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GOP - The Party of No

Today I discovered a great page on the Democratic Party's website.

It's a concise summary of the Republican Party's approach of 'just saying no' to the various initiatives and proposals put forth by President Obama. (Once on the page, click on each person's face to hear what they have to say for themselves).

The page features House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

"Instead of petty politics and empty obstructionism, Republicans in Congress should either support the president’s budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent,” says Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse.

I've previously stated that I don't think anyone should blindly support everything the new administration suggests, but in the absence of alternative ideas, their plans should not simply be rejected for party purposes.


Stewart, its kinda funny watching the GOP implode.  While they're trying to "prove" to their constituents they are being fiscally responsible, states such as SC which has unemployment as high as 24% in some counties, are going to suffer when their governors refuse the unemployment portion of the stimulus money.  The people are not going to forget this.  Looking forward to 2010 to see how many more seats they will lose.  A couple of years ago they could have gotten away with this tactic because few people were paying attention.  Now everyone is paying attention, everyone except the GOP.

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) almost 12 years ago

Why is John Boehner so tanned? I mean, it IS Ohio in the dead of winter. Maybe he should be saying "NO" to the tanning salon.

Posted by Scott Smith, Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 12 years ago

Terry - It's posturing on the part of Republican governors, but I believe such behavior is going to back-fire on them.

Scott - mmm, interesting point. Obviously Boehner is more concerned with illusion than reality.

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) almost 12 years ago

I've wondered about that tanning thing for several months.... maybe he has liver disease? Have you all see Rachel Maddow's "GOP in Exile"? MSNBC

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) almost 12 years ago

I'm no expert on John Boehner, and while he does represent me, I've not been a fan of everything he does. Having said that, his concern with a lot of this is transparency issues and the false sense of urgency to push huge spending bills through. Seriously Stewart, I'm in Dayton Ohio, we've been hemorraghing for 10 years straight, we've been leading the country in job loss for years. Even I wonder why we need to hurry all this through?

Again, I'm not speaking for Boehner, or the GOP, I'm not a Republican, but I do have kids who I don't want paying for this. I don't want to put this burden on my children's backs. Why can't we look at these bills? Obama was supposed to be the Pres for Change and transparency, let's take a step back and discuss this.

And, btw- tanning? Please. Are you seriously bitching about the way he looks? I'm about the whitest person you will ever meet and when I go to FL, or CA, or AZ, I get teased about being pale. "Honey, you need some sun!" Whatever.  ;-)


Posted by Teri Lussier @ almost 12 years ago

It's incredible to read Dick Cheney's comments about the economic disaster we're facing.

"Stuff happens, and an administration has to be able to respond to that and we did," Cheney told CNN's "State of the Union." The Bush administration took office with a budget surplus and left with deep deficits and higher unemployment.

"Cheney says he doesn't think the Bush administration can be blamed for creating the economic woes. Cheney says it's a global financial problem. He says the idea that fault can be assigned to the previous administration is "interesting rhetoric" but he doesn't think people care about that." CNN Online.

You're wrong Mr. Cheney - I do care .... as do many millions of concerned Americans!

Posted by COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate (COMPASS) almost 12 years ago

Teri, Just having fun with the tan issue on Boehner.  It isn't like we are saying he is from Kenya and needs to be impeached or anything like that.  The country came as close to another Great Depression as it could have and you yourself say Ohio has been hemorrhaging economically for 10 years and that it is a FALSE sense of urgency.  How bad off would this country have to been for REAL urgency?  Remember from before his inauguration the sworn goal of the Republican party was to do everything in their power to make him fail.   (Rush Limbaugh " I hope he Fails" without retraction, only reiteration) In other words the country be damned as long as we make Obama fail.  And still his successes are pretty significant.

  • DOW from in the 6000s to the 11000s
  • Health Care Reform - (believe it or not most favor it)
  • GM and Chrysler profitable and paying back their bail-out
  • Citi, Bank of America, Chase, paid back most of TARP and profitable
  • You may not be aware of this but more new jobs in the past 2 years than in the previous 8 combined. (according to the non-partisan CBO)
  • A huge hand out to our industry and average home buyers in the form of Home Buyers Tax Credits
  • The above may have been a factor in preventing the collapse of the housing industry
(Above are just his economic accomplishments)

Has he done enough, not nearly.  But just because you may not have agreed with all or any of it doesn't lessen his accomplishments.  And if you and the average person looks at this list I bet they don't like it because they have been told each item is something it is not.

As far as huge deficits and putting the burden on the backs of our children, that complaint is 9 years too late.  Not only had the Republican President, House and Senate left the car in the ditch, the tank was on "E" and our credit cards maxed out too.  The choice, leave the economy in the ditch or take out a loan to see if this country is worth salvaging or allow it to sink into another Great Depression.  I for one think it is.  I hope you don't say NO with the rest of them (Republican Leaders).

Posted by Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri, It matters to us as much as it matters to you. (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

If the GOP led House is smart....and that's an if....they will pass a bill a week/month/fortnight and send it over to the Senate and put the issues to the Democrats.  Then the new/old senator from Nevada and his slim majority can either pass them or pass on them, saying "no". 

The Senate of No.


You heard it here first.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 10 years ago
I don't know what to say about all that! But I have a wonderful idea ! Due to the fact that our representatives once were to be our compenstated public servants, they should be paid more measurably with the ones they represent. I suggest their wages be an average of what everyone else is paid: When you average in all the zero dollars and unemployment wages, I think a pay cut is in order - they would probably all commit suicide because they couldn't live on that (small) amount of money if their lives depended on it. How can they represent you or me when they cannot relate ..... not even to the working class, yet alone the UNEMPLOYED, DISABLED, ELDERLY AND HOMELESS
Posted by Marilyn Harrell, Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI (Better Homes and Acres) about 10 years ago

The Congress cannot relate to the poor...and especially to the elderly poor.  They will all retire....including most of election day's losers.....with full salary and benefits.

They have completely removed themselves from the reality their constituents must deal with...including their middle class constituents.

This is a bi-partisan problem.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 10 years ago

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