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Cliff Hanger: Why Republicans Don't Care What the Nation Thinks

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, corruption, ethics, dishonesty, economy, elections, government, republicans )

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Are House Republicans - now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner -- about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff? Don't bet on it.

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Kit B (276)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:04 pm

Common sense would say this article is correct, but who has accused these characters of common sense? Turtle-man and Orange weepy man are determined to get as much attention as possible from these stunts. At least the American people know exactly where they stand with these two jerks.

Roseann d (178)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:38 pm
A party that doesn't care what the nation indicative of how they would govern...certainly not for the people. At least we can lay to rest the myth that they are a Christian party. They're about as Anti-Christ-ian as can be.

Fiona O (565)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:38 pm
I do not expect sanity or concern for our country from anyone in the GOP. Thanks Carrie for this deeper look into their abherant thinking.

JL A (281)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:13 pm
Too bad the Congressional building isn't on 34th Street--then we could believe in a miracle and a change of heart and belief for the good of the country.

Carol H (229)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:33 pm
noted with much disgust for the GOP!!!!

Chris C (152)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
I can hardly wait for the elections of 2014! Hopefully, the people won't forget. These idiots were elected (and enjoy all the benefits and perks) to act for the good of their constituents and their states and their country and they are totally failing! I predict McConnell will go down in 2014. He's a mean, sarcastic POS!

Roseann d (178)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:25 pm
Agree Chris! I hope Ashley Judd runs against McConnell. She'd be great!

Jae A (316)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:35 pm
Reagan didn't care, Nixon didn't, Dubya sure as hell didn't so why should we expect anything more than this Republican Congress to be any different...after all they backed the Presidents I just mention....

2014..will be a great year for watching Repubs kicked to the curb by the voters.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:42 pm
People voted for them, now they may have to pay dearly for that folly.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday December 28, 2012, 11:58 pm
This is a systemic problem and must be fixed.

John B (185)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:55 am
Thanks Carrie for the link to the blog post by Robert Reich. Mr Reich is very correct regarding the GOP. The Republicans will pay dearly for this in 2014. Read and noted.

donnaa D (14)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 5:37 am

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Saturday December 29, 2012, 5:58 am

Valerie r (8)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:08 am
Not any one thing is going to fix the deficit, we need to add revenue and cut spending. Obama has already cut about 1 trillion in waste in his last 4 years. He has also put spending cuts on the table this time. The Pubs want to protect the rich, who have had it really easy for a long time. They care nothing about the middle class and poor. It's time to pink slip them all. Whoever voted these clowns in better remember what they are NOT doing come 2014...they all need to go!

Diane O (194)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:33 am
Well, Valerie, I don't agree with you. The cuts that Obama has put in place over the past years have been negated by his massive spending spree. In other spitting into the ocean. The republicans absolutely want to protect the job creators in our country. They believe in capitalism because our country was built on capitalism and job creation and growth will insure that capitalism is alive and, yes, thriving in our country. The rich have invested money, time and a great deal of "risk" into building their corporations and we, the people, are the recipients of what the rich can do for the middle class.

You might ask yourself why many immigrants want to live in the United States and why we turn hundreds if not millions away each year for whatever the reasons may be. Is it because they see America as the land of opportunity where they are free to worship as they choose, buy a home, start a business or get an education and work for our government and, yes, corporations? Growth in our country depends on a well tuned engine, free of government interference and regulations so that the creative juices flow out in the right the people.

Raising taxes on the rich, quite frankly, directly impacts job growth. With the mandatory tax on ObamaCare should a company not provide it for their employees simply cuts jobs because companies have to make the adjustments to continue making the payroll and investing in their businesses. Yes, they'll absorb the penalty tax but that trickles down to laying people off. America cannot be compared to any other country and from where I sit since Obama took office he has moved towards mirroring our country after European countries...and it is doomed to fail.

If you are keeping up with the news, recently France raised taxes on the rich to 75% the very people who have their businesses there. France has penalized them and they will move their businesses to more tax friendly countries and take the jobs with them.

My hope is that the American people will, once again, do the right thing in 2014, and yes once again, get rid of the spending democrats and bring in more republicans to stop the unnecessary spending to get Washington DC in order again. Fiscal responsibility is necessary to the continued growth of our country. Fiscal responsibility will insure that medicare, medicaid and social security have a future in our society, a well funded future.


Nancy M (197)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 8:53 am
Very interesting article Kit. The Republicans obviously don't care about Americans. They used to but not anymore. This election has made that perfectly clear. I fully expect that we will go off the cliff. My husband and I are preparing. I feel badly for my niece. She can't afford this but nobody cares abotu her or the average American. Well, the politicians sure don't.

Diane O (194)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:18 am
Nancy, your comment that "the republicans obviously don't care about Americans" is, I'm sorry, below lame. There's nothing documented anywhere at any time that your comment is correct. The Republicans are trying to force spending cuts that will offset the raise in taxes and Obama sent his message...."no compromise." So, when you are in the mood to blame someone make certain you blame the right party. Obama told congress....basically "it's my way or the highway" and I not only want you to accept it I want you to like it. He never should have been elected president in the first place. This is what you get when you have a president who leads from behind, doesn't engage with the congress, and is incapable of sitting down with both parties to create a compromise. Obama is absentee as a problem solver. He is absolutely stellar at sitting back and them blaming the republicans. Americans, after the next four years, will understand just how incompetent Obama has been in leading our country.

Nancy M (197)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:24 am
Of course there is Diane. Haven't you been reading during the election and beyond?

My blame goes to the corporate CEOs. While the Democrats are certainly not innocent, The republicans are far more behind the idea of tax cuts for the rich and blaming the rest of the US. There re plenty of statstics to back this up but I am tired of posting them. Some just don't get it( not referring to you but to countless other that I ahve presented the case to a multitude of times).

Nancy M (197)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:25 am
AndBTW Diane, Obama has already put forth several proposals with compromises in them.

Patrice M (84)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:42 am
Who are the job creators in our country? Somebody please tell me. I really want to know.

Because I think the job creators from America are creating jobs in China.

Also, Obama wants cuts to the military industrial complex and will use money that is gained - about $71.4 billion - when the richest one percent start paying their fair share of taxes in this country instead of whining about how they are the job creators. They are NOT creating any jobs in this country. Don't even get me started on corporate welfare.

Diane O (194)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 1:44 pm
Nancy, he agreed to one proposal waited awhile and then walked in and took it back. Do your research on that one.

True that some companies have taken their production overseas to China and elsewhere where the labor is cheaper but you have to ask the hard question. WHY did they do that? That's not an easy thing to do but some have done it. I blame the unions, quite frankly, and our government for taxing these companies. The US is in the top 5 of most expensive countries in which to own and run a business.

$71.4 billion isn't a great deal of money. The taxpayers continue to fund, every single year for years now, $60 billion in fraud and abuse in medicare, medicaid and, yes, social security. We need cuts across the board and everyone needs to feel the pinch not just a few. I understand and fully agree that there is a great deal of waste in the government. For example: political appointees and their large staff. Tell me please why we need "political appointees" who have no idea what they are doing once they get to the Pentagon yet they are given the ability to run different agencies. That always blows my mind. So, yes, cuts should be made there but it should never compromise the strength of our military.

What is corporate welfare, Angelica? Can you describe it to me?

Nancy M (197)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:18 pm
"True that some companies have taken their production overseas to China and elsewhere where the labor is cheaper but you have to ask the hard question. WHY did they do that? "

So they could claim more profit (AKA lower wages) and thus pocket larger bonuses. Nothing good to be said about that.

I can hardly blame unions for a corporrate decisions. And this has been going on since 1980 or so.

"What is corporate welfare, Angelica? Can you describe it to me? :

It is rather obvious.

Diane O (194)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:50 pm
Well, Nancy, that's a given....of course they were seeking cheaper labor costs but my question was "Why did they have to do that?"

The unions have sent business overseas.

Actually, the liberals term of "corporate welfare" needs defining. Hopefully, Angelica can put it in terms that make sense. Or perhaps you would like to do the honors?


Nancy M (197)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:14 pm
"Well, Nancy, that's a given....of course they were seeking cheaper labor costs but my question was "Why did they have to do that?" "

The answer Diane, is that they don't Have to. They do it to make more money for themselves. Which is very unethical IMHO. THAT is that is ruining our economy. These very same companies then have workers on food stamps. WE are subsidizing THEM. That is ONE PART of corporate welfare.

Kit B (276)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 7:22 pm

Sure do wish I had a shower of Green Stars for you Nancy. Well done.

Robert B (60)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:09 pm
OH Diane !!!!! there you go again with more silly unfounded comments , You said taxing the rich impacts job growth. That is just too funny. Bush's little present to the rich NEVER created any more jobs. The rich just bought more crap for themselves. They didn't create jobs. By the end of Bush's term we were bleeding over 700,000 job a month. And believe me Unions are good for the the country. They protect workers and make sure they get a decent wage. "Right to work" states are a travesty. All it means is that the company has all the rights and the worker gets shafted. Republicans are a joke when it comes to representing the middle class and they are a tragedy when it comes to representing the working poor and the unemployed. YOUR side is harmful to this country. You better hope the GOP starts letting more moderates into the party or else they will become totally irrelevant.

Ro H (0)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:06 am

JL A (281)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 8:01 am
Appropo for this thread, too, unfortunately (from Black's Law Dictionary):

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Patricia Gal (103)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 9:22 pm
Do folks really think the GOP'ers & Republicans care about America or its future?
Guess again.
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