for tax cuts for the rich, which includes them, and the concerns of the Democrats are for the American People?

Apparently, the GOP has no concern whatsoever about starving the poor or cutting off unemployment benefits, but the GOP is ready to sacrifice their right arms for a tax cut that no rich people are even asking for.


Posted by: lindalovejones | December 1, 2010 3:15 PM

If there was a consequence to wailing like a baby, maybe the GOP would think twice. Harry 'Piglet' Reid should call the vote and make the GOP actually filibuster. Doing so is not easy but we've made it so by quaking so much at the thought that we just throw our hands up at the mere threat. Make them stand there and read the Betty Crocker cook book into the congressional record. Show them on TV reciting Robert Frost instead of doing their jobs. Ask Jim Bunting how well the kind of press that an actual filibuster will generate goes over with the public; his pseudo-filibuster against unemployment insurance went over like a lead balloon. What's it going to take for Dems to stand up and govern? The TP gets traction because they are the only group of people, misguided though they are, who have the stones to act.

Posted by: turnbulld | December 1, 2010 3:14 PM

Democrats destroyed themselves,
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True. When you have a whopping majority in the house and a supermajority in the Senate and you cannot pass legislation, no one else is to blame
===
by Over-Spending. Americans demanded to "STOP SPENDING", but Democrats Ignored them.
===
False. Spending is no different than it has been for the last decade. W and the Republicans spent too.
Democrats lost because the unemployment figure did not budge down from 9.7% for months, they did not do enough to counter that.
===


And now they think they can ask taxpayers,
many who are small businessowners, to just
pay More Taxes to pay off Democrats' sins?!
No way.
==
Sins? You must be a religious wingnut.

But please, list the taxes that the Democrats increased. Be specific.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | December 1, 2010 3:14 PM

AMAZING!!Google runs this article as front page news. It's not news, it's opinion. Thanks again to the media for telling us all how to fully understand what is going on in the world. If you don't mind I'll make up my own mind. Just give me the information and keep your opinions to yourself!!!!

Posted by: duncanelledge | December 1, 2010 3:13 PM

Not only "NO" to the Lame Duck Congress...but H.E.L.L NO!! They were voted out because they were NOT supporting the will of the people...

Posted by: NO-bama | December 1, 2010 3:11 PM

Great!

Make them filibuster. Let them stand for hours, reading the phone book.

But the DINOs are too chicken to force this, and I do not know why.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | December 1, 2010 3:10 PM

Democrats destroyed themselves, by Over-Spending. Americans demanded to "STOP SPENDING", but Democrats Ignored them.
And now they think they can ask taxpayers,
many who are small businessowners, to just
pay More Taxes to pay off Democrats' sins?!
No way.

Posted by: ohioan | December 1, 2010 3:10 PM

We didn't put you in office to blockade bills GOP...we put you there to get things done. You need to stop acting like a bunch of spoiled children and act like the representative that you are and work together! I aggree 100% with Tavlorsucram that the GOP is only out to destroy this presidency no matter what the cost to the American people! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!!!

Posted by: bgal625 | December 1, 2010 3:10 PM

Those senators were elected by MAJORITY RULES, 50% + 1 vote. We are about a month away from those exact same rules going into effect in the Senate, 50% = 1 vote. The filibuster is near it's deathbed from abuse.

The MAJORITY does not have to be bullied by a rude minority!

ABOLISH THE FILIBUSTER, and until it is abolished make the abusers pay by keeping them on the floor until they drop.

Posted by: Liann | December 1, 2010 3:10 PM

Flat tax would work just fine. Tax me at 30%. I do realize that my 30% won't do much compared to my old high school buddy(HI TOM) who made 3.7 million dollars last year. But he's fine by it, because he agrees that those that reap the benefits of the system should pay for it.

Posted by: fishinfool | December 1, 2010 3:09 PM

The last twenty five years the American electorate have been made stupid by incompetent news media and phony front for ideological cause candidates and politicians. Both parties are guilty!

I hope congress will embarrass itself, humiliate, and expose what a nasty group of Americans they are. I also hope Obama grows some manhood.


Posted by: bm66535 | December 1, 2010 3:09 PM

When will the Republicans understand that we want people to do what is right not what is "right". The responsibility for the next few years lands squarely on the shoulders of the electorate who put the party of the rich back in control at the cost of their own fiscal well being.

Posted by: jacksprat1 | December 1, 2010 3:08 PM

The last twenty five years the American electorate have been made stupid by incompetent news media and phony front for ideological cause candidates and politicians. Both parties are guilty!

I hope congress will embarrass itself, humiliate, and expose what a nasty group of Americans they are. I also hope Obama grows some manhood.


Posted by: bm66535 | December 1, 2010 3:08 PM

What, no more bank bailouts which can be transferred into $50BN worth of bonuses just before Christmas like they did last year?
No more Obamacare exemptions for all the union cronies?
No more make-work empty conventions centers to be built in every city and town across the land so that the union construction thugs can bring home their Davis-Bacon wages?
No more wacky job killing eco-evangelist legislation?
It's going to be a cold, unforgiving Christmas for the FOD's and Obamacronies this year.

Posted by: Poeboy | December 1, 2010 3:07 PM

Republicans will do anything to cut taxes of the rich people because the same rich people elected them. Bravo!

Posted by: lucavalcanti | December 1, 2010 3:04 PM

This is what happens when American treat political parties like sports teams. It is no longer about the correct policy it's about what party created the policy. The Dems are not the Redskins and the Repubs are not the Cowboys. Elections are not the super bowl in which you become a champion by winning. Our allegiances should be to a better America not a Blue donkey or a Red elephant. If you always vote one way you are as much to blame as anybody no matter the outcome.

To block any legislation that does not deal with certain issues is irresponsible at the least and a detriment to our country. Even though the GOP did well in the election they are looking like real losers after this statement. I wonder if any Senate Republicans will condemn this.

Posted by: coach_pruitt76 | December 1, 2010 3:02 PM

Thanks Repubs! That's why Clinton was re-elected, and that's why Obama will be too.

Posted by: tristesse27 | December 1, 2010 2:59 PM


The lame ducks are the Dims in Congress.

They were slaughtered in the elections one month ago. 62 of them are leaving the House of Representatives in defeat, along with 6 Democrat senators.

Why should the losing party get anything it wants during the lame duck session? Preposterous. Let the Dims deal with the GOP majority in Congress starting January the 3rd.

Posted by: screwjob22 | December 1, 2010 2:57 PM

>So how's this for leadership in >Washington? Senate Republicans
>plan to block debate on
>virtually all Democratic-backed
>legislation that isn't related
>to tax cuts or government
>spending

It's a start.

There should be no "lame duck" session.

If you think the legislation is important -- pass.the.bill.before.the.election.

Otherwise you shouldn't have a chance for a no consequence do-over.

A Republican Congress worth it's salt would propose in January a Constitutional Amendment that starts the term of Senators and Representatives at noon of the first Tuesday following the election; if an election has not been certified then the incumbent shall hold office until the certification of the election but in no case later then January 3rd.

Eliminate this foolish artifact from a time when travel and long distance communication where difficult and expensive.

Posted by: Dal190 | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM

Jena, sweetie, if and when you get out of diapers you might realize what a terrific idea this really is. All the Dim-oc-rats really want to do is spend money and they therefore want to steal as much from the taxpayers as they possibly can. Anything that impedes them is a great idea.

Posted by: flintston | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM

Boo-Hoo! Cry me a river! The dems can't pass any more lame-o legislation. If only the republicans could have done the same with their health care & financial legislation we wouldn't be going so far down the tubes.

Gridlock would be an improvement over what we've had the past 2 years.

Posted by: aicohn | December 1, 2010 2:55 PM

Just call their bluff. Let all the tax cuts expire.

Posted by: RuudVanNistelraider | December 1, 2010 2:54 PM

Why do we elect this bums, let clean out all setting senators and House of Reps, and replace them with people who care about our country. Quit picking on the mid class and seniors of this county who are just getting bye on social security and limited savings.

Let them have the same benefits we have.

Posted by: donald_childs | December 1, 2010 2:52 PM

I hear all the concern about tax cuts...why have NO tax cuts at all and just have a flat tax for EVERYONE! NO EXCEPTIONS!

Posted by: orleansnyork | December 1, 2010 2:51 PM

We need jobs more than illegals need amnesty - quit spending money we don't have and try to find a way to help US citizens, not everyone else.

Posted by: webfool | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM

What is already blocked are McConnell's and Boeher's lower intestines. The blockages could be cleared immediately if they removed their heads from their rectums.

Posted by: angelos_peter | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM

The last time the GOP did this Clinton stuck to his guns and it helped him & and the Demos win the next election and shut down the govt., which was a unexpected vacation for fed employees.

Posted by: oorfenegro | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM

A simple reading of the letter shows your own lead paragraph is misleading - - they WILL work on other issues in the lame duck session, once the tax issue is resolved:

"...we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers."

It's a matter of immediate priority.

Posted by: Yikes4 | December 1, 2010 2:50 PM

The Democrats had two years to do anything that they wanted-- and they did. They passed legislation that not only Republicans in Congress opposed, but over half of the citizenry opposed. They did it unilaterally and without any "bipartisanship" in the House or the Senate. And now this writer is going to claim that Republicans are to blame for the lack of cooperation in governing?? Ridiculous. I am an independent, but that is just total bunk.

Posted by: kelhawkins | December 1, 2010 2:49 PM

If the blogger and the commenters weren't all so relentlessly liberal, someone might have pointed out that the McConnell letter does not say "we will block everything except the budget and taxes," it says, "we will block everything else until the budget and taxes are taken care of."

Can't even a liberal blogger or Post commenter honestly say that the DREAM act is less critical at this moment than passing a budget and stabilizing the tax rates? Couldn't you acknowledge that maybe the reason the Dems are pushing their liberal agenda ahead of the budget and taxes is that they know these will be dead issues in the next Congress? Isn't that putting partisanship ahead of the country's business?

Posted by: Opus17 | December 1, 2010 2:48 PM

DrainYou wrote:
“I've got news for the extremist Republican party:
Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day. You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.
Chop chop Repugs, you've got two years. Time's a wastin'!”

Posted by: knjincvc | December 1, 2010 2:47 PM

In todays Post there is an article about Sen Dodd's final speech to the Senate. He decries hyperpartisanship and gets hugs from McConnell which makes this article particularly ironic. Who, today, believes the Senate is functional? We pay them six figure salaries and provide gold-plated health care and we get, what? Jack, as the kids say. Does America need a Senate with two Senators from Alaska and two from NY to generate crap like this? I'm sure that once upon a time this worked fine but it's worse than useless now. Time to retire Mitch and the whole intellecually unserious crew and rethink this body.

Posted by: michael5 | December 1, 2010 2:46 PM

OK, Democrats, Republicans are serving you this nonsense on a silver platter. It's time to react and fight. They are openly stating that their goal is to reject everything!? Mr. President, you are the President. I don't like it, but it's understandable that those Tea Party people will call you names and disrespect you. But to have the senators do this is much much worse. Please let those god damn cuts expire and don't work with these people. They truly symbolize evil and don't care about the American people.

Posted by: sharedgum | December 1, 2010 2:45 PM

Isn't that what the GOP has been doing all along, blocking everything?

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 1, 2010 2:45 PM

The only job in the world where you can defiantly refuse to work - and still get paid in full.

Posted by: jack824 | December 1, 2010 2:45 PM

@knjincvc

Gee. I thought the only people making $200K+ per year were in the NBA and NFL.

Posted by: RobertAJonesJr | December 1, 2010 2:44 PM

I think it's great republicans have decided to block every democratic proposal especially an extension of unemployment benefits. The TP'ers will be ecstatic, they will see themselves as Americas saviors ... then the government will be shut down because congressional TP'ers promised "no new spending" ... no SS checks, no veterans benefits, no Medicare, no military pay but there will be congressional pay of course.

January 2011, TP'ers will realize they were played the fool.

Posted by: knjincvc | December 1, 2010 2:43 PM

Isn't that what the GOP has been doing all along, blocking everything?

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 1, 2010 2:41 PM

The Party of No!! remains the Party of No! The People create a government "in Order to form a more perfect Union". Republican's extremist ideology demands that they destroy Government. Why do Republicans Hate America??

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | December 1, 2010 2:41 PM

I suppose it's nice to see some honesty, even if it's a group of politicians publicly announcing that they're not going to do their jobs.

Posted by: apn3206 | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM

Well, obviously Republicans in the Senate want to make sure their own taxes don't go up.

Republicans are used to political corruption, just check on the outcome of Tom Delay's trial.

Delay got convicted on felony fraud counts after he admitted to doing shady business while in Congress and played it to the jury that's the norm in Washington.

Obviously, these Republican Congressmen haven't got the memo: They need to STOP putting their interests before the American People's who they pretend to represent.


Posted by: lindalovejones | December 1, 2010 2:35 PM

The republicans have never been about governing. They're only about power. They will take down the middle class so the rich get tax cuts. They've had the same tax cut for ten years and they haven't created jobs despite for the last three despite the fact corporations and banks are reaping record profits. Bush tanked the economy in 8 years and Obama's supposed to fix it in two? Republicans are clueless!!

Posted by: blarsen1 | December 1, 2010 2:35 PM

Dems, grow a p@ir and MAKE them filibuster -- not just threaten one.

Posted by: destinysmom | December 1, 2010 2:35 PM

priley8104 @ December 1, 2010 2:24 PM
"..The Republicans who will be IN CHARGE as of January 1, will vote to extend tax cuts for EVERYONE, (especially those JOB PRODUCERS who make over $250,000) and THEY will come out smelling like a rose."

Huh! Where are the job that could have been created from the time the crash started in 2007 to now?

Most of the people earning $200K+ work ... guess where ... in the financial sector and produce nothing .. ZIP .. ZERO!

Posted by: knjincvc | December 1, 2010 2:34 PM

pvilso24,

They ran on falsehoods, lies, and deceit. Intelligent voters saw through it. All voters will suffer because of idiots in this country who think it's better to have a dolt in office than to have someone who's held public office in the past.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | December 1, 2010 2:32 PM

There has been no change, the republicans are out to destroy the first black President of the United States.

Posted by: Taylorsucram | December 1, 2010 12:58 PM

_________________

What a crock!! Comrade Obozo would NOT BE POTUS if not for White People, fool! He has totally lost the WHITE INDEPENDENT VOTE! You need to dump your stupid race card. That dog don't hunt any more!

Posted by: priley8104 | December 1, 2010 2:30 PM

The Democrats had two years to pass bills such as the so-called Dream Act. Now they are trying to ram them through in a lame-duck Congress after having been clobbered in the November election? Why wouldn't the GOP block bills with which they disagree. I am neither Democrat nor Republican, but it seems like Republicans are doing exactly what Democrats would do in the same position. Snore.

Posted by: pjm1 | December 1, 2010 2:28 PM

Scrooge McConnell and Friends should just go home now if they're not going to do any work for the American people in the remiaining weeks ahead. Hang it up. They're against minimal benefits for desperate folks without jobs, yet happy to collect ample salaries and benefits without doing theirs. Useless. Go home.

Posted by: Rivery | December 1, 2010 2:28 PM

Dems have the Senate for the next two years. If Harry Reid has any sense he will block ALL legislation coming from the House if it is a Rethuglican bill even if he agrees with it. See how they like it. I mean heck, it certainly got all those Rethuglicans elected so apparently Americans don't care about gridlock only making rich people richer.

Posted by: jacquie1 | December 1, 2010 2:26 PM

The Democrats should call their bluff and let the tax cuts expire. ALL of them. Then the Democrats can propose tax cuts for the middle class and see if the Republicans vote against those leading up to 2012. Oh yeah.
Posted by: Observer001 | December 1, 2010 1:26 PM
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It's a good thing you are not a political analyst, your party would be in deep poo. If these tax cuts are not "fixed" before the first of the year the DemoCRATS will catch hell. The Republicans who will be IN CHARGE as of January 1, will vote to extend tax cuts for EVERYONE, (especially those JOB PRODUCERS who make over $250,000) and THEY will come out smelling like a rose. Don't give up your day job, dude.

Posted by: priley8104 | December 1, 2010 2:24 PM

priley8104 wrote....
The Republican Party has a MANDATE from the American people to see that they do, in fact, filibuster EVERYTHING that is not a Jobs Bill or one that will Not benefit our economy, or one that requires SPENDING MONEY.
Go for it, Repub's, we have your back.

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See my other post on actual vote tallies vs the number of registered voters. The winners won with such a pathetic number of registered voters that no one can say that they have a mandate to do anything.

Posted by: RGee1 | December 1, 2010 2:24 PM

Unfortunately the Democrats will be too stupid to do the same the next time Republicans gain control so Republicans have nothing to lose by attempting to drive the country into total chaos and anarchy.

Posted by: jjedif | December 1, 2010 2:23 PM

Desertdiva1 wrote....
Republicans better block this crap that Democrats are trying to ram through. It's the same chit that America has been telling them for two years "no" and they still won't listen to us. This last push is just that an end run around voters who again told Democrats no on November 2nd. HOLD THE LINE REPUBLICANS.

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A minor reality check. Most candidates win their elections with a little more than half of the vote. In off year elections, the voting population might get to 40% of the registered voters. Let's say this year was gigantic and 60% voted. That means that the winners got something like 30% of the registered voters. 70% voted against the winners or didn't care enough to show up. That's hardly a mandate for anyone.

"America" hasn't been telling Congress to stop. A vocal minority has. There's a difference. And, we should recognize that in both the House and Senate, political grandstanding has gotten so bad that their ability to actually govern is pretty much nil. Those are the kinds of leaders you have voted for. Nice job.

Posted by: RGee1 | December 1, 2010 2:21 PM

TBsportsguy,

Actually, the majority of the people would prefer to let all the tax cuts expire so that the deficit is better brought under control. Tea Baggers especially favor this. So the Republicans are doing what they always do - propping up their donors.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | December 1, 2010 2:20 PM

GOP: Ready. Aim. Fire.

Kill the Lame Duck!

Posted by: jfv123 | December 1, 2010 2:19 PM

The Republican Congress have been working for their Corporate Shill's for over 3 decades now.

For them to do anything differently than what's stated in the article above will cause the Republican Congress to receive a "Shellacking" from their Corporate Shill's.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 1, 2010 2:19 PM

The Democrats need to have this vote on the middle class tax cuts and let the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000 expire. The Republicans will be forced to vote for or against the bill. President Obama & the Democrats will lose many of their supporters if they compromise on the Bush tax cuts, to do so is pure economic lunacy. This was a campaign promise that the President needs to keep, compromising would brand the President as weak and ineffectual.

Posted by: wave06 | December 1, 2010 2:19 PM

The Republican Party has a MANDATE from the American people to see that they do, in fact, filibuster EVERYTHING that is not a Jobs Bill or one that will Not benefit our economy, or one that requires SPENDING MONEY.
Go for it, Repub's, we have your back.

Posted by: priley8104 | December 1, 2010 2:17 PM

The Democrats need to stand up and say "Bring it on." Bring the government to a standstill and blame the Republicans and rightfully so.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | December 1, 2010 2:16 PM

Nice to see that there is continuity in government after all. The Democrats keep to theirs guns doing too much, and the Republicans guard the ramparts by doing nothing at all.

Could that be the Republicans campaign slogan for 2012? "Vote for us and we promise not to do anything!". Given how things go sometimes in Congress, maybe that's not just a bad idea.

Posted by: RGee1 | December 1, 2010 2:15 PM

"He (President Obama) has embarrassed himself by doing such a poor job with the economy. He has had two years and tripled the deficit and for what?"
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Actually, you should be embarassed by your lack of knowledge. Yes, the deficit went up in the last two years, but before blaming the President, you should look at the budget numbers from the CBO.

Almost half of the increase is due to lower tax revenues thanks to the lousy economy that Bush and Republicans left us with.

About a quarter or more of the increase is due to increases in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Defense--which are mostly beyond the President's control. Sure, the President could address increases in military spending, but with Bush's two poorly planned wars still underway, that might not be the best course of action.

So, what's left? About 20% of the increase in the deficit--most of which was stimulus spending that saved millions of jobs according to independent economists. Of course, if Bush and co. had not left the economy in the toilet, this would not have been needed.

(Note: these are rough numbers comparing 2008 when Bush left us with over a 500 billion dollar deficit to 2010 when the deficit hit 1,400 billion (1.4 trillion), thanks to the lousy economy and entitlements, including Bush's unpaid for tax-cuts and prescription drug benefit.)

Posted by: writinron | December 1, 2010 2:15 PM

Republicans better block this crap that Democrats are trying to ram through. It's the same chit that America has been telling them for two years "no" and they still won't listen to us. This last push is just that an end run around voters who again told Democrats no on November 2nd. HOLD THE LINE REPUBLICANS.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 1, 2010 2:08 PM

Immediately after those same people passed a federal takeover of our farms and our food, this means less than nothing.

Posted by: jeff20 | December 1, 2010 2:08 PM

greatgran1,

Way to make sense. It's posts like yours that enlighten us to who voted for these Republican idiots in the first place.

Ask yourself, when has the Republican party recently pushed for legislation that affects the middle class?

Posted by: pathfinder12 | December 1, 2010 2:08 PM

Overall, the Republicans are probably right that with over 7 million fewer jobs than in 2007, and a huge structural budget deficit looming, focusing on the economy is probably the right thing to do. And their proclamation allows the START treaty to move forward. It is on the details that they falter.

The first priority THIS WEEK should be a temporary two month (Dec/Jan) extension of extended unemployment benefits so people do not get cut off NOW. Then include a full year of extended unemployment benefits in the overall FY 2011 budget bill. If we don't do this it will negatively impact the overall economy, not to mention how it hurts those directly affected. Even cutting off benefits now then restoring the benefits retroactively at the end of the year will hurt the economic recovery.

Posted by: stichmo | December 1, 2010 2:07 PM

These GOP scumbags know very well that they're not capable of doing anything better than what Obama to reverse 8 years of total destruction. So the only thing they can do is throw shadows. They've been doing what they now officially state as their "plan" for two years. So nothing's new. They're just taking advantage of Teabagger's buyer's remorse. But will their no-action "plan" hold for two more years? I doubt it.

Posted by: KT11 | December 1, 2010 2:06 PM

The GOP did not get control because they were the party of choice, they were the only option (limited at that) for change. I, as did many of my friends and family, voted to remove every incumbent from office regardless of party. The politicians simply could not work together and execute a plan to help the American people. If the GOP thinks the American people voted them in to create a blockade, they are sadly mistaken and are unfortunately inspired by their own press releases. If this new regime cannot perform, many of us will vote against them as well, again regardless of party. It's quickly becoming an independent world with independent thinkers who are not willing to tow the party line. The Dem's found out the hard way, the Republicans evidently did not learn a thing. I can't wait until 2012!!! They are gone too, sooner or later we will uncover leaders who are more interested in the people than the party.

Posted by: voteindependent | December 1, 2010 2:05 PM

What I don't understand is why the Republicans keep imploring us to listen to what the voters said in the most recent election while those same Republicans ignored the voters' even clearer statement in 2008. Far more people voted two years ago, and President Obama made no secret of his agenda, including a health-care overhaul.

Posted by: scdem | December 1, 2010 2:04 PM

I hope whoever voted for these Republican idiots is happy with themselves.. good job... you just brought our govt to a standstill. You rock.

Posted by: cmsatown | December 1, 2010 2:01 PM

They are experts in ducking isssues and lame ducking issues is even easier. If you can duck war resolutions you can duck anything and get away with it...if you can create commissions to duck assassinations and ignoe multiple suspicious assassinations and wars at that, going way back to McKinley at least. In fact some may argue that congress was created to do just that as they toss hot potatoes back and forth between Houses and to the President and executice branch and then hand off to the Supremes to sing a few songs about.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | December 1, 2010 2:00 PM

Republicans got wiped in 2008 and are now setting themselves on the path to political extinction. Democrats are well positioned to play a smart hand. Let all the tax-cuts expire and START go unratified. Americans will know who to blame when their taxes go up. Turn the heat up on these jerks.

Posted by: tm13 | December 1, 2010 1:59 PM

"The American people spoke loud and clear what we want."

Perhaps, the tea partiers spoke loud and clear - well, rather, they whined loud and clear.

Exactly what kind of creditability should be extended to folks who, on the very day that 90% of Americans received a payroll tax reduction, were protesting against the higher taxes that they were going to pay?

During the Bush administration, I could at least understand and claim that reasonable people could disagree with their policies.

I have no idea what Republicans are in favor of any longer, because they refuse to look at the world through anything other than tea colored glasses.

That being said, I'm gratified to see that many folks commenting are starting to get the point - that, yes, Virginia it is true - tea parties are for little girls, because they surely do know how to throw tantrums.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 1, 2010 1:57 PM

The GOP is holding national security and the welfare of the middle class hostage to the tax cuts for the rich. They say they won't do anything until the tax cuts, including the tax cuts for the rich are extended. (The tax cuts for the rich will add $700 billion to the deficit.) Then the GOP might consider passing the START treaty (supported even by Ronald Reagan in his time) or a partial extensioln of unemployment benefits.

If you are on the side of the rich CEOs and the bailed out corporations, you should shout horray for the GOP.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | December 1, 2010 1:57 PM

This is the GOP definition of Compromise. What a bunch do-nothings. Why do Republicans hate America and the middle-class?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 1, 2010 1:55 PM

Ford to NYC: Drop Dead...updated

The righties who think that not spending money will generate jobs are simply ignoring economics...something the GOP has been doing for years. Reagan had voodoo economics but figured out it wouldn't work. "Trickle Down Economics" is garbage. Even Rob Portman says so. However...

Reckless spending involves the massive deficits the Rapublicans have heaped on us. Several years ago, I wondered why. Now, I think I know. They want to go back to a country where all of the labor force is begging for a menial handout. No unions to stop it, no laws to curb it.

They want to go back to a time when industry controlled everything and robber barons were in charge. Millionaires paid income tax, but the amounts were trivial. Remember the River Rouge strike, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Bonus Marchers, The Seven Sisters, The Bell System, Carnegie Steel, soup kitchens, "the dole"? They were all about what we were. Now, 90 years later, some people want to go back to this?

More recently, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and others gave back. They tried to correct the sins that were visited on the population by those Robber Barons.

So, the question is: did the electorate vote for this? No - Actually, they don't want anything like what is going to be forced on all of us but they've been so brainwashed by the hundreds of millions in ads that created fear and uncertainty that they actually fell for it. Those that say the voters balloted for something...are simply covering up the fact most voters were deliberately confused by lies and misdirection. There is no mandate to do what these clowns want.

What about these NEW Robber Barons? When is enough...ENOUGH?

Posted by: BobfromLI | December 1, 2010 1:54 PM

One of the posts said the Republicans are trying to embarrass Obama. What??? He has embarrassed himself by doing such a poor job with the economy. He has had two years and tripled the deficit and for what? His stimulus stimulated the upward palms of leftists, environmentalists who have trouble keeping their pants zipped and unions. It is a disgrace. He has embarrassed all of us with the leaks of secret memos while he sat on his hands for three leaks and the embarrassing trial of that terrorist. Give me a break. Our family has had enough of these radicals.

Posted by: greatgran1 | December 1, 2010 1:54 PM

We like to blame Congress for being unable to cooperate and get anything done, but we're the ones who picked these people to go there. We picked people who promised not to compromise, bargain, or in any other way question our absolute certainty that we're totally right about everything. We are the jerks, and Congress is just doing what we told them to do. Maybe we really have become too stupid to govern ourselves. Where's an Emperor when you need one?

Posted by: DaveHarris | December 1, 2010 1:52 PM

The Republicans did not run on compromise or promises to approve DADT or approve Dream Act amnesty...

They ran on opposition to BIG Government specifically Obamacare.. they ran on opposition to higher taxes... they ran on opposition to massive spending... they ran on a jobs agenda.

They won a historic victory.

Some posters have very short memories.

POSTED BY: PVILSO24 | DECEMBER 1, 2010 1:29 PM
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Actually, they won a phyrric victory. They now have to deliver on an agenda that has no rational economic basis while bidding up the tensions overseas. Face it, they can't deliver anything.

Posted by: jamalmstrom | December 1, 2010 1:49 PM

I voted for Mr. Obama, and plan to vote for him again, if he is the Democratic nominee, in '12.

He is a brilliant, broad-minded, wise man, compassionate and deeply concerned about ALL Americans, not just the very few wealthiest.

I don't know why Mr. Obama is unable to present a tougher challenge to the GOP / T Party, who have proven themselves over and over and over again to be semi-conscious, self-delusional lapdogs for a few handfuls of the wealthiest of the wealthy.

I don't know why Mr. Obama allows the public perception to grow, seemingly by the day, that he is weak and a lousy negotiator.

He stubbornly insists on 'compromise' with people who are now shouting from the rooftops that they want to bring America to a stop.

If this stubborn attitude continues, Mr. President, it's along way to '12 --- I will vote for you, but only if a stronger, more decisive FIGHTER does not show up.


Posted by: StevenK3 | December 1, 2010 1:48 PM

The Republicans made it very clear that they intend to do what they did for the past two years and they made it the official plank of the party. It is for one simple thing: things have to be done my way or nobody gets anything. That's a mentality of a five year old doing that. Boehner and McConnell are a epitome of that with their attitude.

Posted by: beeker25 | December 1, 2010 1:43 PM

McConnell has Obama by the tail and he's going to just keep twisting. He thought about limiting Obama to 1 term, but after meeting with him, Mitch realizes he doesn't even need Obama to finish out the 2nd half of 1 term. Mitch is taking over, Obama move over....or go off and pout.
Posted by: wmboyd
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Did you mean go off and pout like the republicans are doing? Nice, nothing like screwing over the voters again. So many conservatives keep complaining about worthless Federal workers who do no work but are now encouraging their worthless republican Senators to do no work! Hmmm, if they can't work maybe they should be fired as well.

Posted by: daburge | December 1, 2010 1:42 PM

Sounds like the republicans are listening to the people.

Imagine if nancy and the decider dude had done that, maybe they would still control the purse strings........the real power......and oh my goodness to get shellacked on this election with the redistricting of all the congressional districts based on the 2010 census falling to the next congress......oh that one hurts after Rham had set it up so carefully.........my my my......Thank You God for nancy pelosi.......tough to be a lib nowadays.......thanks again nancy..LOL

Posted by: TBsportsguy | December 1, 2010 1:37 PM

Well said Blunderbush! I guess the next thing we'll see is the whole sorry bunch holding their collective breath until they get what they want.

Posted by: mollycoddle2 | December 1, 2010 1:36 PM

the tax cuts are due to expire because the republicans passed them using reconciliation without any democratic support. so by the rules the cuts either have to be paid for or expire after 10 years in case we can't afford them any longer. well we can't pay for them so they should all expire. remember how the republicans whined about reconciliation being unamerican when the dems wanted to use it for the health care bill.

Posted by: blinwilly | December 1, 2010 1:32 PM

Thank you GOP! No unemployment benefits extension!
Guess those lazy slackers who were hoping to continue to live like kings and queens and stay on Easy Street without a job will have to actually start mowing lawns, trimming trees, cleaning houses and shoveling snow. That'll send those immigrants home, too.
Hopefully, they'll next do something about those shiftless service men who are just lying around in VA hospital beds, waiting for the boone-doggle called 'therapy'. Now there's a program that we don't need to fund.
Just like that job killing START treaty we don't need to pass. We can stimulate the defense industry big time if we just keep them Ruskies (as can seen from Alaska, ya know?)a little nervous...

Posted by: bgreen2224 | December 1, 2010 1:30 PM

Obama should call their bluff- do NOTHING on the Bush cuts an just let them expire. It's not like the Knuckle-draggers were going to work with him on anything anyway - let them all expire and the GOP will have to explain to the middle class why protecting their rich buddies is more important than helping working class people. Grow a pair Dems, and let the cuts expire - our children will thank us!

Posted by: sux123 | December 1, 2010 1:29 PM

The Republicans did not run on compromise or promises to approve DADT or approve Dream Act amnesty...

They ran on opposition to BIG Government specifically Obamacare.. they ran on opposition to higher taxes... they ran on opposition to massive spending... they ran on a jobs agenda.

They won a historic victory.

Some posters have very short memories.

Posted by: pvilso24 | December 1, 2010 1:29 PM

How very sad for us "We the People", the republicans will do nothing for two years just to MAYBE gain back the presidency. Will there be anything left in two years to govern? Or place in the global economy is diminishing everyday and the republicans want to do nothing! We need our representatives in governement to work together to dig us out of this hole. NOW not two years from now. How very sad for us the electorate.

Posted by: daburge | December 1, 2010 1:29 PM

The Democrats should call their bluff and let the tax cuts expire. ALL of them. Then the Democrats can propose tax cuts for the middle class and see if the Republicans vote against those leading up to 2012. Oh yeah.

Posted by: Observer001 | December 1, 2010 1:26 PM

This is nothing short of blackmail. The Republicans have an attitude of a five year old, with their “It is my ball and we will play by my rules, or I will take my ball and go home” attitude.

The Republicans want a ‘do nothing’ lame duck session, then I say give it to them. The Democrats should do NOTHING, and that includes funding the government and the tax cuts. No appropriations bills. Let the government shut down! No tax cuts for anyone. Let them ALL expire. I am willing to pay my taxes. Are the Republicans and their supporters?

With this ‘my way or nothing’ mentality, I say give them NOTHING!

Posted by: hanfb | December 1, 2010 1:25 PM

Same old, same old.

*** Republican Party = Country Last ***

Posted by: Provincial | December 1, 2010 1:24 PM

The Bush tax cuts - all of them - need to expire as originally intended. The Republicans who passed them wanted it that way, didn't they? They must have had sound economic reasons for including the sunset provision; otherwise, we can only conclude that it was a breathtakingly cynical maneuver designed solely to hide how much the cuts would add to the deficit. And Republicans hate deficits, right?

The tax cuts should expire on schedule in order to at least partially pay the credit card debt run up by the Republicans with their unfunded Medicare expansion and their unfunded wars.

Posted by: LP20041 | December 1, 2010 1:23 PM

McConnell has Obama by the tail and he's going to just keep twisting. He thought about limiting Obama to 1 term, but after meeting with him, Mitch realizes he doesn't even need Obama to finish out the 2nd half of 1 term. Mitch is taking over, Obama move over....or go off and pout.

Posted by: wmboyd | December 1, 2010 1:23 PM

Patriots to republicans. Drop dead.

Posted by: xSamplex | December 1, 2010 1:18 PM

Bravo to the Republicans for standing strong. Our family gives a thumbs up to their stand against any legislation unless they extend the Bush tax cuts to all and pass the budget to run the government. We want spending curtailed. We need to cinch our belts across the line. The American people spoke loud and clear what we want. The Democrats really just do not get it. They have wasted so much and there is nothing to show for it. So to the Republicans, we support your efforts.

Posted by: greatgran1 | December 1, 2010 1:13 PM

Will the American public see through this despicable bunch of saboteurs in 2012? When the chief aim of a political party is to destroy the President of the opposing party, rather than govern responsibly, it's already time for a change. Mr. Boehner/Mr. McConnell - Where's the jobs? On second thought, we want your jobs in 2012.

Posted by: rcairo | December 1, 2010 1:09 PM

Quite a mature bunch...not quite as selfish as my three-year old granddaughter, but very close. "If I can't get may way, I'll pout!" Great Leadership!!!

How about this idea? Let the Bush Tax Cuts end as originally planned – not just for the top 2% of Americans, but for all of us. We Americans need to accept the consequences of our actions. We re-elected George W. Bush in 2004. I say “we,” because when the votes are all counted, of course, the majority rules. By re-electing him, “we” collectively approved his policies, including two unfunded wars, huge unfunded Medicare Drug Plan, inadequate oversight of the financial sector, and a doubled national debt.

His administration took us from budget surpluses to huge budget deficits, giving us each a totally unfunded tax break that failed to grow the economy, while also giving us the Great Recession with its millions of lost jobs and foreclosed mortgages. It was a glorious bash, but now comes the headache of the morning after. Since it was our party, it’s our responsibility to pay for it rather than leaving it to our kids and grandkids.

The Bush Tax Cuts were always targeted to end December 31, because the GOP majority could not justify the resulting deficits in later years. That majority may have had no idea that their actions would help to plunge us into our present situation – but they did. Millions of Americans are unemployed. They are paying dearly for the party. Those of us with income should patriotically contribute to reducing our debt.

Tell the GOP "leaders" that we won't allow them to buy our silence with tax cuts that can't be paid for - and that won't help to grow this economy. Let's start accepting our responsibility by acting like adults...not like the GOP leadership! The Bush Tax Cuts were a major contributor to the debt. Ending them NOW will be a great start to digging us out of the hole we are in!

Posted by: BlunderBush | December 1, 2010 1:03 PM

I should think that the GOP, after capturing all the seats in both House and Senate would work for our country instead of against it? What in the world do these hypocrites want besides presidential power and the money that goes with it? They are ruining our country and are too selfish to fix it! And anyone not making over $250,000 is getting the short end of the stick.

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | December 1, 2010 1:01 PM

There has been no change, the republicans are out to destroy the first black President of the United States. They are not thinking of America, they are only focused on destroying this presidency. Americans realized that President Bush ran this country into the ground so bad that they would rather have a black man running this country and the republicans can't stand it!

Posted by: Taylorsucram | December 1, 2010 12:58 PM

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