House Republicans Will NEVER Like the Healthcare Bill

 

With the recent executive order precluding public-funding for abortions, the Stupak posse was pleased.  Bart Stupak made his formal announcement essentially endorsing the healthcare bill, and in all likelihood pushing the number of yes votes above 216 (tentatively 222 according to Stupak).  With abortion out of the way, would Republicans be pleased? Of course not!  God-forbid a Republican actually believe anything said that might have an inkling of courting their vote for the dreaded "Obamacare" bill. 

The House Republicans lined up in front of the podium this evening and had a healthcare bashing barrage.  Of course the favorite face of hypocrisy and stupidity, Michele Bachmann, was present.  (Let us reflect to just recently when her website read "Amarica's Congress Woman)

House Republicans are now claiming that an executive order isn't enough

"An Executive order isn't supreme law!"

It is sad that nothing the Democrats can do will ever help them garner any Republican votes (although all intents and purposes for this executive order were to get more Democrats votes, the concept is still the same)

Of course, the bullshit bonanza not only contained Michelle Bachmann, but Representative Boehner himself.

Nothing will ever be good enough for these few heartless pubbies.  Thank God there are enough democrats in the house to push this legislation through... Hopefully.

 

 

 

Where Were Michael Steele and John Boehner In 2003?

A number of right-wing pundits and Republican leaders are criticizing the President for heading to Copehnagen tonight to make a push for holding the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. Even though the trip will take less than 24 hours, there are those who say he's taking his eye off the ball and not focusing on the most important issues. From Politico:

House Minority Leader John Boehner torched President Barack Obama Wednesday for his European trip to pitch the Chicago Olympics bid, criticizing the president for "going to go off to Copenhagen when we've got serious issues here at home that need to be debated."

Obama's trip has been maligned by most Republicans as the health care overhaul remains in a continued state of flux in Congress and the top general in Afghanistan awaits word on a troop increase....

"Listen I think it's a great idea to promote Chicago but he's the president of the United States, not the mayor of Chicago," Boehner said. "And the problems we have here at home affect all Americans and that's where his attention ought to be."

In his eight years as president, George W. Bush spent 490 days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and 487 days at Camp David, Maryland. That's 977 to one.

Here's what I want to know: Where was John Boehner during the last administration? When Bush took off for Crawford with Katrina on the way, did Boehner point at the Gulf and say "That's where his attention ought to be"? When Bush hosted guests at Camp David with two wars on, did Michael Steele say that, "The first lady should have been the lead here"?

Of course not. The President of the United States doesn't leave his brain or even his staff at the White House when he travels. The Bushies were able to use computers, telephones, and airplanes from remote locations, and Obama can do the same. Boehner and Steele, putting politics before policy and partisanship before country.

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John Boehner Continues Ultimate Republican Hypocrisy

Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

The current Republican hypocrisy on the Economy is simply mind-boggling. Foremost among a myriad of hypocrites in John Boehner, who is speaking on what he sees as the Democratic failure to rescue the economy. What he is not speaking on is the fact that were it not for his party's "leadership" and rubber-stamping the failed policies of the Worst President in American History, the economy would not need rescuing.

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A lot of Republicans owe Pelosi an apology

In May a chorus of Republicans inside and outside Congress made hay out of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that the Central Intelligence Agency had not revealed its waterboarding policy during a 2002 briefing. Many demanded an investigation into the allegations. Minority leader John Boehner said of Pelosi,

"She made this claim and it's her responsibility to either put forward evidence that they did in fact lie to her, which would be a crime, or she needs to retract her statements and apologize."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was among the Republican talking heads who demanded Pelosi's resignation. According to Gingrich, Pelosi's assertion was "stunning" and "dishonest."

Representative Steve "10 Worst" King (IA-05) accused Pelosi of "actively undermining our national security" and called for suspending the speaker's security clearance:

Speaker Pelosi has accused the CIA of committing a federal crime - lying to Congress. The CIA and other American defense and intelligence agencies cannot trust Nancy Pelosi with our national secrets, let alone our national security, until this matter is resolved. If true, there has been a serious violation of federal law. If false, American national security requires a new Speaker of the House. The severity of Speaker Pelosi's accusations leaves no middle ground, and her security clearance should be suspended pending investigation.

Now we have learned that

The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday. [...]

Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.

So not only was Congress misled, CIA staff did not even inform Panetta about the program until four months after he was sworn in. Charles Lemos is absolutely right that it's time for a special prosecutor to investigate this matter.

Republicans who trashed Pelosi in May and June owe her an apology, but like Rude Pundit, I'm not holding my breath. They've always been easygoing about Bush administration law-breaking while throwing fits about Democrats who criticized it.

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Gitmo: suicide, fundraising and videogames

The stark contrast between real life at Guantanamo Bay, and the fantasy that has been built up around the so-called "hardened terrorists" who are housed there was brought into high relief this week.

On Monday, officials told the Associated Press that a 31-year-old Yemeni detainee - Muhammmad Ahmad Abdallah Salih - had killed himself in his cell.  Salih, who admitted that he had gone to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance, had spent 7.5 years behind bars at Guantanamo.

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