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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘WHERE THE G.O.P.’S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES’

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‘Representative Government’.

A small minority of mostly white men have the power to tell America how it will be governed.

This is the tea party. Republican extremism. And it is how we will be governed because the mainstream Republican Party is afraid of the tea party.

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‘Seventy-six of the members who signed the Meadows letter are male. Seventy-nine of them are white’.

‘These eighty members represent just eighteen per cent of the House and just a third of the two hundred and thirty-three House Republicans’.

‘They were elected with fourteen and a half million of the hundred and eighteen million votes cast in House elections last November, or twelve per cent of the total’.

 

‘In all, they represent fifty-eight million constituents. That may sound like a lot, but it’s just eighteen per cent of the population’.

‘Obama defeated Romney by four points nationally. But in the eighty suicide-caucus districts, Obama lost to Romney by an average of twenty-three points. The Republican members themselves did even better. In these eighty districts, the average margin of victory for the Republican candidate was thirty-four points’.

‘On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner. Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina. He’s been in Congress for eight months. Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years, is the Speaker of the House and second in the line of succession if anything happened to the President’.

‘Meadows was not pleased with how Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders in the House were approaching the September fight over spending. The annual appropriations to fund the government were scheduled to run out on October 1st, and much of it would stop operating unless Congress passed a new law. Meadows wanted Boehner to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, a course Boehner had publicly ruled out’.

“Since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect,” the letter said, “we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill.”

‘They ended the letter with a stirring reference to Madison:

‘James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 58 that the “power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon … for obtaining a redress of every grievance…” We look forward to collaborating to defund one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.
Not everyone thought it was a terrific idea or one worthy of comparison to the brilliance of the Founders’.

‘Noting the strategic ineptness of threatening a government shutdown over a policy that neither the Democratically controlled Senate nor the President himself would ever support, Karl Rove railed against the idea in the Wall Street Journal. The conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer dubbed the eighty Republicans the “suicide caucus.”
From : http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/09/meadows-boehner-defund-obamacare-suicide-caucus-geography.html?currentPage=all
‘And yet, a few weeks later, Boehner adopted the course demanded by Meadows and his colleagues’.

‘The ability of eighty members of the House of Representatives to push the Republican Party into a strategic course that is condemned by the party’s top strategists is a historical oddity’. It’s

‘It’s specially strange when you consider some of the numbers behind the suicide caucus. As we approach a likely government shutdown this month and then a more perilous fight over raising the debt ceiling in October, it’s worth considering the demographics and geography of the eighty districts whose members have steered national policy over the past few weeks.

‘House GOP Just Showed Why Obama Can’t Compromise on the Debt Ceiling’

 

Here we go again...... 2 years later - holding America hostage - again!

Here we go again……
2 years later – holding America hostage – again!

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‘The reason is that Republicans are essentially asking for an end to constitutional government in the United States and its replacement by a wholly novel system’.

‘From Jonathan Strong’s report at NRO, what Republicans want in exchange for agreeing to not default on the national debt is’ :

  • ‘a one year delay of Obamacare’,
  • ‘Paul Ryan’s tax reform’,
  • ‘the Keystone XL pipeline’,
  • ‘partial repeal of the Clean Air Act’,
  • ‘partial repeal of bank regulation legislation’,
  • ‘Medicare cuts’,
  • ‘cuts in several anti-poverty programs’,
  • ‘making it harder to launch medical malpractice lawsuits’,
  • ‘more drilling on federal land’,
  • ‘blocking net neutrality’,

‘and a suite of changes designed to make it harder for regulatory agencies to crack the whip’.
From : http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/09/26/house_debt_ceiling_bill_shows_why_compromise_is_unthinkable.html

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Nearly Four In Ten American Workers Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck Each Week’

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THIS is what the Republicans should be ‘demanding’ in raising the debt…..Help for the middle class.

But no.

Instead they want to ‘help’ big oil, ‘help’ wall street and cut social services  grants that help fund ‘Meals on Wheels’.

Thank you Republicans for doing ‘the people’s work’.

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‘More than four years since the economy shifted from recession to recovery, 36 percent of U.S. workers always or usually live paycheck to paycheck according to a survey released Wednesday by CareerBuilder.com. Another 40 percent say they sometimes do’.

But the great news is ‘While workers have not yet bounced back from the financial crisis, bosses and corporations have’.

‘The ratio of CEO pay to worker pay hit 273-to-1 in the most recent figures’.

‘Bank profits are back to record highs five years on from the Wall Street collapse’.

‘Taxpayers continue to subsidize executive compensation, and executive compensation continues to be disconnected from actual executive performance’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/26/2686691/nearly-four-in-ten-americans-are-living-paycheck-to-paycheck-each-week/

Turn Texas Blue – ‘Wendy Davis tells Democrats she’s in’

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‘Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations’.

‘The Fort Worth legislator made a national name for herself in June when she mounted a filibuster against new proposed abortion clinic regulations’.

‘Texas Republicans ultimately passed those restrictions into law in a special session called by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry’.

‘Davis advisers declined to confirm that she will enter the governor’s race, but Davis consultant Hector Nieto said the senator has made up her mind about 2014 and will unveil her plans next week’.

“Sen. Davis has decided what she will do and she looks forward to making that announcement with her grass-roots supporters on Oct. 3,” Nieto said’.
From : http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/wendy-davis-texas-2014-97410.html

 

One Man’s Trash – teabagger Alert!! – ‘Second Northern California County Votes To Secede’

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They ‘want their Country back’ and found out most of us actually like America so the teabaggers have decided to take just the parts where they live.

‘A second county might join a northern California county’s bid to secede and form a new state of “Jefferson.” As other northern California and southern Oregon counties consider the remote possibility, the Modoc County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday in favor of seceding’.

From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/26/2688621/second-northern-california-county-votes-to-consider-secession/

 

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