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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 10:42 PM
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Boehner: Government--i.e. Taxpayers--Should Help Pay For Oil Spill
Edited on Thu Jun-10-10 10:55 PM by TomCADem
Source: TPMDC

Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

"I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

Boehner's statement followed comments last Friday by US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue who said he opposes efforts to stick BP, a member of the Chamber, with the bill. "It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game," he said. "Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that."

So today I asked Boehner, "Do you agree with Tom Donohue of the Chamber that the government and taxpayers should pitch in to clean up the oil spill?" The shorter answer is yes.


Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/boehner-gove...
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 10:52 PM
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1. Tell boner..
Hell NO.
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 06:12 AM
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22. 1 1/2 MILLION GALLONS A DAY or as BP calls it.... 5000 a day
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 10:52 PM
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2. Oh, for crying out loud...
Could he be any more predictable?

:eyes:
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 10:56 PM
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3. And that's capitalism . . . they wreck everything ... we pay for it--!!
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:05 PM
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5. More socialized risk
to save private profits.
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 05:40 AM
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20. In Boner's little mind, there's always money for wars and big business, but screw the little guy.
Hey Boner! The BP disaster is a classic example of deregulation running wild. BP and the other oil companies paid you guys off and convinced you that we don't need any stinkin' regulations. Now, the inevitable is happening and your knee-jerk response is to saddle the taxpayers.

You did the same thing with the big banks during our recent economic crash.

The fact that you won convincingly in your recent primary race makes me even more cynical toward Ohio voters. All they do is check if there's an R or a D next to the name if if that candidate is "pro-life."
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 09:33 AM
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42. War continues to be a huge profit center for elites ... and amazing what they get
done behind the wall of war!!

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shirleym Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:02 PM
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4. This really should do him in...but Dems don't know how to use this stuff.
And the media won't allow them to use it anyway.
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activa8tr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 09:42 AM
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43. Yes, agree, this should be the END of the boner era!!!! n/t
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DebbieCDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:05 PM
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6. I'm sure all those unemployed workers in my birth state of Ohio
are just THRILLED with Boner tonight. That man-tan shit he uses has got to be eating away at his brain. No effing body can be that stupid.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:16 PM
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7. OK Boner. You demand that we reduce the deficit.....
But, in the same breath, we should use taxpayer money to assist a foreign corporation, who has billions of dollars in profits.

Are you out of your fucking mind? Totally insane?

Do you even listen to yourself? It's obvious that your constituents don't. Otherwise another asshole like you would ever be elected to congress again.
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FBI_Un_Sub Donating Member (610 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:22 PM
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8. Only if
the People take all right, title, and interest to ALL of BP's assets, including all leases. Like, we just take over the company.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:24 PM
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9. Uh, hell no and fuck you boner...nt
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:30 PM
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10. Of course the republicans willsay that out loud. The Democrats feel the same way
just wont say it out loud.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-10-10 11:31 PM
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11. What, why should we be on the hook? Think of all them oil profits....
Edited on Thu Jun-10-10 11:34 PM by Historic NY
We should be seizing them and all their assets then. AMOF we should be freezing thier accounts here from being sent off shore.
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 12:05 PM
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49. Well, heard on Rachel's show last night
BP already is getting some of our money--it seems they have a few BIG government contracts-billions of our money. So, they can shite on our livelihoods, our environment and get paid by us. Let's face it, the government (allowing corporations to sign their own inspections) and corporations are so in bed with each other, that fascism is already here. "Fascism is business and government against the will of the people."
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 12:09 AM
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12. Again, the GOP's insanity will most likely end up the saving grace of the Dems in the fall.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:43 AM
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39. the pro-oil drilling Dems don't look too good, either, and that includes O
Lucky for him, he's not running this time around
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 02:27 AM
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13. K&R because it is important that DUers read this.
Never know when you might need this in your next encounter with a FREEPER.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 03:13 AM
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14. Unfortunately we will end up paying for a good bit of it.
either through BP (and friends) raising our prices, BP going bankrupt and leaving us with the tab, BP using the court system to drag this out forever or BP just walking away after the liability cap is reached.

As much as I want to grind BP into the dirt, plug the leak with the carcasses of the Board of Directors and regulate them into a place we never having to worry about as much as having a ink spill on a desk, we are going to get screwed. It's just a matter as to how.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 04:12 AM
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17. Allowing BP to pay a dividend should help hasten that bankruptcy.
We started to pay already though.
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 03:21 AM
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15. The people responsible for the spill ?
Oh .... That was Obama running that damned platform .... eh ?

Oh .... He was the manager ?

Um .... Rig Worker ?


Sheeesh ... Cmon Boner ... Cheap attempt to tie Democrats to your friends in the Oil Industry .....


Fuck you ....

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 04:05 AM
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16. Taxpayers are already paying and will ultimately pay much more than BP ever will.
If you don't grasp that blatantly obvious reality, I don't know what to tell you.
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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 11:27 PM
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53. But Boehner and The U.S. Chamber Also Want To Help Bail-Out BP
Remember the Exxon Valdez and how John Roberts overrulled a $5 billion verdict against Exxon. This is why elections matter. This is why we need to work to elect Democrats, not Republicans, and why it is important to have Obama able to put judges on the Supreme Court like Sonia Sotomayor.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 05:24 AM
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18. Ah privatize the profits and socialize the losses... free markets, what a scam. n/t
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 05:28 AM
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19. We need to bring some of that oil to Washington to boil SOBs
like Boinger in.
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 05:58 AM
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21. If Pelosi or Reid had said something like this, it would be repeated on every MSM newscast!
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 06:16 AM
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23. If we the American taxpayer should help fund the clean-up efforts, we should

we should also receive part of BP's profits. I mean, we're partners in this right?

Heads on pikes...

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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:42 AM
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38. the fines are $4300/barrel + whatever else is spewed is owed in royalties to US
So when will the fines be levied and when will those royalties roll in?

:eyes: :shrug:
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 03:53 PM
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52. "Heads on pikes"
Yup.

That gets my vote.

These people think they can get away with anything.

Because they really can.

Because we keep letting them.
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YewNork Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 07:18 AM
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24. Taking money from other people to give to BP? That sounds like socialism to me.
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Thav Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 07:28 AM
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25. No, it's an even scarier word than that...
Fascism.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 07:46 AM
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26. As I predicted from the beginning.
We will foot the bill for BP's negligence.
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erpowers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 07:54 AM
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27. No
BP should have the pay the full bill for the cleanup. They were the main reason for the spill so they should have to pay for cleanup.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:03 AM
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28. Take your socialist ideas and go fuck yourself Boehner. n/t
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:15 AM
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29. Well, Sarah Palin wants the government to take over BP
which is also socialism the last I checked... of course, that just leaves us with paying the cleanup costs.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:21 AM
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31. Yep, and you would hope their supporters could see through
their bullshit by now. Sad.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 09:00 AM
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41. Expecting Palin supporters to see through the BS
is likely too much to ask. I mean, is somebody is still supporting her after almost two years in the spotlight and all the associated scandals, hate-mongering and general idiocy, not to mention quitting her job, they're likely a lost cause.
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disndat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:17 AM
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30. Republican credo
Deregulate, deregulate, tax, tax, tax.
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JoshieR Donating Member (81 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:25 AM
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32. I have an idea....
...have republicans help cover the cost of the oil spill. I am opposed to corporate welfare and paying for other peoples'...I mean companies' laziness and greed.
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:28 AM
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33. Republican Platform: Privatize the profits, socialize the risks. n/t
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:41 AM
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37. ain't it the truth? What about their "small government" meme? Where's the T-party on this one?
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Zynx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-12-10 12:21 AM
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55. And they always complain about "distorting markets".
There's no bigger distortion than doing that.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:36 AM
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34. boner, says what? nt
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:36 AM
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35. Does anyone know what he is referring to when he says:
"It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game."

We already have liability laws that would make them responsible for the costs. So what is he talking about?
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:40 AM
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36. Boner, go back to snorting your Camels - & fine BP the $4300/barrel + royalties to US
maybe then we can afford to pay for cost of cleanup. How about stopping the spill?
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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 08:59 AM
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40. No, no, a thousand times NO.
We've paid enough for the government and corporate folly that is going on. I've had it with all of them.

You know who Boehner's taxpayers are? The middle class. Baloney.

A pox on all your houses.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 10:13 AM
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44. The GOP always supports corporate welfare
It's only taxpayers whom they are loathe to support.
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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 10:17 AM
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45. And right after they've paid that off, I think the government (tax-
payers) should pay off my massive student loan. Why play favorites?
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 10:24 AM
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46. So the all-knowing and all-powerful free market gets a pass on this one?
Edited on Fri Jun-11-10 10:24 AM by Hosnon
I can barely contain my shock...really....

And I'm still waiting for the market to clean up the spill.
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 10:43 AM
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47. Then we'd better get our billion dollar bonuses.
Just like BP execs.
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 11:42 AM
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48. BP can go fuck off
they should be paying for the whole fucking disaster. :mad: :mad:
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 12:11 PM
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50. Boehner is delusional.
No way are the citizens going to pay for this negligence.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 03:11 PM
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51. So Boner! You want to keep boning Americans? I say we T-BONE YOU!!!
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-11-10 11:55 PM
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54. Norman Goldman played a clip of that today
He made the point that Boehner admitted that the Bush administration was to blame.
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