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Like Newt Gingrich, John Boehner May Drive the GOP Tea Party/Corporate Express Off the Fiscal Cliff


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, ethics, republicans, americans, elections )

Carrie
- 746 days ago - truth-out.org
In the '90s, Newton Leroy"Newt" Gingrich tried playing a game of chicken with Bill Clinton to see who would blink first - and Gingrich lost badly.The federal shutdown precipitated by a GOP effort to cut Medicare benefits, among other austerity measures...



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Roger Garin-michaud (114)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:15 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Vicky P. (466)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 3:05 pm
scary group
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:17 pm

I'm not so sure he's right about that, I don't think even water boarding would help the Goofy Old Poops. There is a time to take a stand and time to back-off, time for the Goats Of Past to back-off.
 

Jae A. (321)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 5:57 pm
..and in time we can vote them out of office...say like in the next/2014 election. Americans by the majority are waking up to just how much damage the GOP [ Goofy Old Poops] have and still are doing to our nation/people/economy on behalf of their corporate masters...of which Boner is,and always has been , first in line for their reg. and largest amount pay checks.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:29 pm
I love the article and the picture!!!....WE VOTED!@!@!@!....kick those yahoos!!into the Koch abyss where they belong!!!!...(I have a few shovels to share with other volunteers!!)
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 7:02 pm
Thanks.
 

Danuta Watola (1217)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:34 am
noted,
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:22 am
Two years to go and the GOP is already digging a trap for themselves.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:53 am
Takes TWO ... both sides suck! Modern man's current perception/deception rules.
 

jan b. (3)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:02 am
Had it not been for conservative obstruction....in all reality, the 110th Congress would have achieved truly landmark accomplishments— reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and its contribution to global warming and funding long-neglected domestic priorities.
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:05 am
"The White House has positioned itself so that the popular proposals on earned benefits (although again, Obama is widely seen as likely to give in a bit on Medicare) and tax cuts for the majority of Americans come from the Obama administration. The Republicans are stuck proposing unpopular cuts to achieve their made-for-the-rich austerity.

Hypothetically, once all the tax cuts expire and the Democratic Senate were to vote out a bill restoring the savings to the middle class but not the wealthy, Boehner and his Barbary Pirates are going to have to suck lemons and vote for it – regardless of debt negotations – or the Republicans will pay a big price in the mid-terms in 2014.

As for the so-called "deficit reduction," let it be the burden of those who ran up the deficit under Bush after Clinton left the Republicans a balanced budget in 2001; let it be their proposals as to what would be cut. Because the truth is it would finally provide the lie to their claims of an indulgent government budget; they'd have to cut the earned benefits of seniors, veterans, the disabled, education, health and other programs that are vital to most Americans. They'd clip the US government down to the size of a Bonzai Tree, except for the military-industrial complex and subsidies for corporations and research that gives free technological and biomedical patents to businesses developed at taxpayer expense.

Those sort of policies, when shown the light of day, don't win elections; they lose them."

Oh how very true - thanks Carrie!
 

Nancy M. (202)
Monday December 10, 2012, 9:40 am
Interesting article. I had forgotten much of that battle. Thanks.
 

Chris C. (151)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:51 am
Can't wait to see what happens in 2014!

I (almost) feel for Boehner - he's between a rock and a hard place! Good luck with that! I'm sure he hasn't forgotten what happened to Newt either!
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:22 pm
Stay firm, Mr. President.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:30 pm
Noted. The only "fiscal cliff" is the one created by the GOP....now let's watch and enjoy as they push each other off.....
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:06 pm
Beautiful!
Boehner, like "Newt" and his "contract For America," which was really a "Contract On America," is, apparently, a nasty individual, unable to govern with the people in mind, only the Plutocratic agenda of feeding the wealthy.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:33 pm
Boehners best bet is to get enough of the 2010 Tea Party to follow DeMint with resignations
 

James Maynard (68)
Monday December 10, 2012, 10:10 pm
This analysis lays it out about as clearly and
concisely as I have seen in quite some time.
Muchas gracias for this post - I am sending it
to several dozen people.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:25 am
I wish these morons would stop playing games. Their taking these actions because they are wealthy and all they care is about their own pocket books, not the middle/lower income people. Again I wish they'd all get high on their nightcaps and all fall off the cliff. Thanks Carrie
 
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