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The 9th Inductee to the Hall of Shame

Hopefully this Republican inflicted damage to our nation and economy will soon be over, but until that happy moment, I will continue inducting members to the hall of shame. Sadly it’s difficult to choose with so many deserving candidates.

Today’s worthy inductee is Republican congressman representing Clearwater, Texas, Steve Stockman. Stockman is one of the Republicans who decided the continuing resolution to fund the government must be used to defund Obamacare.

Speaking of his brilliant strategy, Stockman said, “Americans want Congress to do two things, work together on our national fiscal crisis and stop Obamacare. It’s time Congress started listening to them.”

I’m sorry Mr. Congressman, but you are the one not listening. Americans wanted two things from Congress, to keep the government open and to raise the debt ceiling. Your strategy to blackmail America isn’t working.

And working together on our national fiscal crisis? Hmmm, and the way to do that is by creating a huge totally unnecessary crisis, that is raising unemployment, shrinking the economy and decreasing tax revenues? I took a macroeconics course in university. I must have missed the lecture on how shrinking the economy shrinks the deficit.

You manufacturers of this and other crises love telling us what the American people want, even as you go about doing what we don’t want. Americans are fed up with having a circus in Congress every 6 months. We are tired of the politics of extortion that is now the Republican strategy of governing.

For causing needless, unwanted pain to our beloved country and for just being an overall bonehead, I hereby induct you, Steve Stockman into the Hall of Shame. I hope in the future you will start listening to what the American people want. It’s not so difficult really. All we want is an end to all this dysfunction and for members of Congress to do their jobs.

The 8th Inductee to the Hall of Shame

Today’s inductee is a man whose hypocrisy has reached a level rarely seen in American history. I am speaking of Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.

In an op ed piece for The Washington Post. Cantor had this to say:

“For three years, Congress and the White House have been building to this moment. Not the debt limit or Obamacare specifically, but this clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction. President Obama has led us here by continually thwarting the will of Congress and dismissing its role in our constitutional republic. This must end.
The president not only has refused to negotiate on issues of debt and spending but also has mocked the very idea of engaging with Congress. President Obama has repeatedly made clear that he feels it is beneath the office of the presidency to work in a bipartisan way with the legislative branch.”

Wow Mr.Cantor, how terrible that someone would thwart the will of congress and not be bipartison. But that is exactly what you and the house republicans have done when you passed HR368.

Under the normal rules of the house, any member of the house can make a motion to vote on a senate resolution, but on October 1st, the republican dominated rules committee passed HR368. HR368 removed the privilege to call for a vote from any member of the house and gave that privilege solely to the majority leader (Eric Cantor) or his designee.

So here we have Cantor piously lecturing the president of the United States about not acting in a bipartisan way and thwarting the will of congress, when the Republicans purposely rigged the rules so that Cantor alone can call the vote to end the shutdown. Is that acting in a bipartisan way, Mr. Cantor? You respect the will of Congress so much that you made it impossible for them to vote without your permission. You know that such a vote would end the government shutdown before you could advance your partisan agenda.

You speak of Washington dysfunction, when you are the poster boy for Washington dysfunction. You sir are a hypocrite pure and simple. I am aghast that you would have the nerve to write such an op ed accusing the president of the very acts you yourself have blatantly committed.

For hypocrisy, demagoguery, and being a very sad excuse for a congressman. Eric Cantor, you are hereby inducted into the Hall of Shame.

For those who would like to learn more about HR368 and how the republicans rigged the game, you can watch this video.

The 7th Inductee to the Hall of Shame

Today’s inductee is a man whose ego is only outdone by his demagoguery. Yes I am talking about first time senator, Ted Cruz.

Commenting on the shutdown, Cruz said, “I opposed the shutdown from Day One. I think it was wrong that President Obama and Harry Reid forced the shutdown. They forced the shutdown because they wouldn’t compromise on Obamacare,”

So here we have one of the chief architects of the shutdown blaming the whole thing on President Obama and Senator Reid. Cruz and his fellow extremists hold America hostage and then blames the president for not being willing to overturn legislation passed 4 years ago.

Over the weekend, Cruz joined a protest of war veterans over the closing of the World War II Memorial. It is a common attribute of criminals to return to the scene of their crimes to enjoy firsthand the havoc they have caused. Only a pure demagogue causes a government shutdown and then protests its effects. It reminds one of Hitler setting the Reichstag on fire and then going before the cameras and blaming the communists for it.

Cruz is the champion of the politics of extortion. Elections, normal legislative process, even the will of the American people mean nothing to this man. He has brought the US to the brink of default because he dislikes one piece of legislation. He likes to speak of the millions of Americans harmed by Obamacare. That’s kind of funny because Obamacare was rolled out less than 2 weeks ago. I don’t know how you measure the effects of a program in such a short time, but then again Cruz was telling everyone how much it was hurting America even before it was implemented.

The Republicans lost the fight over Obamacare more than 4 years ago, when the law was passed. They lost when the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality. They lost when Obama was re-elected against a candidate running on a platform to repeal Obamacare. They have tried unsuccessfully to block its implementation 40 times in votes in congress. So when they can’t get their way thru any other means, they resort to blackmail and extortion.

You can try to twist and spin the facts Mr. Senator. Demagogues always do. The truth is the shutdown is your responsibility. It is your desperate strategy for accomplishing that which you can achieve in no other way.

You Mr. Cruz have ambitions to be president. No man fit to be president would put this country thru all this trauma as part of their strategy to govern. You are not fit to be a US senator, let alone president of the United States. You are a charletan. I will vote for you once and once only. I will vote you into the Hall of Shame, a dishonor you so richly deserve.

The 6th Inductee to the Hall of Shame

For some unfathomable reason, the house Republicans responsible for the government shutdown seem to think of themselves as heroes. Apparently manufacturing crises in order to extort concessions from the other side is to be likened to the brave acts of some of history’s heroes.

At least that is what today’s inductee believes. I am speaking of Florida’s Tea Party member, Ted Yoho who had this to say of the government shutdown: “It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King.”

Perhaps Mr.Yoho could explain how throwing 800,000 people out of work, harming the economy, weakening our security all while defying the will of the American people who have overwhelming expressed their desire to end this shutdown, compares to people who worked towards freedom and human rights.

I Think Mr. Yoho does have one thing right. It only takes a few idiots in congress to inflict pain on 300 million Americans. I would suggest he use more appropriate people to explain what he is doing. Men like Osama Binladen, Moammar Gadhafi or Al Capone. These were men skiiled at hostage taking and extortion. In other words, men skilled in Republican tactics.

For thinking you’re a hero, when really you’re a zero, I hereby induct Ted Yoho to the hall of shame. Yoho a former veterinarian turned rabid congressman will hopefully soon again be dealing with horses’ behinds instead of being one.

The 5th Inductee of Hall of Shame

Today’s inductee to the Hall of shame is a man who does not understand the concept of having a mandate. In the 2012 elections, the Democrats won the presidency, added to their majority in the senate and gained seats in the house.

It used to be that in America elections mattered. In the distorted world of the Republicans, the losers call the shots and the winners must give in to the losers’ demands.

Today’s inductee is a loser. I am speaking of none other than former vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman, Paul Ryan.

Whoa Whoa Whoa, you say. Ryan is one of the good guys. In his op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, he offered a plan to in his words “end the stalemate”. The plan most noticeably made no mention of Obamacare and instead focused on entitlement and tax code reform. Ryan should be commended for pointing to a clear path out of the present impasse.

Such views ignore some important facts. Ryan is Chairman of the Budget Committee in the House. Isn’t passing a budget the primary responsibility of his position? As I said yesterday, the Republicans refused 18 times to go to conference with the senate so a budget could be passed.

I don’t know about you, but I’m awfully curious about how a budget chairman spends their time when there is no budget. I guess they spend their time on voting yes on bills to block Obamacare and working on budgets that they know will not pass the senate.

The truth of the matter is Ryan is one of the most powerful members of the house Republicans. He did nothing to prevent the current impasse. He has presidential aspirations but has the inability to even cross the aisle to pass a budget.

Sorry Mr. Ryan but you don’t get to ignore the Senate calls to go to conference on a budget all year, then wait until the government has been shutdown over a week to hop on your white charger and ride into the fray as the man to solve the crisis. And what are you offering? Oh just part of the platform you ran on as the vp candidate and lost. You would no doubt ask for the country to adopt your whole platform in exchange for doing your job if you thought you could get away with it.

Don’t be fooled by Ryan’s attempts to paint himself as a reasonable Republican searching for a way. Ryan is one of the chief architects of this manufactured crisis, whose sole purpose is to advance an agenda rejected in the 2012 elections. You want to be president some day Mr. Ryan? The first thing you need to learn is to respect the voice of the people. The loser of an election doesn’t get to set the agenda.

The fact of the matter is you are just another practitioner of the politics of extortion. You were given the opportunity to negotiate on the budget for months but the Republicans only want to negotiate when they have a gun pointed at the other guy’s head. You say you want entitlement reform. I would love to see you and the rest of your party to stop feeling they are entitled to get some concession from holding the country hostage. It is this Republican entitlement program that needs to be ended.

I would never vote for you for president, Mr.Ryan I will however vote for your induction into my Hall of Shame. Congratulations you may not possess the qualities that make a good president but you do have the perfect mix of ambition, demagoguery and deception that makes you a fit candidate for the Hall of Shame.

Today’s Truly Deserving Inductee To The Hall of Shame

Today’s Hoser (Hall of Shamer) is none other than the CEO of the House of Representatives. Yes, I am speaking of the Chief Extortionist Officer, John Boehner, the Speaker of the House.

This man shoulders more responsibility for the continuing government shutdown than any other. If he were simply to allow a vote on a clean resolution to fund the government, it would pass and the government would reopen. Unfortunately, Boehner won’t allow that. He’s taken the hostages and insists on being paid.

Boehner appeared last Sunday on ABC’s This week, insisting there were simply not enough votes
for a clean bill to pass. This is laughable coming from a man who allowed 40 votes on blocking, defunding ot delaying Obamacare. I think after the first few votes, he probably knew what the outcome would be the other 37 times, but that didn’t stop him.

Now with the nation looking to him to show some leadership, he refuses to allow just one vote on a clean resolution. Why is that? He knows that he would lose such a vote. Not only that, a vote would force members to go on record as being either for or against continuing the shutdown. The American people deserve to see how their own representative votes on such a measure. A vote means accountability and that is something many Republicans simply don’t have the stomach for.

Boehner has also continually blamed President Obama for refusing to negotiate. Boehner even went so far as to say, “Obama owns this government shutdown.” This is another laughable talking point. This is a kidnapper, who derides you for not paying his ransom.

As far as the unwillingness to negotjate, let’s look at the facts. Normally, the way a budget is passed is the house passes a budget, the senate passes a budget and the two chambers conference and negotiate to come up with one final version to send to the president. The Republicans refused 18 times to go to conference on the budget. Why did they do that?

The Republicans knew that if a budget were ever passed, they would lose the gun they like to hold to America’s head. Normal legislative process is not how the house Republicans operate. Instead they wait until a fiscal crisis gives them maximum leverage. I can imagine Boehner meeting with his party leadership. “OK boys, we got em over a barrel again, what do we want this time?”

The American people deserve better from our elected government officials. I would tell Boehner to enjoy the last 12 months of his gavel, because the 2014 elections are going to put an end to your reign of terror and close a very dark chapter in American history. But not to worry Mr. Speaker, your membership in my Hall of Shame will still remain.

The Newest Inductee to my Hall of Shame

I thought I should be fair. Idiocy is not limited to one sex or one geographical area. Yesterday’s inductee was a male from the south. Today’s inductee is a northern female. None other than Congresswoman Michele Bachman, who represents Stillwater, Minnesota.

Still waters are said to run deep, unlike Ms. Bachman’s thinking or her commitment to the rule of law. Speaking of the government shutdown, she said, “This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level.”

So the Republicans lost in Obama’s first election. They lost in the vote which passed Obamacare. They lost in Obama’s re-election. They lost in the Supreme Court. They lost in the 40+ votes to stall or water down Obamacare. But now that they’ve managed to shutdown the government, they are absolutely giddy.

Nothing like hurting the economy, threatening our security, making it very difficult to conduct foreign policy, hurting farmers who cannot get their usual government reports, etc etc etc, ; nothing like that to make the Republicans happy. I guess if millions of uninsured Americans got health insurance, that would be a real bummer.

For reveling in the harm you are doing to our country, Michele Bachman is our second inductee to the Hall of Shame. I guess if you manage to cause the US government to default on its obligations and cause the world’s financial system to collapse, that would be pure ecstasy!

If this isn’t pure malarkey, I don’t know what is!

“Republicans are eager to end the shutdown and move ahead with the fiscal and economic reforms that our country so urgently needs,” Senator John Cornyn said in the Republican weekly address on Saturday. “But we’re never going to make real progress without greater cooperation from our friends across the aisle.”

“The Democrats have calculated that by prolonging the shutdown, and maximizing the pain, they can bully Republicans into doing whatever President Obama and Majority Leader (Harry) Reid want them to do,” Cornyn said.

Cooperation? Bullying? Pardon me Mr. Senator, but I just have to ask, are you on crack? Your party is the one bullying and refusing to cooperate.

You’ve shutdown the government because you don’t like a law (The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare) which passed 4 years ago. A law that the highest court in the land declared constitutional after you challenged its constitutionality. Your presidential candidate ran on a platform of repealing the law and he lost. You had 40 votes in the house to try and delay its implementation and you lost those too.

After 4 years of trying to derail Obamacare and failing, you now resort to extortion and blackmail, and then have the utter audacity to accuse Obama and the Democrats of bullying.

The American people are simply sick and disgusted of having a manufactured fiscal crisis every 6 months led by Republicans. You have become the party of shutdown and obstruction. You spoke of cooperation. The country would love to see some of that from you. Then perhaps we might actually see the congress pass a single piece of major legislation. That’s something that has happened since the Republicans took control of the house. Maybe if you didn’t spend all your time trying to block something that is already law, you might actually get around to accomplishing something for the country.

So yes Senator, the country by an overwhelming majority, wishes for you and your party to stop bullying and start cooperating.

Democrats reveal strategy to end shutdown

On Friday Democrats in the House of Representatives revealed a new strategy for ending the government shutdown. It is believed that if a vote were to take place on a continuing resolution to fund the government without any amendments to Obamacare, enough Republicans would join the Democrats to pass the resolution and end the shutdown.

The problem is House Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow such a vote to take place. No vote, no resolution no end to the government shutdown. However there is a little used legislative maneuver which Democrats are hoping will solve the problem.

That maneuver is called a discharge position. A discharge position forces a bill stuck in committee to be sent to the floor for a vote. It requires the signatures of a majority of members of the house. This is why the strategy is little used. Usually members act along party lines, which makes obtaining the needed signatures difficult.

The Democrats believe in this case, they can get enough moderate Republicans to sign the petition and thus force a vote on the continuing resolution. George Miller ( D-California) believes the needed signatures can be obtained in a day, but with the procedural hurdles involved, the earliest a vote could take place on passing a funding bill would be October 14.

I for one hope this strategy works. Not only would it end the shutdown, but it would be wonderful to see a bi-partisan solution to the crisis. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any bipartisan cooperation on anything. Maybe if John Boehner saw he was going to lose, he might even spare the country the additional suffering.

US Government Shutdown

The US government was partially shutdown on Tuesday after the divided US congress failed to reach a compromise on a spending bill to continue funding the government. Republicans opposed to Obamacare refused to pass the bill.
The Republicans want a 1 year delay in implementing Obamacare.

The practical effect of the shutdown is the closure of national parks, museums, many federal offices and government services. 700,000 federal employees have been furloughed without pay. Goldman Sachs estimates the shutdown could cut US growth by 0.9% in the current quarter. A CNN poll showed that 46% of Americans blamed the Republicans for the shutdown while 36% said Obama was to blame. 13% said both the Republicans and Obama were to blame.

Whether you are for or against Obamacare, shutting down the government is certainly not the solution. Obamacare is the law, if you don’t like it, you can campaign against it. You can ammend it. You can make it a main issue in coming elections and if enough American voters agree with you, you can repeal it. But refusing to fund the government is simply irresponsible and harmful. Holding the country hostage over one piece of legislation is just bad politics.

The shutdown will end eventually. They always do. It is simply a question of how much harm will be done to the country in the mean time. The bigger problem is the debt ceiling.

On October 17, The US government will hit the debt ceiling. Without legislation to raise the ceiling, the US treasury would be unable to borrow any further money, which could lead to a US default on its debt. Let’s hope the congress, especially the Republicans, put aside their bickering and pass a new limit. We’ve already had the first ever credit rating downgrade on US Treasury Bonds from a previous battle. It’s time to put partisan politics aside and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

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