Give the GOP a treat or the country gets it

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Pathetic Republicans

Gardner, MA

#1 Jul 8, 2013
Following up on an item from two months ago, Congressional Republicans have no reason to use the debt ceiling to hold the nation hostage again. None. The deficit is already shrinking with remarkable speed; the last GOP debt-ceiling crisis did real harm to the nation; GOP leaders have ruled out default; and Republican lawmakers themselves don't even have anything specific in mind in terms of demands. There's just no need to put Americans through this again.

But National Journal reports that House Republicans intend to do it anyway.

With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a "menu" of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in exchange for raising the country's borrowing limit.

This menu is more a matrix of politically fraught options for the Obama administration to consider: Go small on cuts and get a short extension of the debt ceiling. Go big -- by agreeing to privatize Social Security, for example -- and get a deal that will raise the ceiling for the rest of Obama's term.

It's a strategy meant to show the GOP is ready to deal. But even conservatives admit that this gambit might do little to help them avoid blame should the negotiations reach a crisis stage.

We've reached a level of true madness here. We are, after all, talking about paying for things congressional Republicans have already bought, and so they have to raise the debt limit to avoid default. And yet, their official position is, in effect, "Give us a treat or we'll start deliberately hurting Americans. No goodies = no peace."

But it's this "menu" that really rankles -- Republicans will promise not to threaten to hurt Americans on purpose for a certain period of time, based on which part of Paul Ryan's House GOP budget plan Democrats accept.

If Democrats agree to more means testing of Social Security benefits, Republicans will agree not to hold the nation hostage again for a short while.

If Democrats agree to cut food stamps for struggling families or block-grant Medicaid, Republicans will agree not to hold the nation hostage again for a slightly longer period of time.

And if Democrats agree to privatize social-insurance programs altogether, Republicans promise they won't threaten to hurt the country again on purpose until after the president leaves office. How gracious of them.

This is dangerously stupid and reflects a degree of post-policy nihilism that's hard to fully appreciate. This is arguably the single dumbest, manufactured, self-imposed crisis imaginable, but at least for now, it's going to happen anyway.

{Hostage taking 101, insert ransom note here}

For the last few months, the political world has been preoccupied with some ridiculous "scandal" narrative, hoping to tie together unrelated stories -- which really weren't that interesting anyway -- to tell the public there are meaningful controversies unfolding in Washington. But so-called scandals like Benghazi and IRS scrutiny evaporated into nothing.

But if the political world is eager to fill the void, the debt-ceiling story strikes me as a genuine scandal. For the first time in generations, we have a major political party vowing to do deliberate harm to Americans unless their demands are met.

How is that not a scandal?

For its part, the Obama administration has said in no uncertain terms that it will not negotiate with those who would hold the nation's wellbeing hostage. "We will not negotiate over the debt limit," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in writing in May. "The creditworthiness of the United States is non-negotiable. The question of whether the country must pay obligations it has already incurred is not open to debate."
Pathetic Republicans

Gardner, MA

#2 Jul 17, 2013
Here's your chance to put Glass Steagall bacxk in place since you all think it's Bill Clinton's fault!

http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/sign_gla...

"It's time for Congress to put Wall Street reform back on the agenda. We support passing a new Glass-Steagall law to prevent too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks from taking huge risks with people's life savings -- and then expecting taxpayer bailouts."

R~i~g~h~t, as if a Republican really cares about legislation correcting problems, NOT ONE OF YOU WILL DO THIS!

You only mention Glass Steagall when you think it blames Clinton!!!!

You don't really care if the problem gets fixed!!!
Boehner and Cantor

Gardner, MA

#3 Oct 7, 2013
Just thought this should be up front, July 8th it became clear, Republicans had no interest in doing their jobs and going to committee to has out the budget and so stalled, from July to October so they could hold us all hostage!!!!!!!!!

We knew in July, now tell us, it's somehow Obama's fault!!
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#4 Oct 7, 2013
Let me get this straight? The welfare people and people on disability are the ones that complain the most about the salaries of upper management and government workers. Actually they COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYONE THAT EARNS MORE THAN THE BENEFITS THEY RECEIVE!

Well sorry welfare and disability people, it is called “WORKING!”

But they receive their income from the taxes that are paid from those workers.

Now why do people complain who are on welfare and disability? They have everything paid for them. The get free food, rent, utilities, daycare, cell phones, healthcare, college courses and they DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!

I see the welfare & disability people shopping at Market Basket driving their nice luxury vehicles, wearing expensive purses, wearing bling and dressed as if they are going to a dinner party. They have a carriage or two full of groceries that add up to $300-$400.

They get Black Diamond steaks, expensive seafood and all the top high end food items for FREE! Knowing Spanish I hear them talk about their planned trips to Puerto Rico or the Dominican. This all takes place at the 1st of every month too.

They go back to the residence that includes a large screen tv in every room. Gotta have the expensives dogs and large fish tank. And here I thought they were suppose to receive just generic food and basic housing to survive? Why are they even receiving money on their EBT card to spend? Welfare never did that years ago?

Oh I know, they say we cannot discriminate against them and they deserve the same as everyone else BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO WORK !

So when they complain about the salaries of the working class that is the same as rubbing their freeloading lifestyles in the taxpayers faces. If I had their “Lifestyle of Leisure” I wouldn’t say anything and would not to draw any attention to disability or welfare.

And they get angry when the working class wants to cut their benefits.

So to the welfare and disability class, before you complain about the salaries of a CEO, police officer, firefighter, janitor, taxi driver or any employed worker, just remember that you have it made as you watch us drive by your porch everyday going to work.
Boehner and Cantor

Gardner, MA

#5 Oct 7, 2013
Working Stiff wrote:
Let me get this straight? The welfare people and people on disability are the ones that complain the most about the salaries of upper management and government workers. Actually they COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYONE THAT EARNS MORE THAN THE BENEFITS THEY RECEIVE!
Well sorry welfare and disability people, it is called “WORKING!”
But they receive their income from the taxes that are paid from those workers.
Now why do people complain who are on welfare and disability? They have everything paid for them. The get free food, rent, utilities, daycare, cell phones, healthcare, college courses and they DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!
I see the welfare & disability people shopping at Market Basket driving their nice luxury vehicles, wearing expensive purses, wearing bling and dressed as if they are going to a dinner party. They have a carriage or two full of groceries that add up to $300-$400.
They get Black Diamond steaks, expensive seafood and all the top high end food items for FREE! Knowing Spanish I hear them talk about their planned trips to Puerto Rico or the Dominican. This all takes place at the 1st of every month too.
They go back to the residence that includes a large screen tv in every room. Gotta have the expensives dogs and large fish tank. And here I thought they were suppose to receive just generic food and basic housing to survive? Why are they even receiving money on their EBT card to spend? Welfare never did that years ago?
Oh I know, they say we cannot discriminate against them and they deserve the same as everyone else BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO WORK !
So when they complain about the salaries of the working class that is the same as rubbing their freeloading lifestyles in the taxpayers faces. If I had their “Lifestyle of Leisure” I wouldn’t say anything and would not to draw any attention to disability or welfare.
And they get angry when the working class wants to cut their benefits.
So to the welfare and disability class, before you complain about the salaries of a CEO, police officer, firefighter, janitor, taxi driver or any employed worker, just remember that you have it made as you watch us drive by your porch everyday going to work.
You hatred for the poor has nothing to do with the GOP causing the rest of the country and all the people in it DELIBERATE harm so they can have a hissy fit!!!
Yawn

Fairport, NY

#6 Oct 7, 2013
Another the sky is falling thread from an hick in Fitchburg.

I'll summarize your entire rant....help me, my welfare and free services are being disrupted.

Do us all a favor and leap off of a building.
Boehner and Cantor

Woburn, MA

#7 Oct 7, 2013
Yawn wrote:
Another the sky is falling thread from an hick in Fitchburg.
I'll summarize your entire rant....help me, my welfare and free services are being disrupted.
Do us all a favor and leap off of a building.
relevance is what the post is full of. You on the other hand, have nothing factually relevant to say, only, hatred of poor people based on your imagination.

I don't need help a-hole, never heard of compassion for others huh!

Since you're reading this, obviously YOU have connections to the Burg. There is more in the Burg besides you ignorant racist teabaggers for sure!!

And YES, I am calling you racist, you'd like everyone to think you're not but obviously, poor or people on Welfare to you, means black people or people of color!!!
Boehner and Cantor

Woburn, MA

#8 Oct 7, 2013
Yawn wrote:
Another the sky is falling thread from an hick in Fitchburg.
I'll summarize your entire rant....help me, my welfare and free services are being disrupted.
Do us all a favor and leap off of a building.
And it doesn't say "the sky is falling", it says, Republicans think Hostage taking and extortion are valid ways to run a country and so believe causing deliberate harm to the country and the people in it is a viable direction!!!!!

Look over there, Republicans think shooting ourselves in the foot and causing economic hardship is a way to manage a Government!!

Why do you want to burn the whole country down when you profess to love it so much!!!!
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#9 Oct 7, 2013
Boehner and Cantor wrote:
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You hatred for the poor has nothing to do with the GOP causing the rest of the country and all the people in it DELIBERATE harm so they can have a hissy fit!!!
They are not poor, a homeless person is poor. Welfare people are living the good life on the taxpayer's dime. I know I used to be one of them.
What

Worcester, MA

#10 Oct 7, 2013
Yawn wrote:
Another the sky is falling thread from an hick in Fitchburg.
I'll summarize your entire rant....help me, my welfare and free services are being disrupted.
Do us all a favor and leap off of a building.
What's the matter. Is the truth getting in the way of your lies?

Let us know when you get off welfare and actually get a job, then you can be part of the conversation.
Survival

Leominster, MA

#11 Oct 7, 2013
I like it. It's nature taking it's course. If you can't run with the pack you get left behind or eatin.
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Survival

Leominster, MA

#12 Oct 7, 2013
Survival

Leominster, MA

#13 Oct 7, 2013
Yawn

Fairport, NY

#14 Oct 7, 2013
Boehner and Cantor wrote:
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relevance is what the post is full of. You on the other hand, have nothing factually relevant to say, only, hatred of poor people based on your imagination.
I don't need help a-hole, never heard of compassion for others huh!
Since you're reading this, obviously YOU have connections to the Burg. There is more in the Burg besides you ignorant racist teabaggers for sure!!
And YES, I am calling you racist, you'd like everyone to think you're not but obviously, poor or people on Welfare to you, means black people or people of color!!!
I did not being race into this, you did. There are poor people of all stripes. Why do you hate black people or people of color?

There's no hate like liberal hate.

Remember Sen. Byrd? He was a democrat AND a bonafide member of the KKK.
Boehner and Cantor

Woburn, MA

#15 Oct 7, 2013
Yawn wrote:
<quoted text>
I did not being race into this, you did. There are poor people of all stripes. Why do you hate black people or people of color?
There's no hate like liberal hate.
Remember Sen. Byrd? He was a democrat AND a bonafide member of the KKK.
You did not being KKK, great sentence. NOT RELEVANT!!!!
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#16 Oct 7, 2013
You see even the wealthy people end up on welfare. Let’s pretend you are Curt Schilling and the Feds are at your house there with locks. You have one hour to get out of your house.

What would you take with you? The sad part is the kids had to leave their items and Shondra had to leave her panties. All up for auction now.

Every summer the Schillings are at Coollidge park because Curt coaches her softball team that plays here.

I will definitely be bidding on his wife’s panties and waving them like a team towel !

http://consignworks.com/Estate613/
Yawn

Fairport, NY

#17 Oct 7, 2013
Boehner and Cantor wrote:
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You did not being KKK, great sentence. NOT RELEVANT!!!!
You brought race into the discussion, not I. And just look at how riled up you're getting.

I apologize for the typo, typing on a phone is a pain. But even your dum witted mind could decipher why I was saying.

Keep getting wrapped around the axel while nobody cares what you have to say.

In the end, even Obama doesn't care about you. The sooner you realize that the better off you'll be.
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#18 Oct 7, 2013
Actually he kinda looks like Lynch!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/08/10/...
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#19 Oct 7, 2013
Working Stiff

Gardner, MA

#20 Oct 7, 2013
Boehner and Cantor wrote:
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relevance is what the post is full of. You on the other hand, have nothing factually relevant to say, only, hatred of poor people based on your imagination.
I don't need help a-hole, never heard of compassion for others huh!
Since you're reading this, obviously YOU have connections to the Burg. There is more in the Burg besides you ignorant racist teabaggers for sure!!
And YES, I am calling you racist, you'd like everyone to think you're not but obviously, poor or people on Welfare to you, means black people or people of color!!!
You guys are amateurs when it comes to blogging.

Here is a pic of Obama but really why do they have bullet proof glass in front of him? Do they really think he will shoot someone in public?

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/...

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