El Foldo Grande

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Like a bunch of cheap suits:

House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

The House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which had sailed through the Senate by a lopsided 89-8 margin shortly after 2 a.m. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner voted in favor of the deal, as did House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, his party’s failed vice presidential candidate. But Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against it.

Obama, speaking from the White House briefing room shortly after the vote, praised lawmakers for coming together to avert a tax increase that “could have sent the economy back into a recession.”

“A central premise of my campaign for president was the change the tax code that was too skewed toward the wealthy at the expense of working, middle-class Americans. Tonight, we’ve done that,” the president said.


The party transformations are complete. The Democrats are now the party of unprincipled sleazebags and the Republicans are spineless wimps. After weeks of tough talk the Congressional GOPers surrendered faster than the Iraqi army.

They could have given up weeks ago and spent the holidays at home with their families. I guess we should be grateful – this deal will only add $4 trillion to the national debt in the next ten years.

It’s gonna be a long year. So far it sucks.


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71 Responses to El Foldo Grande

  1. They are officially the Uni-Party, Their platform is simple- obey the corporate and union masters, screw the people at every opportunity, and line their own pockets.

    • The only non-quite-bad news here is the number of “minority” R’s voting against it, 151, (along with 16 smart D’s) has grown from the last session, Now. if the country can only survive until there are enough of them to overthrow the el foldos running the party………

  2. you got that right—–it’s going to be a very long year. My husband says that the Dems were always this way, it’s just that I never chose to see them that way, but I don’t know. Sleazebags is putting it nicely myiq. They are double dealing lying hypocrites whose memories aren’t any longer than 2 minutes.

    My 4 years out of the Democratic Party have made me realize that there are some Republican things I like and many Democratic things I hate. But all of the prissy preening by our president makes me ashamed of my country. And the members of Congress aren’t doing much better. Makes me glad I lost those elections in the 90’s. Wouldn’t be caught dead with a one of them. It would have destroyed my reputation forever……

    • myiq2xu (D) says:

      I have respect for anyone who is willing to go down in flames standing on principle, even if I don’t agree with them.

      I am sick of politicians who say one thing and do another.

  3. myiq2xu (D) says:

    AOSHQ:

    Rep. Paul Ryan on why he voted for the fiscal cliff deal: “I came to Congress to make tough decisions – not to run away from them.” Alright, then. Two months from now he’ll have another tough decision to make when the sequester cuts come due again. We’re also due to run into the debt ceiling sometime between now and then.

    The House has put off a vote on the Senate’s bloated Sandy relief bill. House leadership had planned to confront it in two stages, with a scaled-back $21 billion bill just including things like actual Sandy relief, which was expected to have broad GOP support, and a $33 billion amendment including the Senate’s pork, like money for fisheries in Alaska, which most of the GOP congressmen would vote against. I’ve heard it said that “emergency” legislation like this should be considered “must-pass,” since it looks so bad not to, but that sounds like so much RINO bullshit to me.

    [...]

    Back to the fiscal cliff, there’s a lot of moaning about Republicans “paying the price” for yesterday’s fiscal cliff drama, by which I mean not just the vote, but also the all-day Three Stooges routine put on by the House GOP. I don’t think that’s true. Most GOP members get to go back to their districts and say they voted against the plan, which will no doubt please their majority-GOP constituents. The ones that voted for the plan were already on solid ground in their more purple districts. They get to go back and say they averted tax hikes for their constituents.

    Each of these two categories of Republican congressmen are going to count their actions as qualified victories when they seek reelection. So, of course, neither group has much incentive to change anything about the way they acted the next time around. Did I mention the sequester and debt ceiling debates are just around the corner?

  4. I mostly tuned out of the fiscal cliff talks- it is all drama for the sheeple. We knew they would pass something- anything- before it was too late. We also knew they would sneak in a lot of spending and BS totally unrelated to any cliffs.
    Same old same old.
    Groundhog Day.

  5. myiq2xu (D) says:

    • swanspirit says:

      There is some comfort in reading this article by Hanson, in that there are people in this country who can still think clearly , and articulate their thoughts so coherently .

    • driguana says:

      I’ve always enjoyed Hanson’s writings and found this one very provocative and useful….but the comments sent shivers up my spine….for their clarity and resolve to the fact that we are in a very desperate situation in this country, especially concerning racial divisiveness, and we have a president hell-bent on taking advantage of this divisiveness….very troubling, indeed.

  6. myiq2xu (D) says:

  7. driguana says:

    I am sick of politicians….period.
    This is now going to be a very rapid decline.

  8. driguana says:

    It’s party time!!!! Third Party time!!!

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Awwwww, our dear martyred Preezy can finish his vacay now…..

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/01/02/obama-hawaii-vacation-fiscal-cliff/1803409/

    I just can’t figure out why he came back in the first place ?

  10. DeniseVB says:

    The morning giggle (watch to the end ;) )

  11. yttik says:

    “It’s gonna be a long year. So far it sucks.”

    I hope nobody bases their happiness on acts of congress, because that would be a recipe for disaster.

  12. DandyTiger says:

    For me, the government has fully crossed the line into three stooges territory. Now when I hear what they’re doing, I just laugh at the antics. I just can’t take anything they do seriously. It’s all a big joke. Of course, we’re part of the joke. But what the hell, I’m laughing anyway. Better than crying.

    • Mary says:

      Only in Orwellian Obot America would a “deficit crisis” be solved by adding $4 trillion to the deficit, and the president does a victory dance when it’s done.

      It’s stunning, really. Laughing is our only way to cope with it all. :)

  13. swanspirit says:

    Something sweet .. My talented friend Serena deserves recognition , she did a cover of Moon River that I absolutely love ..

    http://deeprootsmag.org/serena-matthews-does-moon-river/

    • HELENK says:

      as one of her last votes mine voted yes. very disapointing

    • lyn5 says:

      Great link. My Oregon GOP Rep and one Dem Rep voted “yes.” The other two Dem Reps voted “no.”

    • DandyTiger says:

      Mine’s Eric Cantor, he voted no.

    • catarina says:

      MA delegation? Pfft. Don’t even need to look.

    • votermom says:

      My longtime GOP rep voted Yes. Blech.

      I’m guessing all the establishment GOPers voted Yes, and just the diehard Tea Partiers voted No.

      • cynic says:

        Can I get any more depressed? First of all, my wonderful and loving mother-in-law passed away on Sat.; wake and funeral at the end of the week.

        An acquaintence’s son committed suicide.

        And, my IL Congressman, who rode the Tea Party wave in 2010, was endorsed by Palin, and whose campaign I helped by attending fundraisers, walking parades, making phone calls, walking door-to-door, etc., voted yes!!! Can’t even find the words to explain how I feel about this. Disappointed just doesn’t do it. Ready to resign my political position in the community. I know that a third party isn’t the answer, as long as the Democrats have the media. sigh

  14. swanspirit says:

    Mine voted no , but most of Maryland as usual is blue
    My Rep is Andy Harris . I really like him . He holds voice conferences monthly and actually listens to people . He personally helped me with a tax issue , that was resolved . He went door to door in my neighborhood campaigning and sat in my kitchen and talked for a while so I met him face to face and asked some difficult questions , which he answered without any hesitation . I like him a lot

    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/house/2/659?smid=fb-nytimes

  15. HELENK says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/01/figures-fiscal-cliff-bill-will-raise-taxes-on-those-making-100000-a-year-by-2000-video/

    you know those middle class that was safe from new taxes because only the rich were going to be taxed?? they got screwed

  16. HELENK says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/the_real_country-killer_in_2013.html

    this article makes some really good points and makes sense. maybe that is why it will never happen under this government

  17. HELENK says:

    just got a call from the republican party. do not think they will ever call me again.

    told them
    since your party just caved and sold my country out do not ever ever call me again

    • driguana says:

      Yes, have had similar experiences already this morning even though Steven Pearce our Republican Rep voted no. Not sure what course the Republican Party has or can take at this point but it does seem pretty clear, to me at least, that some other kind of “political force” needs to surface now…the question is, what will that be???…a third party? a movement like the Tea Party? …or some other kind of opposition force like Occupy?…a secession movement?

      There is no doubt that there is a very gripping and confounding feeling among many American right now, with no apparent recourse. As a friend of mine put it yesterday, there has now been a quiet and complete “coup” that has transpired in this country…no one overtly opposed it and now, there is nothing that we are going to be able to do about it…that’s a very disturbing thought.

  18. HELENK says:

    The fiscal cliff deal: a crackhead with a $400/day habit robs $6 from an old lady, then tells his dealer to make his bag $0.15 lighter.

    Iowa Hawk

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Oh wait …. Obama DIDN’T SIGN THE BILL ??

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/02/obama-in-hawaii-fiscal-cliff-standoff-behind-him/

    Can we fixt it now ? ;) What a crappy media we have. Ugh.

    • swanspirit says:

      http://www.caintv.com/obama-goes-back-on-vacation-wi

      He was in a hurry to get back to Hawaii , he had a plane to catch …

    • DandyTiger says:

      You’d think he’s want a signing ceremony. Maybe they’ll do that in a couple of weeks when he returns. I’m not sure it matters when he signs it, since it’s retroactive to January 1.

      Since the didn’t continue the big SS cuts, everyone’s FICA deduction will go up, so tax hikes for everyone! Woo hoo. And of course tax hikes on the evil 1 1/2 %. Whatever.

      Actually, I was for not continuing the Obama/Bush tax cuts anyway, but wasn’t sure this was the best time to do it. The cliffs coming up are actually more worrisome. But whatever, it’s all BS.

      • DeniseVB says:

        January is turning into a BFD for Obama. Finishing up his “win” with Congress, perhaps a signing ceremony for sh*ts and giggles, then his STFU, er, SOTU and Inauguration spiking of the football. Can this man be any more annoying ?

  20. Mary says:

    WAPO reporting today that they’ve “discovered” that rendition still exists under Barak Obama. They’re shocked. (snort)

  21. SHV says:

    “They are officially the Uni-Party, Their platform is simple- obey the corporate and union masters, screw the people at every opportunity, and line their own pockets.”
    **********
    The Uni-Party became obvious during Bush/Cheney. The Dems could never seem to block any of the Bush/Cheney corporate/military/police state agenda. Just whine and say we need a majority, send money, “it’s the damn Blue Dogs” fault, etc. The same story with the Rethugs and Obama. Obamacare is the most obvious example, a corporate give away, the Rethugs screamed socialism but despite the “street theater”, designated Repub. Senators voted to pass it. The “Cliff” same street theater, same result. It would be interesting to know who made a killing with the stock market fluctuations.

  22. SHV says:

    “…. two powerful competitors frequently end up locked in a stable, mutually beneficial dance of tit-for-tat”
    ********
    A good example of tit-for-tat “street theater” is the $76 billion SNAP (food stamp) program. The theme of the script is: Rethugs “Deadbeat freeloaders” vs Dims “Rethugs want children to starve”

    Who benefits? Banks make millions running the EBT cards, Who is paying bribes to expand and also prevent restrictions for more healthy food? Monsanto, Pepsi, Coke, Tyson, Wal-Mart, Retail grocer asso. etc., etc.

    Today’s politics are a show for the “base” of each faction. The reality is very different. Follow the money.

  23. swanspirit says:

    Is it time to break out the “Don’t Blame Me I Voted For Romney ” stickers yet?

  24. swanspirit says:

    • driguana says:

      This was an interesting read for Mother Jones. Liked their statement that “this will all go away when the economy recovers”! Yep, problem is the economy is not going to recover any time soon although MJ will keep pushing how we’re on the verge of an economic turnaround….yep…

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