Thursday, January 6, 2011


Business as usual.

That's what we're going to get with the Republicans taking over the reins of power in the House of Representatives. How do we know? Because interview after interview has Republican leaders falling over themselves to say "Did you read the fine print?" when they're asked about their pledge to cut or save $100 billion from the budget during their first year in office.

As well, under Republican leadership House members won't be allowed to propose changes (amendments) to legislation designed to repeal health care reform - in spite of the Republicans promise to end such heavy-handed tactics.

Today? Instead of getting to work on jobs, unfunded tax cuts for the rich, the debt ceiling, or their $100 billion budget cutting pledge, the Republicans are playing political games. They are reading the U.S. Constitution on the House floor (Hmm. I wonder which Republican is going to read the 3/5 of a person clause ... or the 16th amendment ... or the regulation of commerce clause).

Next, the GOP will be setting the Obama administration up for failure by blaming him for not going along with their policies - after they've already made it clear that they will not compromise on their principles. Gridlock and finger pointing will follow.

Let the games begin ...

- Mark

UPDATE: Too funny. As if on cue, House Republicans voted against requiring members of congress to disclose whether they're taking advantage of federally funded health insurance plans. This would have allowed their constituents to see whether they've opted for private plans, which they tout, or depend on the government for their health care needs. Republicans are expected to vote against federal health care for their constituents in the coming weeks.

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