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AdLib On December - 20 - 2011

Grover Norquist’s concubines…also known as “The GOP” have cheated on him. They’ve had an affair where they got into bed with those who want to raise taxes…but it was only on the lower 99% of American workers. They’ve explained to Grover, “They don’t mean anything to us, we’re not in love with them. It was just political!”

And Grover has already forgiven them…in fact, he confessed to a degree of arousal over the thought of the majority of Americans being bent over by House Republicans.

The fraud of the Norquist no-taxes pledge has been publicly exploded now and as long as Dems don’t overlook this opportunity, the entire raison d’etre for the Republican Party will be invalidated in the minds of most Americans.

Add to this the calls from House and Senate Repubs, as well as GOP Presidential candidates like Prozac spokeswoman Michele Bachmann campaigning for the poor and lower middle class to be taxed heavily (the bullshit term they use for taxing the poor is “broaden the tax base”) and you have a class warfare loving, tax loving GOP.

One would have been mistaken all year, underestimating the lengths to which the hostile, ignorant and hypocritical Repubs would threaten the sanctity of Congressional precedents and the security of this nation. We’ve seen them hold the gun to Americans’ heads enough times this year, threatening, “We’ll do it! We’ll waste them!” like two dimensional villains from an old Dirty Harry movie so we’re hardly shocked by it happening again.

But this time, it’s a little different. This time, these Republicans are threatening to raise taxes if they don’t get their “One MILL-ion dollars!”. Republicans killing a tax cut bill which would result in raising taxes? As Rick Perry would say, “Oops!”

This time, they are rejecting a truly bipartisan bill that 89 out of 100 Senators voted for. This time they are telling the Senate Republican leadership to kiss their asses. This time they are already at 9% approval and most Americans blame them far more than Dems for Congress’ being a failure. And this time, there will be an election in about 10 months.

Today, the Republicans may well have jumped the shark for good. It is hard to see them having any legitimacy from this point forward with the American People (Tea Baggers excluded) in any of their claims for having good reasons for causing gridlock. They have openly stated that defeating Obama is their priority. Okay, America believes you so you can stop with the excuses.

Today, addressing John Boehner and his crocodile tears about wanting to compromise to save Americans from a tax increase, Nancy Pelosi responded, ““He is not Lucy and we are not Charlie Brown.”

A very apt analogy. The entire year the Repubs have said, “Go ahead Charlie Brown, kick the football,” then pulled it away and America landed flat on its back again and again.

Unlike hapless Charlie Brown, Democrats and other Americans have had enough and won’t fall for it again. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have firmly stated that they will not assign conferees to run at the ball the Republicans are holding now.

The House Republicans are the ones who are stuck. They may try to present a confidence that they can fool the public into blaming Obama for the approaching tax hike on Americans but behind the phony self-righteousness is a recognition that it’s not so likely.

When 89 Senators vote for a tax cut, that includes most Republican Senators. So, though House Repubs will continue to try and hang the tax increase on Dems, they are opposing Dems and Repubs in order to screw everyone more.

Let’s also remember that just weeks or months ago, these same liars who claim they’re blocking the payroll tax cut because it’s only two months instead of a year, were loudly declaring their opposition to ANY payroll tax cut. They are bald face liars, plain and simple and thanks to our lazy media, their feet are rarely held to the fire for their blatant bullshit.

As for the Dems in the Senate agreeing to further negotiations, I say they are absolutely correct in saying “no”. First, this is yet another case of the Dems compromising and moving to the right then when that effort is rejected, the already compromised position is framed as a Dem position that needs to compromise with an even farther right position.

Enough!

If payroll taxes need to go up for a month for the fury of the American Public to crash down on these deluded fanatics, so be it. Give into bullies or terrorists and all you get is more of the same. President Obama and the Dems in Congress have compromised repeatedly, even in this case, dropping the tax on the wealthy and agreeing to the Keystone Pipeline provision.

And why have they done so? To protect the American people from the Republican’s vicious agenda. So the contrast is clear, Dems compromise to keep people receiving unemployment and payroll tax breaks, Republicans compromise from destroying the lives of many to destroying the lives of some (check out some of the horrendous things in the House Payroll Tax bill, including slashing unemployment payments from 99 weeks to 59 weeks which would cut off 3,347,942 Americans from receiving UI…that should help in a recession!)

It’s high time to drive the stake through the heart of the Tea Party and the Republican House and make sure that the public throws them in the ash heap of history in November 2012.

It’s kind of ironic that Newt Gingrich is vying for the GOP Presidential nomimation, the current Republican House looks to have made the same kind of political miscalculation that Newt made when he ran The House and shut down government. Repubs then were convinced the public would side with them and against President Clinton when they did so. Instead, Newt was gone shortly afterwards and Clinton was solidly re-elected.

The House Repubs look to have overplayed their hand today in the same way. Whether they panic at the backlash and sign onto the two month extension of the payroll tax cut or not, they are branded by this and for folks who have a memory that can last at least ten months, this would look to be the last straw that breaks the zealots’ back.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Nirek says:

    This morning my wife and I were making Christmas wishes and she wished for peace on earth and a congress that wasn’t corrupt.
    I told her that we might get peace on earth if we had an incorrupt congress.

    Merry Christmas all.

    • choicelady says:

      That seems to be the truth.

      And at 8 am to Andy, a homeless friend we help a lot who came looking for a little cash and for a church to attend this morning, may the local politicos remember your needs.

      We fight for and try to provide “Safe Ground” for at least winter shelter complete with dinner and breakfast. Several churches open their doors at night to provide these basics, but we can’t help everyone -- there are nearly 2000 Andys here in the capital of the richest state in the richest nation on earth. Saying that helping them by having a small tent city with sanitation and controlled fires will create “problems” is the Grinchiest attitude of all. Andy deserves NOT to freeze just because he’s poor and developmentally disabled. He has a heart so warm and a smile so bright he makes the world a better place just for his presence. City council members can’t say the same.

      May we remember those for whom a manger would be paradise -- they are part of us, too.

  2. agrippa says:

    The GOP has 239 in the HoR. 218 is a majority.
    The GOP may have problems in Nov 2012.

    Perhaps the voting public will notice that those GOPs are nihilists.

  3. AdLib says:

    The WH has set up a page for Americans to post what losing $40 a paycheck means to them, no doubt to share with (pressure) Repubs in Congress to let them know how angry their constituents will be if taxes go up:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/40dollars

  4. AdLib, I just can’t see any way the TPGOPers in the house can give their constituents any valid justification for their actions (or nonactions) on this bill. Those 160 million people surely include republicans as well as dems. How do the bagger house members square their decision to screw their own while trying to screw the dems?
    Are these republican base members really so brainwashed that they can’t see that this will negatively effect them as well? It’s clear to me that the TPGOPers don’t want any cuts to the payroll taxes of 160 million Americans, whether it be 2 months or a full year, as they pretend to be in favor of. Also, there has to be some really big money being put into the coffers of the house repubs by the big oil industry, to get the XL pipeline approved and built.

    • agrippa says:

      A lot of them may be relying upon being in a safe seat. Also, they may be on a mission to sort out Washington; if they lose, they did their best.

      Mainly, they do not really care. All that means nothing to them.

    • AdLib says:

      Otherwise, the sad fact is that the Repub base would indeed mindlessly support being taxed more because they would desperately cling to the BS by House Repubs blaming Dems for not negotiating.

      I think what makes that less the case is that there are a huge crowd of Repubs in the Senate and around the pundit world who are slamming the House Repubs which has got to confuse the rank and file. Now some of them may feel authorized to not like having their taxes raised because other Repubs are complaining about it.

      As I expressed in my article, I really do think that this was a bridge too far and now House Repubs are being stranded on their tax-raising platform without other Repubs joining them.

      In the end, I think they will have to fold and accept the two month extension in a face-saving deal (likely an agreement to have a conference with the Senate after the holiday break) or else they become tarred with the hatred of most of the 99% of Americans whose taxes they’ve raised and go down in big flames in 2012 (though I think they’ve already dug that grave and won’t be able to climb out of it anyway).

  5. To be honest it’s really a case of two conflicting pledges. Kind of like the telling a robot to compute π conundrum. You know where the robot’s head explodes. Actually it looks like you icon for the GOPTEA House baggers. They have the Norquist anti-tax pledge and they much be against anything the Dems and especially President Obama supports. If they had any redeeming human qualities I would almost feel bad for them.

    • AdLib says:

      It just shows what we all know, that having one answer for all the problems in America, “Tax Cuts!”, is so moronic that eventually, that Greed Simple thinking will be exposed for the fraud it is.

      WAPO has an online poll that asks who is more responsible for the impasse on the payroll tax cut:

      Obama: 6%
      Boehner: 94%

      The Wall Street Journal came out with a searing editorial today slamming the House Repubs…yep, Murdochs’s RW Wall Street rag said this:

      GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be re-elected. Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up re-electing the President before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.

      The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play.

      Republicans have also achieved the small miracle of letting Mr. Obama position himself as an election-year tax cutter, although he’s spent most of his Presidency promoting tax increases and he would hit the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013. This should be impossible.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204791104577110573867064702.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

      • Nirek says:

        That is telling. It more like the 99%ers are saying. Maybe we aren’t 99%ers but 94%ers. That is still a lot of people who could vote the GOP out. I hope the same 94% of voters remember this in November.

        • AdLib says:

          Same here, Nirek. Here’s to hoping American voters have better memories this year than they had when they voted Repubs back into power in the House in 2010…just two years after Bush and the Repubs had destroyed the US and global economy.

      • WOW that is huge. It means most Republican including the base think Boehner messed this up too. You usually never get over 70% in polls like this because of that.

        • AdLib says:

          And of course the WSJ pounding him and the House Repubs is incredibly potent in affirming that he and they are to blame…FOR RAISING TAXES!

          Unbelievable and actually kind of hilarious.

          It’s like talking to someone who says “no” all the time then asking a question where “no” would be a bad thing for them.

          “Do you mind if I smack you in the face?” “No!” Smack!

          In this case, it was, “Can we pass a tax cut for 160 million Americans?” “No!”

          How do they get out of this one? In the end, whatever happens, they won’t escape this completely.

  6. Chernynkaya says:

    Great post, AdLib! (I tried to give it 10 stars but my cursor petered out after about 6--sorry!)

    I’ve said this here before, but I believe for many Dems it holds true too: We would give up our tax extension rather than see the Dems blink on this. We need the money, but we want fairness more. I do not want to be held hostage for another second. Fuck ’em. I had this discussion with KQ last week and he made a great point. He said it would hurt the President’s re-election more if the economy gets worse, while I was arguing that even if taxes go up, the political harm it would do if the President appears to cave would be worse. I don’t know which is the answer. But my gut instinct tells me that letting the obscene rich keep their tax cuts-- even if we can too-- is a huge loser. I think to a degree people have the expectation that the economy will take years to recover; what they want most right now is someone they perceive as a warrior against the Tea Party.

    As Ezra Klein pointed out in his column today, for the R’s this isn’t about tax cuts anyway--it’s about blackmail and getting their disgusting agenda in return: Keystone and tax cuts for gazillionaires. I was fine with the Keystone compromise because Obama punked them on it. But taking the tax cuts for the rich off the table--and thus making the funding come from elsewhere--made me ill.

    • AdLib says:

      Cher, I reset the star rating you left so you can redo!

      When you see what the Repubs want in order NOT to destroy the lives of millions of Americans…it’s destroying the lives of generations of Americans.

      How can anyone of conscience participate in such a vicious scheme? Rationalizing that it’s the price we have to pay for not suffering today just won’t cut it.

      And I think the political reality is that if taxes go up on 99% of Americans, there will be an Occupy Bagger Congressmen movement that is joined by many more people than they can imagine…and so many people will be activated to take the Repubs out of power in 2012.

      Short term pain for long term gain, that’s the best deal in the end.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        I can’t make any stars change now--Can somebody else please give this post 10 stars for me?

        Anyway, that’s exactly how I see it too. I want Obama and the Dems to win for my kids’ and grandkids’ sake. I want Keystone killed for the same reason. I am willing to take a tax hike for that, but the question is will other Dems and Indies? Don’t know, but I do know that thinking people are willing to do so.

        • choicelady says:

          I gave it 10!

          I think there is no need to address the Bush cuts for the wealthy -- they expire next year unless actively renewed which is not currently on the table. NOT talking about them is fine. So I’m not sure how that influences the Boehner outcome?

          Right now it’s about preserving payroll tax cuts for ordinary people. The GOP votes were THERE, but Boehner caved to the Baggers and no vote was taken. This then is on him, the Tea Party, and the GOP in general.

          We and the Dems and everyone have to lay blame -- Baggers screw the working families. That has to be the mantra -- and people DO hear it even if pundits say no one is listening. Oh yeah -- they ARE. They know who’s pushing the extension and who is refusing it.

          Let’s take this one step at a time -- if Keystone approval time lines are escalated, it’s DOA. If that’s what it takes to get Boehner to the table, then let’s escalate.

          But I think nothing will induce this House to do one damn thing for ordinary people. So overall the best reaction from the White House is -- “IT’S ALL THE GOP’S FAULT YOU LOST YOUR TAX CUT!!!” and pound that message from now through November 2012.

          • Sabreen60 says:

            CL, I agree with all that you say. My one worry is the economy. If we don’t get the tax cuts and UI, the economy will suffer. The growth of the economy will slow and I’m not so sure that people are engaged enough to blame Congress rather than PBO. Usually, the President gets the blame when the economy is doing poorly.

          • Chernynkaya says:

            CL, Thank you!--my star wand was broken.

            The R’s insisted that the payroll tax cuts be paid for--never mind that tax cuts for the rich didn’t require any pay-fors. So the Dems said, OK, let’s pay for them by raising taxes on the filthy rich 3% and there’s the offset. That’s why the issue was brought up in the first place. (As you know, these tax decreases were NEVER required to be paid for before.) But since they WERE brought up, it’s a big deal--it raised an issue that is a big issue for voters of all stripes. A raw wound. The Dems wanted to use it to underline how the R’s are pimps for the rich, and then to concede the point was bad.

            As for Keystone, the Dems had no problem with accelerating the decision and they agreed to that already. What the R’s did was renege--they now say they don;t just want an accelerated decision, they want the decision to be YES.

            The Dems and the WH have it exactly right now--no more negotiating and it’s on their head!

  7. Chernynkaya says:

    AdLib, just as I started to read this, I heard that Politifact labeled this statement Partly True: Obama lowered taxes. Why only PARTLY? “He raised cigarette taxes.” So I have to ask, when a Pulitzer Prize winning site can distort the truth like this, do any facts matter anyway? In Bizarro World, the Dems are trying to raise payroll taxes and the Reptilians are the heroes of the Middle Class. And we stand slack-jawed as Mitt flip-flops while he can get away with any lie he wants as long as there is no national entity to point that out.

    Sorry for the rant--Now, back to reading….!

    • AdLib says:

      I heard about that too but I already have a suspect view of Politifact for doing such things in the past.

      It’s the false equivalency thing. “See, we’re not partisan because we said that slaveowners were bad for having slaves AND slaves were bad for always complaining!”

      There are such things as perspective and “comparable”. Cigarettes have not as yet been declared “people” by the SCOTUS so in assessing Obama’s statement about raising taxes on Americans…who are not legally required to buy cigarettes…calling that only partly true is in itself, partly false.

      Right with you on your rant, Cher!

      • SallyT says:

        AdLib, sweetie, I think I am up to “I told you….” on the Gingrich thing. Oh, and look at Ron Paul! Maybe I ain’t as nutty as suspected, huh? Now don’t jump me thinking I am for Ron Paul! You know better than that. I am just recalling a certain night on VOX when I was out numbered. For once I may have been on to something:?:? :) Okay, it is rare that I am, I know.

        • AdLib says:

          Er…Newt and Romney are tied in national polls and Paul is far behind so can’t let you reach for the “Told ya!” quite yet.

          CBS NEWS:
          Gingrich 20
          Romney 20
          Paul 10

          ABC NEWS/WAPO
          Gingrich 30
          Romney 30
          Paul 15

          PPP
          Gingrich 35
          Romney 22
          Paul 11

          GALLUP
          Gingrich 25
          Romney 23
          Paul 12

          http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/12/20/gingrich_lead_dries_up_in_national_polls_112477.html

          • choicelady says:

            Children -- no fighting! You’re both on the same team, so shake hands and be friends!!!

            Whoever is the GOP nominee will suck no matter who it is. We share that insight and value. What could be more sweet than that?

          • SallyT says:

            Okay, but I was just talking that night about Iowa. Its alright. I will wait on the national as far as Gingrich/Romney. I don’t need to toot any horn and I don’t need to win. Wasn’t claiming any victory, yet. Just like when something happens close to where I thought it might go. It rarely does.

            • SallyT says:

              Yes, AdLib, I know. I was trying to make that point that night but I was missing or couldn’t type fast enough. Ron Paul has a young following that makes me a little nervous especially if he gets gutsy enough to think 3rd party. I don’t think he will. He is old after all. I still don’t think it will be Gingrich, however. BUT, I know it isn’t over until the elephant roars.

            • AdLib says:

              IA is an oddball state which is why there’s so much talk lately about dropping it as an initial primary state.

              Ron Paul nearly won 1st place in the IA straw poll, coming in a very close second. He has a big and motivated organization there and there’s been talk about Paul having a shot at winning there since the straw poll because of the logistical situation there.

              So, it’s not surprising that Paul is strong in IA right now, leading Romney and Newt by a bit there while being way back nationally and in every other state.

  8. You are so right AdLib. The GOPTEA House just shot their first hostage or should I say over 160 million hostages. Republicans can’t spin this one and they are mad and divided behind the scenes. Boehner did agree to the deal but he never told the GOPTEA House that’s what happened. Now they are trying to play the procedural card which they claimed Dems used.

    We all know they are killing it because President Obama proposed it. The GOPTEA hates the bill because it does not have enough poison pills in it to make it fail.

    I saw the clip from Happy Days were they jumped the shark just the other day on one of the pol shows. How appropriate.

    • AdLib says:

      EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: John Boehner leads the Republicans in The House against the payroll tax cut:


    • atdnext says:

      If they really follow through on this, the G-O-TEA may end up committing electoral suicide.

      http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/polls-obamas-approval-climbing-almost-at-50.php

      President Obama’s approval rating is rising while Congress’ continues to hit or stay at record lows. IMHO they’re doing a great job at pointing out the contrast and showing America who really cares about fixing our economy.

      • AdLib says:

        In fact, could Obama have a better campaign team working for him than the Baggers in the House and the GOP Presidential candidates?

        He hasn’t had to spend a dime and thanks to all they’re doing, in the midst of a terrible recession, Obama is nearly at 50% approval!

        And I look forward to the debates, Obama looking Presidential and if it’s Romney, that phoniness and two-faced nature just dripping off of him.

        We will mop up the floors with Repubs this year but it will take all of our work and dedication, they’ve got billions of Koch and Rove money to poison the electorate and we need to be the antidote.

  9. atdnext says:

    I love it! The G-O-TEA declare their hatred of the middle class, expose the Norquist agenda for what it really is (neo-oligarchy), and torpedo their own chances in the next election!

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/20/cnnorc-poll-december-16-18-2012-general-election/

    (Last month, CNN was one of the polls showing Romney ahead of Obama… But not this month!) 😀

    • AdLib says:

      Left to their own devices (powered by hate), it was only a matter of time before they took pride in their spite and ignorance…that’s just who they are.

      I absolutely can’t imagine these Baggers in the House getting re-elected and if many of them aren’t, Dems will be elected in their place and re-take the House.

      Will Americans want The House to act for two more years as it has in the last two?

      I say no to that and yes to a Dem sweep in November.

      • atdnext says:

        From your lips to Americans’ ballots, AdLib!

        While I’ll take any Obama win at this point, I really hope he shocks the pundits and wins reelection by a wide enough margin to help Dem Congressional candidates in those typically more difficult swing districts. An Obama reelection is good, that and holding the Senate is better, but both of those AND retaking the House will really send a message and make a HUGE difference in 2013!

        • AdLib says:

          Right with you, atdnext! A Dem sweep in 2012, which I see as very possible, would be the death knell for the Tea Party AND the new GOP. What are they going to do, re-invent themselves as even farther right?

          If the GOP was a commercial, I think it would have the catchphrase, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”


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