What the latest GOP Ransom note looks...
Jimmy Dean

Concord, MA

#232 Oct 8, 2013
Cathy,I've hired an attorney,heard you got another oui.,happy April fool day Joanne ,haven't forgot about that
Boehner and Cantor

Leominster, MA

#233 Oct 8, 2013
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Boehner and Cantor

Fitchburg, MA

#235 Oct 9, 2013
Now, after having since July to address what they actually want to release the hostages from their planned strategy, they can't deciee what they want!

"Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) said on Monday that he's prepared to block a debt-ceiling increase, consequences be damned, unless Democrats give him "a full delay or defund of Obamacare." Even if Democrats offered him changes to Social Security in exchange for nothing, the New Jersey Republican said, it wouldn't be enough to satisfy him.

Just 24 hours later, Garrett appeared on CNN and said he's prepared to block a debt-ceiling increase unless we "begin to address our entitlement problems."

One lawmaker, one issue, two completely different positions.

Similarly, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)-- remember him?-- has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today, making his priorities clear.

The president is giving Congress the silent treatment. He's refusing to talk, even though the federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling. That's a shame¬óbecause this doesn't have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country's entitlement programs and tax code.

What does Ryan have to say about the Affordable Care Act? Nothing. In fact, the 1,000-word op-ed doesn't mention the health care law at all.

Much to the chagrin of right-wing activists, Ryan apparently wants to change the ransom note. He's comfortable with threatening deliberate harm to the nation unless Democrats meet Republican demands, but the Budget Committee chair wants to replace Tea Partiers' priority (taking health care benefits away from working families) with his priority (tax reform and entitlement cuts).

Now, I have a hunch I know why Ryan ignores "Obamacare" in his preferred ransom note, and it's not because he forgot about it. Republicans are reluctant to admit it, but the Affordable Care Act vastly improves the nation's finances in the coming years, and repealing it would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt. Ryan can't afford to destroy the health care law -- he uses it in his own plan to balance the budget over the next decade.

More important, though, in the bigger picture, Republicans aren't just flailing, they're lost.

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They shut the government down last week, and they're prepared to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States next week. They freely admit they're prepared to impose self-inflicted wounds on Americans, on purpose, unless their demands are met.

And what are those demands? Even now, after months of planning and fiascos of their own making, the party's own leaders and members haven't the foggiest idea.

Here's a radical suggestion: maybe Republicans can reopen the government, agree to skip the sovereign debt crisis, get their act together, and get back to us?"
Boehner and Cantor

Leominster, MA

#236 Oct 9, 2013
I think the Government should start printing Trillion dollar bills! Then it would be easier to get out of the rabbit hole. If the Government printed trillion dollar bils and gave them out to everyone the first thing I would do is a rent a rabbit costume and dig me some holes. Then I would hop around the yard until I hop into the house and knock myself out!!
Renee

Concord, MA

#237 Oct 9, 2013
Isn't it fit and fun at Slatterys
Just Facts

United States

#238 Oct 9, 2013
A Must Watch...

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Just Facts

United States

#239 Oct 9, 2013
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Just Facts

United States

#240 Oct 9, 2013
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Just Facts

United States

#241 Oct 9, 2013
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Just Facts

United States

#242 Oct 9, 2013
This really says it all...

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Here is a good one

Leominster, MA

#243 Oct 9, 2013
Boehner and Cantor

Wakefield, MA

#244 Oct 9, 2013
it's obvous Factless has nothing at all to offer!

What's the Ransom supposed to be now Factless, make Romney the President or else?!??!
Boehner and Cantor

Wakefield, MA

#245 Oct 9, 2013
Yawn wrote:
Ummm, what the question?
And no, disagreeing with your myopic view is not trolling.
The question is, how long do you think the country can go with the Government shut down?
What

Whitinsville, MA

#246 Oct 9, 2013
get a life dude.
What

Whitinsville, MA

#247 Oct 9, 2013
must be lunch time in your cubicle, huh?
Tea Baggers

Wakefield, MA

#248 Oct 9, 2013
But, some rabbit hole excuse and direction change
Tea Baggers

Wakefield, MA

#249 Oct 9, 2013
But, some rabbit hole excuse and direction change

In case y'all are wondering, no, we cannot

a) Stay focussed on one argument
b) answer any real questions
c) respond to any direct real challenges
d) even coinsider reality
e) accept that the 20th (never mind the 21st) century ever happened!
Uncommoncents

Fitchburg, MA

#250 Oct 9, 2013
OK will do wrote:
Where were all you intensly conservative idiots when W raised it 12 times?
a) Just late to the game? YOu were really concerned at the time but...you were fishing?
2) You're late to reality and had no idea that was happening?
3) You didn't care cause he was a Republican?
The answer is 3!!!
5 YEARS and its still about BUSH? LOL!!!!!!!!!!
Uncommoncents

Fitchburg, MA

#251 Oct 9, 2013
Tea Baggers wrote:
But, some rabbit hole excuse and direction change
Why are you AFFRAID of coming out?
Boehner and Cantor

Fitchburg, MA

#252 Oct 10, 2013
"Back in August, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) assured his fellow Republicans that a "tsunami" of public support was on the way. If the GOP fought to take away health care benefits and shut down the federal government, everything would turn out great.

Cruz no doubt considers himself a man of many talents, but political prognostications don't appear to be his strength. Neither, it turns out, is the ability to read a poll.

The "tsunami" certainly didn't materialize, and Republicans' popularity, which was weak before, is abysmal now. The party hoped to avoid blame for the shutdown crisis, and that hasn't worked out, either. One would like to assume Cruz is feeling a little sheepish right about now.

Except, as David Drucker reports, the right-wing Texan is actually doubling down on his bad bet.

Sen. Ted Cruz during a closed-door lunch on Wednesday argued to his Republican colleagues that the campaign he led to defund Obamacare has bolstered the GOP's political position in dealing with the government shutdown.

Republicans who attended the weekly lunch hosted by Senate conservatives confirmed that Cruz presented a poll that the Texan paid for. Cruz' pollster, Chris Perkins, was there for a portion of the discussion to help walk members through the poll and discuss the party's messaging strategy.

Got that, Republicans? Never mind the independent data from Gallup, Washington Post/ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and the Pew Research Center -- the freshman senator who got you into this mess has his own poll that should set your mind at ease.

And what, pray tell, did the Cruz poll say? I'm glad you asked.

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The survey's findings mirrored other national polls: More voters blame the Republicans for the government shutdown than blame President Obama or the Democrats. But Cruz argued, based on the poll, that Republicans are in a much better position than they were during the 1995 shutdown because this impasse is defined by a disagreement over funding for the Affordable Care Act as opposed to a general disagreement over government spending.

How anyone could possibly take Cruz seriously at this point is something of a mystery to me.

Last month, the Texas Republican told his party that they wouldn't get blamed if they shut down the government because Americans hate health-care reform. Cruz, as his own poll helps demonstrate, points in the opposite direction.

Last month, the senator also told his party that Republicans were actually fine after the Gingrich shutdown, so they have nothing to worry about. Yesterday he argued to his GOP colleagues that the Gingrich shutdown was a mess for his party, but this current fiasco isn't nearly as bad.

If Democrats are extremely fortunate, Cruz will continue to set the Republican Party's direction and dictate the GOP's strategies for many years to come."

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