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    Dems to GOP: Don’t like government healthcare? Prove it: drop yours.

    Will any GOP member of Congress who is so opposed to government healthcare for average Americans drop his or her own benefits? My guess is they’ll neither “put up” nor “shut up” — and they’ll do it because they know their supporters will continue to vote against their own interests.

    "Put up or sit down," said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to Republicans, who promise to repeal the sweeping health care law enacted in March. The congressman has introduced a bill to repeal the measure’s most popular components, such as the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing illnesses.

    "This will be the big chance for Republicans to do what they’ve vowed to do," Ackerman said, according to Mike Lillis of The Hill. “These bills will be their chance to at long last restore liberty and repeal the evil monster they’ve dubbed ‘Obamacare.’ “

    Another New York Democrat, Joseph Crowley, on Tuesday sent a letter to Republican leaders challenging them to “walk the walk” if they intend to “deny millions of Americans affordable health care.”

    "You cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to Americans who don’t happen to be Members of Congress," the letter read.

    Dems to GOP: Don’t like government health care? Then drop yours

    And this:

    Incoming Republican Rep. Andy Harris ran against government health care reform (for the rabble), but was “incredulous” when he found out he’d have to wait 28 days for his government health care benefits to kick in.

    “He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. … “Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” added the aide.

    GOP legislator frets over 28 days without insurance — but what about 30 million he’d leave uninsured?

    UNBELIEVABLE!

    "This is the only employer I’ve ever worked for where you don’t get coverage the first day you are employed," his spokeswoman Anna Nix told Politico, before explaining that the statements were grievances about the failures of government-run health care, and therefore a perfect fit into his campaign rhetoric against health care reform.

    HuffPo

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    — 3 years ago
    #obamacare,  #republicans,  #gop  #democrats  #congress  #drop your government healthcare  #rep. andy harris  #health care reform  #hypocrites 
    Tim Pawlenty’s wish for a “dramatic” month-long government shutdown →

    Tim Pawlenty Supports Government Shutdown: ‘A Dramatic Month’ Is ‘What We Need’

    As the threat of a government shutdown looms over the nation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have repeatedly and forcefully denied that rank-and-file Republicans are calling for a closure.

    That’s false.

    This weekend, prospective GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty called for a shutdown lasting a month or longer — “a dramatic month,” as he termed it — in order to force Congress to make tough decisions. Interview with Think Progress, in part:

    KEYES: So you would support a shutdown if it comes down to it?

    PAWLENTY: If it came down to it and it was between that and not getting the budget headed in the right direction, that’s an option I think Republicans have to consider.

    — 3 years ago
    #politics  #Congress  #GOP  #government shutdown  #Republicans  #tea party  #tim pawlenty  #economy 

    The Daily Show
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    Cliff Stearns adds the “literal insult to injury amendment” to the Zadroga bill — Congress wants to make sure the 9-11 first responders aren’t terrorists before providing financial assistance.

    Stewart: “We invited Congressman Cliff Sterns to come on our program tonight. We even offered to waive our usual background check. But his office said he was too busy this week and next …apparently strangling this kitten with his bare hands on the off-chance that it, too, may be a terrorist.”

    See Video Part 1 here….

    — 3 years ago
    #news  #politics  #GOP  #Republicans  #tea party  #Daily Show  #Jon Stewart  #Congress  #cancer  #Zadroga Bill  #9-11  #freshmen republicans  #9-11 first responders  #amendment  #cliff stearns  #background check  #first responders  #strangling kittens  #ill health 
    …
While Congress goes on a five-week vacation, FAA employees are left furloughed or paying to work
“The House Republicans’ insistence on attaching anti-worker provisions to an aviation bill has brought about a terrible stalemate that is hurting the economy. From day 1, House GOP leaders admitted openly — almost proudly — that they were doing this to gain ‘leverage’ toward a larger goal — undermining worker rights.” — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement 
The teaparty Republicans are leaving DC without releasing all of their hostages:

WASHINGTON — The failure of Congress to authorize a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration has put some 4,000 agency employees and tens of thousands of contractors temporarily out of work. But even some FAA workers who haven’t been furloughed find themselves in a peculiar financial jam.
Roughly 40 FAA inspectors have been asked to continue working despite the stoppage because their jobs are important for air safety. Yet since Congress hasn’t allocated money to the agency, these employees have to cover their own travel expenses until the shutdown is resolved. Although their wages and expenses will eventually be recouped, these workers will end up covering work-related credit charges — and possibly interest — until funding is freed up.
[…] Babbitt and transportation secretary Ray LaHood had urged the Senate to pass a bill Tuesday before the chamber breaks for recess and lawmakers head home, leaving thousands out of a job until September. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked her colleagues to pass a House bill without its most controversial elements, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected to Boxer’s request.
Largely lost in the all-consuming debt ceiling debate, the FAA shutdown is now closing in on two weeks. The agency hasn’t had a long-term funding plan since 2007, instead relying on a series of short-term extensions, the last of which expired July 22.
[…] Weatherby, who normally works at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, said the irony isn’t lost on him that congressional leaders might take flights home for recess without passing an FAA bill.
“All I hear is jobs, jobs, jobs out of Washington, and here they are to put us out of work,” said Weatherby, who works on cybersecurity issues.
Weatherby, 43, said the furlough has put serious financial strains on his family. Although his wife continues to work her job with Atlantic County, the two have to support not only themselves but her elderly parents as well. Weatherby said he’s already started dipping into his savings and doesn’t know how long it will last. His colleagues have started using their vacation time and have been told they should start applying for unemployment.
“It’s getting desperate at this point,” he said. “The senselessness of all this is amazing.”

I blame the dumbasses who support insist on this behavior from their politicians — the teaparty base. These people seem to imagine a rightwing fantasy world without unions and middle-class wages, where the poor and elderly grow some boot-straps, where the wealthy pay no taxes, and where government at all levels is the size of a 7-Eleven.
In that world, future generations will live in burrows and forage for twigs and bugs off a sun-baked Hellscape, and every night they’ll do the tell to ‘member the gone-back days when people paid taxes to build a civilization and working people organized so that huge corporations might treat them fairly.

    While Congress goes on a five-week vacation, FAA employees are left furloughed or paying to work

    “The House Republicans’ insistence on attaching anti-worker provisions to an aviation bill has brought about a terrible stalemate that is hurting the economy. From day 1, House GOP leaders admitted openly — almost proudly — that they were doing this to gain ‘leverage’ toward a larger goal — undermining worker rights.” — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement

    The teaparty Republicans are leaving DC without releasing all of their hostages:

    WASHINGTON — The failure of Congress to authorize a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration has put some 4,000 agency employees and tens of thousands of contractors temporarily out of work. But even some FAA workers who haven’t been furloughed find themselves in a peculiar financial jam.

    Roughly 40 FAA inspectors have been asked to continue working despite the stoppage because their jobs are important for air safety. Yet since Congress hasn’t allocated money to the agency, these employees have to cover their own travel expenses until the shutdown is resolved. Although their wages and expenses will eventually be recouped, these workers will end up covering work-related credit charges — and possibly interest — until funding is freed up.

    […] Babbitt and transportation secretary Ray LaHood had urged the Senate to pass a bill Tuesday before the chamber breaks for recess and lawmakers head home, leaving thousands out of a job until September. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked her colleagues to pass a House bill without its most controversial elements, but Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) objected to Boxer’s request.

    Largely lost in the all-consuming debt ceiling debate, the FAA shutdown is now closing in on two weeks. The agency hasn’t had a long-term funding plan since 2007, instead relying on a series of short-term extensions, the last of which expired July 22.

    […] Weatherby, who normally works at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, said the irony isn’t lost on him that congressional leaders might take flights home for recess without passing an FAA bill.

    “All I hear is jobs, jobs, jobs out of Washington, and here they are to put us out of work,” said Weatherby, who works on cybersecurity issues.

    Weatherby, 43, said the furlough has put serious financial strains on his family. Although his wife continues to work her job with Atlantic County, the two have to support not only themselves but her elderly parents as well. Weatherby said he’s already started dipping into his savings and doesn’t know how long it will last. His colleagues have started using their vacation time and have been told they should start applying for unemployment.

    “It’s getting desperate at this point,” he said. “The senselessness of all this is amazing.”

    I blame the dumbasses who support insist on this behavior from their politicians — the teaparty base. These people seem to imagine a rightwing fantasy world without unions and middle-class wages, where the poor and elderly grow some boot-straps, where the wealthy pay no taxes, and where government at all levels is the size of a 7-Eleven.

    In that world, future generations will live in burrows and forage for twigs and bugs off a sun-baked Hellscape, and every night they’ll do the tell to ‘member the gone-back days when people paid taxes to build a civilization and working people organized so that huge corporations might treat them fairly.

    — 2 years ago with 14 notes
    #politics  #news  #income redistribution  #class war  #war on the middle class  #GOP  #Republicans  #tea party  #Congress  #unions  #anti-union  #furloughed  #FAA  #faa employees  #five-week vacation  #summer break  #union breaking  #Federal Aviation Administration  #4000 employees out of work  #tens of thousands of contractors out of work 
    image: wwjd
Obama’s jobs bill won’t pass? Maybe the USA should invade the USA
BECAUSE IT’S VERY UNLIKELY Obama’s jobs bill will pass today.

The Senate is expected to reject President  Barack Obama’s new jobs plan in a key procedural vote Tuesday,  reflecting a cavernous ideological divide over economic growth  strategies and helping to set the stage for what is expected to be  bitterly contested 2012 campaign.
Democrats hold a majority of seats in the  100-member chamber, but are believed to lack the 60 votes necessary to  move forward with consideration of the bill.
Among other things, the package includes  an extension and expansion of the current payroll tax cut, an extension  of jobless benefits to help the unemployed, new tax credits for  businesses that hire the long-term unemployed, and additional money to  help save and create jobs for teachers and first responders such as  firefighters.
Republicans are vehemently opposed to a  provision recently added by Senate Democrats that would pay for the  measure through a 5.6% surtax on annual incomes over $1 million. GOP  leaders have accused the president of engaging in so-called “class  warfare” for political reasons.
Top Republicans have also said they will  prevent a vote from being held on the original version of the measure in  the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

WHO TO POINT THE FINGER AT? Start with the Blue Dog Dems:

Faced with GOP opposition, the effort is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed  to move forward, but all eyes will be on moderate Democrats and how  they handle the vote. Many are facing tough reelection prospects and are  moving away from a president who is down in the polls. Tuesday’s vote  will be a test of how far they are willing to go.

THE GOP STANDARD: BAILING OUT BANKS AND BIG BUSINESS on Wall Street with taxpayer dollars: patriotic. Helping the 99 percent on Main Street with a jobs bill: unaffordable socialism. Tax cuts for the wealthy, spending cuts for the rest of us.

    image: wwjd

    Obama’s jobs bill won’t pass? Maybe the USA should invade the USA

    BECAUSE IT’S VERY UNLIKELY Obama’s jobs bill will pass today.

    The Senate is expected to reject President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan in a key procedural vote Tuesday, reflecting a cavernous ideological divide over economic growth strategies and helping to set the stage for what is expected to be bitterly contested 2012 campaign.

    Democrats hold a majority of seats in the 100-member chamber, but are believed to lack the 60 votes necessary to move forward with consideration of the bill.

    Among other things, the package includes an extension and expansion of the current payroll tax cut, an extension of jobless benefits to help the unemployed, new tax credits for businesses that hire the long-term unemployed, and additional money to help save and create jobs for teachers and first responders such as firefighters.

    Republicans are vehemently opposed to a provision recently added by Senate Democrats that would pay for the measure through a 5.6% surtax on annual incomes over $1 million. GOP leaders have accused the president of engaging in so-called “class warfare” for political reasons.

    Top Republicans have also said they will prevent a vote from being held on the original version of the measure in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

    WHO TO POINT THE FINGER AT? Start with the Blue Dog Dems:

    Faced with GOP opposition, the effort is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to move forward, but all eyes will be on moderate Democrats and how they handle the vote. Many are facing tough reelection prospects and are moving away from a president who is down in the polls. Tuesday’s vote will be a test of how far they are willing to go.

    THE GOP STANDARD: BAILING OUT BANKS AND BIG BUSINESS on Wall Street with taxpayer dollars: patriotic. Helping the 99 percent on Main Street with a jobs bill: unaffordable socialism. Tax cuts for the wealthy, spending cuts for the rest of us.

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS  #Congress  #GOP  #jobs bill  #President Obama  #Republicans  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party 
    Obama to announce help on housing, student loans that won’t require congressional approval →

    Obama to announce help on housing, student loans this week

    President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official.

    The actions come as Obama has faced resistance from Republicans to a $447 billion jobs package he has urged Congress to pass.

    The first of the initiatives, which were reported by The New York Times, will be unveiled during Obama’s three-day trip to western states beginning on Monday.

    Obama will discuss the changes on mortgage rules at a stop in Nevada, which has one of the hardest-hit housing markets in the country.

    In Denver on Wednesday, he will announce a student loan initiative.

    WHY IS OBAMA INTRODUCING INITIATIVES THAT WON’T REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL? Because, let’s be honest, here’s what Obama has to work with:


    image: ryking

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
    #news  #politics  #ows  #housing  #student loans  #class war  #income redistribution  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #Congress  #GOP  #mortgage help  #President Obama  #Republicans  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #student loan help  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party 
    "

    Steve Kroft: What do you mean honest graft?


    Schweizer: For example insider trading on the stock market. If you are a member of Congress, those laws are deemed not to apply.

    Kroft: So congressman get a pass on insider trading?

    Schweizer: They do. The fact is, if you sit on a healthcare committee and you know that Medicare, for example, is— is considering not reimbursing for a certain drug that’s market moving information. And if you can trade stock on— off of that information and do so legally, that’s a great profit making opportunity. And that sort of behavior goes on.

    Kroft: Why does Congress get a pass on this?

    Schweizer: It’s really the way the rules have been defined. And the people who make the rules are the political class in Washington. And they’ve conveniently written them in such a way that they don’t apply to themselves.

    "
    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #congress  #insider trading  #honest graft  #ows  #99percent 
    "If conservatives torpedo the omnibus measure, Reid and other Democratic leaders would likely be forced to accept another long stopgap spending measure or risk a government shutdown when funding runs out at midnight Dec. 17. The federal government has been operating on stopgap spending measures since the fall of last year, and many lawmakers are tired of ceding their oversight authority."
    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #news  #politics  #government shutdown  #december 17  #senate  #congress 
    "The Senate is expected to take up the $915-billion appropriations plan on Saturday, after Reid said Friday his chamber would consider the plan in the “next 36 hours.” Meanwhile, Speaker John Boenher, R-Ohio, said that rank-and-file House members would be heading for the airports. “The members will go home, and if there’s a need to come back to finish our work, we will do so,” Boehner said."

    House approves $915 billion spending plan

    So they left before the work was finished, apparently, and IF THERE’S A NEED to finish that work they’ll come back. Our GOP-led Congress is in a hurry to catch planes and get to all their posh holiday parties, so they slapped something together that may or may not need to be “finished,” regarding our entire government shutting down. Grrreat!

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #gop  #government shutdown  #republicans  #congress 
    The Teaparty-sponsored Congress ended its LEAST PRODUCTIVE year in modern history →

    Congress logs most futile legislative year on record (this via the conservative, rightwingnut Washington Times!)

    It’s official: Congress ended its least-productive year in modern history after passing 80 bills — fewer than during any other session since year-end records began being kept in 1947.

    Furthermore, an analysis by The Washington Times of the scope of such activities as time spent in debate, number of conference reports produced and votes taken on the House and Senate floors found that Congress set a record for legislative futility by accomplishing less in 2011 than any other year in history.

    Via: Balloon Juice

    Disapproval of Congress hits new high: poll

    A record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job compared with just 13 percent who approve of how things are going, according to a Washington Post/ABC News public opinion poll published on Monday…

    When the parties are considered individually, Democrats in Congress have a 33 percent approval rate, while Republicans have a 21 percent approval rate, the poll found.

    Via: ryking

    Once hot, Tea Party goes cold

    In presidential, House and Senate races, the Tea Party is struggling to float viable and effective candidates, unify its base and dictate the terms of national discourse on the economy.

    It is a harsh comedown for a movement that two years ago sent dozens of its members to Congress, revolutionized conservative grassroots organizing and forced both parties to make the national debt and federal spending their top policy concerns…

    There are many indications of the Tea Party’s vanishing influence…

    Via: ryking

    The Teaparty sucks. Its choices in 2010 sucked. Its “ideas” went nowhere, because they were based on racism and religious fundamentalism, masked as small government idealism, promoted and funded by the Koch Brothers who simply want more tax cuts for the wealthy and spending cuts for the rest. And finally, its Teaparty-approved politicians are the biggest group of do-nothing morons that have ever disgraced the corridors of our nation’s Capital.

    Any questions?

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #2010 elections  #Congress  #disapproval of congress  #do nothing morons  #GOP  #LEAST PRODUCTIVE year in modern history  #Republicans  #Teaparty  #teaparty sponsored politicians  #class war  #income redistribution 
    "What else do you need to know about the subject? If you need to know more, tune in. I may, I may at some point be moved to explain biology to my colleagues."
    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #gop  #contraception  #women's health  #nancy pelosi  #congress  #women's issues  #MEN 
    …
What is Congress “doing” this week? - Afghanistan: Lawmakers expressed condolences and concern on the Sunday morning political talk shows in response to the news that a U.S. soldier allegedly opened fire on Afghan civilians inside homes before turning himself in. There are several Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committee hearings scheduled for this week that could serve as venues for senators to raise further concerns or skepticism about the war. […] Fixing Congress: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday to review several pieces of legislation that would change how Congress handles the budgetmaking process, including a proposal known as “No Budget, No Pay.” 
GET THIS: from this same article, the Republicans say to expect three major endorsements for Romney. They consider that “doing something.” That’s “work” to them!

    What is Congress “doing” this week? - Afghanistan: Lawmakers expressed condolences and concern on the Sunday morning political talk shows in response to the news that a U.S. soldier allegedly opened fire on Afghan civilians inside homes before turning himself in. There are several Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committee hearings scheduled for this week that could serve as venues for senators to raise further concerns or skepticism about the war. […] Fixing Congress: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday to review several pieces of legislation that would change how Congress handles the budgetmaking process, including a proposal known as “No Budget, No Pay.”

    GET THIS: from this same article, the Republicans say to expect three major endorsements for Romney. They consider that “doing something.” That’s “work” to them!

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #this week  #congress  #doing this week  #afghanistan  #no budget no pay  #endorsing romney  #gop  #republicans 
    …
BERNIE SANDERS: Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy – “This country faces enormous problems, the middle-class is declining, poverty is increasing, we’re worried about global warming, we’re worried about health care, we’re worried about education,” he said, “and the American people are looking to Washington and saying, ‘What’s going on? We have enormous problems, and you’re not addressing those problems.’” “One of the reasons that Congress is not addressing those problems is the power of big money in terms of campaign contributions and in terms of lobbying,” Sanders continued. “Working people are trying to keep their heads above water, and here on Capitol Hill all kinds of money is flooding into this institution so that Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy and powerful, and forgetting about the middle-class and working families.” He blasted the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment. […] Sen. Charles Schumer said at the summit that the Citizens United decision was the worst since Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld state laws enacting racial segregation. “Something like 17 people have given half the Republican super PACS half of their money,” he noted. “What is happening to America?”

    BERNIE SANDERS: Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy – “This country faces enormous problems, the middle-class is declining, poverty is increasing, we’re worried about global warming, we’re worried about health care, we’re worried about education,” he said, “and the American people are looking to Washington and saying, ‘What’s going on? We have enormous problems, and you’re not addressing those problems.’” “One of the reasons that Congress is not addressing those problems is the power of big money in terms of campaign contributions and in terms of lobbying,” Sanders continued. “Working people are trying to keep their heads above water, and here on Capitol Hill all kinds of money is flooding into this institution so that Congress spends day and night worrying about the wealthy and powerful, and forgetting about the middle-class and working families.” He blasted the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment. […] Sen. Charles Schumer said at the summit that the Citizens United decision was the worst since Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld state laws enacting racial segregation. “Something like 17 people have given half the Republican super PACS half of their money,” he noted. “What is happening to America?”

    — 2 years ago with 27 notes
    #news  #politics  #bernie sanders  #worrying about the wealthy  #gop  #republicans  #congress  #citizens united  #buying elections