McConnell-Reid Debt Ceiling Fail Safe Option Hanging By A Thread

WASHINGTON — The fail-safe debt ceiling plan crafted by the Senate’s top two leaders, Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – is close to being put on political life support, those familiar with negotiations tell The Huffington Post, as lawmakers coalesce around a major deal instead.
Sources on the Hill Thursday morning expressed a newfound — at times defeatist — sense of worry about the political prospects of the proposal, which would cut roughly $1.5 trillion over ten years while granting authority to the president to suggest (but not sign off on) future spending cuts as a condition of raising the debt ceiling now. House Republicans have told leadership that they are sour on the idea, with more than 90 members pledging to oppose it. Another factor contributing toward its demise, however, has been the Obama administration‘s decision to continue to push for a bigger deficit-reduction package, which has led many lawmakers to consider the McConnell-Reid option both insufficient and potentially unnecessary.
“I think it is certainly an uphill battle now,” a Hill Democrat said of the McConnell-Reid plan.
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House "Gang of 70-Plus" to Senate "Gang of Six": We Outnumber Your Plan to Slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

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House “Gang of 70-Plus” to Senate “Gang of Six“: We Outnumber Your Plan to Slash Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security

Washington, D.C.Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today released the following statement on the Senate “Gang of Six” budget proposal:

“This terrible plan could cut Medicare and Medicaid to unsustainably low levels and put seniors’ well-being at risk. Anyone who wants to pass it through Congress should remember that more than 70 House Democrats have already pledged their opposition, and more are signing on every day. The letter we sent to Leader Pelosi July 8 vowing to oppose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid as part of these budget negotiations has become a growing wave of House resolve to protect these programs. We’re keeping it open for more signatures, and our Gang of 70-plus has the ‘Gang of Six’ completely outnumbered. Newly minted Rep. Janice Hahn signed on as one of her first official acts as a Congresswoman – that’s how quickly it’s picking up momentum.

Republicans have already said they won’t vote for any package, period, because of their opposition to a functional economy. House Democrats hold the key to whatever plan can pass Congress. That’s why the Senate ‘Gang of Six’ proposal is dead on arrival. Instead of toying with ways to slash vital programs in just such a way as to make different budget numbers align on paper, Congress and the White House should follow the path of our People’s Budget: creating jobs, protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, ending corporate subsidies and millionaire tax giveaways, and ensuring our economy works for everyone rather than a greedy few.”

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We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, Now you get mad

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This list is a variation of Nica24’s diary on the Kos from March 2010.  I liked its lexical structure and meme power.

  • You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
  • You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.
  • You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
  • You didn’t get mad when the president ignored the clear and timely warning that terrorists were going to hijack planes and fly them into the WTCs.
  • You didn’t get mad when the weapons inspectors, who said there were no WMDs, were ignored.
  • You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
  • You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
  • You didn’t get mad when we spent over 700 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
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  • You didn’t get mad when our sons and daughters were sent to die in that illegal war.
  • You didn’t get mad when hundreds of thousands of people died in Iraq.
  • You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
  • You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
  • You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
  • You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.
  • You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
  • You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
  • You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
  • You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally got MAD when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. You decided to be angry when the talking heads on the television told you to get mad.

Stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, lies, corruption, torture, murder, illegal wars, are all OKAY with you.

But helping other Americans…oh hell no!






Ur Union of Unemployed | BITE BACK

Spread this one around, it’s what’s happening and no one in the media seems to want to say it!

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