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Robert Masters
To take my property is to take my means to live
05:51 PM on 07/28/2011
The debt ceiling is usually a negotiation that starts with a budget. If the Congress agrees on a budget which includes a need to raise the debt ceiling then they raise it. The reason we are at this crisis is because the Congress has not created a budget in 2 years.

The House has passed a budget but the Senate under Reid cannot seem to come together and either pass the House budget or write one of their own.

The Republicans have had too many experiences where they have trusted the Democrats to cut spending after they agree to a tax hike only to feel like Charlie Brown to the Democrats Lucy trying to kick the football. They shouldn't trust them now either because on this issue they are simply not trustworthy.

Pass a budget Reid and this problem is resolved. You have two of them on your desk now.
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Abraham1771
Polymath Rationalist
06:34 PM on 07/28/2011
The senate has not passed a budget because the Republican Senators have filustered a budget since January of 2009.
Quite unconstitutional I would say.

The only guilt I can heap on the Democrats is that they have not eliminated the filibuster, as the Republicans were willing to do in 2005, under Majority leader Bill Frist.

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Robert Masters
To take my property is to take my means to live
07:34 PM on 07/28/2011
The Democrats have controlled both houses since 2006 till 2010. They were too busy building the socialist economy beginning with teh takeover of the auto industry then healthcare...
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webwzrd
Reality is liberal indoctrination
06:40 PM on 07/28/2011
If there were no budget, the government would now be closed. Raising the debt ceiling pays for the appropriations of the current budget, not future ones unless they are included. What your boys are doing is defaulting on current obligations. Not future debt.
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Robert Masters
To take my property is to take my means to live
07:35 PM on 07/28/2011
There is no budget. If you can find one I would love to see it.
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Robert Masters
To take my property is to take my means to live
11:35 PM on 07/28/2011
Do you really think that the government closes if there is no budget?

I thought you guys claim to be the smart ones.
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Carianne
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
05:38 PM on 07/28/2011
And they continue to eat their own. Pass the popcorn!
08:04 AM on 07/29/2011
Yes, can we get a marguerita to go with that popcorn?
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Carianne
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
02:05 PM on 07/29/2011
I'll bring the tequila! ;-)
05:27 PM on 07/28/2011
No way Jordan could be lying and actually directed the aide to do it.
05:12 PM on 07/28/2011
I'm surprised HP has not yet included a story about one of the outspoken yappers (Joe Walsh - republican from Illinois) for the Tea Party's fiscal conservatism -- what a hypocritical sleezeball! Not only does he not care if our nation's children are taken care of, but he neglects his own as well! See link below (and surprisingly Comcast is right-leaning):
http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-politics/20110728/US.Congressman.Child.Support/
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All Heart
11:54 AM on 07/29/2011
Joe Walsh is and has been an embarrassment for the people of Illinois. I understand there are daily picketing lines in front of his home office. What a dead beat .... first no child support, now not paying the bills that congress has racked up for decades. Time to get him and the other imbeciles out of office asap. Recall, anybody?
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ultratrails2
Micro-bios are as informative as cable news.
05:02 PM on 07/28/2011
"I'm so sorry you found out about what I was doing behind your back."
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Disciple1
To err is human;To disagree with me is ignorant.
09:15 PM on 07/28/2011
OR...the abridged version: " I'm so sorry that you found out about what you TOLD me to do behind your back".
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chronic
04:58 PM on 07/28/2011
Republibagz are craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!
04:43 PM on 07/28/2011
We must cut. cut, cut to save our children's future? Except, let's balloon the debt by giving the most wealthy in our country continued tax breaks. That makes sense, right?
04:41 PM on 07/28/2011
the yare EATING THIER OWN...now AMERICA..supporthe democratis and get a bill passed raise the ceiling to pay fo rthe BUSH TAX CUTS and TWO WARS....

the GOP is killing off their own people as not being TRUE belivers...sounds like facisim or maybe IRAQ under Saddam..party member or NO JOB!!! DISGUSTING GOP/TP actions are showing what they know and what they do not know ...kill off America makes it better CRAZY
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ffny
04:14 PM on 07/28/2011
The GOP should change their party name to PBS Party of B.S.
04:02 PM on 07/28/2011
The Republicants have begun to devour their own.
06:05 PM on 07/28/2011
Or, since they love guns so much, the old circular firing squad image seems appropriate.
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Disciple1
To err is human;To disagree with me is ignorant.
09:19 PM on 07/28/2011
A most appropos variation of that "circular contingent" would be to have everyone pointing a handgun at their own cranium, while Grover Norquist commands, "fire!". The 'survivor' would have the honor of running for president. :0)
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PoppedACL
"You cannot petition the Lord with prayer"
03:54 PM on 07/28/2011
By the way read the Boehner bill ... s. 627 @thomas.gov

The vote is slated to be held at 6 pm ET
03:46 PM on 07/28/2011
This supposed 'Outrage!' against the staffer's email is probably more because it said something like - "Guys, hold out and wait for Obama to bend over even farther! We're really screw him then!" It's no doubt a bit embarrassing when the true purpose of their actions is shown to be just political manipulative gain rather than concern for this country or its people.
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onionboy
Blessed are the Cheese Makers
04:36 PM on 07/28/2011
They have flat out said it. McConnell said that his primary goal for the term was getting Obama out of office. They don't care about America or Americans. They want the "White" House back.
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PoppedACL
"You cannot petition the Lord with prayer"
03:44 PM on 07/28/2011
During the 2010 election season the GOP and teabaggers railed against President Obama because his administration wasn't "transparent". The media cried out for open door policies and more access to decision making.

Well now the Repubs/teabag members really don't want transparency after all, it seems.

Hypocrisy, again.
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Totto
"Not 'Noise' One Round: *Music*
03:38 PM on 07/28/2011
The Party's over, Baggers! You've gotten everybody p*ssed at you!
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morefromLA
A fighting liberal and proud of it
03:34 PM on 07/28/2011
Free speech anyone? A little revolution in the House? Is that a tea in your bonnet or are you just pi55ed to see a dissenting view?