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BREAKING NEWS: GOPers Balk at Boehner Bill

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John Boehner was gearing up to have his conference to take a vote Tuesday evening, but pulled the plug abruptly. The question: does he have the votes to pass anything?

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:21 pm
Photo credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

John Boehner was gearing up to have his conference to take a vote Tuesday evening, but pulled the plug abruptly.
The question: does he have the votes to pass anything?

Boehner pitched a plan to his conference in response to what Senate Republicans had been considering on Tuesday morning, but even with added Obamacare sweetners for his conservative flank, it seemed unlikely to clear his conference.

After making some changes to appease conservatives, House leaders grew confident enough to schedule a vote. But on Tuesday evening the influential conservative think tank Heritage Foundation came out against the revised plan. Shortly afterwards, the House Rules Committee postponed a hearing on the new bill, suggesting that Boehner still did not have the necessary support to pass it. If it failed, Boehner’s already diminished leverage in negotiations will be all but exhausted, leaving him with a choice between defaulting on the nation’s debts or turning to Democrats to pass a compromise that would only enrage the Tea Party further.

Congress is now no closer to a deal than they were this weekend. The Treasury believes the country will stop being able to pay its bills on October 17th. Already, markets are starting to show the strain. Ratings agency Fitch has threatened to downgrade the nation’s credit rating if it fails to pass a debt ceiling increase soon.

“We felt blindsided by the news from the House,” Harry Reid said on the Senate floor. “Let’s be clear: The House legislation will not pass the Senate.”

The Senate has now hit the pause button on talks while the House rangles.

“We’re in very dangerous territory,” Senator Chris Coons, Democrat from Connecticut, told MSNBC after a lunch meeting with his caucus.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina suggested Democrats help Boehner out with his dilemma and relent on some of their demands, even if it was the Speaker’s fault things had reached the current point.

“We really did go too far. We screwed up,” Graham said. “Their response is making things worse.”

Congress is now no closer to a deal than they were this weekend. The Treasury believes the country will stop being able to pay its bills on October 17th. Already, markets are starting to show the strain.

Rather than move toward Democrats, Republicans in the House are digging in, calling for more concessions. Republican leaders, after reviewing ideas to make the deal more appealing to their rank-and-file, appear to be moving forward with a new plan that would fund the government through December 15 – one month earlier than the Senate proposal – raise the debt ceiling until February 7, and slash health insurance benefits for federal officials. It would keep an income verification system for Obamacare subsidies crafted by the Senate.

An earlier version floated by Boehner Tuesday morning would have included a two-year suspension of a medical device tax included in the Affordable Care Act, but that idea appears to be dead after failing to excite conservatives. Instead, the newest edition includes a stricter version of the Vitter amendment, which now cuts Capitol Hill staffers’ health benefits and not just members of Congress and top cabinet officials.

But just like the version of Boehner’s proposal floated Tuesday morning, Republicans would get only minor Obamacare changes in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and reopening the government. Conservatives want much more.

The differences between the Senate and House plans may not seem like much on policy grounds, but Democrats and the White House see the Boehner’s approach as incompatible with crucial principles they’ve articulated throughout the shutdown and debt ceiling fights. The Senate plan was crafted as an equal exchange of Democratic and Republican priorities in keeping with Obama’s vow not to pay a ransom for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. Boehner’s plan, while a huge departure from his initial call to defund Obamacare, cuts the one sop to Democrats (reinsurance delay) and ups all the Republican demands. Democrats fear even the slightest unilateral concession to Republicans will enshrine the House’s policy of debt ceiling brinksmanship as a governing norm

The administration’s opposition, therefore, is not surprising. But the bigger problem for Boehner is that his plan might not fly with House conservatives either.

Ted Cruz’s band of anti-Obamacare warriors threatened to bring down the government and crash the economy unless they killed or mortally wounded the health care law. Boehner’s plan, even after its latest tweaks, doesn’t achieve anything more than a ding in the armor.

“Both plans are financially irresponsible, both kick the can down the road,” conservative Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama said after the House GOP’s Tuesday morning meeting.

If the Tea Party revolts against the current House plan, Boehner will have little choice but to accept the Senate’s humiliating terms of surrender with Nancy Pelosi supplying the votes.

In short, the final act of the shutdown is looking a lot like the opening scene. Boehner is scrambling to find a way – any way – out of the mess his conservative members created without looking like he sold them out. His problem now is the same as it was before the shutdown: there isn’t one.

“Obamacare is fully implemented despite a government shutdown,” Republican Congressman Dennis Ross, an opponent of the shutdown strategy, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m not sure how much more Mitch McConnell could have done other than what he did do.”

Boehner knows he needs to end the standoff, which is dragging the party down to record levels of unpopularity in polls, and end the debt ceiling crisis, which is already dragging down the economy. But so far neither the House nor the Senate plans solve the puzzle Boehner’s struggled to solve since taking the Speaker’s gavel: how to placate his conservative members while still passing necessary legislation. There’s no magical combination of Obamacare tweaks that will keep the shutdown from being remembered as a failure, both by the conservative Republicans who backed it and the moderate Republicans horrified by it.

By: Benjy Sarlin and additional reporting by Suzy Khimm | |


Vicky P (476)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:21 pm
I don't know what anyone expects out of this, it's pathetic, the poor are getting the boot, congress and the white house are all still getting paid and doesn't care what happens

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:24 pm

The Heritage Foundation is not just a lobby group, and Jim DeMint is hunting for revenge. This is pure insanity, and for a party that claims to be fiscal conservatives, they are destroying the full faith and credit of this country for a second time.

Azaima A (207)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:32 pm
wonder if we'll make it out of this with a country

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:39 pm

The Treasury believes the country will stop being able to pay its bills on October 17th. Already, markets are starting to show the strain. "Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way".

Azaima A (207)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:50 pm
while I'm happy to watch the GOP implode, I don't harbor any illusions that the democrats would be any more responsible. They all take orders formt he same paymasters

Kit B (276)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 5:38 pm

I'm sure this is purely coincidental, but Ted Cruz had a private meeting with about 20 House TP members at a Mexican restaurant in DC last night.

Today, Boehner was certain the Senate bill with many compromises from the president and the democrats, would pass the House. After his conference meeting and input from the real power brokers he claims the bill just does not have the votes. Yet, so many moderate Republicans are in full disagreement about the votes, claiming anywhere from the needed 20 to up to 100 that have said they would vote "Aye".

Fiona O (565)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 5:58 pm
Thanks, Kit, for the timely article.

I WANT an enraged Tea Party. The Tea Party has been enraging me for sometime now.

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:08 pm
ty dear Kit

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:10 pm
Boehner's party has been co-opted out from under his feet by the tea extremists. He may think that he still has his hand on the pilot's wheel of his party, but the teabags are the ones actually steering the ship...and they are heading right for the rocks. There is no evidence that they have the sanity to care if they take the economy and the nation down with them. We have got to change our system or we can expect this lunacy every few years...and things will only get worse.

JL A (281)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:16 pm
Thank you Kit for posting a story that includes all the relevant specifics of the ineptness and failure to govern in the House with ghastly ramifications for the people, the country and the world--the so-called shot heard round the world that started the world war was silent and small compared to this--why they want this kind of destructive, negative legacy is mind-boggling to me.

Pat B (356)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:26 pm
Thanks, Kit for this dismal, and unfortunate turn of events..I was hoping for an end to the shutdown.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:27 pm
Very sad State of affairs.

I was standing at the bus stop yesterday and a woman who is always there along with me had to go to hospital on Friday, emergency room. I asked if she was ok, she said, yes, just had this cough that wouldn't go away, so they also checked to make sure the baby was alright.

In conversation I find out she doesn't have any medical insurance and hasn't seen a Dr. for her pregnancy and the baby is due the end of Feb first of March. I said, have you signed up for the Affordable Care insurance, I know it doesn't start until January, but at least you can obtain a Dr. and have the delivery paid for by it. I said going to the emergency room for a nagging cough is expensive.

She said she she'd never sign up for that Government insurance as she doesn't trust Obama. She said I want nothing he has to offer, I'm real serious on this and real religious about it. I explained that the President wasn't going to be giving her the medical care, that it was a health insurance plan, just like Blue Cross is a health plan. I said don't you want to know you can see a Dr. for you and your baby and be sure the delivery is paid for, as that can cost a lot of money.

She said she'd rather take her chances and will have the baby at home. I said well I wish you well but without any medical check ups I said you have no way of knowing if this baby will be an easy delivery and if you had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance that is all sorts of emergency costs. I said why are you so against this, after all, it was based on the same plan as what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts. She just looked at me with this blank stare. I said, you know that didn't you? And his Romney Care in Massachusetts was based on the Republicans ideas. I said, it just so happened that this Republican plan got voted in during President Obama so I said, I'm not sure why you and so many are against it.

She said I didn't know that. I said, well a lot of people are cutting their own throats because they listen to all of these rumors and whatever else is being thrown around and then deny themselves or in your case, your child from getting proper medical care. I'm not sure if she'll sign up, but you could see the look in her face that she got a dose of reality.

While these people play their chess game, real people's lives are also playing out. They want women to carry these babies full term but then throw out all of this into the general public and then these babies are not getting the care they should nor the woman. People denying themselves medical care because they have been made so afraid of taking it because it will do terrible things to them if they do.

These idiots are going to destroy us all if they can get away with it and that too many can not see the forest for the trees is what scares me.

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:29 pm
Boehner is "afraid of angering the Tea Party, still more?"
F@#@the Tea Party, and Boehner.
What he needs to do is grow the brass to tell them to take their damn toys and go home!
He got his ass into this, thought he knew what he was doing, now, it's the tail wagging the dog! Cut the thing off!
Recapture some of what it feels like to be truly human...if you ever knew that feeling to begin with!

Jo S (619)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:30 pm
What's happening here?
Thanks Kit.

Kathy B (106)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 6:50 pm
There's so much wrong with this tea bagger shut down it's hard know where to begin.

I am tired of the tea bagger minority having to be appeased, they're guilty of extortion and last time I checked that's a crime.

My (progressive) Rep is returning her salary to the govt. during this debacle, I wonder how many of these tea bagger wackos can say the same?


Laurie H (817)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:02 pm
So Many Thanks Kit for this article---we need to chart a coarse and set sail to a land of sensible thinking where true HUMANITY lives and breaths!!!~~~

Robert B (60)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:06 pm
Screw the Heritage Foundation, the Brown shirt teabaggers. And SHAME on Boehner. This is like the Keystone cops do congress but IT'S NOT FUNNY. These incompetent jerks can't even do their damn jobs.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:29 pm
It is completely ridiculous that so few can control so much...

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:09 pm
This band of idiots need to be kicked out of congress. They don't know how to govern and are so intent on destroying us and our government that they can't even do their jobs. They dishonor the seats they hold. Get rid of them.

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:19 pm
Sorry, I can manage to use very little of Care2 today. Cannot get to my page, or messages, of F & S. I can get to people's pages by using their avatar after their star or posting message gets to my home email. Geesh, what a nightmare.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:01 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Kit.

Elle B (84)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:09 pm
Ty Kit. Saddening and sickening to the core.

All who vote/voted for any of these vile reprehensible ego-bulging creatures--are responsible for what is happening to the United States of America and the global community as a result of such mindless--heartless actions. The few in Congress are not acting alone...there are large numbers of people (many with massive capital) supporting and cheering them on...all who are acting as shameless degenerate excuses for human beings.
". . .[As a further undesirable consequence of the war...] Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." —U.S. Pres. Abraham Lincoln

“We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.” ― U.S. Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"We have now learned that rashness and imprudence will not be deterred from taking credit; let us try whether fraud and avarice may be more easily restrained from giving it." ― Samuel Johnson, The Great Cham of Literature

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:15 pm
Defeat and desperation are in the air, and it looks like the Republicanus/Teabaggers are trying to entangle the Democrats in the blame.

"Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina suggested Democrats help Boehner out with his dilemma and relent on some of their demands, even if it was the Speaker’s fault things had reached the current point.

“We really did go too far. We screwed up,” Graham said. “Their response is making things worse.”"

If the shutdown and debt default situation weren't so sad, so pathetic, so economically difficult for average Americans, Graham's response would be almost funny. Republicanus/Teabaggers keep calling for concessions from Democrats while not giving an inch from their position.

Democrats need to stay the course because another set of concessions will only embolden the Republicanus/Teabaggers for the next face-off.

I heard on the news tonight that the credit rating agencies have already put the US on a negative watch with down grade likely. Any wonder people think the Republicanus/Teabaggers have no honour!

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:30 pm
Yes the rest of the world is watching but I hate what I see happening

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 9:32 pm
@ Kathy B --- "My (progressive) Rep is returning her salary to the govt. during this debacle, I wonder how many of these tea bagger wackos can say the same? "

There was one female Republicanus/Teabagger (sorry can't remember her name or state but her face is burned into my brain. . . argh!) who said publically when asked, that she would not give back her salary. Why? She said she had bills to pay. SHE had BILLS to pay? And I suppose that the furloughed workers don't have bills to pay? And I suppose that retirees don't have bills to pay? And veterans? And I suppose that those relying on SNAP and WIC don't have bills to pay? It really made me angry to hear that! The typical Republicanus/Teabagger response --- I'm OK, screw you! The height of arrogance. The Republicanus/Teabaggers should be, at the very least, willing to put their money where their mouths are!

These extortionists, these feeble minded whiners, need to be charged with sedition.

As I said in another post GOP Congressman Offers Solution to Debt Limit Crisis PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

People remember Timothy McVeigh, the domestic terrorist that bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 killing 168 people. He was convicted of the use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, destruction with the use of explosives, and
8 counts of first-degree murder, and sentenced to die by lethal injection, which he did 11/06/01.

The same should be applied to the Teabagger fanatics including, Goh-merde, Bachmann, King, Cruz etc. The weapon of mass destruction: government shutdown and debt default. Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction: look at their own rhetoric that has being going on, and look at the 2011 shutdown and credit downgrade as proof of continuing conspiracy. Destruction with the use of explosives: define shutdown and debt default as explosives and you have your smoking gun! Charges of first degree murder: how many will die is yet to be determined, but with no SNAP programme, no WIC programme, no food inspections, no children getting life saving cancer treatments at the NIH, and on and on . . . well that is murder. The Republicanus/Teabaggers should be tried and convicted and sentenced to death by lethal voting.

2014 midterms are coming. That should be, will be the date of death of the Republicanus/Teabaggers and their sedition!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:05 pm
CBS news said John Boehner and his cronies had a secret meeting while feeding their faces last night. Now no vote. I for one am TIRED of these secret meetings

Trina Hawkins (24)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:16 pm
Noted ! All I can say is : these are a Bunch of IDIOTS ! They need to do their DAMN JOB and STOP acting like little Spoiled kids who can't have their way ! UGH ! This makes me so MAD,the RICH and Powerful have No worries,it's the rest of US who will SUFFER ! :( Thank you for the update ,more for me to Piss and Moan about ! :)

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 12:02 am
Boehner is finished ~ regardless of what he does, ~ so why doesn't he do the right thing? Is he the only one who doesn't know he know that ALL of the GOP think he is nothing but an empty suit? The TP is using him and the moderate in the GOP have had enough! What a completely useless human being and ineffective House Speaker Boehner is! Good bye, Mr. Milk Toast!

Sherri G (128)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 12:29 am
Boehner is a lost cause. He wouldn't know the right thing to do if it shook hands with him. So many are hurting, can't feed their families, Livermore Labs in our area is laying off 6,000 because of the shut down. Disgraceful for our country. I hope Republicans vote these jerks out of office. TY Kit Noted.

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 1:02 am
Ted Cruz's ambitions may help Boehner see the light. According to the Daily Klos:

"The last straw for Boehner may have been catching some of his Teabagger members meeting with Cruz in the basement of a Washington Mexican restaurant.

I sure hope this is true - it may be the only chance to get a bill passed."
By having a secret meeting with Republican House Members, Cruz appears to be stabbing Boehner in the back. It'll be interesting to see how Boehner reacts. He still has a little bit of time to redeem himself. But is he man enough to put country before ego?

TomCat S (129)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 1:17 am
That Boehner can't get it up is no surprise.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:10 am
All we can do is cross our fingers and wait and hope this mess gets cleared up, but reading all your comments and understanding what idiots are inhabiting the congress, I am not very optimistic. I wonder how it all will end.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:48 am

Athena F (131)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:09 am
Thanks Kit.

If only I had my flying monkeys to send after these people.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:26 am
No! The internet is fine except for this website. Three years of clicking, signing, and commenting are gone from my care2 account. I would stay if the tech team would do something but they either don't care or have no power to fix what they did.

Craig P (52)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:49 am
Tomorrow is the so-called deadline. The world's markets watch with baited breath to see how far this ridiculous brinkmanship will to. It's hard to believe these ceilings, walls, and cliffs are literal. Many folks are already having their lives affected though and I can't believe anyone wants to see what will happen tomorrow if this is not resolved.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:55 am
Gloria other people are having similar problems and by changing the browser they use have fixed it. IE doesn't work on here anymore, I only use that browser to add video's onto people's comments pages as it is the only way that allows me. However I use Google Chrome to access e-cards, send messages, and do all else on C2 from the Click to Donate to being on this thread and adding news. I'd hate to see you go.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:03 am
The poor and the little people are always the ones to suffer.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:16 am
Ros, that is exactly why I wrote what I did. We have too many in the masses that BELIEVE in these people, they are scared to death that by getting Affordable Care that they will be forced to be micro chipped, that the Elders are going to be euthanized, that their children will be forced into medical procedures and if they do not have that their children taken away, many even see this as a plot by a Muslim Extremist Terrorist President who was placed in the White House to destroy the USA, they feel that if this Affordable Care is in place it will actually do that.....destroy our Country.

They see this Stand as being Patriotic, that they'd rather have this than a destruction of the Country they love. They have been so brainwashed by the propaganda that they REALLY REALLY BELIEVE this and so will be supporting this Tea Bag Leadership with all they have. They don't believe that if we don't pay our bills that it is the end of the world, they have been told that is the ONLY way to FREEDOM and to regain their Country back from the Terrorist.

Honestly, I've never seen such a mess over here, and over and over again I have conversations with far to many, good people, kind people, smart in other ways people, but when it comes to the far Right Wing ideas of how to fly, they are in lock step. I can't talk to my Brother in Law anymore, my children have been written out of that entire side of the family, my husband is deceased that was all their family on that side. My husband had always said he was never accepted into his family, I see why now, but we kept politics on a low burner. But now, as we will not convert to their way of thinking, we have been thrown out of the family as traitors. Those of us who simply want medical care for all citizens are looked upon as traitors and will be the destruction of this Country.......not them. They see this as SAVING the Country.

Now you see why this is the way it is?

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:03 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

TOM TREE (246)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:18 am
When Will this MADNESS EVER END ??!!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:31 am

We all laughed and joked that people that listen to Rush or watch Fox are less than bright. Now that some real research has been done, it turns out that is not much of a joke. The upside is that many are in the middle and believe this minority needs to be shown the door. We have no idea what pressure is being brought to bear on Boehner, but I think it's fair to say he long past answering to constituents and is answering only to the tea bags and the money and power that is now running much of Washington DC.

I may be wrong, but it seems that much of this is being fed by the media, all of the media is showing only the worst of this. Our media, is forced by the need to fill a 24/7 time space is making this worse. Sure there are some who actually want to know what Palin says or does, they are the few. Ted Cruz should be ignored as wackos of his ilk once were, now he has prime time if he burps. The media has made him a hero or anti-hero depending on one views what he says. When has a junior Senator had so much sway and so much free publicity from the media. The vast majority of Americans are interested in having this country run smoothly and efficiently, not watching a circus of House members that embarrass this country by speaking their ignorance of how this government functions.

Is it any wonder that things are a complete mess? We are not broke, the government debt is reduced by half, which is a wonder, and still the dragons are allowed free reign and their lies are spread even by the so called liberal media. By the way, someone please tell me where this liberal media is hiding, I really want to read or watch what they have to say. It's not MsNBC, they are as guilty as any for hyping this for ratings.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:54 am
That is another Lie that is being presented that we have this Big Liberal Media going on. We must remember that most of our Media is Corporate owned. Before the internet I depended upon Mother Jones magazine for one of my main sources.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 8:47 am
I have a feeling a site like Care2 gets more than the usual number of hackers and troublemakers - so, Gloria, I hope you'll give them a little more time to fix things.
I was much too angry and frustrated last night to make much comment - I had just watched Rep. Barton from Texas doing an interview with Wolf Blitzer - Wolf was telling him how this shutdown was hurting people and hurting the country - the butthole just sat there with this stupid smirk on his face and insisted he was going to remain firm in not raising the debt ceiling and getting rid of Obamacare. All my life, I've been taught to respect people and their different opinions but that has changed - people like Cruz and Barton deserve nothing but contempt. And that is what they will get from me.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 8:50 am
Thx Kit. yeah, I went to sleep with these news, leaving me wondering if the wacko ward or prison cells would be more appropriate for these insane criminals, only to wake up to another news, expecting yet another announcement supposedly on a new deal by 12 noon ET today. -We'll see....

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 8:55 am
Laurie,I have sailed around the world,and the only islands or countries that fit that bill
would possibly be the tonga islands as they are so far away from the jaded world we have created.

about a compromise,like the mob would say "fuhgedaboudid"

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:29 am
Speaking of the media-just witnessed it again: after Reid finished his speech just minutes ago McConnell is taking the mic and what does CNN do? show Ted Cruz spitting his BS again while Mitch is talking... outragious!

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:40 am
This is what happens to a Nation that placated to the Corporate, the Bankers, the Oligarchy in general at the expense of everyone, anything and everything it stood for. This is the gasps and moans of the ending of a long road to where we are today. The only thing I can keep thinking is for every end is a new beginning. I hope that this serves as a great awakening and that the apathetic but sane members of this society will start to roll their sleeves up. Otherwise I'm not sure what that new beginning will be........

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:25 am
Sigh....I see this stunt as nothing short of an attempted COUP without shots being fired (yet) of our government and country. These games they keep playing, and will keep playing, clean up to the 11th hour and 59th minute short of default.....will destroy what's left of our so-called Democracy. Then all that's left is the chaos and disaster for everyday people, you know, lil' ol' ussuns, to deal with and try to survive. I am so sick and beyond tired of Baggers and Fascists.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:42 am
Thank you for the important article Kit. I apologize for not commenting sooner. I have not been able to get to your articles. I can only get to them if I can find them or from a message with a link.
I hope the majority of the people will vote the thugs out of office. If not, the nation is doomed, and with a militarized police force, the future will be bleak.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:44 am
Normally, I can search for a friends articles, but the page comes up blank, and I can's send messages because my address book is blank as well. I'm so sorry this has happened on Care2. I wonder if the thugs have a hacker or if it's just a technical glitch.

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 12:27 pm
I couldn't send Angelika a star because I have done so within the last hour --but I would like to say that I was also watching the news when the incident she described happened. It appears that Ted Cruz timed his press conference to coincide with that of Reid and McConnell --and they actually cut away from McConnell to cover Cruz! The smug SOB, oozing with phony sincerity, claimed to have been fighting for what the majority of American people want. If that's true, then why are the polls telling a far different story?

Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing...

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 12:48 pm
Oh Ted Cruz is a shrewd one, you don't think the racist bigoted Oligarchy know how to spend their money? Not all who have a lot of money are racist or bigoted, just like among the middle class and the poor there are all opinions and attitudes.

This will cause pain upon the Elites as well in various ways, but the racist ones do not care as long as they meet their agenda. It isn't about the Affordable Care Act, they can't even stay on message, they don't even know what they want to use as a reason to Shut Down or not raise the Debt Ceiling. They will use any ploy and say anything, they are all about destruction of our Government and someone said it best either on this thread or another, it's a coup that they are doing, a coup without firing a shot.

Gina Caracci (219)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 12:51 pm
Please forgive me but I would love to kick them all in their privates..Im TIRED of this. 2nd graders can run this country better than these morons.
These worthless pieces of shit need to be voted out of office.


Gina Caracci (219)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 1:01 pm
@ Lynn...that representative is Rep. Renee Ellmers

David C (131)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 1:43 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:16 pm
Update on the ill informed woman at the bus stop. We spoke again on this Affordable Care Act and what is now taking place in Washington. She said, well they are trying to prevent this health insurance from getting in as I'm still not convinced that they are not going to place implants into us.

I said, then people can stand up to that IF that should ever come to be. But that is an IF, might, maybe, and a lot of people TODAY have medical needs, such as yourself. I said, besides, this has been signed into law 4 years ago. Again, she looks at me in shock, what do you mean I thought everything was trying to go into law now.

I said, the final stage of this Affordable Care Act is coming into play, but I said there was already debate, talk, voting, so on and so forth, that went through the House, the Senate, then to the White House when it was all signed in long ago. It has just been coming in steps, increments at a time so that the health insurers, those who give our care and whatever else needed to be done was being done in steps. I said this is the FINAL step to a law already voted in, gone through the Supreme Court and 2 elections. It is law already!

So she finally said, "then what are they doing in Washington if this has already become law?" I said exactly.

Gina Caracci (219)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:29 pm
One down Dandelion! I will continue to say it, you need to run for some office..You are so calm cool and collected, even when angry, we need someone like you representing us.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:42 pm

How many times that same story is being played out all over the country, Dandelion. So many I have talked with, people that do have an education, but either FOX news or their own preacher is telling them that Obama care will cost them so much they will tossed out of their homes. In fact, those who are signing up are saving money, many up to 50% for the same coverage.

I find this republican propaganda to be despicable and worse, it is costing human life.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 8:27 pm
Well our Government is reopened, they figure it cost $52 BILLION to have this farce going on. That doesn't at all take in the individual horror stories like not paying for the deceased soldiers burials, children not getting their treatment for cancer, in our town the entire Head Start was closed and women couldn't go to their jobs. It just goes on and on, we look like fools to the world, the dollar doesn't have the same strength it did, and it may also cost us in our ratings, again. Last time we went from a triple A down one A which cost us more to now borrow.

Good going those who claim to want to save us all so much money! I'm not sure when the people are going to get the correct facts but the last 3 Republican Presidents actually caused the debt to increase while the two Democrat Presidents actually decreased the debt. But the Republicans don't let FACTS stand in their way.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:18 pm
The Republicans got nothing for all their antics. You don't hold a Government and it's people hostage to get your way. There are elections, there is committees, there are debates, there is a lot of ways to try to bring a point across or get policy to change to how you see things.......but this was not the way, and I'm glad they got nothing. But unfortunately they are still there and we can only hope they do not win back their seats when it is elections for them in 2014. But I will not hold my breath, the areas they come from seem to like them a lot.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:53 pm
Very interesting article,Thank You Kit

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:12 am
Well it is over for 3 months. I am still in awe about this sickening deal.

Aren't we all glad we are paying for another damn dam :(

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:11 am
Well they got none of the negotiations they wanted from taking away the Affordable Care Act, to limiting it or to delay it, they even wanted to start the Keystone Pipeline right away, they got none of the things they wanted. I see however, that privately, between the two of them, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid a deal was done. Who knows what else was placed in there. It's all about the money isn't it. What can I get for me not what mess they placed millions of families in when the shutdown occurred.

No wonder so many are soured on the Government which is exactly what the Tea Party members had gotten their start over. This will just fuel them, even though their antics also cost us big money too. There is a lot of blame to be shared in DC, as I said before, they played with the fire for so long now it is burning them. Once it was easier to placate always to Corporate and Bankers, now as the saying goes........

O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:18 am
What EXACTLY has been discussed between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell anyway? Of course we know Gr$$d, but can any of my most respected friends share their thoughts?

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:44 pm
More care2 glitches. Now I can not send stars :(
Stars to you Dandelion and Susanne

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:53 pm
Thanks Kathy I sent one to you instead. Hang in there, C2 affecting a lot of people, they are doing things behind the scenes. Also Kit mentioned something up IE10 being placed in. Not sure how that is affecting some or not others, but if it makes sense to you then maybe that might solve something?

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:15 am
Yes, a lot of people spent days in Care2 limbo, but for me it had nothing to do with the browser that I used, could not see butterfly points, comment in groups and a ton of other things going on such as not seeing the dashboard, being in perpetual Checking login Information...the nightmare is over til the next glitchfest hits the fan. Don't we just love technology...went it works...

So...a cost of 52 billion for that many people could that have fed, sheltered and done so much for?

That is really frightening what you mentioned about the woman that you talked to, so many are conditioned by Fox faux 'news' into a hatred of President Obama.

So very grateful for universal health care which I never take for granted as all I have to do is tune into any American newscast and had listened in the Obamacare debate that had been raging when it first began and even now. (Yes, via TV remote, we can look in on numerous U.S. TV networks/stations and like a fly on the wall, just watch what is going on down there).

Then, when we want to run screaming (after a few moments of watching the tea party and GOP... does that to many people around the globe) back to our own political fun and games, we get to switch the channel. I can watch your national news networks, CNN et al...along with local newscasts in Watertown, NY, Boston, Washington,Seattle, etc. Mu ha ha ha ha, the nosy neighbours have a window on your world. For comedy and laughs and sometimes true horror, we tune into Fox faux 'news.' They actually have a licence to broadcast...utterly amazing.

In the Canadian system, if the budget doesn't pass in the governing party doesn't have enough support to get it approved, the government falls and the voters deliver our foot to the posteriors of whomever we deem responsible.

Sheryl G (363)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:44 am
Well like Yvonne had said on another thread on C2, they should be sent along with tar and feathers. I've lived in Canada so I do know you can see our news. My friends use to shake their heads at the antics and that was a long time before it got THIS crazy. Now they send me cards of condolences.

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:07 pm
Kit, I am still getting your notifications for this

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:18 pm
Yes, Dandelion most certainly deserve several cards of condolence...we just can't believe their antics. Hapless Harper is bad enough...but the tea party/republi-can'ts going on and on... with no cheerful music? (Head shaking.!)

Vallee R (280)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 6:27 pm
Thanks Kit - been real tired lately.
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