House conservatives obsessed with playing Samson

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Last night, rebellious Republican congressmen sent Plan B to outer space, banished their speaker to the corner and sent a message to the American people that yes, we really are this crazy.

In the end, voting for permanent tax cuts for 99.81 percent of Americans turned out to be unacceptable to those obsessed with maintaining 100 percent ideological purity. Downtrodden millionaires and billionaires must be protected, whatever the cost.

121205_boehner_ap_605Afterward, Speaker John Boehner seemed to throw up his hands in frustration at his own caucus.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in a prepared statement. “Now it is up to the president to work with Sen. Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.”

Boehner made no public statement and took no questions.

On critical issues of taxation and spending, this represents an enormous loss of clout for Boehner. To get future fiscal-cliff legislation through the House, he will now have to rely upon votes from both Republicans and Democrats — and probably more Democrats than Republicans. That in turn will make Nancy Pelosi his de facto co-speaker, with the two leaders trying to cobble together enough moderate votes from their parties to do the nation’s business.

It will be interesting to see whether Boehner’s fellow Republicans tolerate him playing that role, tolerance not being one of their strong points. And after the fiscal cliff will come the looming need to raise the debt ceiling,  a vote that now becomes fraught with even more danger for Republicans. There too, it’s now clear that Boehner will have to turn to Pelosi and her caucus for votes, increasing the odds of a dramatic cleavage within the House GOP.

samson-15It’s also important to note that conservative bravado notwithstanding, refusing to pass such legislation is not an option. It will pass because it must pass. The House may vote no once. It may vote no twice. But eventually, it will vote yes. It is only a question of how much damage the conservatives are willing to do to their party and their country as they play out their Samson Complex, intent on pulling the whole corrupt, Philistine temple down around their ears rather than compromise.

In that sense, the serenity prayer offered by Boehner in last night’s private GOP caucus was a rare touch of poetry from the saloon-keeper’s son:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

As last night demonstrated, such wisdom is in pitifully short supply right now. Republicans find themselves divided and in retreat, pitted against a president whose approval/disapproval ratings now stand at 56/37. Perhaps more important,  they are playing out their dysfunction in front of a citizenry already inclined to see the GOP as extremist and unwilling to bend for the good of the country.

Asked last night whether Boehner deserves blame for this failure, U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, Boehner’s fellow Ohioan, was blunt in rejecting the notion:

“It’s like saying the superintendent of an insane asylum should be discharged because he couldn’t control the crazy people. That’s nuts.”

Then again, isn’t it the job of the superintendent to control the crazy people?

LaTourette is an interesting figure. He was first elected to the House in 1994, part of the Gingrich wave that gave the GOP its first House majority in half a century. But the party’s hard move to the right has left him frustrated, and this year he declined to run for re-election. That has given him the freedom to utter hard, difficult truths.

“It weakens the entire Republican Party…,” he said after last night’s disaster. “It’s the continuing dumbing down of the Republican Party, and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can’t even get a majority of our people to support our own policies that we’re putting forward. If you’re not a governing majority, you’re not going to be a majority very long.”

– Jay Bookman

365 comments Add your comment

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:10 am

I guess Jay’s next post will be the one after 9:09.

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:11 am

Plan B to outer space

Jay, you are enjoying this way too much.

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:12 am

The House may vote no once. It may vote no twice.

“come on baby don’t be cold as ice.”

King of Planet Kolob

December 21st, 2012
9:13 am

If he sent them a bill to cut taxes for the top 2% and raise it on the rest of us, they would pass it. But they don’t want to seen as the party of the rich.

Fred ™

December 21st, 2012
9:17 am

Stands: How long have you been waiting for Jay to get a post down at EXACTLY 9:09 lol?

gadem also known as Benghazi

December 21st, 2012
9:21 am

Come on Boehner….you can do it.

It is becoming painfully obvious that the House Republicans are psychopaths.

Steve

December 21st, 2012
9:21 am

Let’s just go off the fiscal cliff then vote in middle class tax cuts in January.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:22 am

“Last night, rebellious Republican congressmen sent Plan B to outer space, banished their speaker to the corner and sent a message to the American people that yes, we really are this crazy.”

which is exactly what earned the US it’s AA rating …

way to goooooooooooo GOP!!!

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:22 am

btw Fred – got your email and responded …

TaxPayer

December 21st, 2012
9:22 am

The Grand Old Prostitutes have to serve those that pay, Jay.

Welcome to the Occupation

December 21st, 2012
9:24 am

Who gives a damn about John Boehner’s “clout” as speaker?

What about the BIPARTISAN consensus in Washington that working Americans should help pay for the latest catastrophe of capitalism, as they watch Washington elites begin what will surely be the dismantling of the social gains of the 20th C progressive movements? What about that?

“That in turn will make Nancy Pelosi his de facto co-speaker, with the two leaders trying to cobble together enough moderate votes from their parties to do the nation’s business”

Yeah, and Pelosi has already signaled that the so-called “chained CPI” is no deal-breaker to her. Shows you how far “left” the supposedly “radical left” really is in Washington.

Peadawg

December 21st, 2012
9:24 am

Fred ™
December 21st, 2012
9:17 am

LMAO!!

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:28 am

fedup

December 21st, 2012
9:28 am

I like said before Boehner go with RINOs and call themselves Republicans. The rest of them can pick out a name. Any suggestions……

Don Abernethy

December 21st, 2012
9:29 am

House conservatives are obsessed with trying to save our country from the liberals who are destroying our country.

Fred ™

December 21st, 2012
9:29 am

The thing I don’t understand is the brain washed sheeple that will post here supporting the stupidity of the Republican Congressmen. They don’t make millions of dollars (despite their lying claims) so why are they cutting their own throats for those who are sucking America dry like the vile vampires they are?

The original plan Obama had would have increased MY taxes, but I was ready to make the sacrifice. And it’s MY money? Why do these blockheads fight so rabidly for other peoples money/ Money they will NEVER see? What is so wrong with the rich helping to foot the bills for the things that make them rich?

Just damn.

UinU: Got it. I’ll send more later, gotta go start peeling tomatoes for the sauce and some salsa, I have about 30 lbs to do by noon lol. Thanks

Peadawg

December 21st, 2012
9:29 am

Joe Hussein Mama
December 21st, 2012
9:28 am

And Pelosi looks like Skeletor, what’s your point?

http://cheezburger.com/2780061952

Reality Check

December 21st, 2012
9:30 am

And your president’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what???

Crickets…..

clem

December 21st, 2012
9:30 am

the mayans were off a little, it was the end for the republican party

Fred ™

December 21st, 2012
9:32 am

Peadawg: That photo shop of Pelosi is scary. What’s scarier is that I think of her like that lol.

YouLibs

December 21st, 2012
9:33 am

fedup

I suggest you get a translator and try again.

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:34 am

Yeah, and Pelosi has already signaled that the so-called “chained CPI” is no deal-breaker to her. Shows you how far “left” the supposedly “radical left” really is in Washington.

Couple of weeks back I asked the local conservatives to tell me just how Pelosi was “far left”. I just wanted one piece of legislation associated with her, since 2007, say, that fit that category.

and mostly what I got was “she’s kooky left because SHUT UP.”

Democrats are corporatist sk@nks for the most part, willing to deal away hard-fought social safety nets to keep the plutocracy happy. As you correctly point out, most actual citizens, who vote Dem AND Republican, disagree mightily with this.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:34 am

Peadawg — “And Pelosi looks like Skeletor, what’s your point?”

Asked and answered, to wit; “Apropos of nothing.”

Mike

December 21st, 2012
9:34 am

This is so dramatic….ooooh, I can hardly watch.

Fred ™

December 21st, 2012
9:35 am

Reality Check

December 21st, 2012
9:30 am

And your president’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what???

Crickets…..
+++++++++++++++++++

you don’t hear crickets, what you hear is the absence of sound because you have your head firmly inserted in your rear end. Only FOXBOTS and talk radio sheeple haven’t heard or read the Presidents plan.

Pop your head out of your rear end, turn of FNC and the Rush, and try reading. I’ll wait………

crickets………

Corbin Sharpe. Baby Boomer...and Ban the Gun Thug!

December 21st, 2012
9:35 am

2012…the end of the Twinkie and the end of the GOP…coincidence? You decide… :lol:

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:36 am

D. Abernethy — “House conservatives are obsessed with trying to save our country from the liberals who are destroying our country.”

If the situation is as dire as you seem to think, then why haven’t Congressmen and Senators come to blows or gunplay? After all, if “the liberals” are “destroying our country,” then isn’t stronger action called for from the Republicans? Certainly stronger than speeches and cancelled floor votes?

Just askin.’

Mick

December 21st, 2012
9:37 am

GOP is incapable of governing, clean the house in 2014! As of right now and what to do? Who really knows???

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich

December 21st, 2012
9:39 am

“In the end, voting for permanent tax cuts for 99.81 percent of Americans turned out to be unacceptable to those obsessed with maintaining 100 percent ideological purity. Downtrodden millionaires and billionaires must be protected, whatever the cost.”

DOWNTRODDEN MILLIONAIRES & BILLIONAIRES?

Downtrodden = Oppressed or treated badly by people in power:

Cons, how you like yo boys in Washington now?

Doggone/GA

December 21st, 2012
9:39 am

“And your president’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what???”

go back to Civics class and learn something. “And your CONGRESS’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what???”

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:39 am

Fred … just posted the best fruitcake recipe … ever.

williebkind

December 21st, 2012
9:39 am

It really confuses the progressive liberals communists when real people have absolute truths in their lives. The House republicans did exactly what their constituents wanted and not what the liberals wanted. It does hurt the liberals’ feelings but to a liberal compromise is to accept their deals. I THINK IT IS GREAT THE REPUBLICANS VOTED NO! Yes you can blame the republicans for going over the cliff but when times get hard that want hold water to the voter.

Darwin

December 21st, 2012
9:40 am

You want to know crazy? Let’s hear from the Georgia GOP house members!

Willydoit?

December 21st, 2012
9:40 am

Beep Beep!! or is it Meep Meep!!??

Donovan

December 21st, 2012
9:40 am

Millionaires have the right to say they should not be considered the cash cows that are expected to be slaughtered each time Democrats need money to bail out their problems. Your irresponsible spending put this country in peril and your refusal to make serious cuts to entitlements rule out the validity of compromise.

House conservatives have the right to stand by their principles and anything that goes against those principles are considered partisan and inflexible by the Democrat establishment. Your twisted and convoluted interpretation of compromise is sickening.

You all agreed to the ramifications if the “Super Committee” failed to reach an agreement. Now that you can’t reach a serious agreement with the House, it’s blame the Republicans. Instead of offering Nothing but “tax only the rich” and no cuts to entitlements, you all can suffer the consequences with the rich.

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Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:40 am

TaxPayer

December 21st, 2012
9:41 am

One hundred million Sheldon Dollars are expected to buy a whole lot of Republican lovin’ or else he’ll take his money elsewhere.

rightwingextreme

December 21st, 2012
9:41 am

If dims thought increased taxes were so good for the economy they should have raised them in 2008/09 when they had 60 votes in the Senate and 260 in the House. Guess they didn’t want to risk the political hit they would have taken on this.

Cry me a river over the dims saying the “rich” don’t pay their fair share when the top 10% of earners in this country pay close to 50% of the taxes. We have 48% of this country who pay nothing in taxes to the federal government. That means 52% are paying the taxes.

If any of you think you aren’t paying enough in taxes here is a simple solution: Cut the government a check for whatever amount you think you should pay. If Obama would do that I’d have a little respect for him. Same for Soros, Buffett, Matt Damon, etc….fat chance that’ll ever happen.

clem

December 21st, 2012
9:41 am

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

December 21st, 2012
9:41 am

There are enough lame duck GOP House members that have nothing to lose and no need to be loyal to party dictatorship. Get a few of these to support the bill sitting in committee and the dam will break.

Was the world supposed to end at 1 minute past midnight? Or are we on high alert until 11:59pm tonight? Just in case the sun rises tomorrow, let be be the first to wish all a happy and joyful 14th bactun!

Thomas Heyward Jr

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

House Conservatives?
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There’s only one left (Ron Paul)…..and he will soon be gone.
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Bookman once again mislabels decent people/ideology with the sick and warped ideology of Republican/Democrat warfare/welfare violent Statism.

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

“and probably more Democrats than Republicans”

highly unlikely

rightwingextreme

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:34 am
Yeah, and Pelosi has already signaled that the so-called “chained CPI” is no deal-breaker to her. Shows you how far “left” the supposedly “radical left” really is in Washington.

Couple of weeks back I asked the local conservatives to tell me just how Pelosi was “far left”. I just wanted one piece of legislation associated with her, since 2007, say, that fit that category.

and mostly what I got was “she’s kooky left because SHUT UP.”

OBAMACARE!

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

” Downtrodden millionaires and billionaires must be protected, whatever the cost.”

AIN’T THAT RICH.

Cons, you get what you VOTE for.

Paul

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am

“To get future fiscal-cliff legislation through the House, he will now have to rely upon votes from both Republicans and Democrats — and probably more Democrats than Republicans. That in turn will make Nancy Pelosi his de facto co-speaker, with the two leaders trying to cobble together enough moderate votes from their parties to do the nation’s business.”

Not something to crow about or view disdainfully. This should have been done long ago and is definitely a step towards sanity.

““God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.””

That works only if people accept they have a problem. There are a sizable number of House Republicans who think they’re just fine and everyone else has a problem. (Applies to some on this blog, also).

“Asked last night whether Boehner deserves blame for this failure, U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, Boehner’s fellow Ohioan, was blunt in rejecting the notion:

“It’s like saying the superintendent of an insane asylum should be discharged because he couldn’t control the crazy people. That’s nuts.””

I think I like this LaTourette guy. Too bad he isn’t sticking around. I hope he goes out very, very loudly.

williebkind

December 21st, 2012
9:43 am

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich:

You just do not get it do you? You are a typical liberal and just do not get it.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:44 am

Donovan — “Millionaires have the right to say they should not be considered the cash cows that are expected to be slaughtered each time Democrats need money to bail out their problems.”

ST*U, Donny.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118715/quotes

RF

December 21st, 2012
9:44 am

“increasing the odds of a dramatic cleavage within the House GOP”

There’s cleavage in the house?? No wonder they’re all distracted and can’t get votes. Maybe they need to show some cleavage to the TP guys so they can “persuade” them.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 21st, 2012
9:44 am

JHM, I understand your point but with nut cases, that kind of presentation can encourage them into violent acts of stupidity.

moonbat betty

December 21st, 2012
9:45 am

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:45 am

“and mostly what I got was “she’s kooky left because SHUT UP.””

I’m surprised they didn’t add “and facelift”

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:45 am

“a rare touch of poetry from the saloon-keeper’s son:”

I like Boehner too.

JamVet

December 21st, 2012
9:45 am

Grand Old Prostitutes.

Fantastic, TaxPayer!

Donovan, so how does millionaire boot polish taste?

Just curious what you find so appetizing about it…

Mick

December 21st, 2012
9:45 am

donovan

Please, find you inner hippie, friend! I reject the word entitlements when it comes to social security and medicare, why? Probably because I have been paying into those programs getting close to fifty years now. How is that an entitlement and why does that have to be cut but increased taxes on the millionaires and billionaires preserved at all costs? It is complete nonsense, suk it up and give the president his due – he won…

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:46 am

R. W. Extreme — “If dims thought increased taxes were so good for the economy they should have raised them in 2008/09 when they had 60 votes in the Senate”

FAIL

williebkind

December 21st, 2012
9:46 am

So you taxes are going up because Obama kept moving the goal posts by not cutting spending. Liberals we do not have a revenue problem we have a spending problem. What spending problem you say? It is all that free stuff and the democratic plantation that costs so much.

redneckbluedog

December 21st, 2012
9:46 am

So I guess the inbreds want to work a couple more years to they can replace the money they lost in their 401k’s……..that is, if they don’t get laid off……..

Never saw the like of stupidity in my life….!!!!!!

Welcome to the Occupation

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Why do you continue to focus your full attention on the lunatic Republican party, Jay, when the deeper problem is clearly the fact that there is no broad political opposition to this lunacy capable of keeping it from infecting the entire political system by dominating the framing of the political narrative on the fundamental economic and fiscal matters?

You’re like MSNBC. We’re supposed to gawk at the loons on the right wing and comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we’re nothing like those loons.

But the deeper crisis in this country is that there is not a single political party or organized movement strong enough and with enough fight to even try to resist the continuing carving up of the nation for sell-off to the 1%.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

KUTGF — “JHM, I understand your point but with nut cases, that kind of presentation can encourage them into violent acts of stupidity.”

Respectfully, I don’t think there’s a man-jack among them, either in Washington or posting on the board, that has the stones for it.

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

I have my puts. :)

RF

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

“Not something to crow about or view disdainfully. This should have been done long ago and is definitely a step towards sanity.”

Sadly, true compromise these days is something that has to be cobbled together piecemeal. Ironically, that would have been called “bi-partisan” in a time long ago and a land far, far away…

GT

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Wonder how this plays with Bob Woodward’s not so kind explanation of Obama’s deal making abilities. Boehner can’t even deal with his own people, how is the president supposed to deal with him. The real cavity is the state of Georgia which has not got the intelligence to support this kind of negative effect they are having on our country.

Newt introduced this insanity everybody loved it on their side, the government shut down people didn’t get paycheck. What they do is search the whole country for the craziest people, eventually comes to Georgia the ultimate insult, like Taliban looking for suicide bombers, and then they hatch a plot to totally jam up the federal government. Then these congressmen go back to their hole in the wall hang outs with no political fallout, like R.E. Lee returning to Virginia, from blowing up the whole government and its people. This is something the south has been trying to do for 200 years who knew it would be so easy.

bookman parrot

December 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Dear Santa,
Please send some folks (both Dems and Repubs) to D.C. that actually give a damn about the whole country and not just their personal agendas and their voting blocks agendas and perpetual jobs in gov’t.

redneckbluedog

December 21st, 2012
9:48 am

williebkind

December 21st, 2012
9:46 am
So you taxes are going up because Obama kept moving the goal posts by not cutting spending. Liberals we do not have a revenue problem we have a spending problem. What spending problem you say? It is all that free stuff and the democratic plantation that costs so much.
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No…we have an inbred, retard problem in the U.S. House of Representatives……WORST CONGRESS EVER….in 2013…they will get their hind ends handed to them by the Kenyan, Muslim, worst President ever, total failure……in 2014…..THEY WILL BE A PERMANENT MINORITY…!!!!!!

Recon 0311 2533

December 21st, 2012
9:49 am

Now we have two parties incapable of governing. While I agree that Obama’s call to raise taxes on the wealthy accomplishes nothing substantive other than punishing successful people for their success, every House Republican should have supported “Plan B”. Now in all probability we’ll go over the so called financial cliff and in all probability it will be temporary. The American people don’t deserve this immature drama played by both parties.

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:50 am

Kyle needs to buck up and pen a column on this fine mess

RF

December 21st, 2012
9:50 am

“We’re supposed to gawk at the loons on the right wing and comfort ourselves with the knowledge that we’re nothing like those loons.”

Yeah, that’s pretty much what we’re doing right now. And there’s plenty of them to gawk at, that’s for sure!!!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

December 21st, 2012
9:51 am

Cons are lost sheep in the wilderness.

GT

December 21st, 2012
9:51 am

bookman parrot how do you but the Democrats in your pray. I get so sick of your side blowing up the world and then praying someone straigtens both sides up. This is your mess Shorty, you made it and you can clean it up.

Willydoit?

December 21st, 2012
9:51 am

What’s the big deal about everybody’s taxes going up? Pony up Americans, its time to pay our fair share…from the top to the bottom.

Remember…”Ask not what your country can do for you….”

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:51 am

“each time Democrats need money to bail out their problems”

looks like someone slept through 2000-2008.

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich

December 21st, 2012
9:52 am

@Thomas Heyward Jr

December 21st, 2012
9:42 am
House Conservatives?
.
There’s only one left (Ron Paul)…..and he will soon be gone.
.
Bookman once again mislabels decent people/ideology with the sick and warped ideology of Republican/Democrat warfare/welfare violent Statism.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got THROWN UNDER THE BUS.

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got STABBED IN THE BACK.

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got BAMBOOZLED.

“If you ain’t RICH….BLAME YOURSELF.” Herman Cain

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:52 am

“Now we have two parties incapable of governing”

Courtesy of crazy American voting patterns

RF

December 21st, 2012
9:54 am

“looks like someone slept through 2000-2008″

Ya think?? They couldn’t even remember his name to invite him to the party convention. I just wonder if Texas will include him in their revisionist history books.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 21st, 2012
9:54 am

Well, when I first saw that the Boner’s Plan B had failed I said “Good! A man his age shouldn’t be running around getting women in the Family Way!” And then I figured out what Plan B was and I knew we were up S___ Creek without a paddle.

So I reckon we’re all headed over the cliff. I can’t hardly think of the poor billionaire that opens his dividend check next month and sees the guvmint has withheld about 20% of it. You can bet the poor guy won’t be creating no more jobs. Or maybe Warren Buffett sees he’s paying the same tax rate as his secretary and then jumps out of one of his skyscrapers.

Anyhow, at least maybe we’ll have a real Friday Night Music tonight—if some other nut don’t decide to try out his new assault rifle on a mall full of shoppers or a room full of school children. There’s always a bright side of things.

Have a good Friday everybody.

Gale

December 21st, 2012
9:55 am

Well, I figure the Mayan calendar used the solstice for the marker. The solstice is at 11:12 UTC today ( Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Are the Mayan ruins in PST? UTC-8 hours is PST. So, yes, I think we are in the clear for the world ending today.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:55 am

“other than punishing successful people for their success”

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I stopped reading …

JamVet

December 21st, 2012
9:55 am

willie, no worries! When your family jumps over the cliff, you can feed them Billionaire Bootpolish.

It comes in three tasty flavors – Trump’s Rump, Trickledown Tang and Drown ‘em in a Bathtub Berry…

Jm

December 21st, 2012
9:56 am

Hi ho hi ho, it’s over the cliff we go

I’ve got my puts
Cause they’re a little nuts

It’s Christmas time
I won’t lose a dime

So I can sleep
And not lose a peep

Hi ho, hi ho hi ho

stands for decibels

December 21st, 2012
9:56 am

the deeper problem is clearly the fact that there is no broad political opposition to this lunacy capable of keeping it from infecting the entire political system by dominating the framing of the political narrative on the fundamental economic and fiscal matters?

I fear I must agree, and be a buzzkill.

A responsible liberal-leaning party would have demolished the notion of there being a “debt crisis” that needs to be addressed NOW-NOW-NOW. Such a party would have said “for spending cuts you get what’s in the PPACA and some Defense pork, and you don’t get any more because you lost.” Elizabeth Warren would get to add, “and because f### you.”

But we don’t have that party. We have more civilized corporate sk@nks, who can’t even manage to get their supposedly liberal media to refer to the tax increases they claim to want as being on “the income ABOVE 250K” rather than, almost always, “people making more than 250K.” They can’t even frame this sh-t right.

Jesus wept.

RF

December 21st, 2012
9:57 am

“I get so sick of your side blowing up the world and then praying someone straigtens both sides up”

Yeah, those two non-budget funded wars and the unbridled Wall St. fiasco that led to the worst recession since the 1930’s was NOTHING, right?? That was just a minor blip compared to this.

ATL Born and Raised

December 21st, 2012
9:57 am

“And your president’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what??? ”

Do you have a different president?

Welcome to the Occupation

December 21st, 2012
9:57 am

In specific terms, Jay, it is now apparent that Wall Street will eventually get its hands on Social Security to gut and to carve up for sell-off to its buddies. It will be a great bonanza for Wall St. and its cronies, but a terrible day for the majority of the elderly who depend on it for >50% of their income and as a way to avoid poverty.

And what is the thing that makes it now virtually a fait accompli? It’s the fact that a Democratic president is ready to sign off on the preliminary steps to dismantling it, that’s what.

So where are all the good liberal newspaper columnists as this is being prepared? Too busy rubbernecking at the looney right as it succumbs to its own delusions.

Dawg Man

December 21st, 2012
9:57 am

Thanks Jay for your comical liberal column. I have to say this is one of the funniest you have put out in a while.

ATL Born and Raised

December 21st, 2012
9:58 am

“We have 48% of this country who pay nothing in taxes to the federal government.”

Will this lie ever die?

Stephenson Billings

December 21st, 2012
9:58 am

Wouldn’t have mattered anyways due to those obstructionists over in the Senate:

Harry Reid: ‘We Are Not Going to Do Anything’

“Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, made his “fiscal cliff” position clear in a press conference today. “We are not going to do anything,” said Reid.

Reid added, “We are not taking up anything they are working on over there.” ”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/harry-reid-we-are-not-going-do-anything_690795.html

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
9:59 am

” I just wonder if Texas will include him in their revisionist history books.”

you mean the ones they use in Texas?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html?_r=0

jconservative

December 21st, 2012
9:59 am

“In the end, voting for permanent tax cuts for 99.81 percent of Americans turned out to be unacceptable to those obsessed with maintaining 100 percent ideological purity.”

Well, I am glad they are sticking to their principles. Now on January 1, 2013 100% of all taxpayers will get a major tax increase. I am sure all their constituents are sending them notes of appreciation this morning.

TaxPayer

December 21st, 2012
10:00 am

“Now we have two parties incapable of governing”

The extreme Republicans and the moderate Republicans.

BuckeyeInGa

December 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Boehner is going to speak in a couple of moments..this will be “interesting”

Mr_B

December 21st, 2012
10:00 am

“You just do not get it do you? You are a typical liberal and just do not get it.”

I don’t suppose that it ever occurred to you that there is nothing “there” to “get.”

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich

December 21st, 2012
10:00 am

@williebkind

December 21st, 2012
9:46 am
So you taxes are going up because Obama kept moving the goal posts by not cutting spending. Liberals we do not have a revenue problem we have a spending problem. What spending problem you say? It is all that free stuff and the democratic plantation that costs so much.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Cons LOVE THE RICH. Ain’t that RICH.

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got THROWN UNDER THE BUS because you are POOR.

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got STABBED IN THE BACK because you are not RICH.

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got BAMBOOZLED by your WON CONS.

“If you ain’t RICH….BLAME YOURSELF.” Herman Cain

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

December 21st, 2012
10:00 am

“Will this lie ever die?”

as long as there is a FOX news … no.

Jm

December 21st, 2012
10:01 am

Obama’s hard stance against republicans has definitely been a factor in going over the cliff

Bad governance and bad statesmanship

Michael

December 21st, 2012
10:01 am

And the Pubs wonder why they lost the election. They qill likely put Palin up in 2016 and that will be sweet!

Welcome to the Occupation

December 21st, 2012
10:01 am

Reality Check: “And your president’s plan to rein in our current unsustainable level of spending is what??? ”

What is YOUR plan to rein in the unsustainable spending on foreign wars and an increasingly bloated police state?

Huh?

(Think I can hear crickets already…. )

Cons Throwing Poor Cons Under The Bus for the Downtrodden Rich

December 21st, 2012
10:02 am

Correction:

DON’T blame the Democrats BECAUSE you just

got BAMBOOZLED by your OWN CONS.

Joe Hussein Mama

December 21st, 2012
10:02 am

Recon — “punishing successful people for their success”

When President Clinton got him a younger, hotter blonde in the Oval Office, were you in favor of punishing him for his success? :D

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 21st, 2012
10:02 am

Will this lie ever die?

If 99% of this country had no jobs and there were not a single job available, if they had no money, no assets, no homes, no food…. the whine would still be 99% of this country pays no taxes.