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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:36 PM
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GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell obstructs Obama's stimulus package
The GOP Senators, led by Mitch McConnell, have enabled the Bush administration's domestic and international disasters for the past eight years. McConnell is trying to further destroy the already fragile U.S. economy by continuing the same obstructionist games:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced skepticism today about the emerging economic stimulus plan, applying a brake to Democratic plans to quickly pass up to $850 billion in spending and tax cuts soon after President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.

"As of right now, Americans are left with more questions than answers about this unprecedented government spending, and I believe the taxpayers deserve to know a lot more about where it will be spent before we consider passing it," McConnell said in a statement, which will be publicly issued later today.

Obama's advisers and congressional Democrats have been huddling in the Capitol trying to craft a massive stimulus plan that could cost anywhere from $675 billion to $850 billion, while some economists are pushing for a total package worth more than $1 trillion.

McConnell -- the most powerful Republican in Washington, based on the filibuster-proof level of 41 GOP Senate seats -- called for many congressional hearings on the stimulus plan and some undetermined safeguards to assure the money is being spent wisely."

The Senate Republicans have been the most destructive political force in the country. They're not changing the way they do business. And, for some reason, despite the loss of 25% of the GOP Senate caucus over the past two years, McConnell thinks the same strategy will work now.

http://www.americablog.com /

Those SOBs.They don't give a damn what happens to the country. Obama better find a way to run over or around them. He better not trust them.

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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:40 PM
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1. FORCE THEM TO actually filly that buster, instead
of the modern version -
GOP: "we plan to filibuster"
Dem Response: "OK we quit. We lose. We concede to the majo. . . to the all-powerful minority."

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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:41 PM
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2. What happened to those sacrosanct "upperdown votes"?
Seems like democracy is a little more durable than the Republicans were whining about all those years on the rare occasions when their most evil machinations were temporarily thwarted. But I'm sure the bulldogs of the Fourth Estate, who were so zealous in presenting Democrats as enemies of the people for stalling Republican schemes, will be equally vocal now that it's an even smaller minority of Republicans monkey-wrenching the process. Right?

{Crickets}

I said, "Right?"

{Crickets}

Oh. Right.
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atreides1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:43 PM
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3. This is Obama's answer from the Republicans
The Repukes don't want to work with Obama, they want to do things like this, they will do everything they can to show that the Democrats are still weak and unable to get the job done.

I think the "Kumbaya" moment that Obama was looking for was nothing more then a pipe dream.

Obama needs to destroy them utterly and the Democratics in the Congress need to help him in that destruction.

Just my humble opinion.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:44 PM
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4. mitch mitch you low life son of a bitch....
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:44 PM
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5. Now that all the moderate republicans are gone why not.
Better than having a rubber stamp congress.
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SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:44 PM
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6. Let them try it
we still have a few republicans who will do what is right for the American people-Specter, Snow, Collins...
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gravity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:45 PM
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7. They don't have the political capital to obstruct
The Republicans just want to feel important. Don't give them what they want.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:47 PM
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8. McConnell is one serious SOB. He'd just as soon throw the baby out with the bathwater, as they say,
to make a point about his regressive tax mantra.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:48 PM
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9. Funny, Mitch didn't mind bailing out Wall Street, etc.... Little or no questions asked...n/t
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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:52 PM
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10. Obama better be ready to slap the shit out of the hard core RWs.
Edited on Mon Dec-29-08 02:53 PM by Are_grits_groceries
If he can get Snowe, Collins and others on board and work it, then fine.
If not, he needs to get with Harry Reid and move his ass one way or another.
They better scour the rules of the Senate and work out a plan.
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 02:53 PM
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11. Why am I not surprised?? Especially coming from HIM.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:00 PM
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12. I think Obama will use the pulpit and call out the bastards ...
by name. He has the oratory skills to do it and a populace that is sick and tired of the right wing bullshit.
I'm an optimist today.
Check in tomorrow. Who knows what mood I will be in.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:03 PM
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13. If we can keep the Dem caucus together and get Snowe and Collins
we can defeat the SOB. The ? is can we depend on all the democratic caucus?
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:10 PM
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14. LET THE REPUBS "FILL-A-BLUSTER"
and every couple of hours or so, send out a Dem to talk to the press to state the Repubs are holding things up and name names - i.e. mcconnell is being obstructionist and the rest of the repubs are being sheep

no recesses, no going home for the night - the repubs want to "fill-a-buster" then let them do it 24/7 - nothing else gets brought to the table, nothing else gets on the floor

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:40 PM
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17. This is what I advocate too. Make them sweat, right out in public
where EVERYONE can see what's what.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:14 PM
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15. Republicans did exactly the same thing to Clinton's stimulus package.
In fact they killed it completely along with his National Health Care Bill. Democrats had a fairly substantial Majority at that time too. Republicans are just far better at getting their way on things..
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:37 PM
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16. McConnell's re-election was the most bitter pill to swallow, rather his and a few more of his ilk,
all of whom had earned overwhelming defeats. :P
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:44 PM
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18. Harry "Who Me" Reid will fold like the cheap cardboard suit he is.
We need someone with balls running the Senate, not a pacifist. This is war on the American citizenry, and Harry better know his political life is on the line this time.
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aldo Donating Member (297 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-29-08 03:55 PM
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19. Of course, Republicans are traitors to America
They answer to globalist masters (as do too many Democrats also).
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