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Congress Did Something So Spectacularly Creepy That It's Too Unbelievable To Make Up

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: shutdown, GOP, Teabaggers, HouseRules, Congress, USCongress, EricCantor, HouseMajorityLeader, HouseSpeaker, JohnBoehner )

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the GOP quietly passed a measure that said only the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, can call for the shutdown to end (unless he gives a designee permission). Not even the most senior GOP congressperson, Speaker of the House John Boehner, is allowed to

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday October 14, 2013, 10:16 am
"Congress Did Something So Spectacularly Creepy That It's Too Unbelievable To Make Up

On the House floor, Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to get a clarification on the rules of the shutdown. Apparently, normally, any congressperson can call for a vote on any bill at any time. But just before the shutdown happened, the GOP quietly passed a measure that said only the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, can call for the shutdown to end (unless he gives a designee permission). Not even the most senior GOP congressperson, Speaker of the House John Boehner, is allowed to do it, without permission from his own guy.

Here's the thing. Democrats are not always right. Neither are Republicans. The political system is messed up from top to bottom. But this is just crazy. The guy in charge of the GOP can't end the shutdown. Watch and see. At 5:00, we get to the reality of the situation."

Azaima A (207)
Monday October 14, 2013, 10:35 am

Kit B (276)
Monday October 14, 2013, 10:49 am

In any world but the House or Senate that would be called CHEATING. This sounds, reads and smells like fear of following the rules.

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday October 14, 2013, 1:41 pm
Anyone who's surprised that the House Republicans are changing the rules in the middle of the game, please stand on your head until enough blood rushes to your brain to wake it up.

Freya H (357)
Monday October 14, 2013, 2:48 pm
WHAT!!! I hope that this is just a misunderstanding or an exaggeration. Then again, sometimes the most absurd and ridiculous stories are the true ones--

Roseann d (178)
Monday October 14, 2013, 4:15 pm
Sounds like the GOP are scared sh*tless. Yup, we are coming for your Congressional seats on election day.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:05 pm
That is scarey!

Course, I hope, they can always cancel that stupidity.

What if he gets a stroke or heart attack from all the anger directed at him and his gang?

Helen Porter (39)
Monday October 14, 2013, 9:51 pm
I'm not politically savvy. I'm just learning and you are teaching me.

BUT, it seems to me that this is a revolt against John Boehner by his own people.

I think they can always vote to change it. It's not really that dangerous to us. It's a determination
of who the problem is...John Boehner. And they've blocked his power. Seems to me that these are
the people who really know what's going on ...... if anyone does.

If they want the shutdown to end, they don't have to mess with Boehner. And if Cantor doesn't want to
comply, he will be compelled to do so. Or another will be selected to do so.

Maybe these people are doing what all of us should be doing together. They are taking the power back into their own hands. Cantor is going to follow what "the people" want or he will be relieved of his "power". and
another will be selected.

We, the people, have given away much of our power and have been looking to "Big Brother" which is a serious mistake. We need to take back our power like the house has done.

Shirley A (96)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:41 am
NOTHING IS TOO VILE for these hate driven idiots. REMOVE REPUBLICAN'S STARTING 2014, Never to darken our doorways again to cause such damage and pain to America. Anti American, Anti Democracy and loathing tactics ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:58 am
Anything this terrible is usually true, unfortunately.

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:00 am
It is terrible. I hope people inconvenienced by the shutdown don't vote for the GOP members that caused and supported it.

Jason R (67)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:50 am

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 11:19 am
I was certain this wasn't true but now that I've seen it several places, I should have known that nothing was too low for those vile creatures....perhaps the Dems could get all the Repugs to leave the building and then pass a resolution saying they are not allowed back in without permission of Obama himself?

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 12:21 pm

Ken O (55)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 1:32 pm
It's to be expected, they are, after all, republicans. Why are we even surprised?

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 1:48 pm
Speaking of "Spectacularly Creepy" --
Sorry to change the subject, this is after all the Note I started -
But, THIS IS SPECTACULARLY CREEPY and you won't believe it, also!

Petition to STOP a "dolphin theme park" in TAIJI, JAPAN {where "The Cove" was filmed} -
a place where you will be invited to Swim With Dolphins - and then EAT them!!!
Hard to tell WHICH IS CREEPIER -- it's a toss-up!!! Please SIGN that Petition...

Okay, now back to the SUBJECT of this thread..... Sorry to digress.....

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:11 pm

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:36 pm
I saw this yesterday as I get Upworthy in my g mail Inbox. Unbelievable.

Jason R (67)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:48 pm
Issa just said that there IS legislation in the house to strip Obama's 14th amendment right to take extraordinary action in time of a crisis.

The south is trying to rise again via an internal coup.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:53 pm
They are a sick bunch of idiots. They only want what is good for them and to hell with the rest of us.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:32 pm
They cannot strip a Constitutional right with just a House bill, and this would never pass the Senate. I can't believe they read Robert Reich. Someone must have told them.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 4:41 pm
I believe many of the Republicans in the House are morons.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted. Well, I hear this has "gone viral." Unbelievable! So, we have the GOP standing steadfastly by the Hastert Rule, the Norquist Pledge, and now we have "Cantors' Rule." I think insanity rules this party.

On the other hand, why haven't the Dems gotten together to beat this back? In fact, why didn't they just shove the public option through when they had control of Congress? As well as taking the opportunity to re-instate Glass-Stegall, as well as the Assault Weapons Ban that expired. Seems there's too many "Blue Dog" Dems, or "New Dems".....or whatever they're calling DINO's today.
My own member of Congress (a Dem), is one of 7 who voted with the GOP, and boy! is he getting called out all over town for this. His name's also popping up with the other 6 in online articles. He's ripe for "primary-ing."

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 5:53 pm
Creepy is an understatement ! It is soooo dishonest... underhanded...treacherous & down right SH____!!!!

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:40 pm
I really hope the American people remember who caused the shut down and don't re elect them.

John Coleman (18)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 7:55 pm
Now if a Care2 article really wanted to address abuse (and scary actions)by a legislator then the real culprit for that honor is the hack Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), who has twisted the Senate rules for partisan political purposes, .

Sheila D (28)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:01 pm
Apparently insanity rules. Thanks for the post.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:08 pm
News Item posted by Betsy B:
The Ghost of Authoritarianism, presented by the U.S. Congress for Halloween


Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 8:15 pm
From "The Ghost of Authoritarianism, presented by members of the U.S. Congress for Halloween"

''The assassins now in power are cultivating a culture of fear, vengeance and hatred not only directed at disposable populations such as the poor, low-income minority youths, whistleblowers, immigrants and those who are disabled, uninsured and unemployed - but also at civil liberties, labor unions, women's reproductive rights and voting rights. Neoliberal common sense now colonizes everyday life and spreads the market-driven gospel of privatization, commodification, deregulation and free trade.''

Go there and read the whole thing - it's long, but it's WORTH THE READING:

Jason R (67)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 10:20 pm
John Coleman:

Jhn Wzt (3)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:23 am
just tell him the bills will b required to b payed by him im sure hell end it asap if it starts to hit his wallet :)

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:48 am
What a bone head. They should give Boner jail time.

Jeremy S (3)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:59 pm
Oh, I'd love to say I'm surprised. But I'm not.

Athena F (131)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:08 am
Read this earlier, but apparently my comment got eaten. Thanks for posting this!
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