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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) talks to reporters during a series of votes in Washington December 17, 2011. The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to extend a payroll tax cut for two months in legislation that also attempts to force President Barack Obama to appro
Sanctimonious Sen. Hatch forwards the big Romney/Ryan lie.
Can Republicans be any more hypocritical? That, by the way, is a rhetorical question. Of course they can be.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, unveiled resolutions Monday that express disapproval with a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to allow states to obtain waivers to make changes to welfare work requirements. If passed, the resolutions would block the Obama administration from granting such waivers.
Those are the waivers, of course, that Republican governors had been asking for, and the waivers that have become one of the most persistent and most debunked of the lies that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tell on the stump on a daily basis.

By the way, one of the governors who had initially pushed the Obama administration for this waiver is Hatch's very own Republican governor, Gary Herbert. Utah was one of five states requesting flexibility from the administration.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 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 Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 08:59:57 AM PDT

  •  Republicans are splintering over strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    bear83

    blunders with Congress aiming for new fake legislation, so they can avoid actually doing any real work.

    Then they can claim to have passed something, or claim the Dems refused to pass something, or claim that they are rejecting something these Governors asked for because they have a better idea. (which they can't tell you about now, without going all wonky on you, and promise that they'll tell you about it after the election).

    This is a blatant effort to attack the idea that the President is open compromise and actually has been very willing to work with Republicans.

  •  serious R's? (2+ / 0-)
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    bear83, Sue B

    And Hatch is s'posed to be one of the Very Serious Republicans. What a teaparty tool.

  •  What about States' Rights? (1+ / 0-)
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    bear83

    I though these guys cared about States' Rights?

    Are these Republicans demanding more Federal Control over the blessed and anointed State Governments?

  •  this is all about optics (0+ / 0-)

    Just look at the headline of the article:

    "GOP moves to block Obama’s welfare reform changes"

    That's exactly what they're aiming for - the illusion that the GOP is blocking Obama's  'welfare reform changes'

    The facts don't matter to them.. They know low info voters are too lazy and confused to see or know anything beyond that

  •  If Obama is for it (1+ / 0-)
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    bythesea

    they are against it. That has been their rule of thumb since he took office.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 11:00:46 AM PDT

  •  Dirtbags all n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney is to Successful Businessman as Serial Rapist is to Successful Ladies Man

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 12:05:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm missing something? (0+ / 0-)

    Does the legislation which allowed for the waivers require further approval of the wavers or waiver process.

    Congress can express disapproval of anything they wish without the consent of the President, but current law allows the President to issue waivers and unless Congress puts a change of that law into a Bill which gets signed by the President or they override a veto, all they are doing is political posturing.

    I know President Obama has been known to cave under pressure where he has discretion, but I doubt he will do it before the election and I hope Bohner will be too busy crying about being forced to give up his gavel to do anything else in November.

    I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

    by Tomtech on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 02:22:39 PM PDT

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