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   Washington has been consumed with a protracted and distracting debate that tied the need to raise the Nation's debt limit to budget cuts. All reasonable people know that default was not an option. The failure of the country to pay its bills would have a catastrophic effect on the economy and on the lives of all Americans for years to come. This was a debate we shouldn't have been having. Every day and every hour that was spent in this battle was time that wasn't devoted to job creation or economic growth.

    I voted against the deal that was made to end the crisis that paralyzed Congress and threatened the economy. A default had to be avoided, but this was not the best way to do it. First and foremost, the plan does nothing to create a single job and does nothing to aid the ailing economy. In fact, it could cause both immediate and long-term harm to the country's economic well being and to our ability to pursue economic opportunities.

    In addition, I believe the deal will put vital programs and services at risk of harmful cuts. Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid could be put on the chopping block, along with an array of government services that are needed now more than ever. With a depressed economy making it hard for people to make ends meet, we should not be cutting college loans, unemployment funding, child care, housing or health care.

   Now is not the time to disinvest in the economy by making broad cuts. Slashing spending while the economy is still struggling to recover from the prolonged recession will be more of a drag on the economy. As Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist said, this deal "will damage an already depressed economy."  

    I believe we should be investing in infrastructure, education, clean energy and research. This would be the smart way to create jobs, to provide the economy with a jolt and to create long-term opportunities.

    At the root of this battle on Capitol Hill is a fundamental disagreement about the role of government in America. The arch-conservatives in the Republican Party want to drastically curtail the programs and services that I believe the majority of Americans value. This includes Medicare and Social Security. The Republicans have long been hostile to these programs and they've made repeated attempts to destroy them. We shouldn't be surprised that they would try to do it again.

    While the first round of cuts are severe, the next round could be even more damaging. The special committee that would be established could target Medicare, Social Security and a wide array of programs that serve so many, especially the elderly, the young, the needy and the middle class. If the committee is deadlocked and the automatic cuts take effect, the result could be even worse.

     This is not a balanced plan. It is all cuts and no revenue. It does nothing to discontinue tax cuts for the wealthy, Big Oil or corporations that ship jobs overseas. This is another reflection of the misplaced priorities of the Republicans.

    We can make smart reductions in the deficit on a timetable that doesn't hurt the economy or working people. In addition to the tax breaks for the privileged, we should end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and make cuts to the defense budget.

    We can structure the economy in a way that benefits everybody and is fair to everyone. We can work together to use our resources - both human and financial - to create jobs and create long-term economic opportunities for all Americans.

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    •  hopefully, Dems are preparing TV ads? (0+ / 0-)

      After all, very few Seniors have access to corporate jets.

      It does nothing to discontinue tax cuts for the wealthy, Big Oil or corporations that ship jobs overseas. This is another reflection of the misplaced priorities of the Republicans.

      "Tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 10:34:38 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for standing our ground (21+ / 0-)

    Appreciate it.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:16:07 AM PDT

  •  Thanks For Your Explanation n/t (8+ / 0-)
  •  Thank you Congressman...for seeing beyond (22+ / 0-)

    the b.s. and doing right by this country. Keep fighting in Congress and we'll keep fighting out here as well.

    Born again Cynic since 2008 when the patent medicine man came to town.

    by SallyCat on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:17:56 AM PDT

  •  Very clear and concise statement Congressman (23+ / 0-)

    and one that I agree with completely.  You understand the situation, as I wish many others of our caucus would have.

    I'm happy to report that my Congressman, David Price - NC also found this bill to be unpalatable.  The last paragraph of his statement on his vote summed up quite well for me:

    “Finally, I also vote no because I refuse to legitimize the demands of ideologues who have recklessly held the national economy hostage to their extreme agenda.  Governance by brinksmanship is not worthy of being called governance.  The American people deserve better than a House of Representatives that forces the entire country to lurch from one artificially created crisis to the next.  We are the United States Congress, not the Tea Party’s Congress, and it’s time we started acting like it.”

    http://price.house.gov/...

    Sarah Palin 2012!!! Prove the Mayans right...

    by funluvn1 on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:20:28 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Congressman! (10+ / 0-)

    Proud you're from the lovely Garden State!

    Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, Content, and sufficient champagne. --Dorothy Parker

    by M Sullivan on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:22:21 AM PDT

  •  Ask where the Jobs Bill is Cong. Barney... (3+ / 0-)

    oh, nevermind, now we wouldn't be able to pay for one anyway.

    Check and Mate.  Looks like the only 11-Dimensional Chess Players are the Republicans.

  •  I Believe You're Right (11+ / 0-)

    Hope to see you re-elected when the time comes.  Your constituents have an excellent representative on this issue.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:27:25 AM PDT

  •  thank you so much (8+ / 0-)

    tipped and recc'ed for voting with the sane people.

    If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupid costs

    by Sychotic1 on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:28:56 AM PDT

  •  Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    is the worst "Democratic" president ever. Please tell him that for me.  

    •  Barney Frank likes Obama (0+ / 0-)

      a lot, so I doubt he will.

      He also understands what Obama is up against.

      •  I meant Pallone (1+ / 0-)
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        Got Barney on the mind today - just saw him on MSNBC.

      •  Folks stayed home in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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        Zenara

        40 million voters stayed home in 2010. Just imagine if they would have gone to the polls? Obama would have had a partner to continue his quest of creating jobs, fixing the tax code and a lot of other stuff democrats like and want. But because they didn't vote in the election we gave the keys back to the GOP to drive us back into the ditch. I am angry that obama was even put in this position in the first place. He needs allies to work with not enemies.

        •  maybe if Obama had actually attempted (4+ / 0-)
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          what he promised, people would have been inspired to vote?

          Appointing someone other than Summer and Geitner to manage the economy and going for a real stimulus package that wasn't all tax cuts would have suggested there was a reason to vote.  A few bankers in jail would have been a real pick-me-up. Maybe a real mortage releif program?

          Don't come at me with the straw man of political reality. The public knows that compromise is necessary but they want to see real goals articulated and sought after, not the endless proclamation of every shit sandwich as a great victory.

          •  If you're waiting for inspiration to save you... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...you will suffer politically.

            Voting isn't an artistic endeavor, its a rational judgment that connects to a system that was designed to give people the ability to express their rational self interest.

            We need to get people to the polls, remind them that this is how they govern themselves, and decide how they will be governed.  Otherwise, they have only themselves to blame if a reachable result does not come about.

            Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

            by Stephen Daugherty on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 11:12:57 AM PDT

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        •  Riiight. (0+ / 0-)

          It's the VOTERS' fault.

          Not the fault of a President addicted to appeasement.

          I guess the buck stops anywhere BUT there.

  •  Thank you so much for such a well-thought out (4+ / 0-)

    statement about the economic situation in the U.S. It seems so sensible. Please pass this on the the rest of the legislators who don't understand what is happening to America!

    Liberal (from Webster's Dictionary): tolerant of views differing from one's own; broad-minded

    by 50sbaby on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:32:50 AM PDT

  •  Deficits (0+ / 0-)

    thsnk you. if only this was framed as a vote of conscience

  •  Thanks Congressman Pallone (8+ / 0-)

    As a constituent in your district, I was really happy to see you voting the right way on this. This was a really bad deal.

    You've got my thanks and my continued support.

    I'm not hopeful about a jobs program getting much traction, but please push for it. Be a leader on this. We need it in your district and we need it as a nation.

    (-8.38, -8.00) No one could have foreseen...

    by hyperstation on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:34:42 AM PDT

  •  THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN (6+ / 0-)

    I am so distressed by all this. The Democrats have lost their way.

    "Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."-- Harry S. Truman

    by irmaly on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:36:08 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Congressman Pallone. I am (8+ / 0-)

    also glad that both our senators and my representative, Rush Hold (NJ-12), voted against this "Satan sandwich." The results of these cuts will be a further drag on the economy and probably a double-dip recession.

  •  Sound Good... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...but what now?  Looks like the Republicans are already gathering their troops to undermine the commission.  What course of action do you recommend for a demoralized liberal base with a White House willing to bend over backwards to right wing zealots?

  •  i am actually one of your constituents (2+ / 0-)
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    I live in Piscataway. I've voted for you every opportunity I've had ever since your office helped my mom navigate a paperwork mess with INS.

    That being said, your vote against this disappointed me.

    You say:

    A default had to be avoided, but this was not the best way to do it.

    Was there time to do it the right way? Your nay vote was on Aug 1 if I'm not mistaken. The deadline was Aug 2. Did you doubt the intention of the tea partiers to "blow this mofo up" if they had a chance? If you did, I question your judgment.

    You also say:

    ... the plan does nothing to create a single job

    That's because it wasn't supposed to. It was supposed to raise the debt ceiling in a Congress dominated by Teahadists. How else would it have been done before the Aug 2 deadline?

    My overall impression, Congressman, is this: you're posturing. You voted nay because you knew it would pass without your vote.

    ps. I will still probably vote for you next time. The alternative is unthinkable.

    •  Here's a novel thought (3+ / 0-)
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      let the US default.  This debt deal didn't bolster the markets which tanked yesterday.  It didn't quell unease felt by our debtors as evidenced by Chinese statements that they would "further diversify its holdings away from the dollar."

      Had we let the Republicans drive us into default, the blame would have fallen squarely upon their shoulders, castrating them politically for years to come.

      I say thank you to the congressman for standing his ground and for standing with Americas working and middle class. We ought to all consider sending any dollars intended for Obama, Reid, Pelosi and leadership groups instead to the brave men and woman who stood by us on this vote.

      •  allow default so we can score a political point? (4+ / 0-)
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        and we call the tea partiers terrorists?

        •  Allow default? (1+ / 0-)
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          tle

          Are you nuts?  The president and Dems made more than a full faith effort to compromise prior to the insanity that resulted in this piece of shit bill.  Had we defaulted, that would have owned by the Republicans alone and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous.

          Going your route and that of the President, this country will now be held hostage by Republican extremists for years to come.

      •  Do you know that there was a technical (3+ / 0-)
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        agent, Odysseus, Loge

        default on a small number of treasuries back in the 70's? It was caused by a computer glitch and lasted only a few days. It cost the U.S. about a billion more in additional interest over the next year.

        An intentional default would have been far, far costlier.

      •  There's also the 14th amendment (0+ / 0-)

        Now if we could figure out who's lying about it; Biden who claimed Obama was ready to use it, or Obama who said he wouldn't.

        Battleground Wisconsin: Fascism has come to America

        by jhecht on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:57:16 AM PDT

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        •  nobody can "use it" (1+ / 0-)
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          as it's not a grant of executive power.  The only people it benefits are creditors, who could go to court to sue for full face value.  If Obama tried to ignore the debt ceiling under any kind of legal trick, investors would still want higher interest rates to protect against legal risk.  (The second part of that clause says nobody can go to court to enforce bonds that weren't authorized by law, i.e. 31 USC 3101(b).)  So, not only is the 14th amendment argument bad law, it's bad economics.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:46:31 AM PDT

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  •  Many thanks Rep. Pallone (4+ / 0-)

    for your vote, your desperately needed progressive leadership in Congress, and for posting here to directly explain your position. I'm very happy to see your diary here and because my representatives in both houses voted yes, I will send you my donation instead.

  •  Thank you. I wish my (4+ / 0-)

    Congressman and Senators were as concerned with jobs, the economy, and fairness as you are.  People are going to die because of these cuts.  I don't have much to donate - don't have anything right now - but all my donations in the 2012 election will be to people who voted against this evil "death" bill.

  •  I looked up your record and you walk the talk. (10+ / 0-)

    This is something I consider a badge of honor.

    while the National Taxpayers Union has consistently given Pallone an "F" ranking on votes that affect taxes, spending, and debt.

    Thanks for taking the time to communicate here.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:44:22 AM PDT

  •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle, Odysseus, elwior

    for standing with Americans who are struggling to get by.

  •  Thank you for your vote, (3+ / 0-)

    Congressman. I often miss the far superior representation I enjoyed when I lived in New Jersey.

    However, as it is, six of our seven Democrats in North Carolina cared enough about the future of our middle class to vote "NO" on this horrible bill, which actually gives me a bit more confidence in our state's Democrats. Of course, "represented" by Sue Myrick as I am, I had to watch her vote - predictibly - with the millionaires and billionaires and the war profiteers whom she seems to idolize so much.

    Unfortunately, our "Democratic" senator Kay Hagan also saw fit to vote "AYE" on this piece of garbage, which - considering that our other senator is Richard Brrrrrrrrr - means that the working classes in North Carolina have absolutely no representation in the United States Senate.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:47:06 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, right, whatever. (1+ / 0-)
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    Your "I'm with the progressives" ticket is now validated. Thanks for coming.

    What I want to know is...where the hell is a comprehensive, non-partisan list of what this deal actually does? I've been searching for two days and I can't find anything that tells me what gets cut and when. How am I supposed to give you an attaboy if I don't even know what you voted against?

    Anybody have a link to a list of the cuts? Not a chicken-little screed, but just a calm, boring explanation of the details.

    It's not that easy being green.

    by Giles Goat Boy on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:50:01 AM PDT

  •  You voted against it (3+ / 0-)
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    because you could...end of story.

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:53:15 AM PDT

  •  This constituent thanks you (4+ / 0-)

    not only for this vote, but for others in the past. Whenever I look up your vote on important issues, I am gratified to find you have your head screwed on straight. A rare thing these days.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 07:56:32 AM PDT

  •  Well then why didn't you do what you suggest? (3+ / 0-)
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    My guess: Speeches are easier to accomplish than passing this wish list into law.

    We all agree on the wish list.  

    It's fine that you want to parlay your "no" vote into poll votes in Nov 2012.  That's politics.  That's the message of this essay.

    All I ask is that when the next phase comes around, you and your fellow office-holders use the upcoming Commission to leverage tax reform in the second round.

    That is where the battle will be won or lost.  And don't worry ... no one will hold anyone yes or no votes against them, if you office-holders stick together and use teh leverage the Commission provides you.

    Thank you for posting here.

    Don't panic. Demonstrate.

    by Quicklund on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:00:03 AM PDT

  •  Question, Congressman - (0+ / 0-)

    Do you still have faith in our President? A lot of people on this forum have expressed some pretty horrid opinions of President Obama. Do you feel he sold you out? Do you feel he's secretly a Republican in disguise?

  •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

    My Representative, Rep. Cummings voted against it as well.

    Many thanks.

    I listen to wingnut radio so you don't have to!

    by Sharon on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:05:56 AM PDT

  •  sidebar: win-lose (1+ / 0-)
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    "This year is the 50th anniversary of [Dwight] Eisenhower's military-industrial complex speech," William Hartung of the Centre for International Policy told me while the Senate assembled to vote on the debt ceiling bill. Speaking of the late general turned Republican US president, Hartung said: "He talked about the need for a balanced economy, for a healthy population. Essentially, he's to the left of Barack Obama on these issues."

    Michael Hudson, president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, explained the history of the debt ceiling's connection to war:

        "It was put in in 1917 during the first world war, and the idea was to prevent President Wilson from committing even more American troops and money to war. In every country of Europe – England, France – the parliamentary control over the budget was introduced to stop ambitious kings or rulers from waging wars. So the whole purpose was to limit a government's ability to run into debt for war, because that was the only reason that governments ran into debt."

    The Budget Control Act of 2011 assures drastic cuts to the US social safety net. Congress will appoint a committee of 12, dubbed the "Super Congress", evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, to identify $1.2tn in cuts by Thanksgiving. If the committee fails to meet that goal, sweeping, mandatory, across-the-board cuts are mandated. Social services would get cut, but so would the Pentagon.

    Or would it? The Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus opposed the bill. Congressional Black Caucus chair Emanuel Cleaver called it "a sugarcoated Satan sandwich". For fiscal years 2012 and 2013, the discretionary funding approved is split between "security" and "nonsecurity" categories. "Nonsecurity" categories like food programmes, housing, Medicare and Medicaid (the basis of any genuine national security) will most likely be cut. But the "security" budget will get hit equally hard, which Democrats suggest would be an incentive for Republicans to cooperate with the process.

    The security category includes "department of defence, the department of homeland security, the department of veterans affairs, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the intelligence community [and] international affairs." This sets up a dynamic where hawks will be trying to cut as much as possible from the state department's diplomatic corps, and foreign aid, in order to favour their patrons at the Pentagon and in the weapons industry. Hartung explained that the contractors, in addition to having the support of speaker of the House John Boehner:

        "had Buck McKeon, the head of the House Armed Services Committee, whose biggest contributor is Lockheed Martin, who's got big military facilities in his district, [and] Randy Forbes, whose district is near the Newport News Shipbuilding complex, which builds attack submarines and aircraft carriers. They used their influence to get people on the inside, their allies in the House, to push their agenda."

    President Obama's debt ceiling deal is widely considered a historic defeat for progressives, a successful attack on the New Deal and Great Society achievements of the past century.

    The Project on Government Oversight says of the "Super Congress" that "the creation of the committee doesn't come with many requirements for transparency." Who will be the watchdog? With the 2012 election coming up, promising to be the most expensive ever, expect the committee's deficit reduction proposal, due by Thanksgiving and subject to an up-or-down vote, to have very little to give thanks for.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    Washington is filled with idiots: Republicans who have embraced the role of economic terrorists, and Democrats who enable them. And as everyone knows, you don't negotiate with terrorists.

    by anyname on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:08:24 AM PDT

  •  Thank You Representative Pallone For Being A (1+ / 0-)
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    progressive voice of sanity. I will definitely send a contribution your way. The only good thing about this shit sandwich of a deal, is that Rep. Boehner bragged on camera that "I got 98% of what I wanted."  Boehner's comments mean that the GOP owns this toxic bill.  When the economy goes into a double dip recession (and it will, because the spending cuts in this bill take money out of the economy), Demcrats like you need to be out there playing and replaying Boehner's comments and reminding the public that this bill, in which Republicans got 98% of what they wanted, tanked the economy. Let's use Boehner's words against him, and hang this noose of a bill around the RepubliCONS necks.

  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Wish my congresswoman, Nikki Tsongas had! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Congressman... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ezekiel Zachariah Foster

    at the root of this battle on Capitol Hill is much, much more than a fundamental disagreement about the role of government in America.

    At the root of this battle in Washington D.C. is the fact our government is currently being commandeered by a retinue of right wing militant anarchists who have been emboldened by Obama's appeasement. Hence they are now looking to destroy not only Obama's presidency, but our country.

    These people are literally crazy.  You can not "disagree" with them.  In fact, it's impossible to have any type of reality-based dialogue with them.

    They are being driven by sheer madness.  

    You can claim I am dealing in hyperbole, but a massive amount of evident lends validity to my assertion.

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:36:50 AM PDT

  •  What does it take (7+ / 0-)

    for progressives to actually have a voice with this administration? They put everything on the table, but not everyone is at the table. Just for the record, progressives were right about:
    NAFTA
    Telecom deregulation
    Banking deregulation
    Oil company mergers
    Unnecessary tax cuts
    Unnecessary war in Iraq
    The need to prosecute the criminals who wrecked our economy
    The public option
    Standing up to Republicans and for working people

    How many times do we have to be right before someone listens?

    Battleground Wisconsin: Fascism has come to America

    by jhecht on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 08:53:39 AM PDT

  •  Congressman, thank you. (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, elwior

    This is the wrong time for an ideologically-driven austerity program. It is the wrong time to use this as an excuse to destroy Social Security and Medicare, two programs which have been in the sights of the GOP since their inception, and have nothing to do with the "debt" the debt ceiling issue addresses.

    It is so sad to me that some in congress are so craven and so ignorant--on both sides of the aisle--that this can even come into play here.

    It is time for Democrats to frame this debate. It is time to throw "bi-partisanship" out the window, and for Democrats to start being Democrats.

    Thank you for this diary, and taking the time to publish it here.

    "Perhaps it would be easier if the Government dissolved the People and elected another"--Brecht. equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:02:52 AM PDT

  •  I like Barney Frank but (0+ / 0-)

    this is just fluff for the daily kos crowd. Everyone knows the right policy, the question is how do we move forward with a radical majority in the House, an obstructionists minority in the Senate and President who (rightly or wrongly) feels it's best to compromise with the radicals.

     I don't begrudge Frank for voting against the deal but talking about pushing through progressive policies at this point is downright utopian.

     

  •  With all due respect, (0+ / 0-)

    you voted against the debt bill because you knew it would pass.

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:41:33 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Congressman. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    elwior

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Gandhi

    by AuroraDawn on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:48:04 AM PDT

  •  But why wasn't this just kabbuki? (0+ / 0-)

    When am I going to see a progressive stand-up-for-principle vote that actually changes an outcome?

    Ninety-five democrats voted in favor; your vote was meaningless. If the progressives are a real force why wasn't there a Democratic filibuster in the Senate?  Biden admitted that Obama would have used the 14th amendment if necessary.  You progressives lost any credibility when you didn't act to force a real public option or block the extension of the Bush tax cuts. We didn't even get an extension of unemployment benefits this time.

    We know now that the Bush cuts will be extended after the election because Obama and you Democrats secretly want them to be extended and will use the cover of the next hostage situation to do so.  Of my own Senators, we have Gillebrand voting no, since she's up for reelection next, while Schumer voted with the administration since he just got reelected.  Schumer trades off pro-health care and civil rights good-cop votes for bad cop votes undermining controls on wall street.  

    With domestic spying, FISA, patriot act and the refusal to charge wall street or torturers, the rule of law that got Nixon impeached is gone. We seem to have only the rich and the rest. If you expect people to get off their asses and vote you better actually do something.  

  •  THANK YOU! (0+ / 0-)

    Wish there had been more.  How the Republicans are given the ability to continue to control 'everything' is beyond me.  

    Dems seem too afraid to fight for what is right.  Or to even TRY to make the case for why INVESTMENT in a country we all supposedly 'love' is the right thing to do for all of us.

  •  Thank you for voting No Congressman. (1+ / 0-)
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    sarahdillingham
    This is not a balanced plan. It is all cuts and no revenue. It does nothing to discontinue tax cuts for the wealthy, Big Oil or corporations that ship jobs overseas. This is another reflection of the misplaced priorities of the Republicans.

        We can make smart reductions in the deficit on a timetable that doesn't hurt the economy or working people. In addition to the tax breaks for the privileged, we should end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and make cuts to the defense budget.

        We can structure the economy in a way that benefits everybody and is fair to everyone. We can work together to use our resources - both human and financial - to create jobs and create long-term economic opportunities for all Americans


    With all due respect sir while I agree with what you've stated in this diary that I've highlighted I can't help but wonder where you were when the "talks"/"negotiations" were going on? I realize it's challenging to get the MSM bullhorn to voice your opposition, as it's right to extreme right-leaning for the most part - but surely coming here before this despicable piece of crap "legislation" was voted in, and not after the fact sends the message you are merely spinning your base here and not offering any tangible form of support for "us".

    Even the way you end your diary to us carries a "chin up" or "keep the faith tone," [pat, pat on the head] and believe me, people here can and do buck each other up all the time.  But I couldn't help but notice there is no call to action, no "After recess, I'll roll up my sleeves and work hard for you..." rhetoric, and no shared plan as an active member of Congress of what your plan is to address these issues.

    Have you even seen this bill?  Read it?  I'm sorry sir but I've had way too much talk.  What I'm wondering is if there are enough Congresspersons out there  - possibly yourself - to stand up and do the very, very hard thing of standing up to these few terrorists and do for your constituents and the American people what you signed on for?  This is a time in history when your mettle and character can and will be tested.  Are you ready to meet this challenge?

    Respectfully,
    Dumas EagerSeton

    When everybody talkin' all at once no one can hear the wise one speak, So just be still and silence will provide the wisdom that you seek - by Tori del Allen

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 11:07:54 AM PDT

  •  Hi. (0+ / 0-)

    In future perhaps include your district and state for us. Not everyone knows who all the Congress members are.

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:32:08 PM PDT

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