We were discussing when we’d have our office holiday parties. The big shots said December 12th. I said it is good that they didn’t pick the 13th because we might know then that we are staring at another shutdown.
The GOP got their way and we had a shutdown/debt limit crisis recently and they decided it was so much fun that they’d like to do it again. A bipartisan group of House and Senate budget negotiators are scheduled to report whether they have reached an agreement on December 13, but the GOP is not concerned as it is just the next big deadline they will ignore. They are driven to shaft the 99% and missing deadlines contributes to that goal.
This is a pattern as the article “The GOP Has Abdicated Its Role as Legislators” indicates. The GOP maneuvered the country into a crisis to get this deadline, but for their lack of interest in doing their job you wouldn’t realize it.
The October 27, 2013 article “House leaders plot new fall GOP strategy” states “Internally, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and senior Republicans aren’t discussing coming back early from the scheduled recess, but instead, they are wondering if they’ll cancel some of the remaining days in session.”
Democrats have to get GOP agreement to legislation. How do the Democrats do that if the GOP can’t even bother to show up for work?
I like Senator Harry Reid. He is honest and maybe Democrats have to follow his lead in speaking about the GOP.
The article “Reid, Ryan agree: There will be no ‘grand bargain'” shows that the GOP realizes it can’t control its radical Tea Party members whose policies benefit only the fats cats while the Democrats want to help the 99%.
Reid succinctly indicted the GOP. There won’t be any “grand bargain”-and maybe no bargain at all, because of the GOP and Reid is quoted as saying regarding it “But the Republicans are going to have to retake their party or it will never happen. Because they have their mindset on doing nothing more on revenue. But until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a small bargain.”
By Aaron Blake, Updated: October 24 at 4:10 pm
The new House-Senate panel charged with crafting a long-term budget compromise is apparently aiming low, with leaders on both sides of the Capitol saying Thursday that there will be no so-called “grand bargain.”
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) who will lead the GOP side of negotiations, told Reuters on Thursday that he thinks talks should focus on something smaller.
“If we focused on doing some big grand bargain, like those prior efforts you mention, then I don’t think we’ll be successful because we’ll focus on our differences,” Ryan said. “Each party will demand that the other compromises a core principle, and then we’ll get nothing done.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed, dismissing thoughts of a grand bargain as “happy talk” during a local radio appearance.
Asked about including Medicare and Social Security reforms in the package, Reid said it wouldn’t happen.
“Get something else in your brain; stop talking about that,” Reid said. “That is not going to happen this time. There’s not going to be a grand bargain.”
Reid added: “Hopefully in the next year or so (we can) do something on a grand bargain. But the Republicans are going to have to retake their party or it will never happen. Because they have their mindset on doing nothing more on revenue. But until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a small bargain.”
The GOP has abdicated its role as legislators and they are not even going to do their share of work to extricate our country from the next crisis they manufactured if they can get out of it.