Blame the Democrats

Katherine - posted on 12/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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The current lame duck session should never have been necessary. Had Democrats taken their leadership of Congress seriously, they would have never pushed the crucial issue of tax increases to December.

Our nation is only weeks away from the largest tax increase in American history, but Democrat leaders in the House have yet to bring the extension of the current tax rates for all to a vote. Across the country, small business owners have been holding off on hiring new workers because they don’t know how large of a tax increase they’ll face in January. This massive tax hike should have been stopped months ago. Unfortunately, instead of addressing an issue that could have created jobs, the leaders of the House majority adjourned in September so their members could focus on saving their own jobs.

Even during this lame duck session, Democrats have failed to see the urgency of getting tax increases off the table. They’ve dithered with dozens of bills naming post offices and honoring athletes, while around kitchen tables, in company offices, and on family farms, taxpayers still don’t know what the tax rates will be in just a matter of weeks.
There is one thing that is certain about Washington in January. The newly-elected Republican majority in the House has heard the American people and is ready to lead after swearing-in on January 5. The message that came from voters on November 2 is that Americans have been taxed enough already, the federal government needs to stop spending more than it takes in, and Washington lawmakers must display strong allegiance to our founding documents.
As part of my work to help answer these calls from the American people, the Tea Party Caucus will be holding regular constitutional seminars with scholars, judges and other constitutional experts. These seminars are aimed at deepening our member’s roots in the document that we all swear to uphold as we serve the American people. Just as sports teams practice regularly, so too will participating members regularly study the Constitution as they pass laws in adherence to this document.

The new majority must get to work immediately to put our fiscal house in order. Ringing in at a whopping $13.8 trillion dollars, our national debt is simply out of control. Recent lawmakers have been spending like there is no tomorrow and as if there are no consequences. We must start immediately to reduce the deficit so the next generation is not left with a mountain of debt because of our spending mistakes. We also need to work on how Washington spends. We must end earmarks and get Washington back to an orderly and Constitutional appropriations process. And, we also should act to ensure the era of bailouts and government takeovers is only a page in the history books not to be repeated.

The American people are ready for us to look at dramatic changes to our way of doing business. They expect us to act like adults and start cutting the deficit. One item to put on the table is Obamacare. I introduced the first repeal bill in the House the morning after the monstrosity passed. My 41-word bill would repeal Obamacare and it’s more than 2,000 pages of legalese, loopholes, and massive liabilities in full. While Congress works towards repealing Obamacare I also believe defunding should be in the next order of business. In its place commonsense solutions for health care should be introduced like buying insurance across state lines, tort reform, and allowing people to buy coverage with their own tax-free dollars.

I’m ready to join my colleagues in getting to work in the 112th Congress. We will have a lot on our plate, but knowing our country’s future is on the line we are anxious to restore the limited government intended by our Founding Fathers.


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Isobel - posted on 12/15/2010

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if not hostage taking...what would you call refusing to vote on the FIRST RESPONDERS bill? The one that would benefit the heroes who are dying because they worked at Ground Zero?

Pamela - posted on 12/15/2010

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Our government is US. WE are the government. But somehow we've forgotten that. So why don't we just hand over our government to the Corporations - after all, they know what's best for us, don't they? They'll take care of us (oh yeah, you can bet they will).

Because that is exactly what's happening right now.

Of course, we'll no longer be a 1st world nation - we're well on our way to being a 2nd or 3rd world nation what with the gap between the richest and the poorest widening on a daily basis. But who cares, right?

The middle class is a stabilizer and a buffer in this country. My husband and I were listening to an interview with some CEO of some large corporation. In this interview the fellow said this, "There is a war between the rich and the middle class. What you don't realize is the rich have already won."

This is to the detriment of our country. The middle class is what drives the economy. Economists understand this while Tea Partiers don't. The wealthiest save their money, they invest their money, they put their money into foreign banks.

But the middle class - we spend our money in our local economies and that is what drives the economical health of this country.

But it looks like we're going to take a huge step back into the 1850's with its presupposition that the wealthiest of the wealthy are deserving of their riches (regardless of the fact that most inherit their wealth) while the rest of us are lowly turds in the barnyard. I'm not looking forward to this.

Well I guess I'll take my marching orders from early church history:

‎"This is the rule of most perfect Christianity, it's the most exact definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common good. For nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for [their] neighbors."

- John Chrysostom

Kelly - posted on 12/14/2010

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Now see that is just funny. The Dems knew that these tax cuts would expire. They very easily could have passed whatever bill they wanted to in order to raise taxes, and they failed to do so. Guess it just wasn't high on their priority list. So now that the Republicans have the power to push their agenda they are hostage takers? I think not.

As far as 2012 goes, I do hope that we vote more of the entitlement bums out. On BOTH sides of the isle. I am really interested in seeing what the focus of the new House will be. That will sway my vote a lot. (Not that I would EVER vote for someone like Obama, but that doesn't mean I would automatically vote Republican...... I did help elect Clinton by voting for Perot)

Your last comment explains the thought process behind the amnesty / Dream Act though. That must be Reid's answer to big corporation donations huh? Just make 'em all legal and make sure they vote Democrat. A new era of old school Carpetbagging has begun. Exploitation at its finest!

Isobel - posted on 12/14/2010

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He did what he had to do...the republicans are hostage takers...raising taxes on the middle class would have been devastating to the economy...now in 2 years he can use it to run on...but since giant corporations are now free to donate as much as they want to campaigns, I guess we know which party will win :(

because the American people will fall victim to the marketing campaigns that blind them with social issues and then benefit only the rich.

Kelly - posted on 12/14/2010

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This is where we disagree. The 700 billion is not a cost, because it was never the Government's money to begin with. Extending the tax cuts is the first smart thing Obama has agreed to. It would be completely asinine to raise taxes at this fragile time in our economy. Hopefully the House Democrats can pull their heads out of their asses soon and realize this.

Fiscal responsibility comes in with cutting spending. This is where the Republicans will hopefully make a huge difference. For the last two years, the Democrats have gotten absolutely nothing of value done. They could have made a decision on the tax cuts, they could have passed a damn budget. Instead they wasted their time fucking up our healthcare system. So now, that their hands are tied they are in a hard spot. Obviously they don't see things the same way as the Republicans when it comes to money. Pelosi has been spending like it was going out of style. They have left the two most important issues for the Lame Duck session. Apparently they were pretty confident they were going to retain their power in the Senate.

My relief comes in knowing that no matter what Harry Reid manages to shove through the Senate, the Republicans can simply refuse to fund it in the House if it is a bad decision for the Nation. When it comes to open purse stings, I would prefer the party of "NO" thank you very much. The idea of just spending, spending, and spending blows me away. And of course the only answer for deficits that the Democrats always have is to raise taxes. Well screw that. They need to spend the money they already have more responsibly before they can take any more.

Pamela - posted on 12/14/2010

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The Republicans are going to ship us into a 700 billion cost by continuing the Bush tax cuts. Fiscal responsibility my backside. But it sure does make great play on FOX News.

Kelly - posted on 12/13/2010

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Interesting. I don't see it inflammatory at all. She is absolutely right. The Dems have had a super majority for the last two years. They chose to focus on Healthcare instead of fixing the tax issues they KNEW were going to expire this month. They have had plenty of time to "fix" the tax breaks and extend them. Now in the Lame Duck, they are trying to push through more crap instead of focusing on important issues that could either help or further cripple our economy. It is painfully obvious that the voice of the American people has fallen on deaf Democratic ears.

I hope that the Republicans that held their seats, and the new Tea Party Congressmen keep their passion and attempt to get things back on track. They (Thank God) hold the purse strings starting in Jan, and they better keep 'em tight.

Katherine - posted on 12/13/2010

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Btw, I'm not anti-democratic. In fact I thought this blog was inflammatory, that's why I shared.

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