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Senator McConnell and Senator Paul show how Republicans are playing a game with the American people, their lives, and the economy. To them it is just a matter of poll testing phrases, not governing honestly.

While being interviewed by local news station WPSD 6 the following exchange occurred between Senator Paul and Senator McConnell.

Senator Paul began, "Do you have a second?"

"I'm all wired up here, um," Senator McConnell replied.

"I just did CNN and I just go over and over again 'We're willing to compromise.  'We're willing to negotiate.'  I think... I don't think they poll tested we won't negotiate.  I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again," Paul said.

"Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically," McConnell agreed.
Paul added, "I think if we keep saying 'We wanted to defund it.  We fought for that and that we're willing to compromise on this', I think they can't, we're gonna, I think... well I know we don't want to be here, but we're gonna win this I think."

This should be no surprise. Today at a construction company speech, the President quoted another politician, Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-IN who said, “We’re not going to be disrespected… We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

The President scolded him in his speech and enumerated the only thing politicians should be expected to get for reopening the government. The president said, “What you get are little kids back into Head Start. What you get are our national parks and monuments open again. What you get is the economy not stalling, but continuing to grow. What you get are workers continuing to be hired. That’s what you get; that’s what you should be asking for. Take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now,”

America must not allow Republicans to use these destructive stunts to get their way, kill Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). Republicans are pushing hard because as the Obamacare roll out is occurring, even bona fide Republicans are liking Obamacare.

It is imperative that Americans speak up. It is time that they make themselves heard. It is time that they reclaim the grip that the Right Wing Tea Party Republicans have used to blackmail every American citizen.

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  •  ok i read this (1+ / 0-)
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    and i have no idea which statement you are claiming as a lie.

  •  Cool Hand Luke.... (5+ / 0-)

    The President was just right this morning.  Right where he wants them.  

  •  The Best Thing About the Shutdown... (6+ / 0-) that you get to see just what kind of clowns there are representing the GOP.  From the moron yelling at a Park Ranger about being ashamed for following the direction that the aforementioned moron helped put in place, to the dolt that openly demands satisfaction, but cannot articulate what it is.  And in this case, Rand Paul is WARNED about a hot mic in advance, yet STILL SAYS THIS.  It's truly astounding!

    •  Rand Paul's Humanitarianism Really Shines! (1+ / 0-)
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      Listening to this this guy talk, one get the true scope of his concern for and responsibility to Americans thrown out of work by the shutdown.  He demonstrates, to envy of every tea-party Republican, that rare sense of care for the plight of others that could only come from his career as a physician, and his years of study at the medical school— at Dachau!

  •  what lies? (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 11:50:53 AM PDT

  •  What's loathsome about this exchange (3+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink, GrannyRedBird, betson08

    is that Paul is be boiling it down to simply the choice of words that each side uses to make their argument. People's livelihoods are on the line, and they're discussing semantics and poll testing and what looks better on CNN. It's all about public perception and optics with them. Oh, and abuse of power. And fundraising. And screwing the American people. That too.

  •  Negotiate, Not the Democrats. (0+ / 0-)

    Wasn't it Senator Harry Reid that refused to negotiate? -- refused the House request for a conference regarding the CR?

    •  Gov't shutdown (0+ / 0-)

      Sen. Reid did refuse to negotiate and he will continue to slam the Senate door in your face. I would do the same. Where is this sudden concern for a conference?  We've been trying since March1st to get a conference with the House, and every request has been refused. Now you want us to take part in your sabotage of America? Not a chance.

      As the saying goes "what part of NO don't you understand?" There aren't going to be any talks, discussions, compromises or negotiations. Period!

      To Cong. Stutzman and the Tea Party thugs, this is your deal. You get NOTHING. You're going to fund EVERYTHING. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You will submit to the will of the American people. You will obey America's laws.

      Anything else will be scorned and rejected without even a second's worth of consideration. We are sick and tired of these extortionist demands by Tea Party terrorists. If they spent as much time supporting America as they do sabotaging it, we'd all be a lot further ahead.

      A terrorist takes 10 people hostage. He then says I'll release 9 but I'll kill one of them. This is the Tea Party's attitude. We'll fund 90% of the gov't but we'll kill 10% of it. No one would even consider that idea but the Tea Party demands it.  

      I cannot make it any plainer than that. Any bill, any discussion, anything that even mentions health care will be summarily dismissed. There are no election do-overs. You lost! Get over it! Now!

  •  Lying is a GOP Platform (3+ / 0-)
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    GrannyRedBird, catilinus, betson08

    Lying has become the "Go To Play" for the GOP since Rove or "TurdBlossom", a term of endearment by the Bush Family, and they show no signs of a Ploicy shift on Lying. The Iraq War Justification ? A Lie. Spying on Americans by the Bush/GOP White House ? A Lie.  The Lie list is so long I would need an additional Day and several Pages to list them all.

  •  The Democrats have no demands to meet (0+ / 0-)

    Thus, they have nothing to negotiate or compromise about. They're ready to restart the government at any time and in fact want to do so. They should be emphasizing this.

    "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

    by DarthMeow504 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 09:05:00 PM PDT

  •  Article (0+ / 0-)

    We're not negotiating or compromising. The GOP needs to get their butts back to work!

  •  None dare call it Treason. (1+ / 0-)
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    It is sad that it is impossible politically for either side to discuss this shutdown truthfully. The Republicans have to lie, because the people would rise up if they told the truth. The Democrats have to essentially lie to the people too, because if they acknowledged the truth of the Republican's treason, they would have to do something about it. I am disgusted by the cowardice and collegiality that the majority of Democratic leadership is showing. Until the Democratic party is willing to face up to the reality that they are not facing a loyal opposition any more, and deal with the treason of the Republican party, they are not going to be part of the solution.

    Yes, yes, I know that we should just be just be thankful that Obama and the Democratic leadership actually said no for a change, and is not giving in to Republican extortion. I do rejoice that some people have remembered they do have a spine, after all. I'd just like a few more to get some honest courage and genuinely fight back.

    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 Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:45:41 AM PDT

    •  That's probably because (0+ / 0-)

      it doesn't really rise to the legal definition of treason.  You'd have to stretch that definition to the breaking point when there isn't an actual war going on and the GOP -- as repugnant as their actions are -- isn't aiding and abetting the enemy.  Stupid? Yes.  Irresponsible?  Certainly.  Criminal?  Possibly.  But treasonous?  I'm no lawyer, but I suspect that would be a heavy lift.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:18:17 AM PDT

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      •  They are threatening to destroy the economy. (0+ / 0-)

        How many people have to die as a result of that before you call it treason? They are making war upon the American people for personal gain. I can't think of more apt description of treason. They are, after all, sworn to uphold the Constitution.

        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 Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 05:34:30 PM PDT

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        •  Doesn't matter what *I* call it, (0+ / 0-)

          the definition is what it is:

          Treason: The betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 12:57:28 PM PDT

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          •  They are waging economic war on the Republic. (0+ / 0-)

            I'll be happy to supply the rope.

            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 Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 09:55:38 PM PDT

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  •  It's heartwarming (0+ / 0-)

    to see Dumb and Dumber comparing combat stories and propping each other up with "we're gonna win this I think".  Yes they will - about the same time that bicycles have doors.  

  •  Is anyone talking about recalls of TP reps? (0+ / 0-)

    Do people in the red states that elected Tea Party representatives think they're over the top shutting down the government over Obamacare? Or shutting down the government, period? If so, in their place I would think starting a recall election would be the quickest way to let them know their behavior is intolerable. Any noise to that effect?

    Still trying to decide what i want to be when i grow up.

    by damead on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 05:17:46 PM PDT

    •  Is there even a recall provision for (0+ / 0-)

      members of Congress?  That's been employed in a couple of states, but not even all of the states have such provisions (NC doesn't, or you can be sure there would be some rumblings of it here).  There are certainly mechanisms for removing a sitting member, but "recall" in the sense that we've seen recently is probably not one of them.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:20:59 AM PDT

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  •  Hilarious! (0+ / 0-)

    'got a sec?...' '...Um, I'M ALL WIRED UP HERE...'
    (as in watch what you say)
    Poll Testing? WTF does that have to do about working for the American people?
    Rand Paul is a delusional idiot. I NEVER liked McConnell.

  •  It is imperative that Americans speak up (0+ / 0-)

    That's what the author wrote.

    The problem is that those of us who read DailyKos fall into one of two categories:

    1 - True Believers, who understand fully, how wrong the GOP and Tea Party are
    2 - Online Bullies, who are sometimes paid to give the rest of us garbage, in response to the articles and the comments we post.
    So, while saying "It is imperative that Americans speak up" is on target, the writer is reaching the wrong target.  We who understand how wrong the GOP is for our country, and how much they lie, obstruct, and obfuscate (word of the day) - trying to misdirect the rest of the country - we ourselves will not usually reach those who need to know the truth.

    What is worse is that we cannot count on the media to tell the public what is really going on!

    Bill Maher, on his HBO show, has made it clear that the representatives, who are so opposed to anything that helps our country move forward, are from those gerrymandered parts of the country.  And those core 80 representatives know, in their hearts, that they will never be challenged; that they are secure in being re-elected.

    Moreover, they hold the keys to moving forward, to stopping the shutdown, the sequester, and the debt ceiling issue that is next up.

    While it is true that you cannot have a war of wits with an unarmed foe, it is also true that you cannot have a meeting of the minds with a mindless fanatic opponent.  They shut down the government, because they could!  They wanted nothing other than to do that.

    We have a serious problem, folks, and the Tea Party/GOP hold the key to the solution.  

    That is the scariest proposition of all!

    There is no right way to do the wrong thing!

    by HashHoward on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 10:19:02 AM PDT

    •  And it's about to get scarier (0+ / 0-)

      The game of chicken over the debt limit is hurtling towards us at a frightening pace, and if they decide to go over the cliff on that one it'll make this shutdown look like a day at the beach.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:22:41 AM PDT

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  •  Shutting down the government is terrorism! (0+ / 0-)

    The wrong man is on a ship off Libya. He needs company, as in most of the GOP congressional delegation

  •  Give the GOP their way! (0+ / 0-)

    Let's stop this foolishness, and drop Obamacare, and replace it with Romneycare. Yeah, that should make them happy. :-)

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