Why Does Congress Permit Blackmail in Politics?


For weeks now the American people have witnessed The Republican Party seize upon and opportunity to strong-arm The Democratic Party  into accepting laws through the use of BLACKMAIL.  Never done before, they hold a raise in the Debt Ceiling hostage oblivious of the harm they are doing to governments around the world. Or, perhaps, they know and do not care. BLACKMAIL is too ugly to be used in American government.  There must be an outcry from the public-at-large before it can be excised from The Congress!

I turned to Wikipedia for a description of BLACKMAIL:

“In common usage, blackmail is a crime involving threats to reveal substantially true and/or false information about a person to the public, a family member, or associates unless a demand is met. It may be defined as coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person’s money or property…”

“Blackmail may also be considered a form of extortion. Although the two are generally synonymous, extortion is the taking of personal property by threat of future harm. It is the use of threats to prevent another from engaging in a lawful occupation and writing libelous letters or letters that tend to provoke a breach of the peace, as well as use of intimidation for purposes of collecting an unpaid debt. Some US states distinguish the offenses by requiring that blackmail be in writing.”

As I listened to Sen. John Thune (R-SD) this morning on “Meet the Press(NBC),” I found it shocking how Republicans feel no guilt for and excuse themselves from MANUFACTURING OUR CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS!  There is no requirement that spending cuts be linked to a raise in the Debt Ceiling.  It seems that on both sides of the aisles, BLACKMAIL is an accepted means of doing The Congress’ business…formerly “the people’s business.”  Regrettably, we have developed a legislative class which operates out side of the way we live our lives as a Christian nation. One might say, “The Congress is not supposed to be Christian.”  Well, shouldn’t it be moral?  Shouldn’t The Republican Party let its agenda advance on merit and not BLACKMAIL?

No, Democrats are not angels.  But, clearly, Democrats did not push our economy into default and all along they tried to get Republicans to compromise which is anathema to them.  THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHO TO BLAME FOR WHAT HAPPENS MONDAY OR TUESDAY.

RAISE THE D!@* CEILING!


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“The framework of a tentative deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling calls for up to $2.8 trillion in total deficit reduction over the next decade, sources tell CNN.

The agreement, still being negotiated by the White House and bipartisan congressional leaders, would allow the debt ceiling to be raised by enough to last at least through the end of 2012.

News of a possible deal came shortly after the Senate delayed consideration of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proposal late Saturday, pushing back a key procedural vote by 12 hours.” [Source CNN]

 

CAN YOU HEAR THEM CRYING?


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MEDICAID

Medicaid is the United States health program for certain people and families with low incomes and resources. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states.[1] People served by Medicaid are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, including low-income adults, their children, and people with certain disabilities. Poverty alone does not necessarily qualify someone for Medicaid. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with limited income in the United States. [SOURCE: Wikipedia]

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I am sick of hearing Republicans ascribe this promise and that promise that were not on the November ballot! Did you hear Speaker Boehner speak at about 5:40pm trying to justify his actions and those of his colleagues?  They think that bad ideas have merit and are better than no ideas.  Well…

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One thing for sure, the Tea Party may be hated by most of us, but, they have sparked a conversation about our politics and our political system.  We need some changes made! One group I have not heard mentioned in all the talking on TV is the poor.  Not only are poor Americans suffering the ills of poverty, they have to suffer when they get sick or have chronic health problems.  Medicaid is a blessing and, perhaps, a human right.  Republicans seek to cut the money the federal government contributes to the healthcare of poor people: Medicaid!  At the same time they stubbornly protect the low tax rates enjoyed by millionaires, billionaires and large corporations!  And, they justify neither of their actions.  If you ask them if they are patriots, they would say, “Yes” in loud voices.  They are not the best America has to offer.  We are a Christian nation that dispenses charity and compassion to all downtrodden Americans.  Just when and how did the Republican Party go wrong?

You have responded to the President’s call to use social and conventional media to express your opinions to your representatives in Washington. Please continue to pour on the heat!

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JOKE FOR THE DAY: “According to a recent survey, kids are receiving an average of 40 cents less from the tooth fairy. That’s right, the economy is so bad that even make-believe people are feeling the pinch.” -CONAN

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Economic Terrorists Take Down USA


08:10PM THIS JUST IN: Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell(R-KY) has advised Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-NA) that he will not negotiate with him. Only the President. And, he plans to filibuster the Reid bill rather than allow a simple majority vote. This is an alarming development. What sicko poisoned the “tea” served to Republicans in Congress?

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)

“Economic Terrorists Take Down USA

That could be the headline next week should Moody’s and S&P’s downgrade our AAA bond rating launching hikes in interest rates on assorted loans and other financial instruments. But, more important, there could global chaos around the world as the USA is no longer recognized as the “Gold Standard” for doing business.  With a low US dollar, what’s to prevent China from taking over as top dog in the financial world.  They have been itching for this opportunity! Perhaps the world will be forced to return to a real “Gold Standard…one using actual gold. By accelerating our financial problems beyond a quick resolution, The Tea Party has done to us what no other power in the world has been able to do in 70 years!

Have you noticed how quiet it has been since the Tea Party representatives in the House began their work?  MICHELE BACHMANN HAS BEEN SILENT (except to say she’ll vote “no” on raising the debt ceiling) since the Tea Party Caucus has been reeking havoc on our financial future.  Is she Svengali behind the scenes? She founded The Tea Party Caucus. Can we lay the damage of Tea Party (Republican) intransigence at the feet of Mrs. Bachmann, who is running for President? She has been conspicuously absent from the news broadcasts that I have seen. And, I watch news all day!

So, John Boehner got his 218 votes. His bill will go to The Senate in short order.  Senator Harry Reid (D-NA) will strip all of it save the HR number and insert his bill into the document.  He will file “his bill” with House before midnight.[Time Saving measure]  By Monday, President Obama may have a bill to sign into law. [Source: Chuck Todd, Political Director, MSNBC]  These have been times that try men’s souls. The Tea Party has been tried in the balance and found lacking.  What does the future have for John Boehner in the way of a political career?  Will the Tea Party force him out? Time will tell.  We just need to win 25 more seats to re-take The House in November. I can’t wait!

Social Security Trust Fund, My A**!


Well, I guess all doubt has been removed:  There is no Social Security Trust Fund! Why am I sitting here on pins and needles? I have been paying  FICA since I was sixteen. That money was supposed to be set aside for my retirement years.  Congress had no right to borrow that money to use for other purpposes…AND NOT PAY THE MONEY BACK! Congress needs to fix this situation.  They must pass a law preventing them from touching seniors’ money!

Last night John Boehner was unable to secure 216 votes to pass his bill.  In the face of financial doom, the Tea Party representatives in the House stubbornly refuse to compromise now that they have Boehner by the cojones.  Are they so naive that they think all the warnings of financial doom beginning Tuesday are false?  Haven’t they seen stock markets around the world dropping as we near our deadline?  DO THEY DARE THE BOND RATING AGENCIES TO DOWNGRADE THE CREDIT RATING OF THE UNITED STATES? FOOLS! While this country needs reform, it cannot be at the high price the world would pay. Sixty five (65) men and women believe that their promise to their voters to cut spending is inviolate! They have been in the US House 7 months and they now make a grab for power.  The Tea Party was born in ugly campaigning and now is revealed to be Damien Thorn.

President Obama waits in the wings with his trusty Veto. Regrettably, he is willing to make cuts to entitlements.  Just how those cuts would impact recipients has not been revealed. Let’s pray he will continue our “contract with America” and spare current recipients. Lord, what will today bring?  More delay?  More fumbling in the “world’s most deliberative body?”  [No, that's the Senate.] [Democrats control the Senate.]  :)

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Do You Dance the Cha Cha or the Boehner Two-Step?


STATE OF PLAY, from a top Dem.: ‘The press will obsess about [today's House] vote [on the Boehner Two-Step], but at best it is an exercise in political machismo, at worst it is the beginning of the most irresponsible act in Congressional history. The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate — at least 58 senators are on record saying they won’t support it. That’s worse than Ryan and cut, cap and balance. Once the vote is over, Speaker Boehner needs to begin immediately working on a way out of the mess Cantor created. If he doesn’t, we could be in big trouble. There are dozens of possible compromises — he just has to take one. Reid, McConnell and the White House have plenty of options. The question is: Will he choose compromise for the sake of the country, or political grandstanding for the sake of his caucus?’

–Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, tells us about House Rs:
“This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship. … [T]hey are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that.’ [Politco]

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Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

10:30am Mr. President, I just listened to Asst. Democratic Leader, Jim Clyburn (D-SC). He was quite clear and convincing: Great moments have happened in our country THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER:

Rep. Clyburn quiped, “What is the bill number of the Emancipation Proclamation?” [It was done by Executive Order.] Surely you, a lawyer who has the advice of other excellent lawyers, are aware of the immense and unspecified power given to you by The Constitution.  Stock Markets here and around the world are being adversely affected by the intransigence of Republicans in the House. As soon as current votes in The Congress fail to resolve our financial crisis, please, sir, ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ordering all agencies to pay their bills as if The Congress had raised the Debt Ceiling. It is ludicrous that past raises have been issued by The Congress with one sheet of paper. The Congress did not hesitate to give President Ronald Reagan a raise 18 times and President George W. Bush 8 times. A congressional expert, Laurence O’Donnell, says that each house of the Congress could finish the legislative process on this issue in five or ten minutes.  Everywhere we read:

THE WORLD IS WATCHING

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO…Grover Norquist??? 3


Grover Norquist, Founder

Yes, Virginia, 80+ US House members who once pledged allegiance to the Constitution, also pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist, Founder, Americans for Tax Reform:

This is the season in which the bearded, Harvard-trained ayatollah of the anti-tax movement, Grover Norquist, demands (almost always successfully) that candidates sign a document pledging to oppose any tax increase of any kind. The founder and leader of the Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist is clever, meticulous and persistent — and the leading enforcer and symbol of Republican tax-cutting orthodoxy.

Our Holy Congressional Oath of Office

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Note: They pledge allegiance to the Constitution and not Grover Norquist nor Americans for Tax Reform. Have you heard of them?

“What is the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?

“It has transformed American politics.” — Jonathan Alter, Newsweek

“Signing it has become de riguer for GOP candidates running for federal or statewide offices across the country.” — The Hill

Americans for Tax Reform‘s Taxpayer Protection Pledge has solidified opposition to tax increases in Congress and state legislatures over the years.” — Michael Barone

“The Pledge has become something of a rallying cry in conservative circles.” — National Journal

Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate’s constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.”

Read more: http://www.atr.org/taxpayer-protection-pledge#ixzz1TOaAAzJM


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CALL FOR 14TH ADMENDMENT…


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“…legal experts say it would prove difficult to challenge [President Obama] in court should he change his mind. But if the country is about to go into default, the temptation to act to avert calamity will grow. Legal experts say if the president were tempted to act unilaterally he might escape without his actions being overturned in court. Regardless of how controversial a 14th Amendment maneuver might be, a legal challenge would be very hard to mount and so far, no one has stepped forward to say they would challenge him in court. Nor has anyone said they would sue him if he took the alternative, equally controversial, step of using his broad authorities as guardian of the constitutional order to unilaterally raise the borrowing threshold.” This whole 14th Amendment thing was basically kicked off by HuffPost Hill. Is it too late to say we were kidding? [Reuters]

IF YOU KNEW THEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW…


REMEMBER THE MID-TERM ELECTION? If you knew then what you know now, would you vote “tea party”?  Who knew that 65 neophytes in The US  House could or would cause so much trouble!  Their stubborn adherence to  ideology is causing financial havoc around the world. Imagine what harm a PRESIDENT CHRIS CHRISTIE would do?  What harm is being perpetrated by the newly “Republicanized” General Assembly in North Carolina?  There we witness a battle between Gov. Beverly Purdue, a Democrat, and the

Gov. Bev Purdue of North Carolina

Republican legislature,which has vowed to reverse all the vetoes of their extremist would-be laws. The Governor refuses to let them turn back the clock in North Carolina and re-awaken “White Power” of yore and sow the seeds of discord for the Democratic Convention next year.  In our minds we recall last fall with its ugly placards and the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.  “Who’s Sorry Now?Arise all forward thinking Americans and reclaim our government from the Tea Party extremists!

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