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Do-Nothing GOP: Congressional Productivity DOWN Nearly 70%

chgo 2012/06/20 22:26:55

Republicans: working hard every day to convince you that government has failed you ... by making it fail you.

every time repugnants tell us we can't trust the government to regulate the economy or
protect people's rights or create jobs, they're just talking about
themselves and how they, literally, won't do anything.











by National Confidential Staff | 19 June 2012 | 2:10 am EST

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Since the Republicans took over the House in 2010, their
unwillingness to work with President Obama and the Democrats has cut
productivity by almost 70%.



John Boehner & Eric Cantor

John Boehner & Eric Cantor

An analysis by CNN
shows a dramatic reduction in congressional output since the Tea
Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House. From 2007-9, the
Pelosi-Reid congress was able to pass 460 laws in 283 days in the House.
From 2009-11, the Democratically led legislature passed 383 laws in 286
days in the House.


Under Speaker John Boehner and his acolyte Eric Cantor, progress has
been halted. In 248 days of “work” in the House, a paltry 132 laws have
been passed. No doubt, some of the slowdown is due to the
Democratic-Republican divide between the House and Senate — but
Republicans have repeatedly shown they are unwilling to work with the
Democrats.


The downgrade of America’s credit rating has been partially traced to
Republican unwillingness to compromise on upper-income tax increases as
part of a package to raise the debt ceiling.


Republican obstruction has also held up vital legislation on college loan rates and transportation funding.


The nominations of several federal judges have also been held up by
congressional Republicans, despite being rated as highly qualified by
bipartisan organizations.


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has often supported the obstruction policies being used in the House and Senate.


Do-Nothing GOP: Congressional Productivity DOWN Nearly 70% | National Confidential





GOP strategy to win:
1) Campaign on the fact that "big government doesn't work"


2) Get into government, make it not work.

3) get reelected by blaming the president for failing to pass a
jobs bill....after blocking the president from passing a jobs bill.
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  • R. 2012/06/21 01:27:29 (edited)
    R.
    chugdisnugget
    If you want to play at least bring your A game.
    Everything you CLAIM that the republicans have blocked or partially blocked
    has NO references as to their origin and rest as merely claims made by you.

    " The nominations of several federal judges have also been held up by
    congressional Republicans, despite being rated as highly qualified by
    bipartisan organizations" .
    Please list these judges names as well as these so called " bi-partisan " organizations. Just because you say it doesn't make it true.


    " The downgrade of America’s credit rating has been partially traced to
    Republican unwillingness to compromise on upper-income tax increases as
    part of a package to raise the debt ceiling".
    PLEASE list any sources for any of this jibberish. If it can only be " partially "
    traced to republicans unwillingness to compromise does that mean that the
    other half ( or 1/3 or 1/4 ) can be traced to the dimocrats unwillingness to
    compromise on everything else ?


    " Republican obstruction has also held up vital legislation on college loan rates and transportation funding."
    GOP Sen. Alexander proposes student loan interest rate legislation
    By Daniel Strauss - 04/25/12 12:57 PM ET
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation to keep college student loan i...











































































    chugdisnugget
    If you want to play at least bring your A game.
    Everything you CLAIM that the republicans have blocked or partially blocked
    has NO references as to their origin and rest as merely claims made by you.

    " The nominations of several federal judges have also been held up by
    congressional Republicans, despite being rated as highly qualified by
    bipartisan organizations" .
    Please list these judges names as well as these so called " bi-partisan " organizations. Just because you say it doesn't make it true.


    " The downgrade of America’s credit rating has been partially traced to
    Republican unwillingness to compromise on upper-income tax increases as
    part of a package to raise the debt ceiling".
    PLEASE list any sources for any of this jibberish. If it can only be " partially "
    traced to republicans unwillingness to compromise does that mean that the
    other half ( or 1/3 or 1/4 ) can be traced to the dimocrats unwillingness to
    compromise on everything else ?


    " Republican obstruction has also held up vital legislation on college loan rates and transportation funding."
    GOP Sen. Alexander proposes student loan interest rate legislation
    By Daniel Strauss - 04/25/12 12:57 PM ET
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation to keep college student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent by using money from the Obama administration's healthcare reform law.

    Alexander introduced the "Student Loan Interest Rate Reduction Act of 2012" on Wednesday, which sets the interest rate on Stafford college tuition loans at 3.4 percent and stops it from rising to 6.8 percent after July 1. Democrats and Republicans are both pushing to keep the interest rate at 3.4 percent, but their proposals vary on the pay for. Alexander's bill draws from an aspect of the Obama administration's healthcare reform law to pay for keeping the rate at 3.4 percent.

    The healthcare law provides subsidies to help low-income people buy insurance. If people end up with a bigger subsidy than they should have gotten — which will be common — they have to repay some or all of the extra money. Alexander's bill would require people to pay back more of their excess subsidies.

    "President Obama is busy this week on campuses across America talking about student loans. It's a noble goal to talk about making it easier for students to afford college," Alexander said Wednesday. "It's a goal we all share. But I'm afraid the president's not telling the whole story because if he were to tell the whole story what he would have to tell students is that the principal reason for the rise in tuition in public colleges and universities across America and community colleges, and the principal reason for the increase in student loans, is President Obama himself in his own healthcare policies."

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is introducing a bill to keep the interest rate at 3.4 percent. Reid's legislation pays for the rate extension by blocking shareholders of a certain type of company from avoiding have to pay payroll taxes on some of their income.
    -----------------------------...
    Obviously republicans are in favor of many of the same things as dimocrats
    but we disagree on how to pay for it. Please explain then why it is the republicans
    that are the obstructionist .
    -----------------------------...
    As for the transportation bill , it came down to pretty much the same thing .
    Read below
    -----------------------------...
    Skepticism Greets US DOT's Draft Transportation Bill
    by Ken Orski 05/07/2011
    An undated--- and possibly still unvetted by OMB---draft of US DOT’s legislative proposal for surface transportation reauthorization, the "Transportation Opportunities Act," has been making the rounds in Washington for the past week. Its publication, however, has been largely ignored by the inside-the-Beltway transportation community. What would ordinarily be an eagerly awaited event and an occasion to compliment the Department , has passed virtually unnoticed. Even the usual cheering squad of Administration-supportive advocacy groups such as Transportation for America, the Building America’s Future coalition and US PIRG has been muted in their approval.

    The reason for this indifference is twofold. Partly, it's because the DOT draft contains no surprises: it merely restates the proposals already revealed in the President’s FY 2012 Budget request. But more importantly, the draft has been ignored because it has been judged to lack political savvy and realism. Even the highly partisan liberal Streetsblog was obliged to pronounce the draft bill as irrelevant. Wrote Tanya Snyder, its Capitol Hill correspondent in a level-headed assessment, "...don’t expect it to be central to the debate in Congress. By refusing to adjust to a still-struggling economy, high gas prices, and a deficit-obsessed Congress, the president has rendered his own plan moot."

    Snyder’s dismissive verdict is understandable. Consider the following:

    Item: Multiple congressional spokesmen have stated in recent months that future surface transportation funding will be limited to the tax revenues deposited into the Highway Trust Fund. There will be no further rescue or "bailout" of the Trust Fund using general funds; "deficit funding is out of the question"; "government must learn to live within its means." The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reaffirmed this position as recently as March 15 in its "Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012" report. Yet the US DOT chose to ignore these unambiguous congressional signals. Its legislative draft has reaffirmed the initial White House proposal for a six-year surface transportation program totaling $556 billion, with an up-front FY 2012 appropriation of $50 billion. Meanwhile, transportation-related tax revenues are expected to average only $38 billion/year, for a six-year total of $230 billion according to the latest Congressional Budget Office estimates. In recent appropriation hearings on the FY 2012 transportation budget, Transportation Department officials failed to explain how the resulting shortfall of over $300 billion would be funded.
    Tell us how you plan to pay for it and we can begin a discussion.


    President Obama jobs bill fails to pass Senate
    President Obama and others expected Republicans to vote against the jobs bill but Obama says, 'we can't take 'no' for an answer.'

    By Associated Press / October 12, 2011

    President Obama loses job bill vote: Sen. Ben Nelson arrives at the Capitol for the vote on President Barack Obama's jobs bill, which later failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday. Nelson did not support the President Obama on the bill.

    J. Scott Applewhite/AP
    .----------------------------...

    Senate Republicans voted Tuesday night to kill the jobs package President Barack Obama had spent weeks campaigning for across the country, a stinging loss at the hands of lawmakers opposed to stimulus-style spending and a tax increase on the very wealthy.
    The $447 billion plan died on a 50-49 tally that garnered a majority of the 100-member Senate but fell well short of the 60 votes needed to keep the bill alive. The tally had been 51-48, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to "nay" so that he could force a future revote.

    The demise of Obama's jobs package was expected, despite his campaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it. The White House and leaders in Congress were already moving on to alternative ways to address the nation's painful 9.1 percent unemployment, including breaking the legislation into smaller, more digestible pieces and approving long-stalled trade bills.

    "Tonight's vote is by no means the end of this fight," Obama said in a statement after the vote. "Because with so many Americans out of work and so many families struggling, we can't take 'no' for an answer."

    The White House appears most confident that it will be able to continue a 2-percentage-point Social Security payroll tax cut through 2012 and to extend emergency unemployment benefits to millions of people — if only because, in the White House view, Republicans won't want to accept the political harm of letting those provisions expire.

    White House officials are also hopeful of ultimately garnering votes for the approval of infrastructure spending and tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans.

    "Now it's time for both parties to work together and find common ground on removing government barriers to private-sector job growth," House Speaker John Boehner said after the vote.

    Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana — both up for re-election next year in states where Obama figures to lose — broke with their party on Tuesday night's vote. Every Republican present opposed the plan.

    Earlier in the day, Obama capped his weekslong campaign for the measure in an appearance typical of the effort — a tough-talking speech in Pennsylvania, a swing state crucial to his re-election. Like earlier appearances, it seemed aimed more at rallying his core political supporters heading into the election than changing minds on Capitol Hill.

    "Any senator who votes no should have to look you in the eye and tell you what exactly they're opposed to," Obama said to a labor union audience in Pittsburgh. "I think they'll have a hard time explaining why they voted no on this bill — other than the fact that I proposed it."
    -----------------------------...
    Nelson and Tester are up for reelection this year and vote against it.
    What does that tell you ?


    The last time I checked , it took TWO to tango. Compromise is a two-way
    street.
    -----------------------------...
    DIMocRATS strategy for reelection
    1) Campaign on the fact that NOBODY can take care of you and your family
    like the federal government can.

    2) Get into government so your pension is taxpayer funded.

    3) ATTEMPT to get reelected by blaming EVERYTHING on the previous
    president and anyone who disagrees with you.

    4) Blindly support dear leader and HOPE for no CHANGE in your job
    status.
    two way street two to tango
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  • chgo R. 2012/06/21 23:24:25
  • R. chgo 2012/06/22 01:52:43
    R.
    If the 60 vote threshold isn't met it doesn't get filibustered , it dies and
    comes back as something else. A filibuster is a delay tactic used to keep
    legislation from coming to a vote. You may want to post less inaccurate
    drivel and spend that time researching how these things work.

    Research " treason " also. The new upcoming 2013 thesaurus will probably
    have a picture of obama and eric holder beside it.

    Wow. addicitnginfo.org , cnn and allthingsdemocrat.com. What an impressive
    list of information sources.

    Your first entry hr12 has NOTHING to do with a paycheck for ANYONE.

    Reps. Drolet, Acciavatti, Baxter, Elsenheimer, Farhat, Garfield, Gosselin, Hansen, Huizenga,
    Jones, LaJoy, Meyer, Mortimer, Newell, Nitz, Nofs, Palmer, Palsrok, Pavlov, Proos, Robertson,
    Rocca, Sheen, Steil, Stewart, Taub, Vagnozzi and Vander Veen offered the following resolution:
    House Resolution No. 12.
    A resolution declaring February 6, 2005, as Ronald Reagan Day in the state of Michigan.
    Whereas, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked
    throughout his life serving freedom and advancing the public good. He was employed as an
    entertainer, Union leader, corporate spokesman, Governor of California and President of the United
    States; and
    Whereas, Ronald Reagan ...

















    If the 60 vote threshold isn't met it doesn't get filibustered , it dies and
    comes back as something else. A filibuster is a delay tactic used to keep
    legislation from coming to a vote. You may want to post less inaccurate
    drivel and spend that time researching how these things work.

    Research " treason " also. The new upcoming 2013 thesaurus will probably
    have a picture of obama and eric holder beside it.

    Wow. addicitnginfo.org , cnn and allthingsdemocrat.com. What an impressive
    list of information sources.

    Your first entry hr12 has NOTHING to do with a paycheck for ANYONE.

    Reps. Drolet, Acciavatti, Baxter, Elsenheimer, Farhat, Garfield, Gosselin, Hansen, Huizenga,
    Jones, LaJoy, Meyer, Mortimer, Newell, Nitz, Nofs, Palmer, Palsrok, Pavlov, Proos, Robertson,
    Rocca, Sheen, Steil, Stewart, Taub, Vagnozzi and Vander Veen offered the following resolution:
    House Resolution No. 12.
    A resolution declaring February 6, 2005, as Ronald Reagan Day in the state of Michigan.
    Whereas, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked
    throughout his life serving freedom and advancing the public good. He was employed as an
    entertainer, Union leader, corporate spokesman, Governor of California and President of the United
    States; and
    Whereas, Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th
    President of the United States of America. In his second term election, he earned the confidence of
    3/5 of the electorate and was victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election. That is a record
    unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and
    Whereas, In 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, he inherited a
    disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and
    Whereas, During Mr. Reagan’s presidency, he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his
    bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to Government which led to an
    unprecedented economic expansion and opportunity for millions of Americans;


    How about listing where you got this list of house resolutions or the
    article that you used to quote all this drivel from and then plagiarizing it.
    The fact that you say they all occured under a dimocratic house tells us they are old.
    Heck , look at hr 12. Also please cite the rule that says" because of current Senate rules, one anonymous Republican Senator ( I'm guessing it doesn't apply to dimocrat senators) can block a vote if he objects to it, and it takes 60 Senators to undo that.
    If you are referring to the filabuster, it would take more than one senator to
    successfully administer one. I'm starting to get the feeling that you don't know
    alot about government and how it works but you know how to surf for what you
    like to read and that usually involves republican bashing.
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  • Mrkando 2012/06/20 23:26:22
    Mrkando
    +1
    Good to see the truth on sodahead for a change. Great post.
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/20 23:16:56
    Schläue~©
    The House of Reps has been doing their J-O-B-S, passing legislation only for it to sit on Harry Reid;'s desk .... collecting dust, right next to the blank pages that should have had a budget written on them.

    The Senate hasn't passed a budget since April 2009. No wonder 0bie wants to keep raising the debt ceiling and pile as much as possible on our kid's credit cards.
  • chgo Schläue~© 2012/06/20 23:33:02
    chgo
    yeah , The House of Repugnants have been doing their jobs for Wall Street. The Republicans have introduced their idea of "jobs bills": 46 bills on Abortion, 113 bills on Religion, 73 bills on Family relationship, 36 bills on marriage, 72 bills on firearms, 604 bills on tax cuts for the rich, 467 bills on government investigation .... AND BLOCKED THE AMERICAN JOB ACT!!!


    "The Senate hasn't passed a budget since April 2009. No wonder 0bie wants to keep raising the debt ceiling and pile as much as possible on our kid's credit cards."

    you sound slow. you just said [t]he Senate hasn't passed a budget since April 2009. SO, how is it Obama and the democrat's fault we have so much debt when we're forced to continue Bush's same budgets? next time think, genius.
  • Schläue~© chgo 2012/06/20 23:42:48 (edited)
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Go study about how a budget is created and how previous years have nothing to do with the current year.

    It's LAW that a budget proposal is printed up every year but for the last three years they've all wound up as very expensive door-stops and nothing more.
    Votes like 97-0, 414-0 and 99-0

    Even the Dem's think 0bozo's ideas SUCK !!
  • chgo Schläue~© 2012/06/21 00:14:35
    chgo
    you seem to be very prone to false bravado. For the umpteenth time, special ed, it is not the duty of the president of passing a budget resolution/ That responsibility falls to Congress, and even then the president doesn’t sign it. As Ellis, our expert, put it: "The president has no role in passing a budget. The president can cajole Congress about passing a budget and advocate for positions and funding levels, but in the end, Congress approves the budget resolution for their own purposes." That’s the difference between this and other claims we’ve rated which blamed Congress for inaction on the budget.

    yes, the Senate has gone nearly three years without a budget. you like to point to out the 16 trillion dollar debt to leave a false impression that it is somehow obama's fault. but you don't want to admit the debt was mostly caused by Bush's signed budgets and the Bush recession.. how do you think the government runs every year you dim bulb if they don't pass a budget every year? your idiotic opinions are virtually worthless to me. .

    After Obama submitted his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal on Feb. 13, 2012, House Republicans put it up for a floor vote.

    The result: 414-0 against.

    The same thing happened a year earlier in the Senate. That vote: 97-0 against. Democrats didn’t suppo...











    you seem to be very prone to false bravado. For the umpteenth time, special ed, it is not the duty of the president of passing a budget resolution/ That responsibility falls to Congress, and even then the president doesn’t sign it. As Ellis, our expert, put it: "The president has no role in passing a budget. The president can cajole Congress about passing a budget and advocate for positions and funding levels, but in the end, Congress approves the budget resolution for their own purposes." That’s the difference between this and other claims we’ve rated which blamed Congress for inaction on the budget.

    yes, the Senate has gone nearly three years without a budget. you like to point to out the 16 trillion dollar debt to leave a false impression that it is somehow obama's fault. but you don't want to admit the debt was mostly caused by Bush's signed budgets and the Bush recession.. how do you think the government runs every year you dim bulb if they don't pass a budget every year? your idiotic opinions are virtually worthless to me. .

    After Obama submitted his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal on Feb. 13, 2012, House Republicans put it up for a floor vote.

    The result: 414-0 against.

    The same thing happened a year earlier in the Senate. That vote: 97-0 against. Democrats didn’t support the plan because it has been supplanted by another deficit-reduction plan Obama had later outlined. Republican leaders demanded a vote on Obama’s budget to show that Democrats don’t support any detailed budget blueprint,

    Such votes are taken "just as a means of embarrassing the president and his party," said Patrick Louis Knudsen, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

    "Usually it’s brought up by the opposition party because they generally anticipate that a president’s budget won’t get very much support especially if it has controversial elements to it," he said.

    Other experts agree. Said Steve Ellis, of Taxpayers for Common Sense: "That was pure political theater and was done to score rhetorical points."

    And Norman Ornstein, a scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said, "it doesn’t mean a damn thing. It’s only a symbolic gesture."

    These votes are also what Romney’s campaign cited when we asked for documentation of his statement.

    "Everyone understands that the president has a unique and important role in facilitating that process," said spokesman Ryan Williams in an email. "President Obama has been an unprecedented failure in that respect. His FY 2012 budget went down 97-0 in the Senate and his FY 2013 budget went down 414-0 in the House."
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  • R. chgo 2012/06/21 02:04:56 (edited)
    R.
    "...you like to point to out the 16 trillion dollar debt to leave a false impression that it is somehow obama's fault. but you don't want to admit the debt was mostly caused by Bush's signed budgets and the Bush recession.. how do you think the government runs every year you dim bulb if they don't pass a budget every year? your idiotic opinions are virtually worthless to me. . "

    Oh look, it's not from FoxNews.

    (CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
    The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
    The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush's last day in office, which coincided with President Obama's first day.
    The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services.
    Mr. Obama has been quick to blame his predecessor for the soaring Debt, saying Mr. Bush paid for two wars and a Medicare prescription drug program with borrowed funds.
    The federal budget s...






























    "...you like to point to out the 16 trillion dollar debt to leave a false impression that it is somehow obama's fault. but you don't want to admit the debt was mostly caused by Bush's signed budgets and the Bush recession.. how do you think the government runs every year you dim bulb if they don't pass a budget every year? your idiotic opinions are virtually worthless to me. . "

    Oh look, it's not from FoxNews.

    (CBS News) The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
    The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
    The latest posting from the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department shows the National Debt now stands at $15.566 trillion. It was $10.626 trillion on President Bush's last day in office, which coincided with President Obama's first day.
    The National Debt also now exceeds 100% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services.
    Mr. Obama has been quick to blame his predecessor for the soaring Debt, saying Mr. Bush paid for two wars and a Medicare prescription drug program with borrowed funds.
    The federal budget sent to Congress last month by Mr. Obama, projects the National Debt will continue to rise as far as the eye can see. The budget shows the Debt hitting $16.3 trillion in 2012, $17.5 trillion in 2013 and $25.9 trillion in 2022.
    Federal budget records show the National Debt once topped 121% of GDP at the end of World War II. The Debt that year, 1946, was, by today's standards, a mere $270 billion dollars.
    Mr. Obama doesn't mention the National Debt much, though he does want to be seen trying to reduce the annual budget deficit, though it's topped a trillion dollars for four years now.
    As part of his "Win the Future" program, Mr. Obama called for "taking responsibility for our deficits, by cutting wasteful, excessive spending wherever we find it."
    His latest budget projects a $1.3 trillion deficit this year declining to $901 billion in 2012, and then annual deficits in the range of $500 billion to $700 billion in the 10 years to come.
    If Mr. Obama wins re-election, and his budget projections prove accurate, the National Debt will top $20 trillion in 2016, the final year of his second term. That would mean the Debt increased by 87 percent, or $9.34 trillion, during his two terms.


    Mark Knoller Mark Knoller is a CBS News White House correspondent.

    As for " ...how do you think the government runs every year you dim bulb if they don't pass a budget every year? your idiotic opinions are virtually worthless to me. . "

    Here is how the government runs without a budget , and it is NOT
    Bush's fault...genius.



    Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget for 825 days and counting, violating the 1974 Budget Act that requires an annual budget.

    Now, thanks to the provisions of the debt ceiling deal, they can get away with extending their irresponsibility streak through the next election and into 2013. Senate Democrats will now go fully four years without passing a budget.

    Every single Senate Democrat voted against President Obama’s budget, and every single Senate Democrat voted against the House-passed budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan. They refuse to support any of the plans on the table, and they refuse to tell the American people what they stand for. It is the ultimate in political cowardice – in a tough situation, attack everything and stand for nothing.

    In early 2010, House Democrats floated a back-door procedural trick to move Obama’s health care bill forward called "deem-and-pass." It was a scheme to enact the Senate-passed version of the bill indirectly as a way to minimize political responsibility for the vote. It was rejected by the American people, and they instead took responsibility for imposing a takeover of health care by voting for it directly. Many then lost their jobs for that vote.

    Now the "deeming" trick is back in a different form. The debt ceiling deal passed this week deems budgetary levels passed for Senate purposes as if they had adopted a budget. Not just for this year, but for next year. That means the Senate Democrats streak of days without a budget will jump to somewhere north of 1,400 days. In fact, the next time the Senate passes a budget the Democrats may not even be in the majority any more, depending on what happens in the 2012 elections.

    Keith Hennessey, a former top Bush economic official who strongly supports the debt ceiling deal, called this trick “process abuse, in which Senate Democrats are avoiding taking responsibility for proposing solutions to America’s biggest economic policy problems.”

    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) claims to have a budget that he refuses to let the public see. And he has promised to propose a budget next year also, even though it has already been deemed under the debt ceiling deal. But Conrad, unable to defend his failure of leadership to voters back home in North Dakota, is retiring and therefore largely insulated from public opinion.

    Now it is incumbent upon the American people not to allow this egregious attempt to avoid taking responsibility to work. While many Senate Democrats are retiring to avoid facing voters, many others will stand for re-election. Citizens need to demand they tell us where they stand on the budget now. If they continue to run and hide that needs to be converted from political strength to weakness through exposure and ridicule.
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  • chgo R. 2012/06/21 17:28:16 (edited)
    chgo
    Oh look, it's not from the "liberal media":

    Obama came into office "with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. ... We came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade."

    http://www.politifact.com/tru...

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Bush tax cuts caused a substantial part of the deficit

    http://www.politifact.com/ohi...
    "The Bush tax cuts, with a $1 trillion 10-year price tag, contributed to this shift from budget surpluses to deficits," CRS said. Other contributors included the 2001 recession, the increase in defense spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

    a new report from the Congressional Budget Office documents says Bush Tax cuts and slower-than-expected growth reduced revenues by $6.1 trillion and spending was $5.6 trillion higher, a turnaround of $11.7 trillion. Of this total, the C.B.O. attributes 72 percent to legislated tax cuts and spending increases, 27 percent to economic and technical factors. Of the latter, 56 percent occurred from 2009 to 2011
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes...

    http://www.cbo.gov/publicatio...

    "Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget for 825 days and counting, violating the 1974 Budget Act that requires an annual budget. "

    wrong, fool. the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 says ...























    Oh look, it's not from the "liberal media":

    Obama came into office "with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. ... We came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade."
    office 1 3 deficit passed law 8 worth debt decade
    http://www.politifact.com/tru...

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Bush tax cuts caused a substantial part of the deficit
    comtru rep dennis kucinich bush tax cuts caused substantial deficit
    http://www.politifact.com/ohi...
    "The Bush tax cuts, with a $1 trillion 10-year price tag, contributed to this shift from budget surpluses to deficits," CRS said. Other contributors included the 2001 recession, the increase in defense spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

    a new report from the Congressional Budget Office documents says Bush Tax cuts and slower-than-expected growth reduced revenues by $6.1 trillion and spending was $5.6 trillion higher, a turnaround of $11.7 trillion. Of this total, the C.B.O. attributes 72 percent to legislated tax cuts and spending increases, 27 percent to economic and technical factors. Of the latter, 56 percent occurred from 2009 to 2011
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes...

    http://www.cbo.gov/publicatio...

    "Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget for 825 days and counting, violating the 1974 Budget Act that requires an annual budget. "

    wrong, fool. the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 says the Senate and the House are supposed to pass budget resolutions in the spring. These budget resolutions set a framework for spending, taxation and other fiscal items in the coming fiscal year. They also lay out general plans for the next four years. If these budget resolutions differ, the chambers are supposed to hammer out a compromise.But budget resolutions are policy plans. They are not appropriations bills, or spending bills, which actually allocate money for specific purposes.

    If a budget resolution doesn’t pass, the federal government won’t go dark. In the absence of a budget resolution, appropriations bills have continued to allocate money.

    the House and Senate have failed to pass a joint budget bill on four earlier occasions since 1983.For fiscal year 2003, the Senate in 2002, failed to pass a budget resolution of any kind. For fiscal 1999, 2005 and 2007, the House and Senate failed to reconcile their different bills and pass a compromise measure. In these latter three cases, the Republicans were in the majority in both chambers of Congress.
    so, the Senate, under Democratic control, did not neglected its basic responsibility. in fact, neither party can claim superiority on budget resolutions.Senate Democrats didn’t pass a fiscal 2 2011 budget because "Republicans were threatening to hijack the budget process and waste the American people’s time with pointless political votes," a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said ""Faced with this obstruction, we decided it would be a more productive use of the American people’s time to move on and address other issues critical to middle-class families."

    apparently, you can't read. read this again. and this time, read it slowly:
    After Obama submitted his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal on Feb. 13, 2012, House Republicans put it up for a floor vote.

    The result: 414-0 against. why?

    The same thing happened a year earlier in the Senate. That vote: 97-0 against. Democrats didn’t support the plan because it has been supplanted by another deficit-reduction plan Obama had later outlined. Republican leaders demanded a vote on Obama’s budget to show that Democrats don’t support any detailed budget blueprint,

    Such votes are taken "just as a means of embarrassing the president and his party," said Patrick Louis Knudsen, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

    "Usually it’s brought up by the opposition party because they generally anticipate that a president’s budget won’t get very much support especially if it has controversial elements to it," he said.

    Other experts agree. Said Steve Ellis, of Taxpayers for Common Sense: "That was pure political theater and was done to score rhetorical points."

    And Norman Ornstein, a scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said, "it doesn’t mean a damn thing. It’s only a symbolic gesture."

    These votes are also what Romney’s campaign cited when we asked for documentation of his statement.

    "Everyone understands that the president has a unique and important role in facilitating that process," said spokesman Ryan Williams in an email. "President Obama has been an unprecedented failure in that respect. His FY 2012 budget went down 97-0 in the Senate and his FY 2013 budget went down 414-0 in the House."
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  • R. chgo 2012/06/22 00:50:08 (edited)
    R.
    chewondisnugget

    Obama came into office "with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. ... We came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade."
    You bought this quote from the liar in chief. All politifact does is
    ASSume that if everything goes as planned , this is what will happen.
    It NEVER does. Nice try.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Bush tax cuts caused a substantial part of the deficit.
    "We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little, we have deficits because Washington spends too much," said the Republican from West Chester in Southwest Ohio.
    " Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO, writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing While Age-Ing."
    Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind."
    Once again, one ( not totally stable ) man's opinion backed up by one
    rating agen...













































    chewondisnugget

    Obama came into office "with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. ... We came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade."
    You bought this quote from the liar in chief. All politifact does is
    ASSume that if everything goes as planned , this is what will happen.
    It NEVER does. Nice try.

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Bush tax cuts caused a substantial part of the deficit.
    "We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little, we have deficits because Washington spends too much," said the Republican from West Chester in Southwest Ohio.
    " Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has seen a UFO, writes Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing While Age-Ing."
    Kucinich, she writes on page143-144 of the book, "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there. Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him. It hovered, soundless, for ten minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind."
    Once again, one ( not totally stable ) man's opinion backed up by one
    rating agencies opinion.
    You do know the difference between " debt " and " defecit " I hope
    because based on the way you are trying to present your searched
    opinions , I feel compelled to ask.

    You do know the difference between " debt " and " defecit " I hope
    because based on the way you are trying to present your searched
    opinions , I feel compelled to ask.

    " Of this total, the C.B.O. attributes 72 percent to legislated tax cuts and spending increases, 27 percent to economic and technical factors. Of the latter, 56 percent occurred from 2009 to 2011.
    72% to legislated tax cuts AND SPENDING INCREASES...
    " OF THE LATTER 56% OCCURED FROM 2009 TO 2011 "
    What the heck is "technical factors " ?
    This truly is "fuzzy math " at it's best.

    http://economix.blogs.nytimes... The NYTIMES , really . You
    think because this guy worked for republicans he is somehow
    more credible. It is still an " opinion " piece and when you deal
    with economists , 10 different ones will have 10 different opinions.
    Besides, you don't believe republicans so why should we ?


    " Senate Democrats didn’t pass a fiscal 2 2011 budget because "Republicans were threatening to hijack the budget process and waste the American people’s time with pointless political votes," a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said ""Faced with this obstruction, we decided it would be a more productive use of the American people’s time to move on and address other issues critical to middle-class families."

    You read it and read it S L O W L Y .
    The dimocrats didn't pass a 2011 fiscal budget because the
    republicans were threatening to take the ball and go home. My
    gosh ... and you vote for the people of this invertabrate party.
    If I recall the people who voted them in expected them fight
    for what they said they would and not cower to a minority party.
    Harry Reid is soooo full of crap his statement is not worthy of
    comment.


    I could care less if the community organizer proposes a budget
    or not but it is the responsibility of the congress ( 1974 Budget
    Act requires it be done ) to pass an annual budget. After lying,
    cheating and outright defiance of the will of the people that was
    used to pass the community organizer's healthcareless bill, the
    dimocratic controlled congress knew they could not pass a budget
    and allow the American people to see just how much money they
    had spent on nothing. Invertabrate cowards is what they are.

    Next time someone (like me ) asks you for "facts " to back your
    accusations and innuendos , just post a funny picture or something
    and save yourself the time it takes to post such drivel and spend it
    in a worthwhile manner.
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  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/06/20 22:30:32
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +1
    They want the nation to believe that Government Sucks, then they get into office and prove it.
  • chgo The Eli... 2012/06/20 22:35:46
    chgo
    +1
    the government doesn't suck. the republicans get elected and try everything they can to make it suck.
  • chgo The Eli... 2012/06/20 22:37:45 (edited)
    chgo
    +2
    I gotcha,

    Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it.

    - P.J. O'Rourke, 1991
  • The Eli... chgo 2012/06/20 23:53:18
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +1
    That's what I was going for. It's a little warm today and my brain is in meltdown mode.

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