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oh, no, what are you sayin’, Ezra Klein?
I suggest that ya all ignore the last 2 points because they’re politics as usual, but the first 3 points good ol’ Ezra makes are worth looking at!
Frank, give us your “brilliant” view on why the GOP is so bent on vindictiveness with the below proposal in the debt ceiling temporary compromise now being considered.
“Also, the House GOP would ensure “fairness under Obamacare” by requiring all top executive-branch officials, members of Congress and congressional staff to purchase insurance on health-care exchanges without any federal assistance. This supposed equal treatment actually places hard-working staff, many of whom earn modest pay, at a lower status than all other Americans. That’s because all other Americans will be required to go to the exchanges only if they are not otherwise insured, and they will remain eligible for federal subsidies if they meet certain income requirements. Yet even the basic needs of its own staff must yield to the GOP right’s zeal to score points against Obamacare, apparently.
Things have really gone topsy-turvy in Washington when such a punitive measure can be proposed in the name of “fairness.” But the House GOP seems determined to thrash about in search of something it can call a political win for a few more hours, or days. Alas, the country is just about out of time. “
No less than those right wing extremists Alan Colmes and Robert Gibbs were quoted yesterday saying that Obamacare is such a disaster that at the least, it should be delayed a year or so. Why do they hate Obama so, those racists!
I’m in favor of all Americans being treated the same way under obumacare.
Seriously, what’s your beef with that?
Also, that right wing rag, the Chicago Tribune, is calling for a delay and massive overhaul of ObamaCare. Here’s a blurb:
“But what we’re seeing now is no glitch or bump. There is a growing mountain of evidence that Obamacare has fundamental problems in design and implementation.”
There’s no way this paper would criticize the bill if it was proposed by Bush. They must not like the fact that there’s a black man in the White House!
I think this guy really gets it!
Here’s a good read for eveyone!
Looks like the Senate is stepping up and bypassing the House. Gov reopened,debt ceiling raised, Obamacare NOT defunded.
Frank, go back and read it again. The staffers are not being treated fairly. Your comprehension skills this morning must have drowned in your morning coffee.
While watching the election commercials, I wonder when it went from ” May the best man win” to choosing ” the lesser of two evils”?
“Senate Republicans have gathered for a final review, but lawmakers have given no indication they will block it. A government shutdown into its third week yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance premiums under the new health care law. ”
“Chastened Senate Republicans said they hoped the outcome would be a learning experience for lawmakers in the House and Senate who shut down the government in hopes of gutting President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Instead of using the twin deadlines of an end to government funding and borrowing authority to address the drivers of the federal deficit, conservatives focused on a law they could never undo as long as Barack Obama is president, several senators said.”
“We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “This has been a really bad two weeks for the Republican Party.”
Oh how pissed the TP’s must be.
Shirley @ 11:55,
“Your comprehension skills this morning must have drowned in your morning coffee”
Shirley nails it. Why, I myself have been working diligently for over a year now to get Franklin to cut back on his caffeine intake and take more Metamucil instead so he wouldn’t be so full of it but to no avail. He continues to self medicate his severe ADHD with Starbuck’s, which of course only makes his comprehension ability even that much worse and just confuses the heck out of ol’ Hey Frank. This is why all his posts appear to be composed by angry 6 year old who’s mom just made him eat all his Brussels sprouts.
I hope everyone realizes I’m doing the best I can with ol’ Hey Frank; you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.
Paddy, all you need to know is this. Whatever happens with ACA, whether it’s some tweaks or needed (and expected) adjustments….the TP isn’t going to have a seat at the table. They’ll have no voice. They’ve overplayed their hand and its over.
Pretty sure Frank posts links in the hopes that no one will actually read them (true in my case….I just assume they’re bs).
Paddy O’Ryan, no one is claiming the ACA is perfect. It is however the law of the land and there is nothing Congress can do about it.
Read it and weep.
“Tuesday morning, House Republican leaders released a new plan to end the government shutdown and prevent America from defaulting on its debts if the Senate and President Obama agree to several policy demands. One of these demands would take away Members of Congress’ ability to receive an employer contribution to help pay for their health insurance, a benefit they — like all federal employees — currently enjoy.
There’s just one problem with this proposal, it’s unconstitutional unless it’s delayed for more than a year.”
“The Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[n]o law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” A law eliminating federal contributions to congressmembers’ health benefits is a law “varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives.” So it cannot take effect until after the next federal election in November 2014.”
Cruz holding his little News Conference of Fail while Reid gives a nice conciliatory speech on the floor. Suck it, Cruz. “Millions of Americans hurting because of obamacare”. He’s such a liar…a national embarrassment.
McConnell looks suitably chastened. Maybe they’ll stop underestimating Obama.
The’ve had their asses handed to them.
Debbie, hope they’ve learned their lesson. Can’t get enough of Cruz desperately tap dancing and spinning.
So Kristen, what you are saying @ 12:11pm is that it doesn’t matter if the ACA is flawed as long as a certain faction of American citizens have no say?
People can keep ignoring the facts related to the ACA implementation if that makes them feel better. Maybe its just easier to blame someone else?
But, at what point do you abandon partisan politics and look at our federal gov’t as a whole and realize there is failure at every level?
ok, Shirley, let me be more clearly explain my thinking…I think that the federal government employees of the government which foisted obumacare on the rest of us should be subject to the same things which the rest of us are…no exceptions.
If obama had to make an “exception” for federal government staff from experiencing the full effects of his and his supporters’ favorite and sacred law, then what was he giving them, and why?
Truly, just what are you thinking? Are you thinking? Maybe you need more coffee…
Kristen, I didn’t believe it was over, so I ventured out of my work cave to the lobby, watched the news networks on all the TVs, and looked up WaPo, MoJo, and NPR on my phone.
Here’s hoping it passes the House.
Me too, Kristen. The only thing that will make me happier is to see them kicked out office.
They will pass it, Pirengle. Their backs are against the wall and they have nowhere to run.
Kristen@8. . .yep. . .until January 15 they have kicked the can down the road; a short term solution for a long term problem.
Pirengle, I’m with Debbie. i think the majority of the GOP in the House is tired of being tagged with this and wants to move on.
I think President Obama’s comportment during this whole government shut debacle was inspired by President Reagan’s pledge to not negotiate with the terrorists. Unlike Reagan, who talked these inspiring words and yet clandestinely sold weapons to Iranians, President Obama actually had the stones to remain disciplined and stared the insurgents down. This is a great day for freedom loving Americans and democracy. The tea party tried to take America hostage but our Commander in Chief stepped in between the house and the American people and said “Not. This. Time.”
We can all be proud of our President’s leadership today.
For those who are horrified that liberals would call Repubs in the House traitors — well, right wingers at places like Free Republic are calling Boehner a traitor. For saying he will allow a vote.
“The’ve had their asses handed to them.”….. and, figuratively speaking, by their own hands. That’s hard to do.
Moreover, people been tell’n them how this was gonna end for several weeks now. I have no clue way Boehner even pretends like he can persuade that caucus of his. He’s been irrelevant since 2010 elections and is the last person to figure it out. Obama surely speaks to him as protocol dictates, but the President must know the Speaker has no control over his majority and any agreement they might make, is just a waste of time.
I have never been prouder, Steve C.
Boehner, Cantor, and the House Republicans have spent four years declaring that President Obama has no leadership skills or has failed in his responsibility to lead. I wonder what they call this fiasco perpetrated by the so called “leadership team” in the Republican House of Representatives.
““We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “This has been a really bad two weeks for the Republican Party.”
–posted by Debbie
I still think the Democrats have blown this. They should have insisted that Boehner and Cantor lick Obama’s boots in the Oval Office on national TV.
“The Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[n]o law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”
–posted by Debbie
Ah ha! Another amendment to the Constitution that the TPers have discovered needs to be done away with, along with the 14th and the 17th!
I don’t have a dog in this fight so I have no opinion.
Pro taxers say the hybrid crowd should pay their “fair” share
for use of the highways.
Hybrid owners and environmentalists say the tax is punitive and
unfair for those interested in a cleaner environment.
What say you?
Dan, re: 3:26
As I understand it the ACA (law of the land) stipulated that members/staff would “by law” fall under the act. The administration came up with a legal maneuver to get around this (and many other parts of the ACA that big business, labor etc… didn’t like). Did the wording in the bill you are suggesting address the “legal” decision that was made, or how exactly was it framed?
In the larger picture do you believe these folk should not be required to live under the same laws as the rest of America? Or do you believe they are a better class than the average citizens who have to struggle under the laws made by the elite?
In an even broader perspective, what gives the administration the authority to change the “law of the land” when is suits their agenda?
I hope I haven’t been purged from the voting roles. Apparently there are problems:
I appreciate the work of Chesterfields republican registrar in looking into this.
Rob Thommins: my dog in the fight is parked right outside. I think it’s unfair. I made a smart fiscal and environmental decision by purchasing a hybrid, now I have to pay more money because politicians think I should contribute my “fair share” to road maintenance. Here’s an idea: why not tax the 18-wheelers, SUVs, Hummers, and heavy-duty pickup trucks overtaxing Virginia’s transportation infrastructure?
Frank, If obama had to make an “exception” for federal government staff from experiencing the full effects of his and his supporters’ favorite and sacred law, then what was he giving them, and why? -
Frank, Since your comprehension is still on vacation, what the Republicans want to do is remove the option of staffers getting their insurance through their employer, the federal government like the rest of the citizens have as the law is currently written. That would cause the lower paid staff members to pay more for insurance, (we’re NOT talking about House and Senate members) unless they are eligible for a subsidy, because the insurance offered to them through their employer, the federal government, is cheaper.
Read it again, Frank, it’s written in plain English that a fifth grader can understand. Perhaps you should take Steve C up on his offer to help you get off of caffeine, or whatever else keeps you from reading what is clearly written.
I think we can all agree this has been a screw up of epic proportions for the Republicans. This whole debacle’s been incredibly damaging to the republican brand and will cost them dearly.
Ted Cruz’s calculus couldn’t be more wrong and now President Obama’s gonna’ put a leash on him and walk him like a dog.
All’s well that ends well.
They miscalculated badly, Steve C. Very big egos were fed by a very small group. Imagine their surprise when they discovered how small their group of admirers really is.
Ted Cruz is the Tim Tebow of politics.
One can only hope that Cruz will soon be unemployed. Unless he is completely bonkers, he won’t be trying this trick again. Who was the Congressman who said, “We’ve got to get something out of this.” Poor guy, I hope Lindsey Graham shared some of the bread crumbs with him.
I actually like Tim Tebow. He’s nice at least. Not a great quarterback, but seems like a nice guy.
Which puts him nowhere near Ted Cruz.
Kristen, I like Tim Tebow, too. He is far too nice to be a good pro quarterback.
To cap off this banner day for the Republicans, Cory Booker won the Senatorial race in New Jersey. This has been such a good day.
“In the final weekend, Lonegan brought in Sarah Palin and conservative radio host Mark Levin to rally for him. And he had his own unflattering press to deal with too, after his campaign manager Rick Shaftan was dismissed after giving a profanity-laced interview that trashed Booker and questioned his sexuality.”
Sarah Palin didn’t help, wow, imagine that.
So part of the deal was a $2 billion dam project in Kentucky. Hey, McConnell….tell us again how worried you are about spending!
…this can’t wait until Thursday’s official open thread.
As the House finished their vote to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, a House stenographer decided it was a good time to let everyone know her feelings about God, Congress, and the Freemasons.
The full audio:
Yeah yeah yeah, I hear what you’re saying, and yes, I can read. And, I think you’ve interpretted the link you referred to correctly, in my opinion.
Now, as far as my interpretation of the link you posted, yes, I believe you are correct.
Hey, Frank is back after licking his wounds from the bitter defeat RWers suffered in the standoff!
So Frank, why don’t you tell us all about the wisdom of Dr. Ben Carson, your hero, and his statement that the ACA is the worst thing to happen to this country since (get ready for it) . . . SLAVERY!
Do you agree, Frank. Why, or why not?
I wouldn’t know, Dan, because I’m not black and therefore I’m not entitled to have a credible opinion, ya know.
I do know that Dr. Carson is a heck of a lot smarter than you and your ilk, and that I’m be inclined to at least listen to what he has to say, and at least consider his point of view, before resorting to public ridicule like you do.
But then, that’s what you do.
“I wouldn’t know, Dan, because I’m not black and therefore I’m not entitled to have a credible opinion, ya know.
I do know that Dr. Carson is a heck of a lot smarter than you and your ilk, and that I’m be inclined to at least listen to what he has to say, and at least consider his point of view, before resorting to public ridicule like you do.”
Who’s ridiculing Carson, Frank? Not me. I merely asked you a question, which you refuse to answer, based on a statement he made that wasn’t any kind of offhanded slip of the tongue, or caught-on-mic remark, but which instead was part of a major speech he gave.
Oh no doubt Frank believes that Dr. Carson is smarter than Dan and his “ilk”, but then again, Frank thinks that is true of Palin, Cruz and Gohmert too. So much for that line of thinking.
My sincere advice to the right wingers, follow the new shiny and see where it leads you.
Aw, c’mon, use your wordsmith skills. you ridiculed his wisom, Dan, and you know it.
Hey, what do you think of a Carson/Cruz ticket? Maybe vs. Clinton/Biden?
“Hey, what do you think of a Carson/Cruz ticket? Maybe vs. Clinton/Biden?”
Hey Frank, do you really want an answer to that? Then first tell us whether you agree with your hero, Ben Carson, that the ACA is the worst thing to happen to this country since slavery.
You wrote earlier that you’re unqualified to answer the question because you’re not black. You really believe that?
I’m sure Dr. Carson has his reasons. Why don’t you send him an inquiry about why he thinks the way he does?
As far as slavery is concerned, Dan, the country would be better off if the owners of the cotton fields had picked their own cotton, or paid others to do.
Then, you wouldn’t be getting all up in a twit about something that a …very smart… black man said, would you?
“I’m sure Dr. Carson has his reasons. Why don’t you send him an inquiry about why he thinks the way he does?”
You continue to clumsily slide around the question, Frank. I already know that Carson “agrees” with his statement; he made it in major speech for golly gee goodness sakes.
I asked YOU if YOU agree with your hero’s statement that the ACA is the worst thing to happen to this country since slavery.
And you still haven’t answered that question, Frank. Shucks, pshaw, oh-gomer-what-am-I-gonna-do?
Gee, Dan, oops, I really mean golly gee willikers, Dan, please stop your shouting. That’s rude, and it’s certainly unbecoming of someone of your stature.
I have good faith, Dan, that I agree with Dr. Carson concerning everything, or just about everything, he thinks politically, including race.
How’d I do, eh?
Oh, by the way, obumacare sure is all bungled up…who’d a thought that, eh?
Hey, Dan, when will your next big “thank goodness for obumacare” journalistic opinion piece grace pages the RTs?
I mean, you’ve already got it written, right?
#58 “please stop your shouting”
You first, HayFrank.
“Hey, what do you think of a Carson/Cruz ticket? Maybe vs. Clinton/Biden? – ”
Yeah that’d be about the equivalent of an E.W. Jackson/Cuccinelli ticket in Virginia. How’s that one working out for you so far.?
Every time I read another one of Franks posts, I can hear a fewod my brain cells crying out in surrender and throwing themselves off a cliff.
Hey Steven K,
soooo, simpleton, when have I shouted, eh?
Please know that I post for the benefit of your prescious few remaining brain cells!
#62 “simpleton” Project a lot, don’tcha, HayFrank?
“when have I shouted” In just about every post of yours on this blog, boy.
Glad to be of service. NEXT!
Oh, and I notice that HayFrank still hasn’t said whether or not he agrees that the ACA is the worst thing since slavery. Looks like Dan’s got you there, HayFrank.
Supreme irony of the week — hey Frank referring to anybody else as a simpleton or idiot.
Steven K and Steve C are one…
Project a lot, don’tcha HayFrank?
And HayFrank STILL hasn’t said whether or not he agrees that the ACA is the worst thing since slavery.
HeyFranklin’s tiptoed enough around the race issue with pretty much the same grace as a bull in a china shop to give a clear indication of how he feels about kids that look like they could be President Obama’s son. For a while there HeyFranklin had a google alert set up for violence committed by black kids and he would update us each morning about black kids in Kansas city, Mo that got arrested jay walking, throwing dice or bootlegging CD’s or some other nonsense. I finally broke him of this habit by constantly reminding him of what a poor role model HeyFrank was by allowing his ill-mannered boy DMatt to invite me downtown so he could lay a beating on me. HeyFrank’s pretty cool if your son grows up livin’ tha thug life, just as long as he’s white. You’ve pretty much hit the nail on head with ol’ HeyFrank; his biggest beef with the President is that he still isn’t required by law to go down to the dry cleaners to pick up Franklin’s dry cleaned white robes and hoods for him.
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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 05:12:38 +0000
Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
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