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Why Does This Not Surprise Me?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Speaker John Boehner.

I don’t normally troll the CBS site for news, but I couldn’t help seeing this while passing through: House GOP Leaders Indicate They Will Fund Implementation of Obamacare. I guess all the promises, and repeated promises, and straw votes, and arm waving, and vacuous talk that the House would work diligently to defund (at the very least) Obamacare was just that: all talk, no action. I really shouldn’t be disappointed, but I cannot help it. I will generally take people at their word on things that we both know are important; particularly if they repeatedly stress that they will do something; that we should trust them; that they will take care of defanging this monstrosity; trust us, we will defund this; it will never get implemented, trust us…

Nothing. Just absolutely nothing. Nada. Bupkiss. Zilch. Diddly squat. Fail.

My normal inclination is to not trust polititians on their promises, particularly national-level pols. But on this I thought they understood how vitally important this issue was to our country’s future, our future, and our children’s future. And they are going to fall back on their default response of political expediency, and not act as they repeatedly said they would. This just underscores my absolute disgust with the national Republican leadership. (I thought about putting that last word in quotes, like a lot of people do, but they are the party leaders. They have just effectively abdicated their responsibility as leaders: that they will act in the best interests of our country).

I don’t know what more we can do to thwart this non-action. I guess (once again) we can make the normal calls, and send letters and emails to our representatives, the House leadership, etc. However, it seems that it is slipping out of our hands at this point. We elected people that we thought would represent us and our state to the national legislative bodies, and they have (once again) been seduced away from doing the will of the people, to bending to the will of the D.C. power brokers and those bent on destroying our country as we have known it. We are running out of options here. I feel like I am in a dream: hypnotically watching a car slipping slowly toward the cliff edge on a mountain road, but I am in the backseat of the car, without anyone else in the car…

LaRueLaDue
Former third-generation Democrat, who finally woke up when Bill Clinton was elected. Grew up in northern New Mexico, and migrated east to the “Indian Nations” in search of gainful employment at the opening of the Reagan Revival.

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    • I grew up thinking that we were a “classless” or non-stratified society, where no one is above or better than anyone else, including people who chose to go into politics or were financially better off than most. Boy, was I wrong, especially in the last 15 years or so… We are looking more and more like Europe [gag… choke…]. Apparently, our “betters” know how best to take care of us and provide for us… and we will not question them!

  1. “But our goal would be to make sure the government is funded and any political talk of a government shutdown is put to rest,” said Boehner.”
    Here’s some political talk for you, Boehner – shut the damned government down.  We’ve had it up to here with Obama wanting to “put political talk to rest”,  i.e. ‘shut up’, and we’re sure as hell not going to take it from you .
     Sorry, Larue.  Couldn’t help it.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention, but, like you, it does not surprise us.

    • Yeah, my first reaction was yours; and then my second one was what I posted. This is disappointing, wrong, and infuriating on so many levels (and, frankly, expected). We need a Hercules to clean out the stables….

  2. The Class of 2010 was the most bitterly disappointing for me.  We voted in 70-80 of those creeps. They all flew the Tea Party banner during the election season. And before March 1, 2009 came around, they were already in Boehner’s back pocket as just another 80 chumps who would vote however he wanted them to.

    And that includes Allen West.  I’m tired of hearing what a rock star he is. I know for a fact, and I heard this from inside his staff, that the first time he went along with the House Leadership on a caving, craven, cowardly move, that he got a big old pile of angry people calling and visiting his offices at home in Florida. And the heat was so intense, the unreasonable, uncompromising spirit so intense, that he got mad and decided those Tea Party people were crazy and “just did not understand what you have to do to get things done in Washington.” He tuned us out.

    Thanks for nothing, Class of 2010. We’re sending a new bunch in 2012, and stuff better start moving.  And that jackass Boehner needs to be voted out as Speaker. I don’t want to make any deal. I don’t want to motivate and push him to do the right thing. I want him out.

    • I grew up thinking that we were a “classless” or non-stratified society, where no one is above or better than anyone else, including people who chose to go into politics or were financially better off than most. Boy, was I wrong, especially in the last 15 years or so… We are looking more and more like Europe [gag… choke…]. Apparently, our “betters” know how best to take care of us and provide for us… and we will not question them!

  1. “But our goal would be to make sure the government is funded and any political talk of a government shutdown is put to rest,” said Boehner.”
    Here’s some political talk for you, Boehner – shut the damned government down.  We’ve had it up to here with Obama wanting to “put political talk to rest”,  i.e. ‘shut up’, and we’re sure as hell not going to take it from you .
     Sorry, Larue.  Couldn’t help it.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention, but, like you, it does not surprise us.

    • Yeah, my first reaction was yours; and then my second one was what I posted. This is disappointing, wrong, and infuriating on so many levels (and, frankly, expected). We need a Hercules to clean out the stables….

  2. The Class of 2010 was the most bitterly disappointing for me.  We voted in 70-80 of those creeps. They all flew the Tea Party banner during the election season. And before March 1, 2009 came around, they were already in Boehner’s back pocket as just another 80 chumps who would vote however he wanted them to.

    And that includes Allen West.  I’m tired of hearing what a rock star he is. I know for a fact, and I heard this from inside his staff, that the first time he went along with the House Leadership on a caving, craven, cowardly move, that he got a big old pile of angry people calling and visiting his offices at home in Florida. And the heat was so intense, the unreasonable, uncompromising spirit so intense, that he got mad and decided those Tea Party people were crazy and “just did not understand what you have to do to get things done in Washington.” He tuned us out.

    Thanks for nothing, Class of 2010. We’re sending a new bunch in 2012, and stuff better start moving.  And that jackass Boehner needs to be voted out as Speaker. I don’t want to make any deal. I don’t want to motivate and push him to do the right thing. I want him out.

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