The real scandal: Political gridlock

The real scandal: Political gridlock

There are 31 comments on the www.newsobserver.com story from May 20, 2013, titled The real scandal: Political gridlock. In it, www.newsobserver.com reports that:

During President Obama's first term, Republican leaders in Congress said their highest priority was to make Obama a one-term president.

Yes, there was an election, and, despite high unemployment, a majority of voters sent a clear message that they supported Obama’s priorities and his agenda. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from trying to nullify the vote by blocking the president’s nominees and freezing his agenda through gridlock.

The obstructionism has been relentless. Senate Republicans have used the threat of filibuster to hold up nominees for federal judgeships and key administration posts.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that 85 federal judgeships are vacant. That’s 10 percent of the judiciary not functioning...

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lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 20, 2013
Any effort by congress to stop or slow the addition of more of the dictators wannabe cronies in his effort to turn the US govt into a chicago clone is admirable.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#2 May 20, 2013
lolol wrote:
Any effort by congress to stop or slow the addition of more of the dictators wannabe cronies in his effort to turn the US govt into a chicago clone is admirable.
dictator?
DICTATOR?
You've given up on alien Moslem?
You smelly-ass loser.
Your Ex

United States

#3 May 20, 2013
The Frightwing's efforts of "1, err, make that 2, terms at ANY cost" to derail the progress of our great nation back to it's former glory are shameful at best, treasonous at worst.
Gravediggers

Boynton Beach, FL

#4 May 20, 2013
The real scandal: IRS

objectively look to see how many liberal groups were targeted, as well as, conservative groups. Are the numbers the same or does one group have more inquiries?

objectively look to see if the liberal groups received the same questions, forms, as the conservative groups

objectively look to see how long it took to approve liberal groups, as opposed to , conservative groups.

Peons working at the IRS are not on their own going to start targeting 'certain groups'applications. Someone higher up in the IRS DIRECTED them to investigate.
Benghazi Survivor

Rochester, NY

#5 May 20, 2013
Can't I just tell the American people the truth?
Sheik Yerbouti

Furlong, PA

#6 May 20, 2013
rethugs have made it crystal clear that they put ideology before the best interests of the country!
Gravediggers

Boynton Beach, FL

#7 May 20, 2013
When you have an IMMIGRATION BILL that nobody knows what's in it and 2 LABOR UNIONS, THE SECOND GROUP IN HOMELAND SECURITY, calls the bill 'dangerous'

"The culture at USCIS encourages ALL applications to be APPROVED, discouraging PROPER investigation into RED flags and discouraging the DENIAL of any applications,” his remarks say.“USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.’”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/...
Follow us:@washtimes on Twitter

When you have a MASSIVE Obama HEALTHCARE BILL, which NOBODY knews what the hell was in it; is another example of passing bills before they are thoroughly vetted by ALL parties.

Let the SUNSHINE IN, AIR OUT THOSE BILLS THOROUGHLY.

Gridlock=thorough vetting of legislation and allows for COMPROMISE!
Windy

Buffalo, NY

#8 May 20, 2013
...and yet Obama's approval rating still at 53%.

Conservatives Republicans are certainly the loudest protesters, but they are not the majority.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#9 May 20, 2013
Benghazi Survivor wrote:
Can't I just tell the American people the truth?
They are still working on which version they want.
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#10 May 20, 2013
No, the problem is that a huge chunk of their voter base wants the obstruction. They're so terrified of the future and what a globalized world means to their 19th (and 14th) century ideals that they applaud these efforts, since they consider total gridlock to be a win.

This is why the GOP is going to fall apart. Far too many of their voters and therefore those voters' representatives are so completely committed ideologically to fighting the future that they truly do want to see gridlock, if that's the best they can do. And this is absolutely infuriating to Republicans who'd like to see the GOP do, well, anything.

In the meantime, as we saw in the election, they're shedding anyone on the sane side of moderate in droves - the Tea Party and their ideals actively worry a lot of people in the nation, both Rs and Ds alike. And they have to pander to the Tea Party because they almost certainly would be willing to go third party.

This can't be allowed to happen (from their POV) because it would snap the GOP in two. And give the Democrats total control of Congress and likely the Presidency for a very long time.

Yet, if the party loses so many voters by pandering to the insane fringe that they simply cannot compete no matter how badly they abuse redistricting, they again fade into obscurity.

They're pretty much circling the drain, but whenever someone on their side points out that their behavior is utterly unsustainable and bordering on being destructive out of sheer spite, that person gets publicly ripped to pieces, called a liberal, or commie, etc etc and chased out of the party.

One way or the other, they're pretty well doomed short of another 9/11. And maybe not even then.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#11 May 20, 2013
Windy wrote:
...and yet Obama's approval rating still at 53%.
Conservatives Republicans are certainly the loudest protesters, but they are not the majority.
Paul Ryan is the one who cut US Embassy security to 'save money.' I don't see and congressional Republicans going after themselves.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#12 May 20, 2013
Lamer wrote:
No, the problem is that a huge chunk of their voter base wants the obstruction. They're so terrified of the future and what a globalized world means to their 19th (and 14th) century ideals that they applaud these efforts, since they consider total gridlock to be a win.
This is why the GOP is going to fall apart. Far too many of their voters and therefore those voters' representatives are so completely committed ideologically to fighting the future that they truly do want to see gridlock, if that's the best they can do. And this is absolutely infuriating to Republicans who'd like to see the GOP do, well, anything.
In the meantime, as we saw in the election, they're shedding anyone on the sane side of moderate in droves - the Tea Party and their ideals actively worry a lot of people in the nation, both Rs and Ds alike. And they have to pander to the Tea Party because they almost certainly would be willing to go third party.
This can't be allowed to happen (from their POV) because it would snap the GOP in two. And give the Democrats total control of Congress and likely the Presidency for a very long time.
Yet, if the party loses so many voters by pandering to the insane fringe that they simply cannot compete no matter how badly they abuse redistricting, they again fade into obscurity.
They're pretty much circling the drain, but whenever someone on their side points out that their behavior is utterly unsustainable and bordering on being destructive out of sheer spite, that person gets publicly ripped to pieces, called a liberal, or commie, etc etc and chased out of the party.
One way or the other, they're pretty well doomed short of another 9/11. And maybe not even then.
The GOP may be circling the drain; but there s plenty of BIG MONEY backing these crazy ideas, to keep the Yahoos and junior KKK'ers and Puritans in the picture.

BIG MONEY people do this to exploit the predjudices of the tea-baggers and religious-right; so they can pull their strings into supporting lower taxes for the very rich.

And the puppets dance on around that drain.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#13 May 20, 2013
President Obama was correct...raiseing the tax rates for the top tier earners, does help our economic recovery.......

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#14 May 20, 2013
Gravediggers wrote:
The real scandal: IRS
objectively look to see how many liberal groups were targeted, as well as, conservative groups. Are the numbers the same or does one group have more inquiries?
objectively look to see if the liberal groups received the same questions, forms, as the conservative groups
objectively look to see how long it took to approve liberal groups, as opposed to , conservative groups.
Peons working at the IRS are not on their own going to start targeting 'certain groups'applications. Someone higher up in the IRS DIRECTED them to investigate.
TRULY, the REAL, REAL scandal is the 401c4 law interpretation.
How can huge, multi-national corporations fund petty groups to run huge anti-Democratic candidates advertisements and campaigns, and nobody sees that this is NOT a public service, but are taxable (and reportable) political shenanegans?

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#15 May 20, 2013
Gravediggers wrote:
When you have an IMMIGRATION BILL that nobody knows what's in it and 2 LABOR UNIONS, THE SECOND GROUP IN HOMELAND SECURITY, calls the bill 'dangerous'
"The culture at USCIS encourages ALL applications to be APPROVED, discouraging PROPER investigation into RED flags and discouraging the DENIAL of any applications,” his remarks say.“USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.’”
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/...
Follow us:@washtimes on Twitter
When you have a MASSIVE Obama HEALTHCARE BILL, which NOBODY knews what the hell was in it; is another example of passing bills before they are thoroughly vetted by ALL parties.
Let the SUNSHINE IN, AIR OUT THOSE BILLS THOROUGHLY.
Gridlock=thorough vetting of legislation and allows for COMPROMISE!
I can't respect anyone who gets their news from the MOONIES, or Rupert Murdoch.

Any reality in your cockeyed world?
BandMaster

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#16 May 20, 2013
Is he impeached yet? Benghazi?

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#17 May 20, 2013
BandMaster wrote:
Is he impeached yet? Benghazi?
Paul RYAN?
No. still trying to screw the old & young, and middle class, to give more to the very rich.

Glad you're watching him.

Me too.
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#18 May 20, 2013
BandMaster wrote:
Is he impeached yet? Benghazi?
So what you mean is that you do not have anything useful or intelligent to add?

Since: Dec 07

Frankston, TX

#19 May 20, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
Paul Ryan is the one who cut US Embassy security to 'save money.' I don't see and congressional Republicans going after themselves.
Paul Ryan doesn't have the authority to cut funding for embasssies...file that among the other 10,000 liberal lies. The sequester was burracks design...pure and simple.

There seem to be enough funding for Marines at all other embassies all over Europe at the time. Typical demorat response..."uh, it's the republicans fault." Get a brain.

Yet after a weeks warning...nothing was done to either move people out of Benghazi or send more security in. The GOP was not in charge of that process....pinochio........!!

Since: Dec 07

Frankston, TX

#20 May 20, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
Paul RYAN?
No. still trying to screw the old & young, and middle class, to give more to the very rich.
Glad you're watching him.
Me too.
Every since elected to office...pelosi, reid, biden obama and there crownies have been giving taxpayer money to the very rich....
Themselve...try to pay attention. Google big pharma and pelosi....yeow!

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