No government-shutdown showdown in the Congressional cards this year

posted at 3:21 pm on July 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Because nobody likes high-profile funding fisticuffs in an important election year. There’s a deal in the works to avert the government shutdown currently scheduled to happen on September 30th, and I’m sure everyone’s eager to avoid the shutdown-showdown shenanigans of yesteryear — too much opportunity for bad press on both sides of the aisle, and it doesn’t seem like it would be a very productive exercise, anyway. Looks like we’re all just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the status quo changes in November so we can actually do something substantive about this persistent little problem of ours. Via Roll Call:

The announcement of a House-Senate deal to fund the government for the six months after Sept. 30 appeared imminent this afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said that any spending agreement would have to be at the $1.047 trillion level established by last year’s debt limit law. Current funding runs out at the end of the government’s fiscal year Sept. 30, and without new appropriations or a stopgap continuing resolution, the government would shut down. …

The continuing resolution could not be considered by either chamber until after the August recess, sources said, because the Congressional Budget Office would need time to score the proposal. …

Many members of the conservative House Republican Study Committee have said they would grudgingly support a CR set at the fiscal 2013 level agreed to in last year’s debt limit deal and also accept interim funding for implementing the 2010 health overhaul in exchange for delaying fiscal 2013 appropriations. Republicans are betting on gains in November that could enable them to push for deep spending cuts next year.

Fiscal year 2013 starts on October 1st, and seeing as how all of the Congresspeople are going to want to head home and focus on campaigning right about that time, they’re probably going to try and get this worked out relatively quietly before then. The plan is still only tentative, but I don’t think we’re going to see any legislative “hostage-taking” this year; elections are first and foremost on everybody’s minds. So, we’ll just kick the can down the road for six months, just this once more, and rack up another half-a-trillion dollars in debt in the meantime. No big.


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So how far up the rectum did we take it this time?

SouthernGent on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Eh, even if the GOP got a bad deal (I’m sure they did), I think its better to not get into another “he said, she said” fight a month before the election with our ever objective media playing the judge.

LukeinNE on July 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Too bad!

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

So how far up the rectum did we take it this time?

SouthernGent on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Gonna make my blue eyes brown.

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Just raise the debt ceiling to $999 Gzillion and get it over with.

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

and also accept interim funding for implementing the 2010 health overhaul in exchange for delaying fiscal 2013 appropriations.

The more firmly rooted the tentacles of the “health overhaul” becomes, the less likely it is that it will ever by removed. This is hardly good news, and smells more like the usual GOP fold-up (also known as “compromise”).

bofh on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Replace all of these wimps.

Shut it down. No one will miss it. Computers spending money we don’t have while the gutless wonders try to convince us that they need another term to really sink the economy.

BetseyRoss on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Looks like the White House is trying to avert this:
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/inhofe-obama-administration-doesnt-want-all-these-pink-slips-going-out-5-days-election

Philly on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Here’s hoping they send all those pink slips out anyway. Play hardball with Obutthead.

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM

This sucks, but better this than some “grand bargain” reached to lock in funding levels for another year while instituting more automatic defense cuts when revenues dry up.

At least this will land the funding expiration only a few months into a Willard term where fiscal policy can be addressed in a sane manner for once. That’s the hope anyway. If they screw eat the pooch at that point, well then the republic is finished.

Lost in Jersey on July 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The crisis is we continue to run this government at current spending levels.

Valiant on July 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Harry will be happy to hear this. He wasn’t planning on passing a budget anyway.

GarandFan on July 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

And hopefully everyone will take pictures of their pink slips and post them on fb, along with a big “thanks for nothin’ Obama.”

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Many members of the conservative House Republican Study Committee have said they would grudgingly support a CR set at the fiscal 2013 level agreed to in last year’s debt limit deal and also accept interim funding for implementing the 2010 health overhaul in exchange for delaying fiscal 2013 appropriations.

So lets just shovel more money into the Great Money Pit because it would be politically inconvenient to make an issue of it now. Of course after the election it will be a completely different excuse as to why they cannot cut anything then either.

Republicans are betting on gains in November that could enable them to push for deep spending cuts next year.

Is this where we are supposed to pretend that the GOP will actually make substantial cuts?

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I’m surprised the Dems gave up a cudgel to use against the Pubs. Unless, before the ink is dry, the Dems will be screaming the Pubs ‘cut’ programs–where the Dems wanted six percent and the Pubs would only go five.

Liam on July 31, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Is this where we are supposed to pretend that the GOP will actually make substantial cuts?

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Billions and Billions! Millions might be involved. Possibly even Thousands, or maybe even hundreds! It’s an exciting time to be alive.
/s

bofh on July 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

From the article:

But in guidance issued on Monday, Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates said never mind about those pink slips:
“Questions have recently been raised as to whether the WARN Act requires Federal contractors…whose contracts may be terminated or reduced in the event of sequestration on January 2, 2013, to provide WARN Act notices 60 days before that date to their workers employed under government contracts funded from sequestrable accounts. The answer to this question is ‘no.’ In fact, to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN Act.”

I would love to hear how providing such notice, as would seem to be required in the WARN act, is inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN act. Or is this part of the whole newspeak lexicon?

LibraryGryffon on July 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Billions and Billions! Millions might be involved. Possibly even Thousands, or maybe even hundreds! It’s an exciting time to be alive.
/s

bofh on July 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Heh.

Is that you Boehner? /s

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Boehner has a chance to put the deficit spending and lack of budget issue front and center by telling Reid “We’ll come back for a vote after you pass a budget.” — and then going home and telling everyone the Dems haven’t passed a balanced budget in 4 years — and because of it Obama will need to lay off all federal workers except the military.

KenInIL on July 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Is this where we are supposed to pretend that the GOP will actually make substantial cuts?
sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The Democrat Senate and especially the President aren’t serious about doing anything.

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Is this where we are supposed to pretend that the GOP will actually make substantial cuts?
sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The Democrat Senate and especially the President aren’t serious about doing anything.

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Yeah, I know… and neither are the Republicans.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Breaking: The political pigs in perpetuity have all gotten their more equal Pig heads together, and have agreed that the buffoons who make up the People have no say, in anything, and will simply go “moo,” like the bovine buffoons that they are.

Love that debt? More is on the way!

Oh, and … re-elect us!

Thanks, in advance!

The more equal Pigs.

[This message has been paid for and approved by all of the more equal Pigs that you have re-elected, and will continue to re-elect]

OhEssYouCowboys on July 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

So how far up the rectum did we take it this time?

SouthernGent on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

…If Bonehead Boehner would lean FORWARD and spread his buttcheeks…we might be able to see!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM

…Bonehead Boehner…N e x t…t i m e…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Ya know, when I wake up, every morning, the first thing that I worry about – is the government shutting down.

‘Cause, I’d just hate that, ya know.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Because nobody likes high-profile funding fisticuffs in an important election year.

Because both parties fully intend to keep on borrowing and printing and spending money and have absolutely no intention of actually cutting spending and balancing the budget. They are a bunch of immoral generational thieves and insider traders who are only interested in their own power and greed.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Neither party has a plan to cut spending and balance the budget, they are both the problem. They are ruining America and ruining peoples lives and futures. Please vote for Gary Johnson.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The “can kick” – since the deadline was fast approaching, and this could not wait until after the election, they had to do something. It gives them some time, and they may need to do this again early next year to buy more time, but the politicians will have about a 10-month window between January and November 2013 to enact fiscal policy overhaul. Meanwhile, the markets wait to see what the Fed will do … most of the economic reports today were upside surprises …

TouchdownBuddha on July 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Yeah, I know… and neither are the Republicans.
sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I know what you’re saying, but what else can they do with the LSM in the Dems pocket?

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Everyone cheer the National Debt & the bloated, out of control deficit spending!!!

Hip Hip…………crickets.
Hip Hip………….crickets.
Hip Hip………….crickets.

portlandon on July 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Is this where we are supposed to pretend that the GOP will actually make substantial cuts?
sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The Democrat Senate and especially the President aren’t serious about doing anything.

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Yeah, I know… and neither are the Republicans.

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And y’all thought that this November’s election was going to solve our problems. When we put in a repub president, senate & house and still nothing is done, will you finally admit that the politicians on both sides of the aisle suck!!!!!

I can hardly wait for Texas to secede.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I know what you’re saying, but what else can they do with the LSM in the Dems pocket?

txhsmom on July 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

They could have done what they promised in 2010 by cutting a tiny sliver from the out of control spending. Instead Boehner folded like a cheap suit… if you are being charitable. I suspect it was just cheap theater meant to fool the conservatives rubes. They could have held the line on spending when they captured 100% control of the purse strings. They keep trotting out cheap excuses about political expediency. Its never time to fight for the GOP because there is no fight in them. They are part of the charade.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

TouchdownBuddha on July 31, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Obama, Romney, the MSM and both parties are all ignoring America’s most pressing problems that are the biggest threat to our future and way of life, and instead they argue about non-essential, divisive issues that are not the cause of our economic woes.

Obama and Romney and the powers that be want the election of 2012 to be about nothing!

Meanwhile, our corrupt government is conspiring behind closed doors about what they are going to shove down America’s throat after the election is over when the voters no longer have a say.

Doesn’t that sound like something Americas enemies would do?

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

What is the point of the debt ceiling again?

The Spear on July 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

This is the kind of news that makes you want to quit voting. What good does it do??

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The announcement of a House-Senate deal to fund the government for the six months after Sept. 30 HEAP MORE DEBT ON OUR GRANCHILDREN’S GRANDCHILDREN appeared imminent this afternoon.

At this point, it’s not funding, it’s generational theft.

MessesWithTexas on July 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Maybe Boner will add an amendment requiring all candidates to federal Office to submit a certified copy of their Birth Certificate to each state whose ballot they are on!

Maybe pigs will fly and hell will freeze over!

Balls gentlemen, find some!

ConcealedKerry on July 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Ya know, when I wake up, every morning, the first thing that I worry about – is the government shutting down.

‘Cause, I’d just hate that, ya know.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I only started worrying about shutdowns after I married a submariner. Gov’t shuts down, and we may not have a pay check for food (or right now, the mortgage). Because you just know that if there is one, Ø will make sure that the military gets cut before folks working for DOJ or DHS. He’s already screwing us over our health care, which scares me since I suspect that if we can’t get rid of Øcare, I’ll be losing my other health insurance, and we won’t be able to afford a plan on the exchanges, so we’ll be stuck with whatever is left of Tricare, though of course we’ll have to start paying through the nose for that, probably the same as what we’d be paying on the exchange, because it wouldn’t be faaaaiiiir of us evil retirees to not “pay our fair share”, because the welfare mom with four sprogs by three fathers needs her new iPhone and fancy bling costing more than my weekly take home needs me to pay for her “free” health care too.

Bitter, who, me?

LibraryGryffon on July 31, 2012 at 4:05 PM

There are critical problems facing America that threaten our future and the future our progeny will inherit, yet our ruling class are making this election about nothing and ignoring/downplaying the fact that our government is making secret plans about how they are going to deal with our most important problems, but that’s not what they want this election to be about because the ruling class would lose the election.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I can guarantee that if this passes, next week’s Tea Party Patriots conference call is going to be nothing but which GOPer voted in favor and how bad is the backlash going to be.

I can also guarantee that any freshman GOPer in the House who votes for this better expect to hear nothing but venom at his campaign stops when he/she gets back home.

Once again, Jugears doesn’t need the donkey party – he’s got Boehner.

platypus on July 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

DeMint was on Mark Levin’s radio show last week sometime talking about this. I figured the numbers would end up p!ssing conservatives off because he kept saying it wasn’t as good as he wanted, but it can be changed after the election.

What he said that Erika didn’t mention is that the whole point of doing this is to stop lame ducks from pulling anything between November and January, whether that be Congress or Obama. If this is in place, a lot of the things conservatives are worried dems will do are taken off the table. Silver lining?

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

And y’all thought that this November’s election was going to solve our problems. When we put in a repub president, senate & house and still nothing is done, will you finally admit that the politicians on both sides of the aisle suck!!!!!

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I thought there was a small chance (15% to 25%) that something might be done if Palin had gotten in. The others are largely a waste of time. The USS Titanic Insolvant isn’t going to be turned because the crew and captain are the Three Stooges play slapping each other on the bridge.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Republicans have been out maneuvered by the Communists yet again. Either that, or they’ve joined them. Boehner needs to go and we need Ryan to replace him.

cajunpatriot on July 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

It was in the mid-70′s that the fiscal year end was changed from June 30 to September 30. Supposedly, that allowed the congressional staff to labor over the hot summer to work out a budget for the returning members to pass.

We haven’t had a budget in years and there is no excuse for this. Maybe we should tie congressional pay to budget preparation and passage.

Special Forces Grunt on July 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I was watching CNN for a short time about an hour ago and the hostess stated matter of factly, as though there was nothing wrong with it, that during the lame duck Congress had all sorts of plans they were going to shove down our throats. She didn’t seem to feel it was the role of a “journalist” to expose this scam being perpetrated by the ruling class for what it is.

The MSM and the two parties are duping the American public to make a blind choice between the D and R, not based on the essential issues America needs to face, the MSM and the two parties, (ruling class), is making their plans in secret, and the MSM remains silent and doesn’t try to get the scoop on the secret plans, in fact they play along and try to keep the blinders on the American people, arguing only about non-essential secondary issues instead.

There are some important issues on the table but nobody is going to talk about cutting spending, balancing the budget, giving the American people their freedom and liberty back so that we can all prosper once again.

This is practically a sort of coup, IMO.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Doesn’t that sound like something Americas enemies would do?

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America’s enemies are in DC and called repubs & demonrats!

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

If the two parties and the MSM, including Fox News, have a gentleman’s agreement that they aren’t going to debate the most important problems facing America today and are going to fight over the same old divisive issues instead that, leaving the government to deal with the important issues in secret, to be shoved down our throats after the election during the lame duck when we no longer have say, then the America journalistic profession has betrayed it’s role in our society and the American People.

If our government is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of American voters, real journalists are supposed to suss such plots out and expose them, not go along with it like it’s perfectly normal.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

There are no “real” journalists in the country anymore.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Real journalists would demand answers of the candidates and the parties: How are they going to cut spending and balance the budget? What is are the crooks in our government planning on shoving down our throats after the election? Who is responsible?

That’s the sort of news and information people need to make an informed decision about who they want to be President.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Should have known when the grumbling was announced against the Tea Party.

Bend Over Tea Party.

John Bonehead is about to.

Work you over BIG TIME.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

There are no “real” journalists in the country anymore.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

At least not in the corporate media.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

When Ted Cruz wins today, maybe that will send a little message.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Maybe it is time to vote Libertarian. Voting for the GOP isn’t doing any good.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Oh well. Texas will survive and thrive.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Right.

We don’t need no stinking laws.

Talk about Godless.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Should have known when the grumbling was announced against the Tea Party.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Yep, there is clearly a quiet movement building to throw aside the Tea Party after the elections are over given the “under the radar” Republican spending stories we’ve been seeing creeping out over the last couple of weeks.

The problem for the Republicans is that it’s not clear how they will do this. The Tea Party has continued winning crucial victories such as the defeat Lugar in Indiana and (most likely) the defeat of Dewhurst in Texas. They can’t just hit a “go away” button and immediately go back to acting how they did during the Bush years, especially given the thin ice Romney is on with his base at the moment.

Doomberg on July 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Maybe it is time to vote Libertarian. Voting for the GOP isn’t doing any good.

johnny reb on July 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Please do, most people don’t like Obama and Romney and if Gary starts to surge and they see him as an alternative, Gary will win in a landslide. The two parties are so unpopular and despised that the 2012 election could end up with Obama and Romney combined receiving less than half the vote.

http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/front

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Please do, most people don’t like Obama and Romney and if Gary starts to surge and they see him as an alternative, Gary will win in a landslide. The two parties are so unpopular and despised that the 2012 election could end up with Obama and Romney combined receiving less than half the vote.

http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/front

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

One thing Americans understand.

You have to have some laws. These laws must be based on GOD’s laws our Creator.

The Drug problem is the GODless problem in America. Bring back belief in God and GOD back into government and problems will be solved.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Please do, most people don’t like Obama and Romney and if Gary starts to surge and they see him as an alternative, Gary will win in a landslide. The two parties are so unpopular and despised that the 2012 election could end up with Obama and Romney combined receiving less than half the vote.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I have nothing against Gary Johnson – besides being a self-absorbed lying douchebag, of course – but whoever thinks that the guy can get over 3% needs to have their water supply examined for contamination. Worse yet, if in doing so he gets Obama reelected by 2%, he’ll bury the Libertarian party for good.

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

the congress should hang a sign outside their building stating that only betamales and females need apply within.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The Drug problem is the GODless problem in America. Bring back belief in God and GOD back into government and problems will be solved.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

the drug problem will only be spolved when people are required to live with their decions they make. I have no problem if someone wants to smoke a joint or take a snort of cocciane. I also have no problem if their employee fires them, if they can’t find work, lose their house end up in the street and die form that choice. I do have a problem with my tax dollars giving these people food stamps, disability checks, welfare, school training etc…..

God helps those who help themselves. Let people live with the consequences of their decisions good and bad and you will start to see more people making good decions then bad.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

“I knew that horse’s head would do the trick.”

mojo on July 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The Republican Party as corrupt as the Democrat Party. They are all the problem. They are a bunch of insider traders and generational thieves, enslaving our young people to our government’s debt they use to buy votes and pay off their cronies and special interests.

Gary Johnson is a proven reformer and a very popular two term governor who was far more successful than Romney by any measure. Romney is a gun grabber who supports un-American laws like the Patriot Act and the NDAA.

Gary Johnson isn’t like that, when he was in office he did exactly what he said he would do, and it’s the same thing he’s still saying now, to this day. Gary Johnson is the real deal, a genuine reformer and a supporter of the 2nd amendment and the rest of our Constitutional rights.

Not only is Gary the most qualified candidate running for President, he’s the most genuine and representative of what America used to represent when we were still a good country on the right path. Now we are turning into a fascist nation on speeding down the wrong path, and it’s time to apply the brakes and turn the country away from the cliff both parties are barreling toward.

The status quo is unsustainable, nobody bothers to dabate that anymore, and trying to sustain the unsustainable by enslaving our children under debt they’ll have to work the rest of their lives and still can never repay, while they’ll have to make do with less and less so that we can have more in the present, is immoral and wrong and anti-American. The two parties are not just inconsistent with American values, they are an active threat against them.

That’s why I’ll be voting for the best candidate in November, Gary Johnson, and hope you’ll consider doing the same. Say no to the European left and right that are trying to take over American politics, vote for the American Way, not authoritarian statism like Obamacare/Romney care who are both gun grabbers and care little for the American way.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

the congress should hang a sign outside their building stating that only betamales and females need apply within.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

They’re not chicken, they’re crooked. They have no intention of cutting spending, Boehner himself said so when he was on Rush’s show at the end of the whole debt-ceiling fight. He said that’s the way Washington works and he has no intention of spending less money. That means the promises he made to the tea party were a fraud to trick tea partiers to vote Republican in ’10.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m guessing that if they can deflect or rescind funding O’s czars, extra agencies, EOs and multiples of other spending without Congressional authorization we can gain back a few of those dollars. Heck, if DoD didn’t have to burn green bio-mass at $23 to $76 a gallon in jets and battlecruisers we might gain a bit.

koaiko on July 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

If the two parties and the MSM, including Fox News, have a gentleman’s agreement that they aren’t going to debate the most important problems facing America today and are going to fight over the same old divisive issues instead that, leaving the government to deal with the important issues in secret, to be shoved down our throats after the election during the lame duck when we no longer have say, then the America journalistic profession has betrayed it’s role in our society and the American People.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Fox News is looking more like a dues-paying member of the MSM every week.

bw222 on July 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

and also accept interim funding for implementing the 2010 health overhaul in exchange for delaying fiscal 2013 appropriations.

The more firmly rooted the tentacles of the “health overhaul” becomes, the less likely it is that it will ever by removed. This is hardly good news, and smells more like the usual GOP fold-up (also known as “compromise”).

bofh on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Thanks for catching the obvious. This is an utter disaster, GOP should have said No to anything related to HusseinCare.

This is just a preview to post elections, even if Romney wins and GOP takes the Senate. First excuse to be issued will be, We are already invested in this and can’t simply kill it at this point.

We’re done, folks.

riddick on July 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What he said that Erika didn’t mention is that the whole point of doing this is to stop lame ducks from pulling anything between November and January, whether that be Congress or Obama. If this is in place, a lot of the things conservatives are worried dems will do are taken off the table. Silver lining?

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Anyone seriously believes that liberals won’t try to do more in the lame duck session, whether in Congress or WH? Really?

DeMint is a smart guy, or so he seemed at to this point.

riddick on July 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Anyone seriously believes that liberals won’t try to do more in the lame duck session, whether in Congress or WH? Really?

DeMint is a smart guy, or so he seemed at to this point.

riddick on July 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I can only take him at his word. Everyone here says he is on our side and is to be trusted. I agree that just doing this will not stop libs in the lame duck session, but if it stops them from being able to spend any more money, it’s worth a try. DeMint said that it will get them through until they can do an actual budget. If they are telling the truth about repealing Obamacare the numbers will all have to be changed. I just don’t think we should all go knee jerk crazy until learning more.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

God helps those who help themselves. Let people live with the consequences of their decisions good and bad and you will start to see more people making good decions then bad.

unseen on July 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I agree.

Before Justice Black took GOD out of Government.

There were poor houses to take care of the Old and broke. They worked by charity.

There were hospitals that treated the poor. They worked by charity.

But whey you take out GOD Government becomes GOD. Thus in the Church of America Government is GOD and feels a need to take care of all peoples needs. We now have State Run Religion. We just lie and say it is not what it is. This State Run Religion is now even telling us how to practice our own religion.

Put GOD back in the public square. Reverse the evil Justice Black.

Let the churches once again treat the poor as GOD wants them to.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I just don’t think we should all go knee jerk crazy until learning more.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Nancy Plolski is that you.

We have to pass the bill to read it?

History tells us how this ends.

John Bonehead will do Obamas bidding once again and sell the farm. Nothing will be paid for so trillions more can be stolen from Americans.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Nancy Plolski is that you.

We have to pass the bill to read it?

History tells us how this ends.

John Bonehead will do Obamas bidding once again and sell the farm. Nothing will be paid for so trillions more can be stolen from Americans.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

No, you’re right. It’s much better to make yourself look like an a$$hole than to see what’s up first. I was repeating what I heard Jim DeMint say. From what I see and hear, he is one of the few to be trusted in DC. If you are not willing to trust ANYONE in DC on ANYTHING they say, why are you even here? What is the point to your constant rambling comments if there is no one to trust and nothing to be done? If I felt like that I wouldn’t bother to keep up with this stuff. Yet you come here every day to inform everyone how hopeless everything is and how horrible every elected official we ever had or ever will have is. You should be, and probably are, a democrat, because that nihilistic attitude can only come from someone who believes the crap they do.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Boehner caves yet again. He is a career politician that is more worried about appeasing the democrats than upholding the Constitution. He needs to go back into obscurity where he came from.

ultracon on July 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

THERE IS A SOLUTION.

ITS CALLED : TERM LIMITS.

STOP THE SQUATTERS.

FlaMurph on July 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

THERE IS A SOLUTION.

ITS CALLED : TERM LIMITS.

STOP THE SQUATTERS.

FlaMurph on July 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I assure you the Establishment would play that game and win it.

The only way to stop this is doing what the Tea Party is doing. Ground up organization and quickly dumping politicians that do not toe the line. Primary them out.

Steveangell on July 31, 2012 at 9:46 PM