To: GOP House
Re: Failed negotiations
Pass a budget. Include a permanent extension of current tax rates. Go home.
That is all.
I think there is a small typo here.
The final word, “impossible”, has accidentally been written as “all”.
The leadership can stay in DC. Every day, they can go to every TV show that will have them, and say “we passed a budget, where’s the Democrats budget?”
House needs to stay in pro-forma session so Obama can’t make any recess appointments. Other than that, ball’s in the Democrat’s court.
All of that WOULD be a good idea if the GOP would start thinking strategically and tactically rather than being good ideologues. A lesson I learned from high school soccer was that sometimes you need to tackle the opposing player instead of going after the ball. Politics needs to be played the same way.
Not sure it matters–if he wishes, the president will simply “deem” the House to be “playing politics” by staying in session, and put his appointments through anyway.
He’s already done this once, and nobody bothered him about it.
Maybe I’m confusing my ADD-based flash-before-my-eyes news blurbs, but I thought the courts just overturned some of BO’s appointments. Was that related to his recess appointments, or was it something else?
He can try. Last I checked, he was in court over it.
And the House can make reversing any such actions one of their requirements for increasing the debt limit. Or, that matter, for passing a budget that keeps the government open.
The Democrats seem to want a “civil war.” Fine, let’s give them one.
I could be wrong but I don’t think the House being in session prevents recess appointments, since generally only the Senate votes on them.
The Senate can not go into recess if the House does the right moves before they “recess”.
Anyone with 6th grade arithmetic proficiency can figure out where this is headed. If they (the Repubs) were serious about resolving this debt issue, that’s exactly what they’d do, and then they’d walk.
Conclusion: THEY’RE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEBT ISSUE.
Or certainly much less serious about properly representing the people of this country than risking their jobs.
The only thing that would actually clear up the debt issue would be to take a chainsaw to the regulatory bureaucracy and Social Security/Medicare. As of November 6, 2012 the American people decided that ain’t going to happen.
The only question about the debt is whether Washington will default on it, or the Fed will simply conjure up the dollars to pay it. And that’s not really a question, is it?
So yes, all of this is simply a three-level-chess version of the blame game, because that’s the only game left to play.
As nice as it would be to see a show of spine from the Republicans, I’m not sure any such measures mean much any more, considering today’s latest example of leftist (Michigan) willingness to use violence to try and get their way when the democratic process doesn’t give them their desired result. It seems like we’re fast approaching the point of surrendering to the left without even being willing to get in the game they’re playing. This got played out 90 years ago in Germany, between the National Socialists and the Spartacists – guess who won? Granted, the choices in my example are “worse left/worst left” but depressing nonetheless.
There is no surrender. The Repubs are in on the deal. They have to be in order for them to deal with the Dems as they are currently doing. It’s got to be show.
I have no idea how average people can protect themselves from the upcoming carnage. I understand that’s very pessimistic, and I’ve never been a pessimist. I don’t know how else to read the events as they’re currently unfolding, though.
A permanent extension to current tax rates?
Only as a counteroffer to the blue team’s bizarro-world logic of:
Social Security is an not an entitlement. It’s mine. I paid in.
Not going to happen. Boehner will accept a deal for higher rates on top earners in return for promises of entitlement cut talks next year and bully enough Repubs to vote with the Dems to get it through the House. Same old story.
Why is this guy the Speaker? Repubs should pass entitlement reforms, tax reforms without raising tax rates, and do something to cripple O’Care. Then get out in front of the cameras and dare the Dems to not pass it.
Excellent. Succinct. Easily understood by everyone except politicians.
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