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  • #27
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    smart for him maybe, but it doesn't do us any good... what? Is congress now gonna sit on their hands until the senate does something? ludicrous! More do-nothing, procrastination and game-playing, IMO...
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    @justapirate - why not this? because it's more games... If he wanted to do something novel, he should get his butt in there with the dems and be a part of the solution process. I think this is sour grapes... and I am tired of the games... partisanship is ruining our republican form of gov't! I'd rather him be ignored in a room full of dems than sitting on his hands and doing nothing... and given his past record, he will wait to see what they offer, then he'll shoot it all down anyway. games...
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    Agree, he's been tricked too many times, time for Obama et. al. to do a little work for a change. LOL - sure, like that's going to happen.
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    @Tralee - It is not the job of a president to legislate... that is a violation of the constitution! The senate needs to get off their duffs and do some work, but the only thing a POTUS can do is set the agenda... he cannot write legislation.
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    Other than keeping his Speaker's position, what has Mr Boehner accomplished for the country in the past couple of years? He really is the weakest Speaker in my lifetime.
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    Don't say that. You're gonna make him cry. Really, boehner is in a no win situation. Anything he proposes the tea types will block, anything they would agree to would be a starting point for obama. Once he took it too obama and obama made a counter proposal his tea types would block that. The drama thatensues just hardens positions. This might be the only practical solution left...
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    More whining from the Right? Boehner needs to man-up and .....oh what's that word.....oh yeah, LEAD. John, stay off the golf course and out of the family pub. Start doing your job.
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    Hey Boehner: If it's too hot, get out of the kitchen! It's not your butt that we are concerned about.... you ran for office for your butt to get burned so our's wouldn't... More games... that's your strategy? Ugh! Listen, I know you are dealing with a bunch of selfish titty-babies, but someone's gotta wear the grown-up pants. I don't like you, but I respect you alot, but this do nothing until the senate does stuff is not gonna fly with me... there is too much on the line and too little time for you to act. Get your butt back in the kitchen!
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    The problem Boehner has with this is, like what happened w/ the domestic violence bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate, he will still refuse to hold a vote on any of these bills. Boehner makes Pelosi look like she did a good job (and I can't stand that woman).
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    Is he the Speaker of the House or the Meeker of the House? A coward should never be entrusted with a position of leadership.
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    When you ship Jobs Bill after Jobs Bill to the Senate and they refuse to vote- then what? he's giving Obama and Reid the chance to lead and put their name on things. Something they are both scared to do.
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    @drpeeper Again, calling a bill a 'jobs bill' doesn't make it one. Not one of those bills actually creates jobs and therefore are not actually jobs bills. At least call them what they are, deregulation bills and tax cuts, neither of which deals with the core issue w/ our economy, low aggregate demand.
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    @AceLuby You mean like the Keystone deal - endorses by Democrats as well? Believe it or not, Gov't pencil pusher jobs paid for by taxpayers- with healthcare- pensions retirements,raises and benefits paid by taxpayers isn't helping either.

    Welcome to the real world.
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    He's right. They have proven they will not negotiate with him. Obama made this bed, let him lay in it. The house can look at the bill, if it's not acceptable, send suggestions and the bill back to the senate. If they come up with something acceptable, sign it.
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    When it gets to the senate, all the GOP does is filibuster. The GOP right now is a bunch of children throwing temper tantrums because they can't get what they want.
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    @CPT_Ethanolic
    We disagree. The senate has a majority of democrats. They can pass legislation, then to the house that has a majority Republicans. It hasn't worked the other way, time to try something new. I once heard this saying, "the definition of irony should be trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." I think irony could be replaced by lunacy in this situation.
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    A majoriy means nothing. Unless you have a super-majority, the legislation can be filibustered. Anything not getting 60 votes in the senate is DOA.
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    I dunno why he bothers, he's doomed no matter what he does. If he throws anything BACK for negotiation, his own party says he's weak, if he says no and asks the Senate to come up with something new, then the Republicans are once again seen as obstructionist. If anything I think he should keep proposing things for the Senate to vote down so they can be seen as equally obstructionist...it's not like all the spoiled brats in D.C. will DO anything until hours before...or in case of the last major lockup...hours AFTER the deadline.
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    It's time for the House to just let things happen, after all, unless one is deaf and blind, we KNOW that we will be blamed no matter what happens. So, let Obama and crew do a little leading and planning for a change. I think, if the MSM was not in Obama's back pocket, we would have seen that the R's have proposed many things to have them sit on Harry's desk and never get out for even an up/down vote. There is plenty of evidence, unfortunately, no one in the MSM is interested in reporting on it.
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    @Tralee Sad thing is, in the months I've been on Politix, I'm even more convinced that the entire country is full of morons who would March in lockstep straight to Hell as long as they were the ones making the final decisions, even if D.C. had a GPS they STILL couldn't find their ass with both hands. Sad too, because I was ALREADY a jaded old codger who was convinced everyone was out to !@#$ in my Cheerios, and I'm not even 30 yet lol.
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    @Real4WheelDrv Well at my advanced age, I got to see DC actually work, both parties mind you, for the GOOD of all America. Sometimes I didn't agree, but I never once felt any of them, not even poor old Jimmy Carter, meant actual harm to the country and to a whole segment of it's citizens. Now, we have a president who have basically written off white males, and conservative women in favor of selected minorities who can be influenced by a hand out or favor of some sort. It is sad, and I don't see it getting any better until we get a less divisive president. Unfortunately, a certain progressive tone has been set and I doubt that will be able to change any time soon. The hate the rich, soak the rich, you didn't build that mantra is a handy crutch for those who have no real desire to extend themselves and do the hard work and spend the years needed to succeed in any endeavor. It's all gimme mine now, I don't want to wait and work for it.
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    @Tralee That's the thing though, in my heart of hearts I honestly think the president BELIEVES he's doing the best job he can for the majority of people. I don't think it's any sort of con game on his part...but on the other hand...his IMAGE is divisive, because you're not allowed to disagree with him because you're a racist, even if you never say a racist word about him.
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    @Real4WheelDrv Just like the other day when I said the exact same thing about how conservatives/Republicans have been getting called racists since he was elected in '08...and Zazziness said "it's because of all the racist things people say about him that they're racist" Really? So all the people who hate Bush secretly hated white people too? Cause you can't point to an instance that I know of of an actual GOP official, not just an average citizen, saying anything racist against the President. Hell, Biden said one of the most racially charged things during the election with his chains comment.
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    Looks like on the sequester the House won't need to do anything. They have already passed 2 different solutions. Reid won't bring those up for a vote in the Senate and he has no chance of passing anything from the Senate side. He won't even be able to get a simple majority by keeping enough of his Democrats together. So let the Sequester begin...it was Obama's creation, let him live with it.
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    He has the house. But he is not in the majority so far as our gov't is concerned, at this point. It's not his job to be the leader of the gov't as a whole. He does negotiate when and where he can. He is spot on so far as not allowing himself to be a whipping boy for the left. Nothing was so unnerving as to see him sitting at the table with Obama like some kind of gimp. I don't think a serious argument can be made that Obama is really going to respect him in any credible manner. Everything Obama does is 100% political from start to finish. Even 'negotiating' with Boehner is simply nothing more than political posturing. Obama knows one thing, he knows what he wants before he asks anyone else. Like a true narcissist he is not capable of negotiating. Boehner hit the mark, finally.
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    Honestly, I could care less for Boehner. He is s spineless weasel. However, it is time for Reid and his cronies in the Senate to put forth their great ideas. Obama needs to provide solutions and less rhetoric. The Democrats say they can fix it...so fix it and make us believers.
  • #78
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    Stands to reason. If the House passes something and the President agrees, then the Republicans have to find a way to distance themselves from their own ideas. After all, the primary goal of the Republicans is to disagree with the President on everything, to maintain a perpetual gridlock.
  • #66
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    Since many proposals under this congress are passed in the House, and shot down in the Senate, it only makes sense that the leader of the House says "fine, YOU come up with a solution then". It forces the Senate to stop rejecting ideas, and create some of their own.
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    My dad taught me something when I bought my first car: "The first person to name a price loses."

    This is what's going to happen here to the President. There will be no change. The Dems will still have to try to structure their bills to appeal to the House Reps.
  • #53
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    Everyone in D.C. needs to get with the program and fix our issues. Quit blaming everyone else and do the jobs your constituents voted for you to do! Hell, I might run for office, its getting freaking ridiculous!!
  • #57
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    That's exactly what they are trying to do, and neither side will give an inch because their constituents will hang them out to dry if they do. The issue isn't really with the politicians, it's the widening ideological gap permeating the general population they represent.
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