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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 PM

What Americans Should Learn From The ‘Republican Apocalypse’

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Source: The National Memo

What may finally consume the House Republicans is their boundless contempt for the American public – a contempt bluntly demonstrated in their refusal to consider any reasonable compromise with President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” on December 31. They know from the election results (and every poll) that the public believes taxes should be raised on the wealthy. They know that the public wants bipartisan compromise. And they know that the approval rating of the House Republicans, in contrast to the president’s upwardly trending numbers, are veering toward historic lows.

Moreover, they claim to believe that the major tax hikes and spending cuts that will occur on January 1, if negotiations, fail, will be ruinous for the American and perhaps the world economy. (And never mind that this concern validates Keynesian economics, flatly contradicting their professed ideology.) Failure to achieve a deal may result in a renewed recession or worse.

Yet the majority of Republican members adhere so blindly to their far-right ideology that on Thursday evening, they humiliated their own leadership by refusing to support Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” — and effectively scuttled negotiations between the House leadership and the White House. Boehner thought a bill to increase taxes only on households earning more than $1 million annually would pass the House, as Majority Leader Eric Cantor confidently announced. “We’re going to have the votes,” he said on Thursday afternoon. Several hours later the House leaders cancelled the roll call on the tax bill, admitting that they didn’t have the votes.

This embarrassing episode – the “Mayan Apocalypse” of the Republicans Party – demonstrates again why they are unfit for the responsibilities of national office.

Read more: http://www.nationalmemo.com/what-americans-should-learn-from-the-republican-apocalypse/



Love me some Joe Conason. And for the cherry on the top of this delightfully imploding sundae, be sure and read the last two paragraphs of the article. This mess may turn out to be a nice little ball of yarn after all. We'll see.

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Reply What Americans Should Learn From The ‘Republican Apocalypse’ (Original post)
Melinda Dec 2012 OP
NICO9000 Dec 2012 #1
AndyTiedye Dec 2012 #2
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #3
plethoro Dec 2012 #4
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #5
-LOKI -BAD FOR YA Dec 2012 #7
plethoro Dec 2012 #8
fasttense Dec 2012 #6
DallasNE Dec 2012 #9
merrily Dec 2012 #10
mostlyconfused Dec 2012 #11
Tx4obama Dec 2012 #12

Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:14 PM

1. Nailed it!

"...boundless contempt for the American public..."

Thank you, Melinda! This is fantastic!

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:23 PM

2. House Rapeuglicans DON'T CARE What the Public Thinks, They've Got Gerrymandering

to keep them in their seats no matter what.

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:32 PM

3. Just because the Repugs imploded doesn't mean Obama still won't screw SS

 

The Repug offer may have blown up in their faces. But I have yet to read that Obama has withdrawn HIS offer to the Repugs.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:37 PM

4. Obama has an agenda. I fear what he will do first quarter of next year........nft

 

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Response to plethoro (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:39 PM

5. I know. I don't believe he's going to leave his pal Boehner twisting in the wind.

 

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Response to plethoro (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:42 PM

7. tell us n\t

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Response to -LOKI -BAD FOR YA (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:48 PM

8. I think he trys for means testing ........nft

 

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:41 PM

6. Didn't I see this game before?

RepubliCONS stand their ground, Obama negotiates away anything resembling a decent worker friendly plan, the RepubliCONS stand their ground, Obama makes a deal only the the Grinch would love, RepubliCONS stand their ground, Obama thinks he has a deal with Boner, but the teabagger House refuses the deal, Obama makes an even worse deal giving the teabaggers all of what they want. Then Democratic Senators talk as if they will vote against the awful deal that hurts only working people. But end up voting for just another austerity program for middle class Americans and Obama signs it.

We've seen this already, we know the outcome. Obama is his own worse enemy.

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:49 PM

9. Now Is Not The Time To Rejoice

Scrooge just kidnapped Santa Clause then refused the ransom money.

This is why we needed a more vigorous debate before the election. Then, maybe, Americans would have made better choices in House races. As it is, we have a House that only cares about billionaires and would rather take the country down than allow a black man to be successful -- a toxic mix for sure.

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:09 PM

10. There is no shortage of contempt for the American public.

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:13 PM

11. All of this fuss...

over whether we raise the top marginal rate enough to cover 1% or 2% of the annual deficit. What a joke.

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Response to Melinda (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:54 PM

12. Locking. It is the consensus of the Hosts of the LBN forum that the OP is analysis/opinion...

... and therefore does not conform to the SoP of of the LBN forum.

Please consider reposting in GD or Good Reads, etc.

Thanks

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