Senate deal to end shutdown and avoid default now falls to House GOP

In one of the least surprising events in recent memory, the Senate has reached a last minute, bipartisan agreement to both avoid default and end the government shutdown after sixteen pointless days. Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated that the deal wasn’t what their side had hoped for, but it was better than had been feared or proposed by their opponents on the other side of the aisle. This is the language used to prepare constituents on both sides for disappointment when the details are revealed. And while Senators from the … Read More

Republicans begin next attempt at propaganda battle in government shutdown

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This is an ageless axiom that we all have heard countless times in our lives. Well, the GOP leadership have decided to follow it in launching the new campaign for why the evil Democrats and the Socialist President are responsible for the government shutdown, now in its eleventh day. Last week, Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky) was caught on an open microphone telling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) that he didn’t think the Democrats had poll tested the concept … Read More

GOP senators tip their hand on government shutdown compromise

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy All week we have looked at what was really behind the government shutdown, who was directly responsible for it and how it might end. Well yesterday, two prominent GOP Senators may have let us in a bit more to how we might ultimately see a resolution in this lunacy. Thinking they were off mic and off camera, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed some strategy for saving face as they try to back out of the spotlight as the ones who put 800,000 … Read More

Tea Party House member reveals mindset behind government shutdown

Today at a construction company in Maryland, President Obama continued to press the Tea Party member of the House and Speaker Boehner to do the right thing and end the government shutdown. Meanwhile Tea Party members continue to reveal the true cause of the shutdown, and how narrow minded they are. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) made probably the most revealing comment to date, quoted by the President in Maryland today. Talking to NBC’s Frank Thorpe, Stutzman said “We’re not going to be disrespected here. We have to get something out of this and I don’t know what that even is.” … Read More

President Obama spells out insanity of government shutdown over Obamacare

President Obama stepped to the podium in the White House rose garden this morning to address both the government shutdown and the opening of the new Insurance Marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He minced no words about who shut the government down and why. He indicated that it is one faction of one party in one branch of government that has decided to “demand ransom”. “They’re shutting down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health care to many Americans. They are demanding ransom just for doing their job,” The President made it … Read More

Government shutdown looms as GOP continues to target Obamacare

Tonight at midnight eastern time, if the House & the Senate cannot come to some agreement on a bill that continues funding for the government’s operations, we will have the first government shutdown since 1995. House GOP lawmakers have decided that this is the time to put all their chips in on ending, defunding, or now delaying the implementation of Obamacare. But will this tactical posturing backfire and hurt Republicans as we head into the midterm election season? At least 800,000 federal workers would be immediately placed on furlough and not paid until a deal can be reached. Military, police, fire, … Read More

Beware the ides of March, sequestration is here

  After months of grandstanding and posturing, the dreaded sequestration has arrived today with all the fanfare of a Suzanne Somers book signing. For those who may not be specifically familiar with what the sequestration is, we have to rewind the calendar back to the summer of 2011.  All of the focus was on the debt ceiling and whether or not we would approve raising the debt ceiling, which essentially would allow the nation to continue to pay its bills.  Tea Party Republicans had prepared for this battle after they took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm … Read More

Fiscal Cliff results show posturing still more important than policy

  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was sure relieved to start the new year knowing we hadn’t fallen off of the “Fiscal Cliff”.  For months we heard about what a complete catastrophe it would be if all of the various expiring benefits truly ended, how it would send us into yet another recession. But our elected officials, who spent most of the time leading up to the final vote preening in front of any camera that they could find, in a typical last minute rally, saved us from going over that cliff.  Both sides were … Read More

Secession applications reveal bitterness and ignorance

Be careful what you wish for. This is a message that should be clearly given to residents in 40 states who have filed petitions on the White House website to secede from the union and form their own government. The White House website has a page entitled We the People that allows citizens to create or sign on to petitions that cover a vast array of items.  Once a petition garners 25,000 votes, it can be reviewed for consideration. The petition filings comes in the wake of President Barack Obama defeating GOP nominee Mitt Romney in last week’s Presidential election … Read More

Fiscal Cliff to reveal GOP commitment to leadership

Now that the election is over and both sides have had a chance to exhale, it’s time to turn our focus once again to the actual business of governing, a minor detail that occurs briefly between campaign cycles these days. First and most urgently in line for is the so called “Fiscal Cliff”. For those who don’t spend hours watching cable news networks, let’s start by explaining what this cliff is. You might recall back in the summer of 2011, all of the talk was on the debt crisis.  This was the last point at which we had reached the … Read More