VST,The President cannot put a bill forward that will appease the
"nut cases" and will pass the Senate. So in essence what we have is
40-50 members of the tea party in the house controlling this entire process.The solution is actually very simple. Mr. Boehner needs to go back to
negotiating with the President. By all accounts they were very close to an
agreement. They need one more compromise and then Mr. Boehner needs to take the
bill back to the house. The democrats combined with the reasonable republicans
can pass a compromise bill and move it to the senate and by pass the "nut
cases".The problem is Mr. Boehner is unwilling to bring a bill
to the floor that does not have tea party support. With that being said, he has
in essence said that their 40-50 votes constitute a majority and the other 475
elected congressmen and the President are irrelevant. I hate seeing
us go over the cliff, but I think as bad as that is, it is worse to allow the
will of the people to be circumvented by a small group of house members.
VST,If I understand you correctly, you are saying that because the
republicans care more about their pledge to Grover Nordquist and holding onto
their "principles" that it is the responsibility of the democrats to put
country first and try to come up with a plan that will appease the 40-50 extreme
members of the republican party in the house. You obviously know that you then
allow the extreme right to claim victory. This reminds me of a
parent and a spoiled child who doesn't get what they want and so they throw
a temper tantrum and then the parent gives in to them. In a weird sort of a way
you may be right. It is clear that Grover Nordquist and his stupid pledge
matter more to the far right than does the American economy. I have
no confidence in either party, but I do believe that the democrats are more
likely to try and do what is best for the American people than the republicans
who are so afraid of the special interest groups who are financing them that
they cannot do what is best for America.
@ VSTThen we are a country of fools who deserve the approaching
@VSTI disagree. It is now the job of the voters to get rid of congressmen
in the House who have risked throwing the U.S. economy back into a recession and
put millions of people out of work rather than do their jobs and compromise.
The GOP is a mess. At least the Democrats can govern and lead. You may not
like where they got us but they address problems and pass legislation.
Utah-wake up! Our representatives are some of the biggest problems in
today's dysfunctional goverment. They need to be removed from office, have
their penisions stripped and replaced with people who can compromise and govern.
Perhaps if Boehner could find something for his tea party cohorts to vote
against, he could bring something to the floor. The House Republican caucus is
a mess. In many ways I do hope we go over the cliff so these hard headed
members of congress understand that rhetoric has consequences.... and this
rhetoric is going to take us back into recession.So much for jobs
being the main concern.