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GOP maps strategy in wake of payroll tax debacle
Associated Press ^ | 1/16/12 | DONNA CASSATA

Posted on 01/16/2012 3:59:22 PM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When last seen in Washington, House Republicans were furious with their own leader, Speaker John Boehner, and angry with their Senate Republican brethren over how the showdown over the Social Security tax cut turned into a year-end political debacle.

The holidays and three weeks away from the Capitol have tempered some of the bad feelings, but several GOP lawmakers' emotions are still raw as Congress returns for a 2012 session certain to be driven by election-year politics and fierce fights over the size and scope of government and its taxing, spending and borrowing practices.

In the week before Christmas, House Republicans revolted against the Senate-passed deal to extend the payroll tax cut for two months for 160 million workers and ensure jobless benefits for millions more long-term unemployed. Facing intense political pressure, Boehner, R-Ohio, caved, daring tea partyers and other dissenters to challenge his decision to pass the short-term plan without a roll-call vote. None stepped forward to stop him.

"A lot of us who went into battle turned around and no one was behind us," freshman Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said last week, sounding like the fight was still fresh and insistent that leadership had abandoned them.

"A lot of us are still smarting," he added.

The two-month extension that Senate Republican and Democratic leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid had characterized as a draw ended up as a big victory for President Barack Obama . . .

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; payrolltax; rino; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 01/16/2012 3:59:28 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
I'll give you sissies a strategy:

STOP SPENDING, and it's not the Federal Government's job to hand out un-employment extensions to what is a State Program.

POINT OUT THE MESSIAH is the one who's spent the economy into TRILLIONS OF DEBT, WITH HANDOUTS TO HIS FAVORED CRONIES, UNIONS, AND MINORITY CONSTITUENTS (you know; those un-qualified buyers who the Government FORCED banks to give mortgages to, who had NO INCOME but Welfare checks, accelerating the DEFAULTS of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).

Get out and tell the TRUTH about WHY Un-employment handouts have to be extended for more than 2 years !

2 posted on 01/16/2012 4:05:40 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: SmithL

This debacle has placed Social Security in a very bad position of being even more underfunded than normal, whatever normal is anymore, and not a peep from the left or democrats in general. Not sure what they are hoping for but I’m betting they don’t have a clue what will be coming their way when the world collapses. There will be enough blame to spread around and it will be all theirs to eat. The Republicans had no choice but to go along since they don’t own the Senate.


3 posted on 01/16/2012 4:10:11 PM PST by wita
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To: SmithL

They need a medicinal strategy: Spinal Transplant


4 posted on 01/16/2012 4:26:19 PM PST by SlargTarg
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To: wita

After a short review, I need to add a bit. Only 66 Members of the House of Representatives voted not to extend the debt limit two months ago. I guess that would place some degree of responsibility on those wascally wepublicans. What degree does one place on fear and trembling, which is seemingly why they caved on a very important message, that I’m afraid not one in ten would understand.

Then there is the almost three year budget drought brought to us by scary Harry and his Senate. Now there is ample evidence of failure to warrant removal of every single Senator, and good riddance. For twenty years I have maintained that the US Senate is the most dangerous and powerful body of men and women on the face of this earth. Both of those truths need to end by the most expeditious means possible.


5 posted on 01/16/2012 4:29:51 PM PST by wita
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To: SmithL
Here is a strategy... you bunch of blue blood arseholes... try the truth for once... we are on to your little game of bait and switch!

LLS

6 posted on 01/16/2012 4:46:10 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ( MOOchelle obama is PISSED OFF that people say that she is an angry woman!)
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To: traditional1
Suspend all congressional, judicial, and executive branch salaries (even the staffers, employees, and toilet cleaners) until the Federal budget is balanced by only using the previous year's received Federal Revenues. Think that is not enough incentive? Then for every day after the budget is suppose to be approved and isn't, we add 100,000 government agencies employees, starting with the top 1000 largest salaries at each Department, agency or GEE while simultaneously stopping all expenditures to any NGO endeavor.
7 posted on 01/16/2012 4:49:15 PM PST by cashless (Unlike Obama and his supporters, I'd rather be a TEA BAGGER than a TEA BAGGEE.)
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To: SlargTarg

“They need a medicinal strategy: Spinal Transplant”

Someone needs to flush Boner out of the House Ladies Room and insist that he also submit to a testicle implant or two. You just have to wonder just how long the “Tea Party” House members are going to go along with Boner & Mr. Chinless and their “Italian Army” followers. (and my apologies in advance to Italians)


8 posted on 01/16/2012 4:57:39 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: SlargTarg

It’s simple. If it costs more money - vote NO. If it cuts taxes - vote YES. Be consistent. Grow a pair. Stand your ground.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 5:05:11 PM PST by Brownie63
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To: SmithL

Firt thing needed is to toss Boehner out of the Speakers chair and put Paul Ryan in it.


10 posted on 01/16/2012 5:21:07 PM PST by Venturer
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To: traditional1
??? Strategy ???

My aching ass

..."strategy"

K Street nitwits...Crystal suckups...

go look in a mirror... You are lost!

11 posted on 01/16/2012 5:28:20 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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12 posted on 01/16/2012 5:34:24 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: SmithL
Money quote: "Boehner caved." Even a strong minority of the majority can hardly be expected to throw themselves on their swords when their leader has already surrendered the fight. Live to fight another day.

And may this humiliation continue to burn with bitterness in every republican congressman's throat when it comes time to elect new leadership.

13 posted on 01/16/2012 5:38:07 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: ptsal
"go look in a mirror... You are lost!"

Kinda judgemental, for a NEWBIE

14 posted on 01/16/2012 5:42:42 PM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: SmithL

Here’s a strategy for the GOP. Stop acting like you’re afraid of Obama, and start acting like conservatives instead.


15 posted on 01/16/2012 5:52:11 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: wita
Then there is the almost three year budget drought brought to us by scary Harry and his Senate.

The absence of a budget has insured steadily higher spending.

Understand that, in the absence of a budget, the so-called baseline budget increases by 7-8% per year -- automatically.

Thus, in the absence of a budget, the Porkulus Bill -- purportedly a one-time emergency measure -- got built into the spending plan. And, like all the other spending, is growing 7-8% per year.

Why the majority GOP House and the minority GOP Senate haven't been able to do anything about this ridiculous state of affairs -- or even raise hell about it -- is beyond me.

16 posted on 01/16/2012 6:04:50 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: wita

Social Security is owed several trillion dollars by the US government. There are several ways to pay that back (so that Social Security can pay the annuitants).


17 posted on 01/16/2012 6:41:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Social Security is owed several trillion dollars by the US government. There are several ways to pay that back (so that Social Security can pay the annuitants).

I suggest that this insane desire by Mr Obama to show tax cuts by cutting the payroll tax that alone supports social security, is the action of a blithering idiot. Since we know full well that the half black individual “occupying” the White House is NOT a blithering idiot there is obviously an agenda that ought to get the attention of everyone with a brain. That appears to be a bridge too far.


18 posted on 01/16/2012 7:24:09 PM PST by wita
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To: wita
Obama is, in fact, a blithering idiot.

You don't seriously expect anybody here to believe this guy has enough intelligence to dream up anything.

19 posted on 01/16/2012 7:28:01 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

You don’t seriously expect anybody here to believe this guy has enough intelligence to dream up anything.

No I don’t, however, until he releases his records I am forced to believe it, if only to uphold the appearance of objectivity.


20 posted on 01/16/2012 7:46:15 PM PST by wita
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To: SmithL
Consider the source:
21 posted on 01/17/2012 11:16:40 AM PST by pabianice (")
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