Cognitive Dissonance

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There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night.

Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.

Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service, and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. Sixty-six days and counting — shame on you. Shame on Congress. Despite my anger and disappointment, my hope is that the good people in Congress — and there are good people in Congress — will prevail upon their colleagues to finally, finally put aside the politics and help our people now.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) reacting to Rep. John Boehner’s refusal to allow a vote on an aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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BREAKING: House completes passage of bill renewing payroll tax cuts, jobless benefits

Happy freakin’ Holidays, y’all - The US House did something for the people. From MSNBC:

The House is expected to clear the measure shortly, capping a swift retreat by House Republicans. Their move to force a holiday season confrontation with Obama and Senate Democrats had threatened to hit 160 million workers with a tax increase on Jan. 1, and it backfired badly.

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We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn’t have to pay the full fare of that? And they’ve called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you’ve prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not— that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.

Rep. Steve King, (R-Iowa) on the new laws requiring insurers to cover birth control. 

So if I’m reading this right, the state needs more citizens and women are brood mares? Ask Romania how that went.

His argument is ridiculous. First, he apparently thinks single people don’t have sex. Um, they do. And by using contraception, (bear with me here) you’re being fiscally responsible by not forcing taxpayers to “pay the full fare” of your choice to have sex (I know, I know… but see how easy it is to use GOP reasoning?)

Paying insurance premiums doesn’t mean you get to select what others receive as benefits. You get to make that choice for yourself. I may never break my leg or need a tetanus shot, so GOD FORBID I pay for anyone else to get any treatment that I personally have not or will not ever receive.

And don’t even get me started on what your party has done that is not constructive to our culture and civilization… 


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Representative Doug Lamborn (R - Colo.) Says Dealing With Obama On Debt 'Like Getting Stuck To A Tar Baby'

I wish I were exaggerating:

Lamborn: Even if some people say, “Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,” they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away. I don’t want that to happen to us, but if it does or not, he’ll still get, properly so, the blame because his policies for four years will have failed the American people.

Colorado followers: If he has a town hall, ask him about this comment. Call his office and let them know what you think about his disgusting, blatant racism: 202-225-4422

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Rep. Giffords returns to the US House floor

Turn on C-Span right now. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the US House floor just moments ago. This was her first vote since being shot earlier this year.

It’s amazing to see her colleagues from both sides of the aisle embracing her after such bitter partisanship. 

Oh, and the US House just passed the debt ceiling bill, 269-161.


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House Republicans Now Just Watching Ben Affleck Movies

Gawker writer Jim Newell sums up House Republicans nicely:

Counselors at the youth summer camp that we know more commonly as the “House Republican Caucus of the 112th Congress” penciled in time for a movie yesterday! All of the campers were so excited to relax a little bit after pretending to be members of Congress for so long. And better yet, they got to watch an R-rated movie — without their parents’ permission! Is that even legal?

Here’s the scene as described by theWashington Post. They were meeting to discuss the their latest camp project, “Fucking Up the Nation’s Credit For No Reason Whatsoever: Should We?” It’s a tough one. But maybe Ben Affleck and his ragtag band of Boston goons were able to get through to these kids:

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.

One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”

"Whose car are we gonna take," the character says.

After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.

"I’m ready to drive the car," West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full -throated support for the [Boehner] plan.

Allen West, he’s the coolest!

Bickering children, that’s it. And yes, they really did watch a movie clip for “unity’s” sake.

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House Deals Obama Symbolic Blow With Libya Votes

The House of Representatives dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly failing to approve a bill authorizing the contentious military operations in Libya. But the House stopped short of a total desertion of a war-time president by also rejecting a measure to limit financing to support the military operations there.

The resolution to support the mission, which was based on a Senate measure introduced Tuesday by Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, failed 295 to 123, with 70 Democrats joining Republicans on an issue that has divided Democrats and became a major Constitutional flash point between Congress and The White House.

A second measure, which would have prohibited money for military operations outside of support activities like search and rescue, aerial refueling, operational planning, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance — essentially ending direct American combat activity like missile strikes — failed 180 to 238. The message – a bipartisan muddle – reflected both a nation weary of wars across party and geographic lines, and a Congress that dislikes having its powers usurped by the executive branch.

Over the last few months, there has been increasing hostility toward the Obama administration in the House among both Democrats who oppose the war and many Republicans who cite Constitutional issues over the president’s refusal to seek authorization from Congress for the operations in Libya. They say such authorization is required by the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

So, the Republicans are oddly half-dovish here. Where the fuck was this instinct back in the day with Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. hmmm? Is it because it’s Obama or because they are truly against another war? Fun fact: The House hasn’t voted against a military operation since 1999, or overruled a president’s authority since Bill Clinton during the Bosnian war.

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An apparent member of the birther movement seated in the gallery of the House of Representatives on Thursday interrupted a reading of the Constitution. The woman yelled out “Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!” as Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) read the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.

The woman screamed out from the House Gallery as Pallone read Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, which reads that “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

This is what Fox News hath unleashed upon us. For fuck’s sake…


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BREAKING NEWS: Liberal concerns delay House vote on tax-cut deal

A liberal uprising over House procedures on Thursday was delaying a final vote on a far-reaching tax compromise brokered by the White House and Republican leaders.

Dozens of Democrats were demanding an opportunity to cast a vote to change an estate tax provision they view as too generous for the wealthy without also approving the rest of the package as passed by the Senate. That package contains a two-year extension of George W. Bush administration tax policies that benefit families at all income levels, including the very wealthiest Americans.

Democrats have complained for years about those provisions and want an opportunity to vote against them.

Senior Democrats said the delay was unlikely to derail the package, which is intended to prevent tax rates from rising in January for virtually every household.
House leaders initially proposed adding a third vote that would have permitted liberals to vote for the amended version but then vote against sending it back to the Senate for further action.

But after huddling with Democratic leaders on the House floor, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) said liberals were pushing for a new and broader amendment that would include changes to the estate tax, substitute the president’s signature Making Work Pay tax credit for a two-percentage point reduction in the Social Security payroll tax and add a $250 bonus payment for Social Security recipients who are being denied a cost of living increase for the second year in a row.

And now they get a backbone? Well, better late than never…

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Barbara Walters Rips Tearful John Boehner: 'This Guy Has an Emotional Problem'


Emotional problem? He has a drinking problem; the crying is just a symptom.

I’m 100% sure that if Nancy Pelosi cried, she would not have been celebrated like the orange boner. I wouldn’t be shocked about the drinking problem. I lived in Ohio and I heard the gossip.

(Source: technipol, via rebel-rebirth-deactivated201402)

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