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Will Republicans force yet another round of governing-by-hostage crisis? (Larry Downing/Reuters)

This is actually a pretty big deal:

In a major escalation of a slowly building fight over funding the government, the White House has warned House Republicans, in no uncertain terms, that the government will shut down in September if the GOP does not adhere to an agreement they cut with Democrats in August during the standoff over raising the nation’s debt limit.

“Until the House of Representatives indicates that it will abide by last summer’s agreement, the President will not be able to sign any appropriations bills,” writes Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, in a letter addressed to congressional appropriators Wednesday.

At issue are the Republican threats to renege on last August's debt limit deal. Despite agreeing to spending levels for the next decade during that agreement, Republicans have subsequently refused to commit to honoring the deal. Unless they honor the deal, they will effectively be creating yet another hostage crisis, forcing a government shutdown unless they get their way on spending. The statement from the White House makes it clear President Obama isn't going to play that game, effectively saying that it's up to Republicans to honor the deal—or accept the consequences of shutting down the government.

By forcing the issue now, President Obama is forcing the GOP to put its cards on the table early. If they agree to abide by last August's deal, the appropriations process should be able to continue without drama. But if they refuse to accept the deal, then they will be taking responsibility for the ensuing budgetary chaos—and the damage it will do the economy. Obama's move also boxes in Mitt Romney. Romney would no doubt love to wait until the fall and play a high-profile role in walking Republicans back from the brink. But by moving now to force Republicans to make a decision, the White House is effectively taking that option of waiting away from Romney. If he wants to play a role in talking Republicans away from the brink, he needs to do it now. Otherwise, he'll be as responsible as they are for whatever happens in the coming months.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 03:36 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  You are right, Jed... (23+ / 0-)

    I believe this is a big  deal - IMO.

    Since the last battle, I have observed a more "steely" President, and I am liking it. Don't get me wrong, there are things I don't like, but he needs to keep up the fight and take away the rethugs talking points.


    •  Can't you all, just once, make this type of (6+ / 0-)

      Reply without including the "there are things that I don't like" qualifier? Every time you compliment the president you just have to smack him on the back of the head.

      •  No. eom (4+ / 0-)

        If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

        by MikePhoenix on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:21:18 PM PDT

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      •  "Can't you all" ? Heh. (2+ / 0-)
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        On this site?  Lots of diversity.

        PS   I agree with P M and G.

        Glad to see this, Jed.

      •  Newsflash: Obama's not our child... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...whose self-esteem we're trying to build, so no, we don't have to avoid criticizing him just because you don't want to be reminded that he's not perfect.

      •  You've got a fair point, IndyReader. (3+ / 0-)
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        After a year of the sux/rox battles on this site, I have observed that very few feel free to just say regarding any issue or moment in time,  "Way to go, Mr. President!" With no caveat, no mitigating statement that without, God forbid, any of us should be seen as having a "messiah" thing for this president. Or a Kool-aide thing, or whatever.  

        Some truely don't believe the president ever deserves a "way to go!"  Fine.  Others, many others here, I know, do.  But it is absolutely true that few feel free to go with that. I find myself falling into the trap, for fear someone is not going to understand that just because I REALLY like what the president is doing regarding something on a particular day, doesn't mean I don't get he's not perfect.

        SIGH.  So I'm going for it.  WAY TO GO, MR. PRESIDENT.  Hold the GOP to their word, and their feet to the fire.  Take it right into the fall, right to that precipice before the election.

        And yes, it's brilliant that he's making himself clear RIGHT NOW.  Plenty of time for the GOP to posture and BS about this, and Romney too.  

        Fact is, the GOP made an agreement.  Period.  Now, they're going to have to take up the nation's time to re-legislate that agreement.  Let's see how that works out.

      •  No! (0+ / 0-)

        Obama is a war criminal just as bad as Bush, and has supported even worse erosion of our civil rights.  Some of us refuse to support the lessor of two evils just because he is better in some areas, or belongs to our party.  

        As long as he refuses to prosecute the Bush Regime for its crimes against humanity, he is a willing accessory after the fact to all their crimes.  When you add in the new crimes he has committed, and which our military, intelligence, and para-military police commit under his watch, he is worse then Bush.  

        This is ignoring his domestic corruption, his willingness to assist the banksters in robbing us blind.  This man has stolen from us all, and given the money to the richest amongst us.  The fact that anyone who is not a wealthy republican still supports him disgusts me.

        At least Romney is open about his indifference to the plight of the working American.

        Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

        by rhonan on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:12:14 PM PDT

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    •  Huge Deal well framed Jed (4+ / 0-)

      Lies, renegues and hate

  •  T&R for proactivity! (20+ / 0-)

    Good work by the White House staff on this one. Good to see some long-range planning going on.

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    by Senor Unoball on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 03:53:54 PM PDT

  •  Wow, I love this strategy which is also the right (25+ / 0-)

    ..thing to do for the economy which is still shaky.

    I was pretty clearly convinced that a part of the motivation for brinksmanship was a willingness to let all hell break loose, let the economy suffer (and the 99%s with it) because they figured it would also hurt President Obama's re-election chances.

  •  Mitt never gets boxed in. (9+ / 0-)

    That's his genius.  By taking both sides of every issue, he can always be right as circumstances require.

  •  I don't get why the GOPers want to torpedo (14+ / 0-)

    themselves, ESPECIALLY right before Election Day. Have they truly lost their senses? If they get their way and government shuts down, they are toast. If they cave, they look like wimpy cavers.

    If they really want to back out of their promises, just wait until after the election. If I were a GOP advisor, that's what I would tell them.

  •  I guess that's one way to pep up (11+ / 0-)

    an otherwise tedious march to the polls this fall.    Chaos!  Tyranny!  National Bankruptcy!  Starving retirees!

    Since they can't beat Obama fair and square, they might just be ready for wild 'n crazy cage match.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:08:50 PM PDT

    •  I think the Teatards smell a sea change coming (3+ / 0-)
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      this November. They plan to destroy as much as they can on their way out the door just like Dubya tap dancing off to Texas while the world economy collapses behind him. That's today's Republican Party in a nutshell...take a shit in the punchbowl and call it a night. Oh and make sure to blaim somebody else the next morning.

  •  The greatest part is that the WH came out (17+ / 0-)

    ahead of any attempt to hold the country hostage, and he laid it right in their laps.  amen.  This is what I wanted him to to for the last two years.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:10:24 PM PDT

  •  Maybe "It's R Turn" Saint Anne R can help hubby (1+ / 0-)
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  •  pfffft. or else what. they'll cave in again? (4+ / 0-)

    Why do the damn Dems always want to talk tough at election time, and then fold like wet cardboard after that.

  •  I'll believe it when I see it (14+ / 0-)

    I've seen this show too many times before. The ending is always predictable. It starts out just like this with a strong statement that this time we're not going to back down. And then the repugs throw a temper tantrum, double down on the insanity and scream that they are the ones being unfairly held accountable. And the White House and Dems start making compromises to appease the republicans.

    The republicans are not going to agree to honor last summers deal! It just isn't going to happen. And no way will Obama and the Dems allow the government to shutdown in an election year. The republicans will hold their ground and the Dems will compromise again. I'll be shocked if anything different happens.

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:12:35 PM PDT

    •  I want to see the ending of the Bush tax cuts (5+ / 0-)
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      as part of any deal.  I also want a pony, and I'm likely to see more ponies on my way home here in Colorado than I am the end of the Bush tax cuts.

      •  I don't want to see the end of the tax cuts (4+ / 0-)
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        used as part of any new deal. That shit was over when it was extended as far as I'm concerned. If the pubs didn't go for the carrot, it's time for the stick.

      •  We don't have to do ANYTHING about the taxes (2+ / 0-)
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        The Bush cuts will automatically expire in December.

        The passive approach means the cuts expire. It would take an active bill from both houses of Congress and the President to override that.

        So no, the Bush tax cuts should not be part of the negotiations. The Dems are already on track to get 100% of what they want -- expiration of the tax cuts -- and putting them up for negotiation means the Dems will invariably give up some or all of that advantage.

        Giving away your strongest cards at the start of negotiations is not a very good negotiating strategy.

        sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words

        by harrije on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 07:13:29 PM PDT

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        •  But it's the Democratic way, so they will be part (0+ / 0-)

          of any negotiations/capitulations.  The Republicans will be bashing the Democrats over the head about raising taxes not just on those making above 250K, but also that one or two percent that was cut under Obama - trying to create equivalence over the amounts, when in reality there's a huge difference.

    •  Obviously (0+ / 0-)

      you don't remember the last time... late last year, where the GOP caved.

    •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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      The only question will be how soon the WH and the Dems cave in.


  •  Dems grow a spine? I'll believe it when I see it (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Let's make a group here "Dems with Spines" (1+ / 0-)
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      and offer diaries which highlight actions by Dems reflecting latent or emerging spininess.  

      We need to encourage the now recessive political gene for the sort of spine that was able to lead a nation through New Deal, World War II, the record GDP growth and low unemployment of JFK/LBJ (plus passage of Civil Rights), Truman, Clinton and yes, even Jimmy Carter (who also helped reverse the nuclear arms race).  

      We should be proud that the economy and national unemployment improved under Carter more than under Reagan, Eisenhower, Nixon/Ford, or either Bush The First or Bush Junior.  Justices appointed by these presidents did make key decisions improving our liberty, strengthening rights, holding corporations accountable, establishing fair treatment and requiring equatable support in the schools and workplaces or minorities, women and children. LBJ had his faults and was en-snarled by Viet Nam, but his vision of The Great Society is something worth recovering today.

      Job Creation and the growth of the middle class and a secure working class happens only when the national wealth is fairly distributed, when business regulation and tax policies promote domestic production and high employment, when medical care is accessible and affordable, when bankruptcy laws and consumer protections benefit the average person, so we can work at living wages under fair labor laws, and can afford to buy necessities, afford schooling, afford retirement, buy and maintain homes and transportation, and have access to unfiltered news.

      We need to have the courage, demand the respect, to represent Americans Who Want A Fair World, who and peace, justice and equal opportunity, who want anyone tossed from a job to not starve, to not rendered homeless or lack health care, but to have the chance to obtain the help needed to regain employment.  If we aren't proud enough to want every American to have this Fair Chance to survive and have the security to try again at the American Dream, we don't deserve to be called Americans.  We don't need the threat of starvation and homelessness in order to want to succeed and create a better world for ourselves and our children.  We just need a real fighting chance to try.

      If we don't try to be the most fair, generous, and strongly democratic people in the world, we are failing the real American exceptionalism - daring to form and hold a truly accountable, balanced and democratic society and government, in spite of what the wealthiest tyrants and their proxies intend for us, in the face of global challenges, and want it reflected in our neighborhoods, school, libraries, public lands and community places, and workplaces.  What makes Americans great is wanting justice and peaceful opportunities to succeed for everyone, where the code of national civility and tolerance allows for honoring treaties with our original American Indians, respecting cultural differences and diversity, tolerance of church, temple, mosque, coven, and have the right to stand on a corner and admit one is agnostic or athiest without concern any other American would make a physical attack in response or organize economic reprisal and discrimination.  

      The American Opportunity for workers should be simple: if you come in, do your job fairly, maintain civility and advocate for justice in the workplace, even working with others as a union to ensure the rights of all workers are covered by fair contracts, you should expect living wage and benefits in return, and fair treatment.  If you're a 'whistle-blower' revealing shocking malfeasance the government should support and work to reward you, not imprison you in solitary.  Without the ability to reveal the bad, dark and ugly secrets, and to get the wrongs addressed in courts and addressed in effective public policy and wise executive action, we cannot reach (and then maintain) our national goal of a transparent,  fair and just democracy--which is our truest defense and security against the encroachments of tyranny.  It is the minimum defense against tyranny and corruption to defend and uphold those daring to speak the truth of corruption and misdeeds which the powerful would resist and repress, without mercy if allowed.  We do not want government drowned in a bath tub.  We want our public pooling of democratic governance, authority and power to helps us all achieve great things, and to remain a transparent pool, reliable, clear of corruption, and welcoming to all.

      Democratic Party candidates and incumbents - just show me this sort of spine, and you'll have my unrelenting evangelistic support, financial donations and many hours of activism. Make the course corrections to get us on track to be a Great Society again.  Shut down the insane apparatus of domestic spying, digital tracking and infiltration of Americans who are assembling and associating under Constitutional rights and rights to privacy.  

      Bring to account the liars and manipulators taking us to extraordinarily expensive wars with Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly Iran, and pursue those who may be guilty of war crimes.  Bring to account the Wall Street manipulators whose hedge fund machinations have been taking our homes, small business properties, destroying our public schools and libraries, ripped off our pensions, crushed our investments and exported our jobs.  Bring to account the oil industry captains whose operational policies are responsible for the poisoning of our planet's waterways, air and lands.  

      Let's not deplore and whine that schools are failing but find out why our nation, states and municipalities are not doing enough to help all our schools succeed and change that.  Let's expand Leave no Child Behind to Leave No Public School District Behind. Ensure community public schools have the funding, professional staffing, resources and security to succeed.  If you want to apply standardized testing that's effective, then test and evaluate the state and local political agents responsible for educational policy and resource allocation.  Test the School Boards of every community's districts to verify whether they are doing the best possible for their schools and students and enabling teachers to help every student meet and exceed expectations.  The teachers and staff shouldn't be working in constant fear of their jobs.  The school board and state agencies should be.  If you want to stand up for our students and schools you need to sit on the school boards and make them work harder than they've ever worked before.  Funding schools through property taxation ends up forcing communities to bid the future of their students against retaining or gaining some commercial investments.  A uniform tax policy to fund public education needs to be required of each state to end this cynical economic selling of our children's futures to 'attract and retain business'.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 09:19:30 AM PDT

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  •  I'm curious what the people here (1+ / 0-)
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    (and all over the tubes) who have again and again defended the Obama admin's many moments of meekness have to say about a moment like this. The most common defense was "But the House of Representatives!!! He has no choice!!!"

    I honestly want to know what goes on in those people's minds when they see something like this.

  •  Need to really push that vid where Boehner... (6+ / 0-)

    claims to have got 98% of what he wanted and how he's happy with it.

    That will bury Boehner - because now he feels he needs the other 2%?  

  •  am i seeing democrats with BALLS... whoda thought (2+ / 0-)
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    and if you will excuse my language.... it is about fucking time that the fucking democrats grabbed this country out of the depths of conservatism

    •  No, you're not! (4+ / 0-)
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      You're seeing the dems do the same thing they always do. And what your going to see in the months to come is republicans standing up talking about how dangerous it will be to allow those defense cuts they agreed to, to be implemented. We're going to hear about terrorists and mushroom clouds and then of America as we know it and 50% of the country will rally around the rethugs.

      And the Dems will do what they always do, they'll move their powder to safe place so they can keep it dry and compromise to keep the government from shutting down and letting the terrorists win. You can bank on it!

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:37:37 PM PDT

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  •  I guess the Prez (1+ / 0-)
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    is looking to cash in on some of that bi-partisan cred he was working on so hard. Let's hope it works.

  •  YES! (1+ / 0-)
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    That's the Obama I voted for, showing the (ability to) fight we've been looking for.  Hard-ball politics, finally, and enough of the 'pubbie bullshit already.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:19:45 PM PDT

  •  The pubs love to talk shit about (1+ / 0-)
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    "uncertainty" when it comes to defending corporations not creating more jobs. I like it when we can turn the tables on that strategy. Let's talk about the type of uncertainty an impending government shutdown can cause, eh, assholes?

  •  John Boehner approves of this message. (4+ / 0-)
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    It's not a War On Religion -- it's a War Against Theocracy

    by here4tehbeer on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:24:09 PM PDT

  •  It's time for hardball. (2+ / 0-)
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  •  And while the well taken care of bicker over who's (1+ / 0-)
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    to blame, what happens to the (rest of us) not well taken care ofs?  Posture, posture, and posture, again.  Hey, did we try this pose?

    Rome's been burning for some time now, guys and gals.

    Those who forget the pasta are doomed to reheat it.

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:28:12 PM PDT

  •  Seems to be a Rorschach test (3+ / 0-)
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    in which each user sees their own images.  Some see Obama talking delightfully tough.  Others already see him steamrollered.  Still others (me) see frighteningly nihilistic opponents.  

    I guess the bottom line is that nothing has happened yet.  It's all pre-game hype.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:41:29 PM PDT

  •  The "finally..." sniping from some here is tedious (1+ / 0-)
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    This is exactly the hard ball strategy the President used as recently as December & February on the Middle Class payroll Taxcuts, when the terrorist GOP wanted to take hostages with temper tantrums & blackmailing.

    Pres. Obama got them screaming "uncle" and many on here cheered and said "finally...PBO has grown some balls..."

    Same thing happened when the Pres. stood his ground last year when teatards wanted to shut down govt.

    Every single time were here cynics on here say "finally...blah blah blah"

    Will folks give this President full credit for anything at all without needless caveats ever? It's tiring and counterproductive . Sheesh!!!

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:44:15 PM PDT

    •  oops... (0+ / 0-)

      Instead of "Every single time were here cynics on here say "finally...blah blah blah"" it should read:

      "Every single time we hear cynics on here say "finally...blah blah blah""

      "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

      by zizi on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:45:48 PM PDT

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      •  The problem with that (1+ / 0-)
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        is that in Dec/Jan, the Rs got what they really wanted, which was the extension of the Bush cuts for the rich.

        The pact staving off the shut-down wasn't that fab either.

        I think Obama generally cuts the best deal he thinks he can get, and does okay, which realistically is what most leaders will do most of the time.  But he defintely dances the bargaining dance with them.  Many people want him to storm off the dance floor and somehow through popular barn-storming, shift the whole paradign.  That CAN happen sometimes:  our best example is FDR.  People can't help hoping for transformational leadership, even when they are getting good and decent leadership against tough odds.  Maybe ESPECIALLY then.    

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 04:56:35 PM PDT

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        •  huh? Bush tax cuts? (0+ / 0-)

          I am talking about Middle Class tax cut votes of Dec 2011 and the extension in Feb 2012, not Dec 2010. Did you miss the White House's "What can you do with $40 dollars" before the Christmas break, that drove GOP insane and got McConnell & Boehner trapped in PBO's vice?

          "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

          by zizi on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 02:17:38 PM PDT

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          •  And why WOULDN'T you talk about Dec 2010? (0+ / 0-)

            It was a huge debacle.  

            As for Feb 2012, I am not at all a fan of the payroll tax "holiday".   I think it is a fatal trap that we're now neck deep in, wherein any time we move to put social security back on a sustainable basis it will be a big no-no "tax increase".   Sure, we needed stimulus dollars in the pockets of people who would spend them, but IMO this was one of the worst POSSIBLE ways to accomplish that.

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 03:01:11 PM PDT

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  •  well (0+ / 0-)

    I think this every 6 months crisis is how the House and Senate are going to be run regardless of who's in the White House.  Sad really.

  •  Warn them? (2+ / 0-)
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    Do/Don't do this. Or else.

    Or else what? This kind of stuff is what drives me nuts.

  •   they got nothing else (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry. I don't blame Republicans for trying to hold American hostage again. They got nothing. They have a candidate who is awful. They don't have one issue that the American people are siding with them on. They got nothing.  

    Be involved!

    by ecthompson on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 05:13:55 PM PDT

  •  The GOP are like the 3rd vendor in this video (0+ / 0-)

    They've got nothing....absolutely nothing....

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 06:11:16 PM PDT

  •  Romney can't dodge questions now. (1+ / 0-)
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    The best candidate for president should be acting presidential today. No waiting till election day or their inauguration. They should be weighing in on every last bill or issue going on in Congress. Just like the sitting president is doing each and every day, a presidential candidate should be making his or her position known at the same time. Otherwise why are they running?

    This period of time leading up to the election is their "trial period". They need to start making decisions that they would have to do once (or if) they become president. There is no hemming or hawing it away. If prodded with a question by a reporter there is no "no comment". They need to come clean with their position one way or another. As president they will be in a key position of setting policy.

    If they can't answer a simple question, they have no place even running for the office.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 06:37:08 PM PDT

  •  I'll say it again (0+ / 0-)

    The DEM Senate has gone three years without submitting a budget.

    If a budget is a blueprint for priorities, then Democrats have abdicated their right to criticize. Republicans have made choices- albeit poor ones, but WE haven’t. It may be smart short term "politics" but it reflects poorly on the party's values.

  •  I honestly feel bad for Boehner.... (0+ / 0-)

    This picture pretty much sums it up.  IMO Boehner isn't a bad guy, he just paid the price for power by associating with the rethugs and now he has absolutely no power among the thieving weasels.

    I bet every day he wonders how he got himself into the mess with these ass clowns.  He has no power, no voice and no authority over the likes of Cantor the Impaler and his ilk.

    Thanks for all you continue to do Jed.

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 03:21:06 AM PDT

  •  would he really veto all appropriations bills? (0+ / 0-)

    It's easy to talk a big game in April.  The question is whether the White House will live up to this talk in October.

    I think the White House might--for the simple reason that whenever a President confronts Congress, the President usually ends up the winner.

    Come October, the GOP members in swing districts will be panicking, trying to get home to campaign.  And the Tea Party House members will be trying to hold the line on harsh spending cuts.

    So the end of the fiscal year, and the congressional desire to adjourn, will both play into Obama's hands--as long as the House GOP gives him some easy veto bait.

    This should play out to Obama's advantage.  Especially if the House GOP tries to link extension of the Bush tax cuts yet again, in order to keep their caucus together.

    My oh my, what a gift that would be to all Democrats in this election!

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