Americans frustrated by congressional stalemates

Americans frustrated by congressional stalemates

CHICAGO (AP) - As Americans watch yet another political drama play out on Capitol Hill - this time over whether to extend the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits - they have a question for Congress: Can’t you all just get along? For once?

“It’s like, ‘Kids, kids, kids,'” said Brenda Bissett, a lawyer from Santa Clarita, Calif., as she waited for coffee Wednesday at a Starbucks in downtown Los Angeles. “It’s just frustrating that there’s no compromise. I think that both parties have been listening too much to their far ends.”

Regardless of their backgrounds, incomes or political leanings, people say they’re angry and downright disgusted by the posturing in Washington after the House rejected a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate, then both chambers adjourned for the holidays.

If lawmakers don’t act by Jan. 1, payroll taxes will jump almost $20 a week, or $1,000 a year, for a worker earning $50,000, and as much as $82 a week, or $4,272 a year, for a household with two high-paid workers. What’s more, about 6 million people could lose unemployment benefits, and Medicare payments to doctors would be slashed.

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Americans frustrated by congressional stalemates

Of course by now we all know, the Payroll tax deadlock ends as House caves, and I just don’t think anyone was too terribly surprised either.

Good or bad? I don’t really know, it looks like a temporary stop-gap measure to me, and it sure looks like the GOP, Boehner and Company, acquiesced to the Dems in an effort to get an OUT of D.C. To hell with America, it’s Christmas, and Congress has NOG to drink.

“It’s us, the average Joe, that’s getting caught in the middle,” said Ray Ramsey, a retired utility meter technician who works part-time for a medical-supply company.

Fellow diner Richard Longo, who owns a building-maintenance business, said he worries about the effect of the taxes on himself and his 30-plus employees. But he thinks there’s a lot of blame to go around.

“I truly believe that if the sides were reversed, if we had a Republican president and a Democratic Congress, we’d still be going through the same thing,” he said.

And I have to agree, I honestly don’t believe either side has the best interest of America in their bag of goodies.

I can’t help but be reminded George Bush had a GOP Congress, Senate and SCOTUS.

Even with FULL GOP control, other than a couple of decent SCOTUS positions being filled, not too much happened that can be looked upon as good.

But Scott Gessner, a Boston man who works with homeless women and children, said he’s suspicious of House Republican demands for a yearlong extension.

“We can’t repeal Bush’s tax hikes for the extremely wealthy, but we are going to let this one expire, which affects millions of millions of millions of more people and the middle class?” Gessner said. “What I’d like to know is … what do the Democrats have to give up to get the one-year bill?”

What I want to know is WHY do the Democrats continue to spend like drunken sailors.

Why does the Obama family jet off to the same location, on separate jets? Why does the 1st Family (Mooch and Company) take the extravagant vacations that they do?

America is broke, why then do we see stories like this? Was Obama dog Bo flown back from Hawaii holiday to Washington for photo op?.

“It’s a fight between the parties. It’s really not about the citizens,” said Sandra Robinson, an administrative officer at the Department of the Interior in Little Rock, Ark., who depends on the extra money to help pay her daughter’s college tuition.. “They don’t care about us.”

Sandra Robinson said the most truthful thing that can be said, “They don’t care about us.” and she is right on the mark. The Congress, Senate and White House don’t give a DAMN about you or me, all they care about is their position and how much *slop* they can take on at the feed trough of U.S. government.

The House and Senate, as well as Obama and Company, believe we are ALL stupid, too stupid to see them for what they are and what they are doing.

I am firmly convinced that the GOP is nothing more than ‘Dem Lite’, and lately, not all that lite if the truth was told. I am also firmly convinced that we must have TERM LIMITS for the House and Senate. No Congressman or Senator should make a career of their office.

It’s time to clean Washington, D.C. out America, I mean clean them ALL out! Return this nation and it’s government to the state it was intended, Congressmen and Senators that have to WORK for a living, no lifetime benefits, no extra ‘perks’, you serve your nation because it is an HONOR to serve your nation, not because you can become a millionaire in the process.

Next November vote out every incumbent, no matter who it is, and I know, some will say, “Oh, but my Congressman/Senator isn’t a part of the problem, my guy is one of the good guys.”

That may be true, yours may BE a good one, I consider MINE to be a good one too, but it is time to shake Washington, D.C. up like never before, it’s time to install NEW blood, or the next move may be the *letting* of blood.

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9 Responses to Americans frustrated by congressional stalemates

  1. BobF says:

    Your comment on blood letting reminded me of this:

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants…Thomas Jefferson

    In cleaning out Congress, some patriots may have to go too. And then, we need a Constitutional Amendment for term limits on congress with strict restrictions on when they leave congress. Some people will say with term limits we won’t get the best in congress. I say, what makes them think we have the best now.

  2. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    Boehner caved. Simple as that.

    History proves him spineless.

    I wrote: Boehner out, and my congressman, Tom McClintock, should be the new speaker.

    Tom McClintock is an ACTUAL Conservative. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

    Research him. Rally troops. Send the links. Make advocations.

    Boehner OUT!

    McClintock IN!


    • TexasFred says:

      McClintock? I have no problem with that, right up until the next election, then we vote em ALL out and start over… It’s time, in fact, it’s way PAST time…

    • Steve Dennis says:

      I agree, if the Republicans manage to hold onto the House their first order of business should be electing a new leader.

  3. BobF says:

    This is what Allen West wrote on his Facebook page concerning about what happened with the tax extension:

    The conference lasted less than 15 minutes and we were not allowed to ask questions. We were told that by unanimous consent the House will pass the Senate Amendment with a correction to the new payroll reporting procedures. Harry Reid agreed to appoint conferees but we were not told any timeline for this move.

    I cannot support this, but it seems the politics of demagoguery have won over policy and principle with the concession to enact tax policy on two-month basis.

    This is a sad day for America and further evidences our continuing decline. Men and women of principle are become a dying breed in this Republic…

    I don’t understand this? They were told it was by “unanimous consent” even though there were those like West who were against it? I don’t elect my representatives to be told legislation will pass by “unanimous consent” without them having a word to say about it.

  4. Patrick Sperry says:

    More frikn’ politics as usual. I still think Allen West would make a good POTUS.

  5. Bunkerville says:

    I am changing my mind as to the political outcome of what appears to be a fiasco. Just keep in mind that in two months this whole thing will come round again. The GOPers will have the high ground in that they fought for the full year extension deal, but the Senate chose to go home, the President could have ordered them back,,,,,,,, The focus will be on the pipeline and which way he goes with it. Most dont follow the weeds as we do, and this may be soon forgotton. Hell, they their 40 bucks. What does it matter if the country is tanking.

    • TexasFred says:

      But what happens then? When the *next big thing* comes up and Boehner caves again?

      Boehner has got to go, he is the epitome of RINOism…

      And I am starting to believe that the presidential election is not nearly as important as is the Senate and House.. We MUST seat Conservatives, not RINOs, real Conservatives, then Obama can be stopped, impeached, and hopefully, removed from office and jailed…

      And if we’re really lucky, he’ll take Holder with him, and Mooch will fade off into oblivion as she shoots up to 350 pounds on a diet of beans and cornbread…

  6. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    “And if we’re really lucky, he’ll take Holder with him, and Mooch will fade off into oblivion as she shoots up to 350 pounds on a diet of beans and cornbread…”

    Interesting visual off of that. . .


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