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Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) unveil JOBS Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 28, 2012
John Boehner and Eric Cantor,
keeping up the crazy, non-job creating politics.
(Larry Downing/Reuters)
The agenda has been set for the House of Representatives and is mashing and rehashing all the statement-making of the past year and a half into several weeks. What is missing, of course, is any real job creation. Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent a memo to his Republican caucus outlining what they're going to be campaigning voting on.
House Republicans this summer will take more swipes at President Barack Obama’s health care law, try to slash more regulations and take votes to highlight sky-high gas prices during the travel-heavy season. [...]

Still, health care figures prominently in their agenda. The House will take two votes to further weaken the law—a strategy GOP leaders have employed all year to satiate the hunger of their conference to eat away at the law. In early June, they will vote to repeal a tax on medical devices, which would strip a funding mechanism for the law. And they’ll also try to lift a ban on using various types of health savings accounts for purchasing over-the-counter drugs.

Republican leadership of late is seeking to blame the Obama administration and Democrats for gas prices. In mid-June, Republicans plan to pass bills to encourage energy “production on federal lands and lessen the burden of job-inhibiting red tape.”

Just in case gas prices keep falling, they'll have plenty of nonsense to fall back on. On top of more repeal, they'll have at least two votes on cutting regulations, one of which would make sure Obama couldn't create any new regulations in his “final days in office.” For the sprinkles on top, they'll probably have a contempt vote on the floor against Eric Holder over the issue they haven't been able to make a scandal, the "Fast and Furious" gun tracking debacle. And the Grover Norquist votes; there will always be keep-taxes-for-the-rich-low votes.

Apparently because of the general "meh" with which Romney has been received in the party, congressional Republicans think they need to keep the crazy base happy with as much government-hating crazy as they can cram into a few months.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:52:25 AM PDT

  •  De Jevu all over again doesn't require Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    to play the fall Guy once more, does It?

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Fri May 25, 2012 at 11:58:27 AM PDT

  •  speaking of crazy (1+ / 0-)
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    Slightly more Democrats, 22 percent, were aware of Citizens United than the 18 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of independents.

    The online poll of 995 Americans was conducted May 22-24, 2012. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online poll is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for all respondents.

    Of course, it's an online poll.  Is it really possible less than 1 in 5 republicans have heard of it?

  •  As Keith Olbermann was fond of saying (0+ / 0-)

    Mr. Boehner, you're an incompetent douchenozzle where are the jobs?

    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:31:02 PM PDT

  •  it is as if they are caught in a maze (1+ / 0-)
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    dewley notid

    and can't find their way out.  I guess the door is blocked by their pledge to Lord Norquist.

    I'm not usually one to bitch about how my tax dollars are being spent, but this is outrageous.  Do something productive, congresscritters!!!!!

  •  Sky high gas prices, eh? (0+ / 0-)

    Aren't they lower than they were last year at this time?

    Damn you Obama!

    •  High gas prices are unhealthy (0+ / 0-)

      for incumbent politicians prior to elections and has led to their defeat in the past.

      Wait until after the elections and watch for the hype on Iran be taken to new levels.

      This will result in higher prices at the pump.

      In the meantime enjoy the relatively low prices.

      “Humankind can not bear very much reality.” - T.S. Eliot

      by truong son traveler on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:37:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I doubt they will have gas prices this summer (0+ / 0-)

    the lowered global demand is softening the upward demand pressure summer bring. So the glut of gas we were exporting is satiating that demand.

    Analysts are expecting it to hold steady around four dollars at peak point this summer.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri May 25, 2012 at 01:54:43 PM PDT

  •  Did you say the repubs are pushing for tax guts (0+ / 0-)

    for the rich and cuts of government programs for the poor to pay for that?


    Gots to cut those taxes
    for my friends.
    Just the rich ones.
    'cause they lends me tons
    of re-election cash,
    some of which I stash.
    Yep they made me what I are,
    They and me will go far.
    To the right, to the right.

    by J R

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Fri May 25, 2012 at 06:49:28 PM PDT

  •  What I don't understand is... (6+ / 0-)

    If Republicans are so certain that Obamacare is unconstitutional and will be thrown out by SCOTUS in its entirety, why are they still talking about repealing it?

  •  "General Meh." (0+ / 0-)

    It hasn't happened yet, but that will be the basis of a future funny.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:07:46 PM PDT

  •  GOP seems a bit silly, trying to plan over 4 years (3+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, JKTownsend, Matt Z

    ahead for Obama's last days in office.

    And gas prices at $5 or $4. I don't tthink so.

  •  It amazes me that anyone believes the Cantor line (4+ / 0-)
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    apimomfan2, Anna M, JKTownsend, Matt Z
    •  When you are told what to think (4+ / 0-)
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      Anna M, JKTownsend, Matt Z, bryduck

      And don't question what you are told, you believe the party line.  I had a fight with an in-law, who belonged to the American Communist Party as a younger man.  Sadly, this fight was shortly before he died, it was the last time I saw him.  I guess this was just before the fall of the Soviet Union.  He insisted that Joe Stalin was the greatest human being of the 20th Century and called me "ignorant" and "stupid" when I told him his hero had murdered millions.  I see the Republican Party as the same kind of cult.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:34:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Also put the pressure on (4+ / 0-)

    to pass the Keystone Pipeline XL.  And obstruct raising the Debt Ceiling again.

  •  How do they not get it? (5+ / 0-)

    In mid-June, Republicans plan to pass bills to encourage energy “production on federal lands"

    Drilling - which President Obama is ALREADY doing more of than W did;

    "and lessen the burden of job-inhibiting red tape.”

    Deregulation - which they've been doing for 20 years and creates NO JOBS.

    I watch the Romney "What will a Romney Presidency be like?" commercial and I'm just dumbfounded that ANYONE would run on deregulation, but only slightly less so than that anyone would VOTE for it.

  •  So I guess whatever Senator Percy Dovetonsils of (1+ / 0-)
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    Kentucky says is going in one head and coming out the other in the House GOP caucus....

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:34:51 PM PDT

  •  Instead of trying to help the middle class (1+ / 0-)
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    they have decided to attack the policies and the people who are.

    That may be a winning strategy to appease right-wing Republicans, but it is not a winning strategy for the middle class or the country.

    Of course, that is obviously not the priority the Republican leaders have had for the last 3 1/2 years.

  •  Have the Senate Lead with some legislation (2+ / 0-)
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    JKTownsend, oxfdblue

    I had heard that the agenda for the House had come out. And it held no surprises this election year. So much for hoping they would "get it".

    It would be nice if the Senate would approach this time in a constructive manner just to show up the House since it's being so damn political.

    Maybe a few good job creating bills would be in order?
    Or a campaign finance regulation?
    How about Lobbying Reform?
    I know.. Immigration Reform!

    That would be the ticket to making some useful legislation and making the GOTP come out of their shells and look stupid!

    "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 Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:50:43 PM PDT

  •  Since you brought it up, (0+ / 0-)

    what, exactly, are the top four Dem agenda items this summer?

    How many divisions does OWS have?

    by Diebold Hacker on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:08:49 PM PDT

  •  If only the Dems (0+ / 0-)

    played this hard to impress the extreme end of our political rainbow.  

    "It looks like how music sounds." --My four year old nephew upon looking through a kaleidoscope for the first time

    by Mote Dai on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:33:32 PM PDT

    •  Ah, you dreamer you. (1+ / 0-)
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      Mote Dai

      Of course, we don't have that luxury, since we don't have the entire broadcast spectrum (and most of the cable signals) propagandizing everyone within eyesight/earshot that our vision is the only one standing between utter despair + chaos +doom and the Blinding Truth of Eternal Happiness.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Tue May 29, 2012 at 08:53:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bain treatment for the US (0+ / 0-)

    This has been the Banana Republicans plan all along - saddle the US with unsustainable debt ( wars on credit, Medicare plan D on credit , "deficits don't matter") wait for it to stumble, "private sector more 'efficient' ", mercenary army, sell or auction off the most profitable pieces to the private sector and leave the rest for bankruptcy.

    Vulture Democracy!

  •  Yes! Oil rigs in front of the Tetons! Belching... (0+ / 0-)

    coal fired power plants at the rim of the Grand Canyon. Gas wells dotting Shenandoah National Park.

    Because we just can't get to 450 ppm CO2 fast enough without drilling in the national parks.

    These people are idiots. With power.

  •  I think you nailed it with your last sentence. (0+ / 0-)

    Because Romney is so lame--and not at all what the loons like--they have to remind R voters of the other reasons to come out in November, so passing all kinds of wretched and DOA-in-the-Senate House bills has to take the Presidential race's place. They did the opposite in 2008, making Palin the bright/shiny object for the rubes to come out for, because they knew anything else would simply highlight the extreme damage--obvious even to R voters--their control over Congress had given us.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Tue May 29, 2012 at 08:57:37 AM PDT

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