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The United State doesn't have an ambassador in Guatemala right now, when it's at the heart of the border crisis as children flee the violence and instability there. On Thursday, the Senate had a chance to remedy that, along with a couple of dozen other diplomatic vacancies, when Sen. Robert Menendez asked for unanimous consent to fill them, moving all the vacancies in what used to be a pretty routine way in the Senate. Not anymore, because Republicans are still whining about filibuster reform.
Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., objected to the various requests from the New Jersey Democrat, referring to last November’s move by Senate Democrats to effectively change the rules using the “nuclear option.”

“We used to pass ambassadors and all kinds of people en bloc like that, but we have this nuclear option now that the majority chose so it takes a little longer to do that whole process, and on that basis, I object,” Enzi said. […]

“The majority leader … hasn’t chosen to bring these up in the normal order,” Enzi said. “Instead, asking to bring them up en bloc. My college roommate was a career ambassador, and I helped him get assignments and brought a lot of people through en bloc at the same time. But that was before we did the nuclear option.”

They did eventually allow the vote for John Tefft to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia, a post that has been vacant since February. But it's not like Russia has been creating havoc or anything since February, so why worry about that? Or Guatemala, or the 59 vacancies in 186 posts around the world, which happens to be blowing up right now, in case they haven't noticed.

All of the nominees Menendez tried to bring to the floor Thursday have been approved by committee and only need floor votes to take their posts. Those floor votes will be almost uniformly unanimous, if Republicans ever let them happen. But Republicans don't want them to happen because they're still pissed that Senate Democrats exercised their right to help get some critical positions in government filled through last year's filibuster reform. The consequence for that has been Republicans doing every other thing in their power to bring nominations to a halt, primarily by insisting on "regular order" on each nomination, and then dragging out the maximum debate time on them, even though they fail to use that time for actual debate.

They have proven they're willing to continue this temper tantrum no matter what, no matter what's happening overseas, no matter how it hinders the United State's ability to navigate the myriad international crises we're mired in. And no matter what it does to the U.S.'s stature around the world. Their hurt feelings matter more than anything.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:14 AM PDT.

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  •  It's not just the Senate fiddling away (8+ / 0-)

    It would appear that all three branches of government are coequally selling us down the river.

  •  Just lose it (10+ / 0-)

    Let's get rid of the 'use it' option. As it stands now, it's only for Republicans. You can bet that the filibuster will be gone in a heartbeat the next time Democrats actually attempt to use it in a Republican-controlled Senate.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:29:22 AM PDT

  •  obstruct them back. papers them. (7+ / 0-)

    turn their lights out. padlock their doors. security check them and all staff going in going out. lunch, morning, noon, night. search their cars. take  DNA, drug screens, breathalyzers, eye match, weigh them on the way in and out. check height. give them cat scans and xrays, gynecologic/urological tests.
    demand birth certificates and immunology records.
    shine flashlights in their eyes. indict. fight. spite. fright.
    give them real things to complain about and let the press  corps have some too.

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:32:04 AM PDT

  •  Why do Reid and the rest of the Senate majority (6+ / 0-)

    allow this to happen?

    Incomprehensible.  And indefensible.

    •  Reid is an expert and cautious parliamentarian (17+ / 0-)

      He never takes any action without knowing exactly how many votes he has. If he is not taking stronger action it is because he does not have enough votes in his caucus.

      I used to be very hard on Reid, but I have come to have a great respect for both his skill in legislative maneuvering and his finesse in scoring propaganda points.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 12:45:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Even so (3+ / 0-)
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        daeros, ps2os2, bobcat41702

        I agree, I also used to be hard on Reid but I understand the reality of the caucus.

        But even so, that still puts the blame for allowing the Republicans to block these appointments squarely on the Democrats who have the numbers to make a change and refuse to do it.

        Reid should be putting pressure on the hold outs, if he isn't already, and if he is he should be insisting on it and start removing people from committee appointments, office perks, lunchroom privileges, whatever it takes to get back to getting the nation's business done in the Senate.

        [Terrorists] are a dime a dozen, they are all over the world and for every one we lock up there will be three to take his place. --Digby

        by rabel on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:33:31 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  What Reid is NOT good at.... (6+ / 0-) in explaining to the public what is and is not taking place in the Senate. Boehner knows how to frame stuff. Pelosi did, too.  Reid is utterly lacking in the messaging department.

        And messaging and stirring public opinion is ultimately how you move Congress and move people to vote for a BETTER Congress.

        I miss Bill Clinton. I really do. That guy knew how to message.

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:53:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  He's worried about losing tools he may need (2+ / 0-)
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      Victor Ward, daeros

      if Repubs take back the Senate in November. Cuts both ways.

      Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

      by Anne Elk on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:59:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  But.his very failures increase the probability... (3+ / 0-)
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        bobcat41702, user23, CatKinNY

        ...of that occurring.
        Correspondingly, if he were to act boldly, and get the Senate back in the governing business (yes, even without the House -- it's all in the perceptions), it would increase the odds of keeping the Senate, which are already better than they seemed.just a few months ago.

        •  I never bought the idea (0+ / 0-)

          that our odds of keeping the senate were poor. For one, republicans would need a perfect storm in order to win something like six out of six close elections.

          Also, they just keep shooting themselves in the feet by opening their mouths. Not only do they turn off the electorate, they encourage people who typically do not vote to actually vote because people don't like the threat of losing their rights.

          I'm sure the Lobby Hobby case alone has politically activated thousands upon thousands of regular non-voters.

          •  I certainly hope you are correct... (0+ / 0-)

            In the meantime, I will continue doing everything I can to shine a light of the darkness of the Republican's behaviors and attitudes.  

            I would have said "soul," but there is some question as to whether or not they have one anymore.  Most likely it got sold to the highest bidder, or the devil.  Take your pick.

      •  what makes you think that a republican senate (0+ / 0-)

        would preserve these rules?

        Look to the states that wen red in 2010 to see how the thugs & bullies act when they get any power.  It's clear they do all they can to grab even more.

        Or look at the House.

        A red senate would be no different.

  •  Republicans (6+ / 0-)

    are just hateful these days.  They aren't about governing, helping their constituents or representing them,  they are there to sell out their constituents and hate on anybody that isn't a big donor.

    •  If their plans (0+ / 0-)

      for corporate feudalism succeed, they won't have much use for "voters" in the near future. A corporation will be apportioned a number of votes equal to 3/4ths of their workers. The workers themselves won't get to vote because that would count as "double-voting" since the corporation they work for already voted in their place.

  •  If they're going into pro forma, sneak them by (3+ / 0-)
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    next week during a 10 second session.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:51:38 AM PDT

  •  I agree but (6+ / 0-)

    I think the reason is much more than their hurt feelings...they are convinced that any smidgen of success in any area will be good for President Obama. It is insane - I often wonder how many meetings they have convincing themselves that this pure obstruction is beneficial.

    •  It's quite sane (6+ / 0-)

      so long as one doesn't care about humanity.

      Sanity for sociopaths, perhaps.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:13:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sanity for sociopaths... (0+ / 0-)

        is an oxymoron,.

        It's all about rationalizations.  It's all about the excuses, alibis, and outright lies they tell themselves and their constituents.  

        They will always be willing to tell you the part of the truth that makes them look good, or, at least, doesn't make them look bad.  They will never tell you whole truth because then people would know them for exactly who they are.  They can't handle that happening.

        Most of them can't even admit to the possibility that they might be wrong about anything, because admitting one might be wrong is seen as a political "kiss of death."  I trust more the person who is occasionally in error than the person who is never in doubt.

        They love the lie that saves their pride, but never the unflattering truth.

        The main problem we are dealing with in this country, is that the people who vote for them are the same way.  These people don't want to know the whole truth because of how it would make them look, admitting to voting for manipulative sociopaths and sycophants like this.

    •  Our forefathers crafted a good system (3+ / 0-)
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      hulibow, hbk, daeros

      Of government but not idiot proof. We are seeing this now with the far right crew that has no concept of compromise and no apparent interest, when you get right down to it, in governing.
      What's that Franklin said, "here's your Republic - if you can keep it? "
      We seem to be losing it.  

      •  this is about the "rules of the senate" -- (1+ / 0-)
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        has precious little to do with the founding fathers.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:55:02 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh, but it does (3+ / 0-)
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          hbk, daeros, bobcat41702

          There is no system of rules that can't be subverted by people of ill will. The situation described above is but one object lesson.
          Even assuming Dems could keep passing rules to address the intransigence of Tea-publicans, it may ultimately be futile if the righties' sole goal is to blow the place up. And it seems to be so.

  •  They want the world to burn. They believe it (3+ / 0-)
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    RichM, hbk, daeros

    brings them that much closer  to the rapture and Armageddon they all have wet dreams about.

    This is actually what sane Republicans warned about 30 years ago

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:25:16 PM PDT

  •  Why does the GOP hate America? (4+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, daeros, Brian1066, smartalek

    Could it be because America elected a... you know...not cool person as President, TWICE?

    I really think that their attitude is traitorous. It is worse than at any time since the Civil War, and I dont think that is an exaggeration.

    All the more reason to elect someone next time who is even MORE unaccaptable to them. No compromise with them.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:26:27 PM PDT

    •  they hate black, poor, brown, and female America. (4+ / 0-)
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      daeros, Brian1066, smartalek, snwflk

      why do you think Corporations are now people?  So there is a constituent that likes them.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:56:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They hate it because it is changing too fast. (2+ / 0-)
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      daeros, Brian1066

      Reactionaries are reactionary because they have to react to more things than they can handle.

      Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

      by Anne Elk on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:01:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I don't think they hate America... (0+ / 0-)

      I think they fear losing control over people.  All of their obstructionism is aimed at regaining control of the political system, and all the people in America.  Which is the same goal of corporate America.

      As was mentioned in a quote here in a different diary, there are two enemies to freedom:  those who want to control everyone and everything around them, and those who don't feel the need to control themselves.

      When you have people whose self-image is based on how much control they have over other people, and not themselves, you will end up with what we're dealing with now.

      This kind of self-image can't handle anything different because of how it would impact on how they view themselves.  They are all xenophobic - they fear everything that is alien to their experience, or not normal to their lives.  Because they fear everything and everyone who is different, they want to control everyone and everything who is different.

  •  Can The R's Hold Their Breath For Two More Years? (1+ / 0-)
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    They just might die!

    "Never before has it been so hard for the rich to become poor, or for the poor to become rich." Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R,Ky)

    by wild hair on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:27:45 PM PDT

  •  It is one thing to have honest debate (3+ / 0-)
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    with the exercise of compromise after negotiations, BUT, to refuse to bring to the floor is outrageous.

    How this country can put up with these saboteurs who refuse to do the people's work is mindboggling.

    Come November, if the obstructionists and saboteurs will continually being elected, it bodes ill for America.

    I don't use the term "saboteur," lightly.  One definition is:  "to put a monkey wrench in the machinery so it won't work."

    I think it fits the Republican Party to a T, teaparty that is.

  •  Whatever it is (11+ / 0-) is not a temper tantrum but a well-financed and strategized cynical attempt to shut down the government during the administration of a Democratic President that they politically want to knee-cap to prevent any other minority from ever becoming President.

    And it fulfills their pledge to Grover Norquist that they will drown the government in a bathtub.  And that pledge means more to them financially than the Constitution of the United States.

    It is not a temper tantrum.  It is well-crafted sabotage of the government of the United States of America by some of the folks who were elected in public trust as officers of that government.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:31:11 PM PDT

    •  I'm there with you, Tarheel. (3+ / 0-)
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      MufsMom, hbk, daeros

      It isn't a case of hurt feelings at all, no matter how much Boehner may cry.
      They never gave anyone a chance to hurt their feelings. They've been obstructionists since the moment of Obama's first swearing-in.
      Oh, they feign hurt feelings, but their bullying tactics put the lie to that. It's all show. They refuse to go to the White House to meet with the President, or try to schedule a meeting when it is the least convenient for him so if he refuses they can use that as a talking point. Then when they do go, they are bad guests and concede nothing and will not budge a millimeter in cooperation.
      Then they cry crocodile tears that the President shuns them.

      It's all conniving. It's all for show. If the damn citizens of this country would take the responsibility of citizenship and pay attention, they wouldn't be able to get away with it. If the majority of us were watching them, they'd not have been able to obstruct the government from functioning for the last 6 years.

      It makes me want to scream. More people are waking up and paying attention. Will it be enough? Forget the Tea Party, they're clueless and wouldn't see the GOP's shenanigans if you propped their eyes open and chained them to a chair ala Robot Chicken.
      The sane(r) everyday Joe Schmo Republican has to notice. Enough of them to hold their noses and vote workable Democratic majorities in both houses and the White House.
      Only then will the Republican Party be forced to stop their bullshit and start doing the people's work again.

      Never has this nation seen the like of this goddamned traitorous party, hellbent on destroying the progress of our nation in the name of partisan power and to the benefit of their Oligarch Overlords.

      Perhaps the few pundits that have said so are correct: The American public is waking up and will soon be reaching for their torches and pitchforks- metaphorical or not. And it isn't just the Corporatists they'll target. The Conservatives should be sweating bullets, too.

      end rant

      Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:45:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Totally agree with this... (0+ / 0-)

        As I mentioned in an earlier post, they are all afraid of losing control of the system.  and this is what fear does to dysfunctional and addictive people.

        It's all about denial and blame.  They deny they have anything to do with the problem, and because they deny their part of the problem, this allows them to blame all the problems on anyone and everyone who is different from them.

        Because everyone else is the problem, that means they believe themselves to be perfect, and why doesn't everyone else see how perfect they are as well.

  •  It's drivel like this (4+ / 0-)
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    that makes me want to punch Republicans.  Just how much longer did they think they'd be allowed to abuse the filibuster before they had it taken away from them?  And as it was, Reid only used a fraction of the "nuclear option" that this asscracker is so whiny about.  The reform only applies to judicial nominees, and even then excludes nominees for SCOTUS (not like that's likely to be a n issue anytime soon unless I'm wrong about Scalia or Alito or Kennedy actually being undead). And even with that little bit of improvement, the Senate GOP has found a way to be as passive-aggressive and obstructionist as they can possibly be within the existing rules.  And then whine about it like the spoiled fucking children they are.

    Pisses me off to NO end.

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

    by mojo11 on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:35:47 PM PDT

  •  Small price to pay to get our nuclear option (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    There are more important things than having an ambassador in Guatemala.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:38:49 PM PDT

  •  House goopers attempting to ram through a Tea (4+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, bufffan20, hbk, daeros

    Party immigration bill in record time.....What could go wrong?

  •  Well those repubs just need to pull up their big (0+ / 0-)

    girl panties and deal with it!

  •  Why the appointment of ambassadors (0+ / 0-)

    even requires Senate approval is beyond me. I also think that an incoming Administration should have the right to appoint cabinet officers without Senate input unless a two-thirds vote can override the President's choice. That ought to move things along a bit faster. The history of the United States is one of push-pull between the President and the Congress, particularly the Senate, which frequently acts like an alcoholic anxiety-ridden aunt who can't pay attention and won't let her nephew run the business. Just a little less oversight from the Senate - no zero oversight - would help immeasurably. Good luck with getting that change through!

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:58:07 PM PDT

  •  Why should we expect unanimous consent? (2+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward, daeros

    Complaining that this shortcut is being withheld, is whining.

    •  Because without it, you can't do anything. (4+ / 0-)

      There are 59 ambassadorial vacancies. Counting only the 30 hours of post-cloture debate needed without unanimous consent and allowing no time for recess or attention to any other matters, that would take 74 days to get through, working non-stop. That also doesn't count any other nominations. Or allow time for any legislation.

      You also have to spend some time waiting for the cloture vote to ripen and actually holding all the votes. That's 74 days of dead time waiting for votes that will all be unanimous or close to it when the actual vote comes around.

      The Senate simply can not function without unanimous consent under the current rules.

      The Empire never ended.

      by thejeff on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:17:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The solution is to make these jobs (0+ / 0-)

        not require confirmation.

        If we think the proper role of the Senate is to rubber-stamp a type of nomination, we should that the obvious next step and remove the Senate from the process.

        •  Or remove the weirdness (2+ / 0-)
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          That's grown up around the cloture rules, all rooted in the accidental removing of the simply majority vote to proceed.

          It's not about rubber-stamping. I don't have anything against the Senate having a vote on confirmations. Even blocking controversial ones if they can muster a majority.
          It's the practice of delaying, perhaps indefinitely, nominations that are sure to pass that is a problem.
          If 51 Senators don't confirm a nominee, the nominee is rejected. That's fine. If one Senator refuses to consent to a vote on any nominees, no nominees are confirmed or rejected. That's not acceptable.

          The simplest step would be to change Senate rules to eliminate the post-cloture debate time.

          That would certainly be simpler than removing the Senate from the process, which for Ambassadors would require a Constitutional Amendment.

          The Empire never ended.

          by thejeff on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:38:15 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Can Obama recess appoint all of these ambassadors? (1+ / 0-)
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    Reid didn't agree to pro-forma sessions did he?

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 02:00:20 PM PDT

  •  If they're going to filibuster (1+ / 0-)
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    Make them stand there an talk it to death.  And if they stop talking, move the question.  It's that simple.  If the Republicans are going to behave like petulant children, treat them like petulant children.  

  •  Another Uncalled Slam on Russia (0+ / 0-)

    " But it's not like Russia has been creating havoc or anything since February, so why worry about that?"

    Who has been creating havoc?  The Obama administration supports a coup against the democratically elected government of Ukraine, and I have to read yet again in a "progressive" publication that Russia is creating havoc?

    It is still not known if pro-Russian separatists are responsible for the downing of the Malaysian airliner, and by the standard Obama wants to impose on the US, he and the US are far more immoral for the continued arming of Israel, allowing it to slaughter Palestinian civilians.

    For a less propagandistic view on the situation between the US and Russia, see:

  •  Emergency Session (3+ / 0-)
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    daeros, catilinus, Trotskyrepublican

    I'm certain there are people on here more informed on the laws than I am.  If legally possible, why doesn't the president wait until about the middle of next week and call an emergency session to deal with some of the larger issues?

    If nothing else, I would love to see the GOPs reaction.  Lots of crying and whining!

    •  Welcome to DKOS stormy852. (1+ / 0-)
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      I know, but there is only a certain amount of "crying and whining" by Republicans I can take. My limit has long since passed.

      Welcome to Daily Kos. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Community Guidelines, the Knowledge Base, and the Site Resource Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.
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      It will never happen for the first time until it does.

      by catilinus on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 06:35:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I actually sent him a letter (0+ / 0-)

      asking him to call in a joint session this fall in the middle of campaign season if the GOP still hasn't fully-funded the VA yet. I'm a disabled vet so I have a particular interest in this topic. I'm sick of the entire VA being lambasted over corruption in Phoenix especially when I know that the whole problem of time between appointments being made and actually happening could be solved easily by full funding. It needs more money because Dubya's wars created a whole new host of disabled veterans who need medical services.

  •  But, but... (0+ / 0-)

    He's Black, donch' know...

    "the northern lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see. Was that night on the marge of Lake Labarge, I cremated Sam McGee". - Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon

    by Joe Jackson on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 04:47:05 PM PDT

  •  Not hurt at all (0+ / 0-)

    In my opinion, we are giving them too much cover by making light of the Republican long standing strategy of non-governance.  This has nothing to do with hurt feelings or petulance.  Not much to do with the dislike for the president and, of course, nothing at all to do with the nature of the legislation being proposed.  It is not about stupidity or ignorance. It has nothing to do with racism or ethnocentrism. No, there is only one principle at stake here.  It is the principle of non-governance.  

    The Republican Party wants to eliminate as much of the Federal Government as possible (later on they will want to do the same with the state and local governments). They will do almost anything to accomplish this goal, except for taking responsibility for it.  Their ally in this is the business community which would even do without their subsidies if they could be really free from regulation.

    Not being willing to openly say that their goal is the near destruction of the Federal government, they engage in all these machinations to accomplish the goal without being seen as being this coldly calculating.  And we are doing them a great service by not treating them as being exactly that.  We are not taking them seriously enough and they just lap it up and go on about their business of creating an environment where they will be able to make as much money and accumulate as much wealth as possible without having to deal with ANY impediments.

  •  Republicans = Anti-American (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans = Anti-American

  •  Let them throw (0+ / 0-)

    a temper tantrum who cares. If another nuclear option is necessary then do it.

  •  Republican Snit (0+ / 0-)

    Lets not consider that actual merits of the Ambassadorial appointment.  Never mind, that it is pretty important to have someone in Guatemala who speaks for the administration while discussing the border problem. m Mitch McConnell offended some Republican sensibilities last year when he deprived them of the right to refuse to vote on any judicial appointments made by this president, so to get back at him, they are taking their marbles and going home.  That'll teach him to mess with the Republicans.

    What, the country- the citizens will still vote for us in our gerrymandered districts so who cares about what the country needs.  Well be back to stonewall some more.  We've done it this long, surely we can last until Obama's term is over and we can elect a proper Republican president.

  •  Why do voters keep electing these bums? (0+ / 0-)

    If the voters continue to re-elect the same old, same old lazy, lying, thieving bums to represent us in Congress, then I guess we have only ourselves to blame. Where are the term limits and campaign finance reform that the majority of the American people have favored for years now? IMO, it's time to stop playing nice with these corrupt politicians and ASKING for such reforms. It's time to go balls-to-the-wall and DEMAND changing the status quo. Go big or go home. Shit or get off the pot.

    Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

    If you keep on doing what you've always done, then you'll keep on getting what you've always gotten. [W.L. Bateman]

    True dat.

  •  Deserving a separate diary .... Benghazi is dead. (0+ / 0-)

    From SFGate:

    “(08-01) 11:42 PDT WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee.

    “The panel voted Thursday to declassify the report, the result of two years of investigation by the committee. U.S. intelligence agencies will have to approve making the report public.”

    My take on this attempt to slough off the news:

    In a box beside the article there was a place to vote: “Should Obama be impeached over Benghazi?”. Vote was 68% for, 32% against.

    One should note that this was released at a time and day when news stories are tossed over the cliff to die – Friday PM, after the House and Senate are gone. And it had to be a  Democrat to release it. Gee, I wonder why?
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    Aures lupi

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