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  1. Is this the compromise that will cost Boehner his speakership?‘…

    One can only hope so…

    Just say no to RINOs…

    The speaker said that the bill falling apart last night was not a condemnation of his speakership by Republican members, but merely a condemnation of the bill“…

    Anything to stave off the realities by Mr. Suntan…

  2. Andrea Hoffman

    Attention Members of Congress: Do Your Job! We suffered through your mind numbing campaign ads and phone calls, endured the relentless fundraising and money grabs, survived the mudslinging and venom of your political machines, and cast our votes. And still you fail to do your job.

    For once, stop worrying about elections two years away and do your job.
    For once, stop cowering to the likes of Grover Norquist (we didn’t elect him to anything) and do your job.
    For once, stop pandering to the mathematically challenged, big government, spread the wealth, spend until it’s gone nonsense of the far left and do your job.
    For once, embrace the serious, fundamental task of compromise and do your job.

    A deal on the fiscal cliff will not get done without tax hikes on millionaires. A deal will not get done without SERIOUS spending cuts (actual cuts and NOT just slowing the rate of spending increases). Do your job. We have a budget and appropriations process in Congress. Use it and don’t spend more than we have to spend. As of this morning, we have a National Debt of $16,358,536,098,814.50. You should not be on a plane heading to your home states for Christmas. You should be at work, huddled together with a big red marker and identifying TRILLIONS of dollars in spending cuts for the next decade because there aren’t enough millionaires to tax to make a dent in our crushing debt.

    Let go of your pet projects, abandon ridiculous campaign promises no one believed in the first place, offend your deep-pocket contributors and undo backroom deals that have no place in the game and do the job your were sworn to do. The economic health of our country is more important than your personal political careers. Shame on you and shame on us for allowing you to drag our country this far down the rabbit hole. Do your Job!

  3. Larry Tidrick

    The 123th Amendment doesn’t say anything about beginning a progressive tax system. The essense of our Constitution, also, is property and contract rights. Hence, Boehner and everyone else should keep all of the tax breaks for everyone and drastically reduce spending. As of this date, McConnell and Reid are negotiating. McConnell should refuse to negotiate if drastic changes (see Constitution: entitlements are unconstitutional) aren’t made to all entitlements. People will survive on their own. Businesses will survive without massive outlays of money from government. Try free market enterprise, the gold standard, and the Constitution.

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