Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
Comments: Boehner pledged to continue the fight against the Zerocare "train wreck"...
It was a game of chicken and the GOP lost. It´s like the movie Rebel Without a Cause when James Dean and another punk race hot rods towards a cliff and Dean jumps out at the last second. I certainly don´t understand economics but I wish we had gone into default. It would require that we have balanced budgets and no more deficit spending. None of the 57 states are allowed to engage in deficit spending. ØDumbø now knows that there is nothing he can´t get away with. A sad but predictable day for the country. Many more to come.
Boehner fought about as well as Gary Lightbourne fought against Ex-BYU football player Pisa Finai in early 1984 (on HBO). About a minute into the first round Finai hit Lightbourne with a loaded to the maximum straight right that would have taken Lightbourne´s head off if it hadn´t been well connected. As Lightbourne, unconscouos, fell on his face, one glove was raised, as if to say, "I´m gone." He was gone. The one punch KO was Finai´s moment of glory as a boxer, but what a moment! Later!
We needed good RESULTS! The Poles fought the good fight in September 1939, but the Germans didn´t give them much credit for their actions and, if I recall, the results were not to good for many Poles, until some people came along to fight to win the good fight.
The Tea Party and the Conservative grass roots are simply not going to show up at the polls after this. You will have - in short order - 1. A filibuster proof Senate 2. Speaker Pelosi 3. A movement to give 0bama a third and fourth term.
Go to your polls and vote them all out. I have never been so disgusted in my life with the jerks we send to DC. None of them represent me they promised! An old expression, but bears repeating..."THROW THE BUMS OUT!"
My Buddy at 6/7 is being a bit harsh on the Speaker. He did herd the cats in the House and passed 16 or more bills the Senate rejected, with only 2 punches, the Pay Our Military Bill and the one clarifying death benefits for the families of the fallen landing (passed by Reid´s Senate and signed by Zero). So one could argue he stayed in the ring for all 15 championship rounds (days)before being knocked out. Cruz and Lee were heroic,but they are Senators, and it was that body which failed us...once we get over our disappointment, can´t we agree on the import of taking the 6 seats we need in 2014 to at least have a Senate Repub majority leader we can pressure?
ait may not be his fault that he and the GOp including the Tea Party got nothing, but he was the leader, and he needs to quit the speakership. Ryan is the guy, but he may not be ready to be the next pinata. Cruz, same deal. Who wants to be speaker? Anyone? Bueller?
Boehner did not fail, the Republican establishment failed him. This is coming up again right after the end of the year. Unless the RNC or the super pacs start running educational ads now that can educate those who watch the kardashians(sp?) we will lose again. I suggest they start with the park service describing the effort needed to plan closing open air monuments.
What exactly have the democrats won today? Ruining people´s lives? Ruining our world-class healthcare? Destroying the health insurance industry? Destroying jobs? This is NOT a win for them. The public is turning against them and will do so bigtime.
POUND this everyday, conservatives. Do not let the democrats get away with acting as if they "won". They DID NOT. Please STOP THE DEFEATISM and STAND with the American people!
As for McCain, I am disgusted and ashamed of you and your lack of actions defending the average American.
I have to agree with #22. How many bills did Boehner send over to the Senate? THAT is where the failure lies. Until people quit throwing hissy fits and not showing up at the polls we will continue to lose these fights. We needed the W.H., Senate and the House in 2012 and millions of republicans stayed home. Boy we have really taught those republicans a lesson haven´t we? Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
IMHO, both 22 & 6/7 are correct taken together. Boehner did indeed send ´em up only to see DIngy Harry shoot them down. BUT if his nards were larger and steelier, he´da owned the airwaves, the Ring if you will-acknowledging the LSM bias- by sheer selling power; eg:Chris Christie.
Boehner, you stink on ice. You´re a wimp and an ineffectual representative. You have NO principles and cave at pressure from the opposition at the expense of those you ostensibly represent. You need to go. And go you will.
Good observation #31...#26 and certainly #29 sound the clarion call! The Senate measure likely to pass tonite books the "Fat Lady" to sing on 3 occassions over the next several months, one for a budget, two for a CR for FY2014, and three for the debt ceiling....if the GOP stays focused on fiscal matters and don´t allow Zero and the media to distract public by changing the topic to amnesty the horrors all will come to see in the launch of will take center stage. Delay it for a year and Zerocare will die.
This is disgusting. The Republicans need to learn how to fight. As much as I hate everything the Democrats stand for, you have to give it to them that in politics, they never admit defeat. Even when they lose, they still act like they won. Boner is a wimp and loser. He needs to go home and work in the bar he came from. Maybe he can sweep the floor.
Hussein and the Democrats knew in advance the Republicans will cave. Question has always been, when? Republicans, a party of losers. Sorry, but the precedence has been set and the damage has been done to our next generation.
Everyone of the 25 Republicans that voted for cloture in the Senate should have someone run against them in the primaries. When cloture passed in the Senate the House had no chance of stopping it. When you have Republicans Senators like these 25 you don´t need enemies. With the Republicans soon to join the Democrats to pass amnesty in the coming weeks, I give the USA three years before it becomes a third world crap hole.
I do think John Boehner stuck with conservatives in the House much longer than I expected he would. I kept wondering what his motive was, how would he throw it back in their faces later? The problem is in the Senate GOP starting at the top with McConnell. He wants to destroy the Tea Party wing in Congress, ( he only wants his power indefinitely). We need to primary all the RINOs. If we lose the primary we vote Democrat. The goal is to get these Democrat light GOP out of office. We have to vote them out even if we have to take drastic measures. McConnell, McCain, Hatch, Collins, they all want to serve until they die in their senate "club". They will not leave voluntarily. They need to know one way or another we will vote them out, either in the primary or with the opposing side in the election.
This was the GOP Establishment game: play along with Senators Cruz and Lee, pose with the House conservatives, give us our "day", surrender, and whine that they "tried".
The country is at stake: no try, do. The Founders, our brave soldiers in the Continental Army, the Civil War, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan did more than "try" - they fought, (too) many of them to their death.
Once again, the GOP elites simply patted us on the head, said "there, there", and sent us back to our political room. This was their plan all along.
Boehner did not cave, Ted Cruz did. Boehner did not want to attach Obamacare defunding to the CR ,because he knew it would fail in the Democrat controlled Senate-for the 41st time. Boehner convinced the majority of the House , most of whom are conservative or moderate, not Tea Party , to vote for defunding. Cruz said if the House defunded , he would convince enough Democrats in the Senate to pass it. Not only did Cruz fail, he never even tried. He was too busy trashing Republicans. Cruz did not meet with a single Senate Democrat to convince them to vote for defunding Boehner fought the good fight against the overwhelming Democrat odds, Cruz was too busy trashing Republicans to even get in the ring. Boehner did the heavy lifting and took one for the team. Cruz was too busy preening on talk radio to do any work to convince a single Senate Democrat on defunding.
Thank you #22, #30 and #49 for seeing the forest through the trees. The one thing I DO envy about demonrats is they stick together. You will never see them eating their own, no matter what they do. What a difference it would make if the GOP would look at all sides rather than setting up the circular firing squad every time some disagree with whatever someone in the same-party is doing. Depressing.
They couldn´t even get the ACA to apply equally to all citizens. I mean that is something they should make a stink about.How do you defend that? The only answer is Some People Are More Equal Than Others. It´s us against them and at some point we are not going to take it anymore.
The Democrats also nurture their base. You never see any elected Democrat bash even the looniest radical left wingers. They save their fire power for the enemy . Ever since Reagan, the establishment GOP has worked to be sure the party never gets another RR. If a charismatic conservative´s star begins to rise, they help the Democrats plan the demise of that politician´s career.
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person
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RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium. But I´ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism.(Snip) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Is that not great? And it´s great because it´s exactly right. Resentment doesn´t do anybody any good.
The U.S. federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov, which has had technology problems since its October 1 launch, is now experiencing errors in transmitting applications about 10 percent of the time, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. The online insurance marketplace relays information about new customers in ´834´ transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. HealthCare.gov serves people in 36 states, while 14 states are running their own websites. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.
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Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress. "Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill. He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March. During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not
Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy with Iran before an audience of Israeli diplomats and senior members of the US Jewish community and officials. At a White House Hanukkah reception, Obama said that it was important for the United States to test Iran´s intentions, and pledged to keep working for a comprehensive deal to deprive Tehran of a nuclear weapon. "For the first time in a decade we have halted progress of Iran´s nuclear program," Obama said. "Key parts of the program will be rolled back even though the toughest of our sanctions remain in
To fully appreciate what former South African president Nelson Mandela was able to accomplish, it is necessary to hearken back to the South Africa he found when he emerged from prison in 1990, and what the country was like in those critical four years between his release and his election to the presidency in 1994. Put simply, South Africa was a violent, dangerous and heavily-armed place teetering precariously on the edge of an all-out race war. And in the early 1990s, it was entirely unclear which way the country would go. On one side, embittered white rejectionists were refusing to
FW de Klerk, the South African president under whom Nelson Mandela was released from prison, has said his country and the world have lost "a great unifier". De Klerk shared the Nobel peace prize with Mandela in 1993 for brokering the end of apartheid and, when the ANC leader was elected president in the first multiracial election, entered into a government of national unity as his deputy. De Klerk, 77, said in remarks to the BBC: "It´s a very sad moment for the whole of South Africa and I´m sure millions of people around the world. "I fully associate myself
Nelson Mandela was the most famous black man in history. He transcended race barriers to become an exemplar of human generosity of spirit. His towering personality made possible the peaceful transfer of power in South Africa from white minority to black majority rule. If he was less effective as president of his country than he had been as the symbol of resistance to apartheid, he demonstrated statesmanship unmatched in Africa. He inspired love as much as respect, and became regarded by hundreds of millions of people as a secular saint. More was asked of him, and sometimes claimed for him,
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism. Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa´s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation´s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.
The victim in an early morning shooting in Walker County has been identified as Ronald Westbrook, a 72-year-old Alzheimer´s patient. Westbrook was shot outside the home of Joe Hendricks on Cottage Crest Court about 4 am. Westbrook lived about two-and-a-half miles from where he was shot and had apparently wandered away from home. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Hendricks has not been charged. However he said the investigation continues and did not rule out the possibility of charges in the future. The sheriff said Hendricks heard a suspicious sound outside the house and called 911.
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
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The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
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John Podesta was just named as a new senior-level adviser to President Obama last week, but he´s already ruffling Republican feathers. In a profile published late Tuesday night by Politico Magazine, Podesta is quoted comparing Republicans to the infamous cult led by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the 1978 cyanide poisoning of more than 900 of his followers in Guyana. "They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress," said Podesta of what Obama´s White House team faces.
Hours after we reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson dropped some illogical “logic” on homosexuality during his GQ interview, his home network A&E decided to indefinitely suspend him from the show. While Robertson’s comments were hilariously ignorant, they were predictable — especially given his family’s socially-conservative, Bible-loving image. Suspending the lead character for his wholly predictable comments is not only an overreaction but a gross misstep. To recap: The Duck Commander patriarch remarked to the men’s magazine that homosexuality is on par with bestiality, and used fifth-grade “logic” to imply that homosexual men should give up their ways of choosing a
The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. During the inventory, an unidentified official — not the commandant, Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III — asked the administration why the college honors two generals who fought against the United States,
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty," A&E said in a statement. "His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely." The news comes after Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview
The Ivy-League educated half-brother of President Obama is publishing his autobiography in which he makes the shocking claim their father dished out alcohol-fueled beatings to him and his mother and in one terrifying instance held a knife to her throat. Mark Obama Ndesandjo, 48, also uses his new book to set the U.S. president straight on inaccuracies he claims exist in his best-selling 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father and confirms they have never seen eye-to-eye because ´Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black.´ The self-published book, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery, which will be