Establishment Republicans Surrender … House Passes Senate Bill to Reopen Government and Increase Debt Limit 285-144 … Senate Passes Bill 81-18
Speaker Boehner and GOP cave … In a country that already spends more than it takes it, irresponsible politicians kick the can down the road and raise the debt limit to spend even more money that America does not have.
Tonight the US Senate and House of Representatives passes the Senate led bill to end the partial government shutdown and increase the debt limit. The Senate passed the bill 81 to 18 and the House voted in favor of it 285 to 144. Incredibly, not one Democrat in the House or Senate voted against raising the debt on “We the People”. Imagine that? CNN reports that President Barack Obama will sign it immediately. The director of the Office of Management and Budget said that federal workers should expect to return to work Thursday morning. Hmm, does this mean that open air monuments will be open to of military veteran heroes?
In Obama’s speech tonight there was no reference to the GOP as terrorists or hostage takers … where is the evil rhetoric Mr. President?
Congressional Republicans conceded defeat on Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law as the House and Senate approved last-minute legislation ending a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extending federal borrowing power to avert a financial default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions.
With the Treasury Department warning that it could run out of money to pay national obligations within a day, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening, 81 to 18, to approve a proposal hammered out by the chamber’s Republican and Democratic leaders after the House on Tuesday was unable to move forward with any resolution. The House followed suit a few hours later, voting 285 to 144 to approve the Senate plan, which would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit through Feb. 7.
Most House Republicans opposed the bill, but 87 voted to support it. The breakdown showed that Republican leaders were willing to violate their informal rule against advancing bills that do not have majority Republican support in order to end the shutdown. All 198 Democrats voting supported the measure.
From Business Insiders, Here’s The Bill That’s Going To End The Government Shutdown And Raise The Debt Ceiling.
A list of the 18 Republican Senators who voted against the Bill that will raise the debt and continue the out of control, drunken spending of politicians.
UPDATE I: All the House, Senate and President have done is kick the can down the road and solve nothing. No one wants to make the tough and responsible decisions because we have politicians who care more about their power and their agenda than they do “We the People” or the United States of America. Honestly, who in their right mind thinks that a country can continue to borrow billions of dollars a day and actually sustain itself?
As reported at The Politico, House Speaker John Boehner will hold votes next week to delay two key pieces of Obamacare, the individual and employer mandates. The Obama administration had last week called for the delay of the employer mandate for Obamacare until 2015. However, Barack Obama said nothing for the individual mandate. Talk about putting Democrats and Obama in a box as they will have to either break with Obama or say to the American people that businesses get a delay, but the people do not.
House Speaker John Boehner said his chamber will hold back-to-back votes next week to delay two key pieces of Obamacare — the individual and employer mandates.
“The president delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate, but he hasn’t delayed the mandate on individuals and families,” Boehner said Thursday. “This is unfair, and it is indefensible.”
The individual mandate requires most people to get health coverage. The employer one — delayed by the White House until 2015 — requires businesses with more than 50 workers to cover them.
Republicans hope to put Democrats in a tough spot by forcing them to vote on delaying the employer mandate — and then making them vote on delaying the individual mandate, too, something Democrats are sure to oppose.
GOP House Looks To Put Delay on Obamacare Individual Mandate … Or Does Obama & Democrats Only Want to Protect Business?
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BARACK OBAMA’S FAIRNESS TO THE PEOPLE?
What’s good for the goose, should also be good for the gander. Or in this case, what the employers have been granted in a delay in the employer mandate should also be provided to individuals.
Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are looking to protect average Americans as President Barack Obama has taken the side of “big” business with regards to Obamacare. House Republicans are asking for the same one year delay for “We the People” in the individual Obamacare mandate as Obama has granted to employers. Of course the fact that Barack Obama is not allowed to just arbitrarily extend one part of a law and not the whole thing is another issue. Speaker John A. Boehner stated, “Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandates without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair.” Polls show that Americans overwhelming are for a delay in the “individual mandate” … so will Obama only benefit business and not the people?
Boehner & Cantor discuss the unfairness of Obama in benefiting business, but not individuals.
House Republican leaders on Tuesday seized on the Obama administration’s one-year delay of a mandate for larger employers to offer health insurance or face penalties, demanding the same postponement for the mandate on individual insurance purchases and promising a series of showdowns aimed at dividing Democrats from the White House.
After more than two years of voting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to repeal the health care law, Republicans believe they are getting traction thanks to what they see as the Obama administration’s self-inflicted wound over the employer mandate.
House leaders began devising strategies that would most likely start this month with multiple votes, the first to codify the one-year delay on the employer mandate, then another to demand a delay on the individual mandate. They calculate that Democrats would first vote to back the administration’s decision, and would then have a hard time opposing the second measure. Some Republicans raised the possibility that a provision to repeal the individual mandate could be attached this fall to legislation raising the government’s statutory borrowing limit.
Even some Democrats are livid at Barack Obama for being one-sided in their protection against the train wreck known as Obamacare. As reported at the Weekly Standard, Democratic senator Tom Harkin, who’s retiring at the end of this term, had some blunt words for the Obama administration over the recent change to Obamacare … “This was the law. How can they change the law?” Good question, he can’t. Barack Obama and the Democrats have been put into a box … Do Democrats side with the unpopular Obama legislation from a lame duck president or “We the People”. How peeved do they want to make the voters?
GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner on IRS Scandal … “My Question Isn’t Who’s Going to Resign. My Question Is Who Is Going to Jail Over This Scandal”?
This morning the Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner made a statement regarding the IRS scandal where they have apologized and admitted to purposely and willfully targeting Conservative organizations. Speaker Boehner finally has grown a set and stated the following:
“In addition to this the IRS has admitted to targeting conservatives. Even if the White House happens to be stuck on the word “IF.” Well my question isn’t about who’s going to resign. My question is about who’s going to jail over this scandal.”
Speaker Boehner also provided a united Republican front with Eric Canter and … on what the Republicans look to do in the future. . The Speaker said that the GOP wants to help Americans get jobs through a common sense approach and Americans deserve accountability from their government. The House is working to provide both. Boehner also said the GOP is still committed to repealing Obamacare because of its incredible expense to the American people. The Speaker also spoke of Benghazi; however, the IRS scandal was the big one and the money line.
First Lady Michelle Obama Rolls Her Eyes At Boehner As He Jokes With President as She Feeds her Face
The eye roll metaphor that will define Barack Obama’s second presidential term …
If anyone wanted to know just how much the Obama’s think of the GOP and their want to heal a very fractured country they only need to watch the below video of first lady Michelle Obama’s “eye roll” as Republican Speaker of the House Boehner jokes with President Barack Obama. The sheer public display of contempt is truly amazing. If that did not make you believe that the next four years are going to be even more partisan (video) and farther to the Left (video), you just needed to hear Obama in his own words during his Inauguration speech.
From Real Clear Politics.
Don’t get between Michelle Obama and her Food
As stated at the Politico, “But for a few brief moments on Monday, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans actually seemed to enjoy each other’s company.” I guess this means that Obama did not accuse Boehner or Republicans of trying to kill children, old people or woman during the lunch.
GOP Speaker Proposed Allowing Tax Rates on those Making $1 Million or More (UPDATE: Obama rejects Offer)
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for those individuals making $1 million or more. Of course this tax hike is conditional on President Obama agreeing to major entitlement cuts. This will likely go no where as any honest thing person knows that the revenues from tax increases on individuals making $250K as Obama wanted would only fund the government for 8 days, $1 million would probably fund the government for three.
$1 million dollars!!!
Speaker John Boehner has proposed allowing tax rates to rise for the wealthiest Americans if President Barack Obama agrees to major entitlement cuts, according to several sources close to the talks.
It is the first time Boehner has offered any boost in marginal tax rates for any income group, and it would represent a major concession for the Ohio Republican. Boehner suggested hiking the Bush-era tax rates for top wage earners, including those with annual incomes of $1 million or more annually, beginning Jan. 1, two sources said.
UPDATE I: Barack Obama rejects Speakers offer. Obama will not be happy until he gets it all his way. And he knows the wuss Boehner will cave.
President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. the House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late Saturday.
Obama Signs $40 “Pizza” Payroll Tax Cut Extension for Americans, Then Jets Off for $4 Million Hawaii Vacation
Nothing more than Obama political game playing at the expense of We the People …
CLASS WARFARE … Maybe Americans should take a good look at what their President is doing, rather than the class warfare rhetoric he is spewing. We the People are told to sacrifice and do without … What is Obama and the First family sacrificing?
Really Mr. President, you dare call a two month, $40 payroll tax cut extension a political victory? Oh but wait, we can buy a pizza with that money. Gee Barack, how big of you! Two can play at class warfare President Obama … most Americans cannot afford any vacation, yet the most out of touch President in modern times sets the example and vacations la vita loca while Americans struggle.
President Barack Obama signed the two month payroll tax cut extension today. Earlier in the day Congress passed the tax bill, H.R. 3765. Pundits are calling this a political victory for Democrats and Obama, why? Obama originally asked for a one year extension, exactly what the republican controlled House had passed. Forget the fact that the money being cut is used to fund social security, the tax cut is only for two months. Big deal. What is a two month tax cut other than a complete and total waste of time.
President Barack Obama signed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, ending what had been a heated political stalemate and sealing a hard-fought win for Democrats on an issue — taxes — that has historically favored the GOP.
Earlier in the day, the measure cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by unanimous consent, a procedural move allowing the measure to pass even though most members of Congress were already home home for the holidays.
But wait, our dear leader Barack Obama signs a bill into law that will give “We the People” a meager $40, yet King Obama following the signing vets off to Hawaii on a $4 million vacation. Are you serious. Obama provides Americans with crumbs while he vacations in the lap of luxury.
Michelle Obama insisted on a pricey holiday to Hawaii when her husband would have rather gone to a presidential retreat, according to reports.
She allegedly wanted the taxpayer-funded $4million trip when Barack Obama sought instead to make the short trip to Camp David in Maryland.
Political sources told the National Enquirer that the 47-year-old’s spending is rocketing and she even went on a shopping spree before the Hawaii trip.
Every think that maybe the Congress is dysfunctional because President Obama is? Just curious, I thought Democrats were all about social security? Why is it that they think the money that goes to pay for social security is OK to cut? How does the program fund itself if this continues?
The payroll tax cut is not a Democrat or Obama victory, it just shows the GOP, namely House Speaker Boehner’s failure to communicate. A two month extension to anything is nothing more than a waste of time. This was nothing more than political grandstanding and We the People were screwed again.
But wait America, while all this nonsense was going on in Washington, DC … the US Debts is now at $14.8 trillion in FY11 ... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
New Obama Political Tone … Minority Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi Says GOP Speaker Boehner Went to the Dark Side
This must be more of that new tone in Washington DC that Barack Obama has been talking about.
In yet another example of that Obama new tone “Inside the Beltway,” House Democrat Minority leader Nancy Pelosi states that GOP House Speaker John Boehner has gone to the “Dark Side”. Such comments will do wonders for getting an agreement in the debt ceiling debate.Rather interesting comments coming from the Sith Lord or is it the Wicked Witch of the West, Pelosi. Once again the Democrats bring out their old tired playbook, when losing the debate and being forced to give up liberal principles like raising taxes, hurl personal insults instead.
Right before the House voted to reject a Democratic debt-ceiling plan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn’t mince words.
Pelosi pulled out a Star Wars reference on the House floor, saying that Speaker John Boehner “chose to go to the dark side” and court the most conservative members of his conference, rather than work on a bipartisan compromise.
“It’s time for us to end this theater of the absurd,” she said. “It’s time for us to get real.”
Obamanomics: Its All About the Politics, Not the Economy … Geithner Says Debt Deal Must Remove Default Threat Through 2012 Election
THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOW THE “PARTY OF NO” …
If Democrats & Republicans cannot come to an agreement on a debt limit solution, let WE THE PEOPLE decide in the 2012 elections.
When it comes to the debt limit debate, the Obama administration seems to care more about the politics of the issue than the effects of it on the economy of the United States. One would think that all options should be on the table. If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, then a short term deal should be put in place and then let the 2012 elections be the decider and “WE THE PEOPLE” will vote as to what we want as a solution. However, this is not the case with the partisan Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, as he only wants the “take default off the table for the next 18 months … through the election.”
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner showed little enthusiasm for a two-tiered debt-limit vote being discussed in Congress Sunday, saying it “makes no sense” to leave the threat of default hanging until the next election.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Geithner reinforced President Obama’s position that any proposal from Congress needs to “take default off the table for the next 18 months … through the election.”
What is Geithner and President Barack Obama afraid of? Seriously, if Congress cannot come to a deal and the President refuses to show any leadership, as he has basically been taken out of the mix in the talks,then pass a short term deal and let the 2012 elections and the voice of the American voters be the determination as to how debt reduction should occur. Elections are supposed to have consequences. Let that be one of them of the 2012 elections. GOP Speaker of the House stated this morning on Fox News Sunday that the House would be releasing a new plan. However, the Democrats and Obama seem to be showing a lack of leadership and appear to be the “Party of No.”
More Obama paritan talk came from Geithner on ABC News ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour.’ One would think that Geithner’s concern would be the economy, not being Obama’s parrot. Why is it a test for Republican leaders in Congress, I thought the buck was supposed to stop with the President?
On ABC News’ This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Geithner added that “this is a critical test for the American political system. It’s a critical test for Congress and for the Republican leaders in Congress, because the eyes of the world are on us.”
EVER WONDER WHY SO MANY SAY … GET RID OF THEM ALL ?
Are you serious … after all the comments that President Barack Obama has golfed 60+ times while the economy stinks, while unemployment has been at 9%, while people are out of work, losing their homes and businesses … GOP Speaker of the House Boehner will accept a golfing invite?
UNREAL … A GOLF SUMMIT??? It is obvious that both Obama and Boehner need to be retired in 2012 and a fresh start for America is needed. How could Boehner allow himself to fall for such an obvious trap by Obama? This really shows just how out of touch all of the establishment politicians really are, Dem or GOP. Does Baohner not comprehend that going golfing while supposedly doing the work opf the American people is no badge oh honor? The United Sates has real issues so the leaders of the two parties will discuss them over golf. That’s the ticket … Let’s go Golfing.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will finally hit the links for a round of golf – and al fresco negotiation – on June 18, a White House official told POLITICO.
Obama’s offer — and Boehner’s acceptance — comes six months after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs suggested the bipartisan pair could work out their differences on the course. Both men are passionate golfers; Obama prefers to hit public courses with a handful of friends and White House staffers while Boehner favors private courses, golf fundraisers and schmoozing sessions with other pols.
Word of the golf summit also came on a day when Boehner blasted the president for failing to get more directly involved in tense bipartisan talks over the budget and debt ceiling.
A note to the GOP … get a new Speaker in 2012 otherwise you will lose. Does the tool Boeghner realize he hs just legitmized Obama’s golfing instead of doing the work of the people? Thanks crybaby. Americans are sick and tired of this inside the Beltway BS. What will come of the Golf Summit? Will Obama call multiple Mulligans … will Boehner cry when he does.
We have serious issues in this country and it calls for serious people to take them seriously. This is not it.