I wondered why, if Americans OVERWHELMINGLY rejected the liberal agenda the
Democrats crammed down our throats, did Republicans take the House but not the
Senate.At first I was a little discouraged, thinking that my fellow
Americans got fooled somehow.However, after looking into the
situation it became immediately clear that isn't the case. The real reason
conservatives didn't take the Senate (yet) is because there weren't that many
currently Democrat Senate seats up for grabs in 2012. A whopping 40 seats held
by Dems weren't up for re-election in 2012. If you look at what WAS up for
re-election in the Senate you'll see that Republicans won about 2/3 of them.Nice job, America, nice job.2012: Finish The Job!
D. Jeremy - you know, if the Tea-Party had stayed true to its non-partisan issue
specific charter, I could agree with you. But the airwaves were filled with
images from even FoxNews of Tea Tottelers with banners and plackards accusing
Obama of being a Muslim, or a non-citizen, or many other unrelated issues. The
"party" was co-opted by the Republicans as a vehicle to re-energize themselves,
and say things they could not say themselves.Had the Tea-Party
stayed true to its ficsal conservative charter, I think its appeal would have
been broad and deep. Alas, it was not meant to be.We have seen this
angry group rise up before - remember good old H. Ross Perot and the momentum
before he made his ill fated run. The problem is we as a country
need to continue to change and evolve in meaningful ways, or we will be passed
by. it is natural People naturally don't like change, but it isn't an option.
If we plan on competing with emerging countries like India and China, we will
have to approach things in new ways, less we become a relic like the former
Progressive, you really think Obama will be re-elected? No ballot democrat this
election touted Obama's health-care plan or several of his other policies. Why?
Because they see the writing on the wall that you are apparently blind to.
Americans are not seeing Obama's hope and change that he promised. Instead, his
approval rating keeps getting lower and lower as he reveals his socialist
hand.Unless Obama runs up against another progressive hack like
McCain, he will not be re-elected in 2012.
Christy said: "The 'tea party' was never anything more than the far right arm of
the GOP. That's it."You clearly have no clue what the Tea Party is
all about. The Tea Party was organized to combat the irresponsibility of BOTH
parties. They organized about the time of the first failed stimulus and
vehemently opposed Bush's actions. The Tea Party stands for smaller
government, less spending, self-responsibility, and accountability in government
leadership. The Tea Party does not care which party a politician represents, as
long as that politician exhibits core principles and values that made this
If the pubs stalled out the dems, as you say...then how did the dems get those
gigantic $ bills passed? You know the ones that were never even read before
passage. (we have to pass it to find out whats in it) So, if the pubs
fillibustered anything, then hats off to them! Lets keep government from doing
anymore damage to our country.We are broke! If this is not a true
statement, then why are the feds printing trillions of dollars? hint, its not
to fix anything. Transformation comes to mind.
well, I only get 2 comments now so here's my last one. I won't be able to reply
to your rebuttalto Belching Cow | 5:02 p.myou can easily
say that, but you have nothing to back it up. the actual facts are that the
repubs FREELY admit their agenda was to stall out the dems and make Obama look
bad. They have actually stated such, in perfectly clear words. Perhaps you
weren't listening...and they tried to fillibuster EVERY vote, even
when it was things they agreed with!! It didn't matter if it was a good measure
or not, they didn't care, they simply stalled everything. so the
question now is - are they going to continue to do so, wanting the balance of
power in the presidency in 2012? or are they going to settle down and try
working together with everyone else?the first test will be the
extension of the Bush tax cuts. it should be interesting to say the least...
Tis a glorious day.@Charlie91342"it is absolutely pathetic
that the republican party is more concerned with making the other party look bad
rather than trying to acually accomplish something. seriously pathetic."The Democrats do a good job of looking bad without any outside help, and
yes they are seriously pathetic."so are you republican
representatives now ready to grow up and get to work? I hope so. you wasted the
last 2 years, don't waste another 2. We have serious problems to solve, and you
all acting like little children isn't going to cut it. "I hate to
rain on your parade but you have this backwards. The Democrats are the ones who
wasted the last two years. So will the Democrats quit acting like little
children as well?
Just the House? I thought the GOP was going to 'destroy' the
democrats this election? Ah well. Oh, and as
for the housing bubble.... The Gramm—Leach—Bliley Act
(GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 is
contributed to the housing crisis. Economists Robert Ekelund and Mark Thornton
have also criticized the Act as contributing to the housing crisis.
This bill was supported by: Sen. Phil Gramm (R, Texas) Rep. Jim
Leach (R, Iowa) Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R, Virginia),
George W. Bush was president of the United States from 2001-2009.
Kind of hard to blame Democrats for our current housing bubble burst when 1) All
3 supporters of the bill that caused it were Republican and 2) We had the last
8yrs of Republican control and our current Democrat president has been in office
for.... 2 years.
so... you republicans now have the House...does that mean you won't
stall out EVERY item that Obama has tried to pass for the last 2 years?you have freely admitted your entire agenda since Obama's election was to make
him look as bad and powerless as possible... the only way ANYTHING got done was
because the republicans were the minority.well, now you have a house
majority. so are you going to spend the next 2 years trying to make the
president look bad, so you can get a republican president, or are you actually
going to accomplish something?it is absolutely pathetic that the
republican party is more concerned with making the other party look bad rather
than trying to acually accomplish something. seriously pathetic.so
are you republican representatives now ready to grow up and get to work? I hope
so. you wasted the last 2 years, don't waste another 2. We have serious
problems to solve, and you all acting like little children isn't going to cut
Re: Idaho GuyWHO controlled Congress in 2003? Answer: The House was
controlled by 229 Republicans (204 Democrats) Barney Frank wasn't in charge of
any Committees or bringing legislation to a vote. The Party who controls the
House determines what bills get voted on. The Democrats didn't
"filibuster" any bill regarding Fannie and Freddie. The fact is there weren't
enough Republicans on board either. The stupidity lies with those
who can't/won't see the Republicans deserve significant reponsibility for the
economic crisis. Yes, Democrats deserve blame as well. But to absolve the
Republican Party who controlled all 3 branches of govt. for 6 yrs (and
Republicans who controlled Congress for 13 yrs) is nonsense.
Don't know why the housing bubble is being discussed, but:In Sept
2003, Bush proposed a new agency within the Treasury Department to assume
supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to determine whether the two wee
adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.Congress led by Democrats opposed these efforts and killed any legislation
brought up to address the problems, with the now famous statement of their lead
Barney Frank:Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the following on Sept.
11, 2003: 'These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing
any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the
more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of
affordable housing. We see entities that are fundamentally sound financially. .
. . And even if there were a problem, the federal government doesn't bail them
out.'Looks like he and his fellow Dems were wrong. Bush never was
able to pass reform or change, but he tried. Dems led by Frank and Dodd opposed
all reform and now claim ignorance of standing in the way....This is
the kind of stupidity that needs to be avoided now.
Gridlocked indeed! Big business likes gridlock! They don't have to worry much
about regulations changing. Hopefully, our economy isn't so bad that gridlock
will be more damaging than helpful!It is often a good idea to vote
for a mix of government that promotes the greatest amount of gridlock.
I’ll admit it looks ugly when seen in action, but our
founding-father’s main consideration was to create a government that best
serves the citizens. The basic contribution of gridlock is to provide
stability.Congratulations voters for doing such a fine job!
But now who will you blame?
The housing bubble began long before 2007 and the economy crashed while Bush,
with veto power, was Pres. What bills and measures did Republicans bring forward
for a vote between 2000-2007 to address the housing bubble? answer: zip,
zero, nothing. Republicans can talk about Barney Frank all they want, but
Barney wasn't in control of the House when he made the statements he did. The
housing bubble burst in 2007. So at least now the Republicans can't
sit on the sidelines and rely on slogans. They will have to bring legislation
to the floor to be voted on. Americans will then see what their agenda is. Republicans have vowed to not compromise and have a history of marching in
"lock-step." But governing includes the "art of compromise." So, i would like
to know what they are willing to compromise on? I see many Tea
Partiers are retired people enjoying Social Security while supporting candidates
who want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare for future generations.
Young people working today are paying for your Social Security today.
Yes stop the spending and the free handouts.We the people will stand up
What happened to the declaration in 2008 by the Democrats that the Republican
party was dead? Does no one remember the exuberant declaration by Democratic
leadership and pundits that Democrats would forever reign supreme because the
Republican party was in such disarray it would never again be viable?Basically politics is cyclical and Obama is on the way out in 2012, but it
wouldn't surprise me at all in 2016 or 2020 for the Dems to regain massive
control if Republicans don't make changes.The movement this time was
to destroy Obama's agenda and to try and prop up a party to actually do the will
of the people. We will see if that happens... Been disappointed too many times
by both parties to believe it until I see it.Stop spending, stop the
endless handouts and government programs, keep the tax cuts in place and grow
the economy, instead of mortgaging the future in the name of liberalism...
Stop bashing the Republican party.They have more on the ball then any of
the other evil parties.The American people want justice, jobs, and no more
problems.GO TEA PARTY!!!
Dear Esquire. Why is you and your fellow party members continue to ignore
reality and truth. It was Clinton and Barney Frank who pushed through the
changes to get more people into homes which they could not afford and set up the
regulations which allowed unqualified home buyers to purchase a home. If you do
not recognize this then there will no be progress and if you do not know this
then you are not a truly educated voter, but are looking through a class darkly.
Did the Republicans not watch this fiasco developing, yes, but
still did nothing. Both parties are guilty of what is happening. One set it in
motion and the othe fell asleep at the wheel.
Congratulations, fellow Americans. We have the Federal Government right where we
want them: Gridlocked. Obama can't push his agenda. Republicans can't push
theirs. Watch how quickly things get better when government is impotent and the
people are left to solve their own problems. This is what checks and balances
are all about. A divine design indeed.
News Flash: Tea Partiers, er uh.... I mean Republicans![face it, you
are NOT Tea Partiers, but just an elephant of a different GOP color].You really haven't really won anything.So I wouldn't be dancing in
the streets.It takes a full 2/3 MAJORITY to over-ride a Veto.[and that's only IF you can get your extremeist adgenda through the Senate]Good Luck.
Oh good... foxes back in the henhouse. Just wait.
"GWB"The government already IS DYSFUNCTIONAL!Congrats to
the new electees. Now we just need to watch them lest they forget who they work
for. They're all ON PROBATION!
The House, under Pelosi, passed 420 pieces of legislation that stalled in the
Senate. The Senate Republicans held the Senate hostage--setting the record for
filibustering. Pres. Obama has had the fewest number of Judges confirmed, but
not because Republicans had objections to his appointments but merely to oppose
him. Is this election going to change that scenario?
Need to remember this was not necessarily a win for republicans but a loss for
the Obama agenda. Hopefully those elected will remember that and work towards
what the American people want. If everyone sticks totally to the party line
then nothing will get done because the House will always block the Senate and
the Senate will block the house and it will be a stalemate. Hopefully both
sides will listen to what we want and work together at least somewhat. Stop the
spending and healthcare and work for us!
I think the old addage, be careful what you wish for because you just might get
it came partially true last night.Republicans now have control of
the House and control of the initiation of all budget bills.When
they issue budgets to cut the deficit, as they promised, wait to hear the
screaming start. Senior citizens were already screaming that they didn't get a
cost of living increase in their Social Security checks, wait until the new Reps
vote to cut Social Security benefits. Wait until they vote to strip medicare
funding to cover the donught hole.Wait until the Education budget
gets cut and your kids class sizes double.Wait until federal money
for science research gets cut and the Hunstman Cancer center loses their best
researchers to overseas universities.Wait until nothing is done on
immigration, except to see more immigrants coming again as they cut budgets for
enforcment on businesses.Wait until the state government has to
raise taxes to pay for things that the Feds have been helping with.And most of all, wait until the government offices are closed like they did in
Dec. 1995!!!Wait until the government is totally Dysfunctional!!!
County mom: You hit the nail on the head. Both sides continue to point and
blame, no matter who is in power. We are doomed to follow the fall
of Rome if the PEOPLE don't regain that love of country and willingness to stand
for freedom, rather than expect the government to hand them everything on a
platter. Far too many, inluding both Democrats and Republicans, and
all in between, have relinquished any concept of responsibility and now live
with an "Entitlement mentality that will be our downfall.That said,
first order of business needs to be the dismantling of Obamacare.........
Now that you are voted in, just get the job done right the first time, no more
yapping of the mouth only from elected officials. We need jobs,
@FaifeauSam: Obama's not the only one who has done this. Trying to make it
sound as such doesn't make it so.My prediction with the new "hope
and change": Welcome to gridlock!
Ted H, who's squirming? this was absolutely predictable two years ago. When
you realized how broken our economy actually was and still is and how business
uses these cycles to cleanse and increase productivity it was easy to know that
jobs were never going to recover for at least two to three years. Carpediem
this is the answer to your questio also. Government was able to prevent the
collapse of our credit system and to keep unemployment from going much above 10%
but nothing short of a wpa program would have decreased the unemployment numbers
until now and that certainly wasn't going to happen. In addition Obama knew he
had one chance to pass health care reform and so he took it.Next
prediction; Repubs pass all kinds of nonsense in the house that goes no where,
jobs do start to come back slowly but enough, lots of in fighting on the repub
side, Obama is re-elected and the dems regain some of the house and senate
I can't wait for the president's speech, "I got the message", after which he'll
do whatever he likes, as all presidents have done since whenever...
Now that it's over...and hopefully better, has anyone put a dollar sign on what
it cost US to fly Obama and the VP around the country to campaign for Democrats?
I'm sure it wasn't paid by the DNC. Lots of frequent flyer miles on Air Force
One. How sad... we win but we lose in the pocketbook.
Expecting the Tea Party to fix everything the Republicans destroyed while Bush
was in charge is like expecting the Taliban to allow women and girls to come out
from under their burkas into the light of day.
Wow. Shocker. Yawn. The more things change, eh? Pretty much business as usual
in Utah. At least I don't have to see the word "Philpot" wherever I drive. So
really, was it worth it? You know you guys just threw away a LOT of money for
Utah getting rid of "Ichabod" Bennett for the newbie. That's what I call,
putting Utah's interests ahead of proving your point. You are just like my
wife. She'd stick her hand in a lawnmower just to win an argument.
The Economy should have been Obama's first priority. Why would you over haul
health care when we are in a recession? 8 years of Bush and 4 years of Obama,
no more please!!!
Hey Esquire, you getting dizzy from all that spin?
Whether you like the Tea Party or not, you have to admit one reason for big
appeal there is that the Tea Partiers rip on irresponsible Republicans as much
as Democrats.Sadly, 3rd parties with responsible platforms will
never solve the problems, so they need to try and take over the Big Two.
...love to see Rubepublicans squirm....It's OK cause anything that
passes through the house... has to get through the Senate... Oh, that's right
it has a Democrats majority...
Great to see the liberals squirm!
Republican gains tonight strengthen Obama's re-election chances in 2012.
I hope some day we will all wake up and stop expecting the government to solve
everything for us and stop expecting everyone else to provide us. It is not the
governments place to take from the rich and give to the poor. IT IS OUR
RESPONSIBILTY TO CARE FOR OURSELVES and EACH OTHER. It does not matter who is in
office if we have unrealistic expectations.
Oh gosh, Things are going to be exactly the same as they were before.
Republicans will continue to ruin our country just like the democrats before
them did. The only good thing is that the Tea Party has been cleansed of the GOP
hijackers. Now we can steer the tea party back to 9/11 truth and ending the fed
just like it was originally intended for. Maybe next election people will
realize that the only change will come from a third party and not one that is
controlled like the republicans and democrats.
Does anyone really believe anything is going to be any different? Most of the
Tea-party upstarts are going down in flames, and most of the people who are
being elected are the same ones that have been in these same seats for years.
Swap D for an R and what do you get - still nothing much happening. Here is a shocker - those with D next to their names are equally adept at
playing the same game that those with R's next to theirs have these last two
years. There won't be enough votes in either house to do any real change, and
there wont be enough to over come a Veto. So in the end, this is
kind of like Utah winning the MWC, you get bragging rights but at the end of the
day you will still get up and go to work tomorrow, you will still pay taxes, and
you will still pray you don't loose your job. Same game, new names
on the jerseys.
What happened to throwing the bums out?Exit polls show that 45
percent of voters in Indiana identify with the tea party movement.Dan Coats, the Republican projected winner from Indiana, is 30 years in
Washington as a staffer, eight years as a congressman, 10 years as a senator,
then a corporate lobbyist for five years. This whole 'We are going to take our
country back" -- if you're not going to take it back from Dan Coats, Indiana tea
partiers, who are you going to take it back from?The "tea party" was
never anything more than the far right arm of the GOP. That's it.
My prediction: There will be a lot of unhappy Dems tonight.
Fine, you won. Now propose a government that promotes private sector jobs,
lowers taxes, protects the environment, decreases the national debt and solves
health care for those who have none. Otherwise, the shoe will be on the other
foot in November 2012. Stand and deliver! Don't just complain about the Left's
demonstrated inability to govern.
Allright. Here's their chance. Jobs. Illegal immigration. Taxes. Terrorism. War.
Gay marriage. Blended families. Full campgrounds in national parks. The bush
administration didn't have the answers. In the intervening two years, however,
since the bush administration they've gotten all the ducks in a row. The
republicans, or tea party, or whatever they call themselves, now's their chance.
Fix it. Make a believer out of me.
Yeah, because eight years of George W. Bush did not do enough damage to our
country. 1 terrorist attack. 2 wars... 1 based on lies. Mortgage crisis.
Nearly the second great depression that lucky for us Obama steered us away from.
Tax cuts for the rich in 2001 and 2003 that are still driving huge deficits.
Wars still driving huge deficits. The budget deficit more than doubling after
Clinton had not only balanced the budget but was running surplusses.I can totally see why we would want to put Republicans back in charge!
Magic numbers?70 and 51! Go Tea Party!
Esquire needs to be swilled.
Flash: Tomorrow's Wednesday!
Republicans fixing anything. HAHAHAHAHAHA! They are the ones that broke it.
And they want to do the same things all over. And now they can't blame the
weather and everything else on Obama. They have to share the blame. In fact,
they probably made Obama's re-election more likely. lol!
I can't wait for these fellows to get into power, so they can fix our country's
The last four years has been simply miserable. I'm optimistic to be able to
trust and respect our national leaders, once again. Thank you, America, for
waking up and realizing the funk we have been in the past four years!