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If the president wants to poke his finger at the Congress. Let’s poke the finger where it belongs: at the Democrat control of the United States Senate.
John Boehner for the most ridiculous statement of the day. (via kileyrae)

Boehner backs supercommittee tax hikes

(AP) WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner publicly blessed a Republican deficit-reduction plan Tuesday that would raise $300 billion in additional tax revenue while overhauling the IRS code, bucking opposition by some GOP presidential hopefuls and colleagues wary of violating a longstanding point of party orthodoxy.

Aren’t they trying to tie this tax increase to the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts?

(Source: kileyrae)

Well, the President and that side of the aisle are trying to pit Americans against each other by going after the job-creators otherwise known as those nice, generous rich folk who fund our campaigns. Really though, I’m just focused, as I always have been, on pushing the same policies that got us into this mess and making sure nothing productive gets done at all. That’s my job. Just say no.
John Boehner’s interview on ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’ translated by me. (via kileyrae)
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“The President and I have a pretty good relationship. You know, it’s been little frosty here the last few weeks, but we’ve got a pretty good relationship… And so we’ve got a pretty good relationship. Doesn’t mean that we always agree. But the American people expect, even though we have very different ideas, the American people want us to look for common ground and then act on it. So far, we’ve been able to do that. We’ve taken some steps in the right direction here over the last couple of months. We’ve got a lot more steps to take together.”

(Source: kileyrae)

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:
Grover Norquist — just a random person in America - latimes.com
tartantambourine:

Paul Whitefield writes:
“Who knew that House Speaker John A. Boehner was also a standup comedian?

Asked [Thursday] whether he thought [anti-tax activist Grover] Norquist, who keeps nearly all Republicans to a pledge never to raise taxes, was a good influence on the party, Boehner didn’t acknowledge that Norquist had any influence.
“It’s not often I’m asked about some random person in America and what I think,” Boehner told reporters.

Ha ha ha ha ha.”

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Grover Norquist — just a random person in America - latimes.com

tartantambourine:

Paul Whitefield writes:

“Who knew that House Speaker John A. Boehner was also a standup comedian?

Asked [Thursday] whether he thought [anti-tax activist Grover] Norquist, who keeps nearly all Republicans to a pledge never to raise taxes, was a good influence on the party, Boehner didn’t acknowledge that Norquist had any influence.

“It’s not often I’m asked about some random person in America and what I think,” Boehner told reporters.

Ha ha ha ha ha.”

GOP Leaders Write Unprecedented Letter Urging The Federal Reserve To Keep Unemployment High | ThinkProgress

sarahlee310:

In a move without precedent in the modern era, Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) have penned a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urging him not to take any steps to help the economy.

If I lived in a city, I would be printing copies of this to leave around unemployment offices, on random bus seats, in laundry mats - places where folks who may not pay that close attention to politics, but who are hurting might find and read it.  The regular news programs people are more likely to watch than the 24 hour news programs we junkies follow, probably won’t cover this.

(via )

Obama’s fight — for respect

When George W. Bush was president, harsh things were said all the time by congressional Democrats and their leaders. Some even crossed the line.Yet, while there was disdain for the man in the Oval Office, respect for the office itself was never in doubt. I seriously worry that it’s in doubt now among some Republicans. Each petty slight by Boehner is one more chip away at respect for the presidency.

In Obama, we have a president more grounded and comfortable in his own skin than many of the people he has to work with to govern this country. He’s bigger than most of us. So the petty slights that get a lot of us riled up probably don’t register to him. He’s a thinker and plotter with his eyes on the prize down the road, not the daily hysteria taking place on the road to get there. That’s why I’m praying that when the real fight comes, the president will show Republicans — and the American people — that he’s not the pushover they believe him to be.

(Source: kileyrae)

“Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Leader:)

Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs. As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call.

Therefore, I respectfully request the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order. It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA

TEXT: Obama’s Letter to Boehner, Reid on Joint Session of Congress

Boehner’s response, translated: “No. Go fuck yourself. Also: If you really want to make a televised speech to Congress, change the date from September 7th to September 8th — the same night as the NFL’s opening game. I’m sure that the American people won’t mind, and your poll numbers won’t take a hit.”

(via ryking)

(Source: diadoumenos, via kileyrae)

brooklynmutt:

Obama Will Have Last Laugh
Before the midterm elections, early fall 2010, President Obama sent clear signals that he would concede his campaign promise and go ahead and extend the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. A broken promise that, at the time, some thought unforgivable.
The consensus opinion from Democratic politicians and pundits alike was that Obama had shown his cards too early, left himself with no leverage. Obama stated back in 2009,  “You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.” And now he was throwing the left, his own, under the bus. And for what? Few gave him the benefit of the doubt even though he passed, with the 2009 Stimulus, a package that included tax-cuts for 95% of working families.
Part of the frustration with the President was that this was taking place during a lame duck session, a time most observers freely admit is tough to pass any sort of meaningful legislation. Some felt that since the Democrats controlled the House, Senate and the Oval office, a stronger, more aggressive president would have been able to push through a progressive agenda. 
So, the knives were out. Like now, the president was taking criticism from both sides. The GOP, although it was well known that they’d get the Bush tax-cuts extension, still seemed heartless to some. On Nov 18, 2010, House Republicans blocked a bill that would have extended long-term unemployment benefits.
Despite the criticism, the President extended the Bush tax cuts. Some, certainly not many, gave him a pass, asserting that this is what we should expect from him. As Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) explained to Politico:
“What you are seeing now is what he always wanted to be. In his heart, he’s a pragmatist, not an ideologue, and he’s a lot more personally comfortable with being able to engage Republicans and not be as divisive.”
But after months of being told how Obama was getting his clocked cleaned, what other legislation did Obama pass during the 2010 lame duck session? 
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The repeal of the ban on      gays serving openly in the military. 
START: Nuclear-arms reduction      agreement with Russia. 
Health bill for 9/11 first      responders. 
A food safety bill. 
Middle-class tax cuts. 
Extension of jobless benefits
Child nutrition bill.
“Nobody expected it to be this productive,” said NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro.
Fast forward to today. Both sides are unhappy, angry, up in arms with what the President is supposedly proposing. Sound familiar? I can’t help harkening back to late fall, early winter 2010 while I watch this debt ceiling debacle drone on and on. But, when it was reported that the individual mandate was being discussed, that the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act had crept into these negotiations? This was my moment of clarity.
It’s Speaker of the House John Boehner who appears to be getting his clock cleaned this time. And unlike Obama during the 2010 lame duck session, I don’t think there’s a way out for him. I’m more certain now that President Obama will be laughing last when this debt ceiling ordeal is finally over. Boehner is in salvage mode. He wants something, anything that will placate the Tea Party folks. No matter if it’s hollow and meaningless. It has been widely reported that the individual mandate will be close to impossible to enforce, nor does the Obama Administration wish to enforce it. It’s equivalent to jaywalking — everyone gets away with it. This seems like a pure fluff, no substance ploy. Boehner is trying to come away with a bone to toss to Rep. Cantor, who can then run back to his Tea Party constituents and say, “Lookie here. Lookie what I got!!”
Bottom line: it may be unwise to underestimate this president. Don’t be surprised if we see him play this game – strike some kind of deal that looks, on the face of it, like a huge Republican victory. For example: give up the individual mandate. But then we come to find out, in the fine print, was it huge after all?… Umm, not so much.

brooklynmutt:

Obama Will Have Last Laugh

Before the midterm elections, early fall 2010, President Obama sent clear signals that he would concede his campaign promise and go ahead and extend the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. A broken promise that, at the time, some thought unforgivable.

The consensus opinion from Democratic politicians and pundits alike was that Obama had shown his cards too early, left himself with no leverage. Obama stated back in 2009,  “You don’t raise taxes in a recession. We haven’t raised taxes in a recession.” And now he was throwing the left, his own, under the bus. And for what? Few gave him the benefit of the doubt even though he passed, with the 2009 Stimulus, a package that included tax-cuts for 95% of working families.

Part of the frustration with the President was that this was taking place during a lame duck session, a time most observers freely admit is tough to pass any sort of meaningful legislation. Some felt that since the Democrats controlled the House, Senate and the Oval office, a stronger, more aggressive president would have been able to push through a progressive agenda. 

So, the knives were out. Like now, the president was taking criticism from both sides. The GOP, although it was well known that they’d get the Bush tax-cuts extension, still seemed heartless to some. On Nov 18, 2010, House Republicans blocked a bill that would have extended long-term unemployment benefits.

Despite the criticism, the President extended the Bush tax cuts. Some, certainly not many, gave him a pass, asserting that this is what we should expect from him. As Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) explained to Politico:

“What you are seeing now is what he always wanted to be. In his heart, he’s a pragmatist, not an ideologue, and he’s a lot more personally comfortable with being able to engage Republicans and not be as divisive.”

But after months of being told how Obama was getting his clocked cleaned, what other legislation did Obama pass during the 2010 lame duck session? 

  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military. 
  • START: Nuclear-arms reduction agreement with Russia. 
  • Health bill for 9/11 first responders. 
  • A food safety bill. 
  • Middle-class tax cuts. 
  • Extension of jobless benefits
  • Child nutrition bill.

“Nobody expected it to be this productive,” said NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Fast forward to today. Both sides are unhappy, angry, up in arms with what the President is supposedly proposing. Sound familiar? I can’t help harkening back to late fall, early winter 2010 while I watch this debt ceiling debacle drone on and on. But, when it was reported that the individual mandate was being discussed, that the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act had crept into these negotiations? This was my moment of clarity.

It’s Speaker of the House John Boehner who appears to be getting his clock cleaned this time. And unlike Obama during the 2010 lame duck session, I don’t think there’s a way out for him. I’m more certain now that President Obama will be laughing last when this debt ceiling ordeal is finally over. Boehner is in salvage mode. He wants something, anything that will placate the Tea Party folks. No matter if it’s hollow and meaningless. It has been widely reported that the individual mandate will be close to impossible to enforce, nor does the Obama Administration wish to enforce it. It’s equivalent to jaywalking — everyone gets away with it. This seems like a pure fluff, no substance ploy. Boehner is trying to come away with a bone to toss to Rep. Cantor, who can then run back to his Tea Party constituents and say, “Lookie here. Lookie what I got!!”

Bottom line: it may be unwise to underestimate this president. Don’t be surprised if we see him play this game – strike some kind of deal that looks, on the face of it, like a huge Republican victory. For example: give up the individual mandate. But then we come to find out, in the fine print, was it huge after all?… Umm, not so much.

(via politicalpartygirl)

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