So much for competent governance, Speaker Boehner?

Remember after the election, when John Boehner and Mitch McConnell promised to execute a no-drama resolution to the fiscal 2015 budget crunch, taking the specter of a government shutdown completely off the table as a way to demonstrate Republican competence and maturity as the governing majority?

That was so last week.

With funding for the government due to expire at midnight tonight, Boehner was forced this afternoon to cancel a vote on a critically important funding bill because he could not rally enough votes to pass it.

Not surprisingly, a good number of Republicans had balked at supporting the bill because it did not attempt to challenge President Obama’s executive action on immigration. They were also unhappy — and justifiably so — that Boehner was forcing them to vote on a 1,600-page bill that had been unveiled only last night, giving them no time to read it.

To try to lure some of those Republicans back, the speaker added language to the legislation that would weaken Wall Street post-recession reforms and once again allow bankers to use taxpayer-guaranteed funds in high-risk, high-return derivatives trading.

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However, that set off a revolt by Democrats, who refused to surrender to what Nancy Pelosi called blackmail.

In remarks from the House floor, Pelosi recalled the days of the financial meltdown of 2008, and a conversation she had with Ben Bernanke, then chairman of the Federal Reserve. “He said, ‘If we do not act immediately, we will not have an economy by Monday.’ We will not have an economy by Monday. By the policies that were in place at that time, we were taken to a place where we wouldn’t have an economy…. And here we are in 2014 going down the same path.”

“It’s back to the same old Republican formula,” she said. “Privatize the gain, nationalize the risk. If you succeed, it’s in your pocket. If you fail, the taxpayer pays the bill. It’s just not right.”

She also pointed out a second abomination smuggled into the funding bill in negotiations between the House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That provision lifts the cap on individual contributions to political parties from $32,400 a year to $324,000 a year, which would give wealthy donors even more influence over politicians in this country, or $648,000 a two-year election cycle.

It’s telling that these are the things that some of our leaders believe are so important that they must be smuggled into a must-pass spending bill. And while the chances are still good that Congress will manage to pass something in the next few hours to keep government functioning, the brinksmanship and policy choices on display do not bode well for the next two years.

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EdUktr
EdUktr

Nancy Pelosi is the ideal icon for your side to use, Jay. Please continue to do so.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Has InTheMiddle2 ever posted anything that is actually 'in the middle?'  Dude seems to have terminal ODS...

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@LordHelpUs He is definitely clueless on the true meaning of "in the middle" w.r.t. politics.  I suspect his handle refers to the portion of his bed that he sleeps on.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Just for craps and grins, I'm going to quote directly from Cracker News--you'll get their setup, to what their readers apparently believe is an incredibly incriminating Hitler Hildebeast-Klintoon quote, which is boldfaced, for your dining and dancing pleasure.

And then you can soak in the stupidity of our Aztec/say_what tag team's wacky belief system.

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the contentious remarks in Clinton’s December 3 speech were made in the context of negotiations with Islamic separatists in the southern Philippines, a group more akin to fellow jihadists in the Middle East than to an unfriendly government such as Russia’s.

The former secretary of state and likely 2016 presidential contender argued for the importance of women leading peace negotiations, and cited an example of such a conflict-resolution effort.

Clinton said hopes to end a long insurgency by the Muslim separatists in the Philippines had looked slim until “two strong women” took over the negotiations, “made inclusivity their mantra,” and helped to broker a peace deal.

This is what we call smart power,” she continued, “using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, leaving no-one on the sidelines, showing respect, even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and – insofar as psychologically possible – empathize with their perspective and point of view, helping to define the problems, determine the solutions."

Aztec
Aztec

Nice but upside down.  Jay might wait until his Democrat buddies do their thing before he flaps his trap.  It was the Democrats who tried to shut down the government.  It was, "you have to read it to see whats in it", Pelosi who agreed to the budget and then ran from it.  It was the Democrats that demanded insane spending.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Aztec

"you have to read it to see whats in it"

You can't even friggin' misquote correctly.

Normd
Normd

@Aztec 

Aztec,

This is what Party biased ideological narrow mindedness gets you.  What the Democrats did was not try to shut down the government, but try to prevent another financial disaster that will result in the tax payer, us, bailing out bad business decisions made by Wall Street.  Sadly, it didn't work in the House, and ironically, to prevent this disaster from happening again is the Radical Right (Tea Party) in the Senate because they think the Bill didn't go far enough, and they might shut it off because of that.  Like I said...irony.

But in any case I am saddened to find out last night that my President and Vice President were lobbying for the Bill.  They will hear from me about that.  We do not ever want a business based government because we are on the wrong side of the dollar sign.

Watch a couple of movies and see how it could become here..."Soylent Green"  and "Roller Ball", the 1975 version.

They will open your eyes as to where we may be going....

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Democrats, with the help of journalists like jay, got exactly what they deserved with this spending bill. Who was it that made a big deal about government shut-downs and the damage they can do?

Avoid them at all costs?

Too funny!


say what
say what

I cannot believe the liberal democrats especially Hillary Clinton wanting this Govt. to have "Empathy for our enemies such as Isis".You know, the ones who just beheaded several Christian Children. And she wants to run for President ?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@say what

"Empathy for our enemies such as Isis"

Do you pray to Jesus with that lying mouth of yours?
[on edit] I went to a Cracker News Service story to see what this yammering was about. Apparently right wingers believe you should remain ignorant of what might motivate someone who opposes you and just bomb the sh## out of everyone in a hundred-mile radius. Or something...

Aztec
Aztec

@say what They would rather protect radical Muslims than American citizens.  The Democrat traitor from California represents the party that would rather see Americans die than ruffle the feathers of our enemies.  Worse,they  lie about it.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

About Jay's piece. I got to the part where he's quoting Rep. Pelosi and wondering if perhaps some on the right might set aside their prejudices for one minute and consider her words, to wit:

“Privatize the gain, nationalize the risk. If you succeed, it’s in your pocket. If you fail, the taxpayer pays the bill. It’s just not right.”

Who would take issue with what seems to be pretty straightforward stuff?

So I start skimming the comments...

Oh my god, this is too funny! JB is quoting Nancy Pelosi?  Seriously?  Like that silly b$tch has ANY room to speak about political agenda's[sic].  Hello?  Obamacare!

Sigh.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@stands_for_decibels “Privatize the gain, nationalize the risk" is the cornerstone of 'conservative' governing, dontchaknow.

Apparently, it was just the right little sweetener to convert a couple holdout 'conservatives.'

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@LordHelpUs @stands_for_decibels  How many businesses have you started? Let me guess. You are CEO of your personal welfare, and section 8, and foodstamps, and taxpayer funded healthcare, and free cellphones.


Take a risk yourself instead of just sitting on the sidelines like a gutless wonder.

Judetheobtuse
Judetheobtuse

Republicans are ready to shut the government down again in order to insist that the rich be given an even greater share of influence (10X as much) and yet the knucklehead right wing commenters on this page still just want to go after the President? What will it take to get these children to look at the real problem in this country, which is the takeover of the government by the rich and their accomplices (in both parties)?

BSNBC
BSNBC

Obama is a lying crook!

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@InTheMiddle2 @BSNBC How about, 'Obama is a decent President, but much better than the immoral train-wreck that preceded him?'

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@LordHelpUs @InTheMiddle2 @BSNBC  Obama is a decent man and truly wants the best for the country. Problem is that his lack of experience prevents him from understanding how to get from point a to point . The previous administration had to do what was necessary for the time, made some mistakes yes, immoral train-wreck - No.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@InTheMiddle2 @LordHelpUs @BSNBC So, turning record surpluses into record deficits, invading Iraq, introducing state-sponsored torture and the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression was WORSE than what we have experienced under Obama?  Please...

OK, make your case! 

In OBJECTIVE terms, how are we worse off now than when Obama took office?

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@InTheMiddle2 @LordHelpUs @BSNBC Do tell us what you believe the previous administration HAD to do at the time.  Did it have to approve the use of torture?  Did Bush have to send over 4000 of our troops to their death in a needless trillion dollar war in Iraq.  Or perhaps you are the one repeating thoughtless rants here.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Numbers_R_Us  Neither of you have the intellect required to understand complex issues, so just stay in your sandboxes and continue to whine..Liberal Rush-bots.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@InTheMiddle2 @Numbers_R_Us LOL...Your surrender is accepted.  It's such a simple question.  

I am amazed that the perpetual ODS sufferers don't have some OBJECTIVE measures of how we are SO much worse off now...speaks volumes...

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@LordHelpUs @InTheMiddle2 @BSNBC  First Mr. Braniac..... Bush did not cause the collapse of the economy. Since you are not smart enough to understand that than their is little else you would understand. The Democrats in Congress had oversight of Freddie and Fannie, not the President. Partisan hacks..

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Republicans do love their trickle down.  They like the yellow stain it leaves on them.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Numbers_R_Us  Do you even know what trickle down is? or are you just repeating thoughtless rants of others.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@InTheMiddle2 @Numbers_R_Us Have you got your Bush tax cuts yet or are you waiting for those that did to spread the resulting economic wealth.  Do you know what trickle down is.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@LilBarryBailout @Numbers_R_Us What is "Obozocare"?  Is that something that haunts you in your nightmares.  Now get out there and make enough money to actually pay federal income taxes so you can quit mooching, Lil'BB.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@LilBarryBailout @Numbers_R_Us Another epic fail...

Somebody on here posted a link to the County in the US with the highest percentage of people on the Gov't dole...it was a county Romney carried with around 80% of the vote...

You want moochers, go to a TParty meeting.