Huh, that’s odd: Harry Reid declines to bring a vote on Obama’s cliff plan

posted at 6:51 pm on December 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered to give Democrats a chance to go on the record and demonstrate just how serious they are about averting the fiscal cliff by proposing a vote on the package that President Obama proposed last week. Take it away, McConnell:

If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it. So I’m surprised the Majority Leader just declined the chance for them to support it with their votes. I guess we’re left to conclude that it couldn’t even pass by a bare majority of votes, and that they’d rather take the country off the cliff than actually work out a good-faith agreement that reflects tough choices on both sides. … I think folks should know who actually wants to raise taxes on family farmers and manufacturers, and who thinks we can solve our fiscal problems without doing anything serious to our real long term liabilities. Democrats are so focused on the politics of this debate they seem to forget there’s a cost. They’re feeling so good about the election, they’ve forgotten they’ve got a duty to govern. A lot of people are going to suffer a lot if we go off this cliff. That’s why we assumed Democrats wanted to avoid it. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something together. Apparently we were wrong.

And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s response to this reasonable request? How dare these Republicans ask us to vote on a bill carefully designed and touted by our party leader — it’s a stunt, I say! A stunt!

“I reserve the right to object. I just a minute ago moved to the Russia trade bill,” said Reid. “The purpose of moving to this bill is to protect American jobs. If we don’t do this legislation, we’ll lose American jobs for sure and put American companies in even worse shape than they are with Chinese and European companies. So the question is really this: are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the obstruction we felt so much during this last Congress?

“The answer to that is really obvious. The answer is yes. Or are we going to continue the sort of political stunts that the Republican Leader is trying to pull today, now?”

Okay, sure: Let’s go ahead and accept Mr. Reid’s language that this is a Republican “stunt,” but it being a “stunt” isn’t why Mr. Reid objects to it — the real problem is that a vote on President Obama’s plan would expose exactly what’s really going on here. The White House insists that President Obama’s plan — to hike up all kinds of taxes and virtually eliminate the debt ceiling — is a substantive, credible, good-faith proposal, yet plenty of Democrats are conspicuously hanging back from endorsing it. Could it be that the White House really doesn’t care about compromise, avoiding the pain of the fiscal cliff, or reducing the deficit, but is actually just single-mindedly committed to their entirely reckless goal of merely hiking taxes on the wealthiest Americans — a plan that even most Congressional Democrats wouldn’t vote for?

…Oh, hey, check that out — they just admitted as much.

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dingy Harrah needs to go…

OmahaConservative on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Boehner should put it on the floor of the House. Put the rats on record.

The Count on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Boehner should put it on the floor of the House. Put the rats on record.

The Count on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Amen.

beatcanvas on December 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

We all just got a face full of what is really going on here, the ‘rats are playing with our lives on this one. There will be no deal, ever, it’s already baked into the plan.

After January 1st when the shiite really hits the fan, expect all sorts of interesting executive orders issuing from the Dog Eater’s palace, interesting in ways that would make Morsi proud.

Bishop on December 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Boehner should put it on the floor of the House. Put the rats on record.
The Count on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Couldn’t they just vote “present”?

It would pay homage to President Present.

Marcola on December 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

As I’ve written elsewhere, Obama got 65 million votes and Romney got 61 million votes. Total votes = 128,299,099 and the winners percentage = 50.9% of total votes (there were also 2,223,004 votes cast for neither Obama or Romney). Yes, he won, but he barely got a simple majority and certainly not the “mandate” he fantasizes about. Nobody is contesting his win but it came a far cry from that needed to become emperor. Buck up Republicans, you have as much support in this country as he does and possibly even more if you include the 94+ million eligible voters that didn’t vote. All you need is a viable, strong winning strategy and the male parts to use and exploit it. Hang tough.

rplat on December 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Why aren’t centrist dems being targeted by supposedly R or supposedly conservative groups in media or advertising over Reids decision here?

earlgrey133 on December 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Let it burn.

rebarnard on December 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Honest to God, if we go over the fiscal cliff, the House needs to challenge Obama’s mental competency… bring impeachment against him. Clearly the guy is nuts, so eaten up with partisan hatred that he’s become unhinged.

Dingy Harry knows this is all a game; it’s all about class warfare and political one-upmanship. That’s why he won’t even bring Obama’s stupid plan to the floor. It’s sick.

Murf76 on December 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Geithner: ‘Absolutely’ willing to go off the fiscal cliff
http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/12/geithner-absolutely-willing-to-go-off-the-fiscal-cliff-151185.html

Tim Geithner said Wednesday that the Obama administration was prepared to dive off the fiscal cliff.

Geithner was asked on CNBC: “is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff?”

“Oh, absolutely,” Geithner replied.

Galt2009 on December 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

After January 1st when the shiite really hits the fan, expect all sorts of interesting executive orders issuing from the Dog Eater’s palace, interesting in ways that would make Morsi proud.

Bishop on December 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

And congress can challenge those EOs in court on the basis that they deviate from congressional intent.

rplat on December 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Honest to God, if we go over the fiscal cliff, the House needs to challenge Obama’s mental competency… bring impeachment against him. Clearly the guy is nuts, so eaten up with partisan hatred that he’s become unhinged.

Murf76 on December 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM

The King is not nuts or deranged, he knows exactly what he is doing or did you miss his “Revenge” speech?

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Boehner should put it on the floor of the House. Put the rats on record.
The Count on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Couldn’t they just vote “present”?

It would pay homage to President Present.

Marcola on December 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

That’s fine. It just shows that not even Democrats think Obama’s proposal is in good faith.

malclave on December 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Every single Republican with a voice and an audience should be repeating McConnell’s statement, “If the President’s proposal was made in good faith, Democrats should be eager to vote for it.” and then follow with the question, “Why not put it to a vote in the Senate. They can claim the the Democrats have a majority in the Senate and if it passes it would put pressure on the House to move on the President’s plan. Why won’t Reid put it to a vote?”

Of course we know that there are dems who won’t vote on this and it won’t pass but the Republicans could FINALLY be on the offense instead of defense.

PrincipleStand on December 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Just like the 300 or so attempts to repeal Obamacare, Party of No either says no or pulls meaningless stunts. Basically wasting everyone’s time.

lester on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

From a Forbes piece by Joel Kotkin today:

Any move to raise taxes on the rich — defined as households making over $250,000 annually — strikes directly at the economies of these (ten blue states that voted for Obysmal) states, which depend heavily on the earnings of high-income professionals, entrepreneurs and technical workers. In fact, when you examine which states, and metropolitan areas, have the highest concentrations of such people, it turns out they are overwhelmingly located in the bluest states and regions.

Ironically the new taxes will have relatively little effect on the detested Romney uber-class, who derive most of their income from capital gains, taxed at a much lower rate. They also have access to all manner of offshore dodges. Nor will it have much impact on Silicon Valley millionaires and billionaires, or the Hollywood moguls and urban land speculators who constitute the Democratic Party’s “good rich,” and enjoy many of the same privileges as their wealthy conservative counterparts.

The people whose wallets will be drained in the new war on “the rich” are high-earning, but hardly plutocratic professionals like engineers, doctors, lawyers, small business owners and the like. Once seen as the bastion of the middle class, and exemplars of upward mobility, these people are emerging as the modern day “kulaks,” the affluent peasants ruthlessly targeted by Stalin in the early 1930s.

There is no question in my mind that Obysmal is determined to destroy the middle class, the upwardly striving, the responsible tax-paying citizens, the property owners.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Screw these bastiges. They all suck. They don’t represent any of us, they represent themselves and their own self interests. I’d love to tar and feather them all and start over with a new Congress.

Key West Reader on December 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

lester is still an adorable gnatbrain.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Bok bok bok bok, Harry.

Burn, baby, burn.

Philly on December 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

There is no question in my mind that Obysmal is determined to destroy the middle class, the upwardly striving, the responsible tax-paying citizens, the property owners.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

All part of the King’s plans to fundamentally change the United States of America.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

If lester wouldn’t be an adorable gnatbrain he’d be for Obama’s plan, even if both are wrong.

You’re making logic very indignant.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Lester,

How long has it been since your serious, mature, non stunt pulling party passed a budget?

Kataklysmic on December 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Perhaps the key phrase was “made in good faith,” and we know Barky has none.

Philly on December 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

crap….and the lsm will still blame the gop on this ….

Bloody infuriating…

cmsinaz on December 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

jan 1 2013….

the gop wouldn’t compromise…they are to blame
-dear leader with lsm defending him

cmsinaz on December 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Just like the 300 or so attempts to repeal Obamacare, Party of No either says no or pulls meaningless stunts. Basically wasting everyone’s time.

lester on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

HAHA. You’re an idiot.

Chuck Schick on December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

JPeterman, another O/T question for you: Are you familiar with Becherovka? I love it as an aperitif, but none of our liquor (state) stores carry it.

Back to the topic at hand.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Is there any Senate parliamentary procedure to rein in Reid and make him accountable?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

JPeterman, another O/T question for you: Are you familiar with Becherovka?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

They sold it in Russia in the 80-ies. Smells like Robitussin, and tastes worse.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Is there any Senate parliamentary procedure to rein in Reid and make him accountable?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Nothing short of a shooting squad. Voting fraud in Nevada has reached the point when even a semi-comatose criminal Democrat can win statewide elections 100% of the time. Case in point: Senator H. Reid.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Harry “Pederast” Reid is a POS of the first order.

Can McConnell put this up for a vote every day? I’d love to see him do that. Eventually, the press would have to cover it.

LASue on December 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Has there been any research done on what (if any) impact the fiscal cliff will have on those on the public dole, excluding Medicare recipients? Therein lies the key to the Dem’s plans.

GoPStupid

Key West Reader on December 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

It’s made in Karlovy Vary where my sister just opened her second shop. You can get it over at Amazon. I prefer tuzemák also made in Czech Republic from sugar beet. It’s wonderful.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

lester on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Democrats have spent the last century and a half trying to reinstate slavery (in one form or another) to the U.S., and good ol’ lester is fine with it.

malclave on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Going over the fiscal cliff is supposed to put the kibbosh on unemployment benefits (which have been so extended that they almost qualify as salaries for not working).

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

will the lsm actually report this?

cmsinaz on December 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Good stuff. Maybe McConnell isn’t totally worthless. The House should actually bring it up for a vote.

besser tot als rot on December 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

It’s made in Karlovy Vary where my sister just opened her second shop. You can get it over at Amazon. I prefer tuzemák also made in Czech Republic from sugar beet. It’s wonderful.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

That’s where I bought it while visiting the distillery. Mixed with Hungarian tokay wine, it makes a wonderful cocktail.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The King is not nuts or deranged, he knows exactly what he is doing or did you miss his “Revenge” speech?

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

“Never attribute to malice stupidity that which is adequately explained by stupidity malice.”

We live in upside down world my friends.

txhsmom on December 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

lester is still a n adorable gnatbrain.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Sorry, nothing adorable about willful stupidity. This entity has been reading this blog for years and still sticks to the democrat talking points. Stupid is as stupid does. Lester does not value his freedoms and worse, desires a system that takes those freedoms away from his fellow citizens. Stupid and evil.

AZfederalist on December 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Honest to God, if we go over the fiscal cliff, the House needs to challenge Obama’s mental competency… bring impeachment against him. Clearly the guy is nuts, so eaten up with partisan hatred that he’s become unhinged

The mental competency that should be challenged is of the majority of our fellow citizens who were the ones that kept Mr. Obama and his ilk in office.

California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and all the other states that voted blue are, in my opinion, giant insane asylums run by the inmates.

This nation’s future generations will suffer mightily for it.

MessesWithTexas on December 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Nothing short of a shooting squad. Voting fraud in Nevada has reached the point when even a semi-comatose criminal Democrat with dementia onset can win statewide elections 100% of the time. Case in point: Senator H. Reid.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Minor addition

AZfederalist on December 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

It’s made in Karlovy Vary where my sister just opened her second shop. You can get it over at Amazon. I prefer tuzemák also made in Czech Republic from sugar beet. It’s wonderful.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

There is a Thoroughbred racing today named Karlovy Vary. I always wondered where the owners came up with that name. Now I know.

The things you learn at Hot Gas. ;)

predator on December 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

So, what are the odds that ANY news network will actually report Harry Reid running from his own president’s budget offer?

Besides Fox News, of course.

tom on December 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…I called lobotomy lester a peni$…and it was moderated!…what’s wrong with that?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

dingy Harrah needs to go…

OmahaConservative on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

We had a chance two years ago but NO, the Tea Party had to run another nut job against him.

Mr. Arrogant on December 5, 2012 at 7:44 PM

The King is not nuts or deranged, he knows exactly what he is doing or did you miss his “Revenge” speech?

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Show me someone who claims Azzhole is “incompetent” and I will show you an idiot.

Azzhole is fully competent and we should start calling what he is doing by its proper name: DESTRUCTION O AMERICA.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I still think the House GOP needs to vote on an extension of the Bush tax cuts for everyone making under 200k. Just get that on record and dare Reid to block it in the Senate.

Doughboy on December 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

That’s where I bought it while visiting the distillery. Mixed with Hungarian tokay wine, it makes a wonderful cocktail.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I’m assuming you got to see the Hotel Poop?

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

…I called lobotomy lester a peni$…and it was moderated!…what’s wrong with that?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

False advertising? Maybe it’s actually a lady part…

predator on December 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Somebody needs to ask Obysmal if he wants to destroy our economy the way the dreams from his father, Obysmal Sr., did to Kenya.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Nevermind the Marxicrat in Chief, we’re stuck with 6 more years of Reid.
Any idea what his vote margin was amongst his caucus for the Majority Leader position? Any chance that shifts in two years? 4?
How many more years will the Senate go, refusing to conduct it’s chief constitutional duty of ratifying a Budget, instead of this continuing resolution garbage? At what point do the people say ‘enough’ and drive Reid from office / his position?

rayra on December 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I’m assuming you got to see the Hotel Poop?

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

No, what is that?
I did manage to buy some lovely crystal at prices much cheaper than those in Prague.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

How many more years will the Senate go, refusing to conduct it’s chief constitutional duty of ratifying a Budget, instead of this continuing resolution garbage? At what point do the people say ‘enough’ and drive Reid from office / his position?

rayra on December 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

In Nevada, nobody actually asks people. Whoever pleases hospitality union bosses best, gets to win the race. Voting is as much an obsolete formality as pulling a lever on a gambling machine – the odds are preset and you’re bound to lose.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Nevermind the Marxicrat in Chief, we’re stuck with 6 more years of Reid.
Any idea what his vote margin was amongst his caucus for the Majority Leader position? Any chance that shifts in two years? 4?
How many more years will the Senate go, refusing to conduct it’s chief constitutional duty of ratifying a Budget, instead of this continuing resolution garbage? At what point do the people say ‘enough’ and drive Reid from office / his position?

rayra on December 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

4 years now.

And I don’ see Boenher doing anything about “continuing resolution”, so not only Harrietta Reid is at fault. Had Bohner been doing his job he would have shut down the government until a budget is passed. Shutting down EPA, DOT and EPA, for startes, would save $300-400 BILLION per year starting today and even more in the future (savings from union pensions liability).

GOP is as guilty and as willing as liberals to go along with “continuing resolution”.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

How many more years will the Senate go, refusing to conduct it’s chief constitutional duty of ratifying a Budget, instead of this continuing resolution garbage? At what point do the people say ‘enough’ and drive Reid from office / his position?

rayra on December 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Doesn’t the Senate have a procedure to force Reid to comply with his constitutional duty?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Azzhole is fully competent and we should start calling what he is doing by its proper name: DESTRUCTION O AMERICA.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Bingo. There is no ‘plan’ to reach a ‘deal’. The plan is to crash the economy. Fine. Let’s not drag this out. The GOP isn’t going to recognize that they don’t have any ‘deal’ to make. Push it over the cliff and let it burn. If this is slowly drawn out or happens suddenly, it going to be painful either way.

ghostwalker1 on December 5, 2012 at 7:55 PM

In Nevada, nobody actually asks people. Whoever pleases hospitality union bosses best, gets to win the race. Voting is as much an obsolete formality as pulling a lever on a gambling machine – the odds are preset and you’re bound to lose.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I’m assuming you live here?

SEIU controls voting machines’ installation and vote tabulation”, main reason idiots are still clapming that Angle has lost in 2010. She did not. SEIU vote counters “win” it for Reid. Same way they “won” it for Azzhole last month, no way in hell we got GOP candidates across the board into Congress and somehow same voters then decided that Azzhole is their choice. SEIU tried hard to rig it for Berkeley, but just could not rig it enough and face recounts.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

No, what is that?
I did manage to buy some lovely crystal at prices much cheaper than those in Prague.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I am sure you saw it, I was being silly with the name.
Grand Hotel Pupp.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I still think the House GOP needs to vote on an extension of the Bush tax cuts for everyone making under 200k. Just get that on record and dare Reid to block it in the Senate.

Doughboy on December 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

That does have one advantage: it makes it impossible to claim that the other tax cuts are being held hostage.

But the Dems know it, and they know if they agree to that, then they have no more leverage to demand more government spending.

I think they would refuse, but I believe it would be a useful tactic in the political war to confront Obama with his own hypocrisy.

tom on December 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Ever try “Balsam”, made in Tallin I believe? 20 or so vatious plants and such, used to be tough to find in USSR.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Mitch McConnell and every Republican in the Senate should bring this up for a vote…

… Over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again!

Seven Percent Solution on December 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Mitch McConnell and every Republican in the Senate should bring this up for a vote…

… Over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again!

Seven Percent Solution on December 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Each and every day.

It also seems obvious that Senate and House GOP have differences. Boehner is everything to playing along with Azzhole’s (higher taxes and continuing deficits), yet McConnell all of a sudden seems to be “conservative” in his views. Not that McConnell’s re-election coming up in 2 years isn’t helping…

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM

O/T Bob Costas on BOR now trying to halfa$$ backpeddle. He must really be feeling the backlash, but keeps digging a bigger hole. Punk.

TxAnn56 on December 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Ever try “Balsam”, made in Tallin I believe? 20 or so vatious plants and such, used to be tough to find in USSR.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

“Balsam” was the best drink that ever touched my then-underage lips. “Vana Tallinn” is probably the second.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Ever try “Balsam”, made in Tallin I believe? 20 or so vatious plants and such, used to be tough to find in USSR.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I’m sure I did at one point in my wild life after we were allowed to travel across borders.

JPeterman on December 5, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I cannot understand why the House does not vote on SOMETHING IN PRINT and send it to the Senate. This getting in a verbal jousting match with Obama in the press is a waste of time. If he is not willing to bargain in good faith then some proposal – in writing – needs to make it to the Senate. Obama must be force to formally veto something.

DaveDief on December 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM

It’s such a well thought out plan, they don’t even need to vote on it?

The moonbats are a strange specie, that’s for sure!

shanimal on December 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

THEY WANT a crisis.

Gird your loins.

The TEATERS and Communists are in charge.

PappyD61 on December 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

So, what are the odds that ANY news network will actually report Harry Reid running from his own president’s budget offer?

Besides Fox News, of course.

tom on December 5, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…I called lobotomy lester a peni$…and it was moderated!…what’s wrong wi

Elected Republicans need to “flood the zone” get on every show they can and keep repeating what McConnell said. They can’t be passive and hope that the networks will cover McConnell’s floor speech. They all need to get on the same page, get in front of as many cameras as they can and keep saying the same thing over and over and over again. That’s what the Dems do.

PrincipleStand on December 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

“Balsam” was the best drink that ever touched my then-underage lips.

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Available in liquor shops on Brighton Beach these days.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM Seven Percent Solution on December 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I thought only Harry could bring stuff up for a vote in the Senate.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

This whole thing is a delaying tactic. It is designed to create a huge crisis which only Our Dear Leader can resolve and solve.

Obama wants us over a barrel. He needs us over a barrel. He wants us to see him (Obama) as the savior. He needs us to see him as the savior.

Boehner is so stupid. Boehner thinks he is dealing with a moderate Democrat who just wants to do the right thing.

Joel_The_Oneth on December 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

They’re feeling so good about the election, they’ve forgotten they’ve got a duty to govern.

Barry likes the perks, not the responsibilities. And it’s unfair to ask him to make a decision. Remember, “the buck stops somewhere else!”

GarandFan on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Galt2009

Geitner just gave Republicans a gift, and not a damn one of them will use it.

xblade on December 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Of course, the US Senate voted unanimously today for the liberty robbing NDaa

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/13829-senate-unanimously-passes-2013-ndaa-power-to-arrest-americans-remains

Nice. See you in the gulags comrades.

Mr. Arrogant on December 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM

“Congress was unwilling to act so in the best interests of the nation I have issued an Executive Order that will _________________________________.”

After we go over the cliff.

The post earlier was right on the money. The Warren Buffet ruling class is fine…..for now.

The doctors and lawyers and small businesses are screwed. But they will simply pass along the increased costs to the dumb—- voters/serfs.

No God……No common sense.

PappyD61 on December 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

How is a trillion dollars just a “little bit more” in taxes on the top 2% of income earners?

DeathtotheSwiss on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in Irony!

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Sorry but the rat-eared wonder and his filthy party have yet to take the issue seriously.

Until the Kenyan bastard sits down for substantive talks with “the enemy” This is nothing but brinksmanship.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

They’re out of stock right now, but will have some ‘soon’…..
http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?ShowAll=true&N=40+4294967180&area=spirits&ProductID=358&Ns=Name|0

Solaratov on December 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Just like the 300 or so attempts to repeal Obamacare, Party of No either says no or pulls meaningless stunts. Basically wasting everyone’s time.

lester on December 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Get real. It would take like five minutes to vote on the bill.

The Schaef on December 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I thought only Harry could bring stuff up for a vote in the Senate.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Sure.

And Boeher can shut down the government until certain things are done.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

that’s pretty good on Mitch’s part…more please

DanMan on December 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Solaratov on December 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Thanks for the info, but our state’s laws prohibit delivery of liquor or wine by mail.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

We’re reduced to counting on Boner….we’re scroomed.

Who is John Galt on December 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Barky will need all of our money to go to war with Syria and Iran.

Philly on December 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

So we are pretty much where we are going to be because Harry won’t vote and Boehner won’t shut down. Bunch of idiots.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

correct me if i’m wrong here… but isn’t mcconnell basically daring the democrats to let it burn? for once i think the republicans have made a smart play here. mcconnell should play this same card each day the senate is in session until we go over the cliff. then they could say we offered to vote on obama’s plan X number of consecutive days and harry reid refused on each occasion. not that the media will actually cover it until after we go over the cliff, but it’s something…

dbilly76 on December 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Obama, Pelosi, and now Hoyer are demanding that preezy have the right to raise the debt limit unilaterally even though the Constitution limits and defines that power to Congress.
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/house-dems-debt-limit-should-be-table

These yoyos are rewriting history to claim that the dispute over raising the debt limit in 2011 caused the credit downgrade. Huh? How about this one: the failure to credibly bring down the deficit led to that downgrade.

We are looking to a constitutional crisis if this nonsense goes any further.

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

huh, that’s odd: Harry Reid declines to molest children over 12

Slade73 on December 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

So we are pretty much where we are going to be because Harry won’t vote and Boehner won’t shut down. Bunch of idiots.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

How awesome would it be if Obama’s proposal made it out of the house (with the GOP voting present) only to die in the Senate?!

besser tot als rot on December 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Keep bringing it up for vote multiple times daily, Mitch. Make a stink out of it.

Philly on December 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

So we are pretty much where we are going to be because Harry won’t vote and Boehner won’t shut down. Bunch of idiots.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Agree. Sadly so.

Newt now on Hannety. So shameful that one of the key idiots who chased him our of government is now in charge of the House.

riddick on December 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM

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