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Bob Schieffer: Republicans Are Wasting Money Voting To Repeal ObamaCare
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 15, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 07/15/2012 5:08:08 PM PDT by Kaslin

The folks at CBS News sure are worried about government spending all of a sudden.

After Evening News anchor Scott Pelley grieved Wednesday for how much it's cost to have all these House votes concerning ObamaCare, Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer pointed a similarly dismayed finger at House Republicans Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Bob Schieffer: Republicans Are Wasting Money Voting To Repeal ObamaCare

BOB SCHIEFFER: There was once this guy who loved to talk about guns. And when he couldn't figure out any other way to work guns into the conversation, he would just say, "I think I heard a gunshot." Speaking of guns and off he'd go talking about his favorite subject, which brings me to Congress where House Republicans did their favorite thing last week, virtually their only thing, of late. For the thirty-third time they voted to repeal all or part of the health care law, knowing that the action was totingly-- totally meaningless because the Senate would never go along.

Now, mind you, this is no endorsement of the new health care law. We need health care reform but I am a long way from believing the President's plan is the best way to go about it. My beef is that Congress cannot seem to figure out how to do anything, but vote on this one issue over and over time after time day after day.

Hey, guys, we hear you, we take your point. But the way I heard it, government is there to improve the lives of citizens. You seem to believe all this repetitious blather will help you raise campaign money, maybe so, but it is hard for me to see how it helps anyone else.

The best estimates are that Congress has wasted a total of two full work weeks--eighty hours--voting on this one thing. According to the Congressional Research Service, it costs us millions of dollars a week to operate the House of Representatives, the staff salaries, the mail services, cafeterias, all of that, and we're not even including paying the capitol cops. So you do the numbers. Do you think we're getting our money's worth when Congress spends two weeks voting on the same thing over and over again? I think they can do better.

As a fiscal conservative, I certainly am pleased to see Schieffer suddenly concerned with federal expenditures.

However, given the new price tag the Congressional Budget Office puts on ObamaCare - $1.8 trillion in the next ten years - his concerns seem to miss the forest for the trees.

Or maybe Schieffer doesn't think it's good budgeting to spend millions today to save trillions tomorrow.

I doubt he'd feel that way if it was exclusively his money on the line.

Funny how that works.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: cbsnews

1 posted on 07/15/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

So, you should never try to do anything unless you know you’re going to succeed?


2 posted on 07/15/2012 5:11:10 PM PDT by Capn Freedom
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To: Kaslin

The Liberal Media has Zero credibility and they can go pound sand.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 5:11:58 PM PDT by Rodm
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To: Kaslin

Schieffer paraphrased: “Don’t Republicans realize that the will of the voters only gets in government’s way?”


4 posted on 07/15/2012 5:12:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

Unlike the money wasted on countless programs that YOU approve of, right Bob?


5 posted on 07/15/2012 5:13:33 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Kaslin

i had no idea they voted 33 times .... how can it be there was no mention of it (even here on FR)?


6 posted on 07/15/2012 5:14:18 PM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: Kaslin

typical, point to the smoke to hide the flame. Major collaborator takes to the stage to do his part,....expect more nonsense as things progress. He’ll retire soon, maybe Rather and Schieffer can take this clown show on the road.


7 posted on 07/15/2012 5:16:01 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Lame brained Schieffer is attempting to counter the use of his own words in the latest political ad against Obama. LoL.


8 posted on 07/15/2012 5:16:32 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Kaslin

And the NSDWP does not waste money?


9 posted on 07/15/2012 5:16:38 PM PDT by Vietnam Vet From New Mexico (If you don't want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t it time for this bitter, old, California Raisin to retire.

BTW, you could tell he was mightily pi$$ed at Romney’s ad featuring him, during his show this morning. Good for Romney, this was well played! :-D


10 posted on 07/15/2012 5:19:07 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Artcore

I’d pay a thousand bucks for a guest to say this to Schieffer:

Bob, you’re 76 years old, a multi-millionaire, and a one percenter. Why don’t you retire and let a couple of Columbia journalism grads with 100 grand in student debt have a job?


11 posted on 07/15/2012 5:22:22 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin

Vs. ObamaTax at $1.8 trillion and Porkulus another $1 trillion?

Me thinks Bob has his head in a dark stinky place.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 5:27:28 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Kaslin

BOB SCHIEFFER obviously knows that Obama is a communist. All he has to do is to look at Obama’s policies and what biography we already know of his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis. I am sure he is aware of Obama’s trusted communist advisers, Jarret and Axlerod.

C’mon media, it’s time to admit to the public the fact that Obama is a communist. It’s too obvious now. Look at his record.

I will not enable Obama, the communist to be elected for a second term. I have to vote for Romney but I will do everything in my power to nominate a conservative presidential nominee for 2016.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 5:31:39 PM PDT by Enough is ENOUGH (It's time to call a communist a communist.)
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To: Kaslin

Memo to Bob;

Money and time wasted as opposed to The Louisiana Purchase, Corn Husker and and assorted other kickbacks, arm twisting, bribes, strong arm and extortion used in getting this POS Mega~Tax shoved down the voters’ throats behind closed doors with changed locks to keep Republicans out?


14 posted on 07/15/2012 5:33:03 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: Capn Freedom
Bob Schieffer: Republicans Are Wasting Money Voting To Repeal ObamaCare

Milton Miteybad: Bob Schieffer Is Wasting Our Collective Time, Not Mention Our Oxygen.

Do the human race a favor, Bob. Quit breathing. Now.
15 posted on 07/15/2012 5:34:33 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Kaslin

It’s ironic that one of the first people who would get a “thumbs down” on expensive heart surgery from an Obamacare death panel thinks it’s a “waste of money” to try to repeal the program.


16 posted on 07/15/2012 5:35:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

This was after his scathing commentary on the Senate, which is even more expensive, only voting 6 times this year and failing to pass a budget — their job — for over three years...right?

What, he didn’t criticize the Senate’s failure to do their job at all?!?!?!? ...but, but, but that is hypocritical and selective outrage...almost like, he wasn’t sincere!


17 posted on 07/15/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by TexasGunRunner (Palin is the gold standard for authentic conservative candidates!)
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To: nascarnation

I like the way you think.


18 posted on 07/15/2012 5:37:22 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Capn Freedom

That is typical liberal logic, but what does he know it won’t succeed. He might be surprised and p*** his pants when it does succeed


19 posted on 07/15/2012 5:38:29 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Rodm

I agree 100 percent


20 posted on 07/15/2012 5:39:45 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

It can’t be a waste to kill somethings that is going waste $2.5 trillion.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 5:41:57 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: Mr. K

Oh they sure did. Maybe you didn’t see it


22 posted on 07/15/2012 5:43:06 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

CBS is wasting money keeping on bob schiefer. What an idiot!


23 posted on 07/15/2012 5:45:22 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Artcore
It's way past time

BTW, you could tell he was mightily pi$$ed at Romney’s ad featuring him, during his show this morning. Good for Romney, this was well played! :-D

Oh there is an article about this in NewsBusters

24 posted on 07/15/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Bob S. has been a drooling Obot for a long time.


25 posted on 07/15/2012 5:53:48 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Artcore

I think Romney hit on something with that ad. Romney is gong after the media In a very subtle way. He will take their words and shove it down their throats on their own network. And they have to show it because he is buying commercial time.


26 posted on 07/15/2012 5:56:03 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Lancey Howard

Millionaires like Schieffer will go offshore to boutique medical operations in the Caribbean. That will become a booming business. I’d advise young physicians to begin to investigate setting these up.

I’m sure multiple countries would offer tons of incentives knowing it will bring a flood of rich Americans.


27 posted on 07/15/2012 6:02:26 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin
The best estimates are that Congress has wasted a total of two full work weeks--eighty hours--voting on this one thing.

Surly Mr. Schieffer is aware that Congress, along with all their staff and employees, including police, are paid whether they are voting or not. They are not day workers picked up at the local Home Depot, although we might be better off if they were.

28 posted on 07/15/2012 6:04:15 PM PDT by etcb
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29 posted on 07/15/2012 7:08:03 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Kaslin

“The best estimates are that Congress has wasted a total of two full work weeks—eighty hours”

Wow, that’s a lot, that’s like a dozen or so Obama golf rounds.

On the plus side, the more of these votes they do the less damage they do with their OTHER votes.


30 posted on 07/15/2012 7:11:18 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA.)
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To: Kaslin

They should keep repealing it. That’s no waste of money. I would suggest that the House impeach Obama, but it’s probably too late for this congress.

Come next January, the House should do two things: First, repeal Obamacare again and second, impeach Obama. Don’t worry about what the Senate might do.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 7:15:35 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Kaslin

You always know what you’re going to get with Bob “Forrest Gump” Schieffer..

Can anyone be this stupid?...


32 posted on 07/15/2012 8:12:20 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin
But the way I heard it, government is there to improve the lives of citizens.

Idiot! My parents and friends improve my life! And Government is not my friend!

33 posted on 07/15/2012 8:28:08 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Kaslin
Hey, guys, we hear you, we take your point. But the way I heard it, government is there to improve the lives of citizens.

Wrong again Bob.

34 posted on 07/15/2012 9:24:36 PM PDT by RJL (There's no greed like the greed of a liberal politician buying votes with your money.)
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To: higgmeister

Idiot???, can’t you see sarcasm when it’s right in front of your eyes?


35 posted on 07/15/2012 9:36:31 PM PDT by topspinr
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To: Kaslin
How did I miss that? I am a 15 year freeper and I am here on a daily basis- how come I never saw that there were 33 votes on repealing Obamacare?

Was it on FR?

It would not be the first time I have been clueless- I missed the whole “host over the sun” episode with CG-EG and when SnowBunny was exposed...

And what ever happened to Qiddom? (the name so nice, he always signed it twice) I miss his quatrains.

36 posted on 07/16/2012 6:48:08 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: topspinr
Idiot???, can’t you see sarcasm when it’s right in front of your eyes?

Bob Schieffer was saying;

"Hey, guys, we hear you, we take your point." "But the way I heard it, government is there to improve the lives of citizens."
How could you assume he was being sarcastic!? He really believes that government exists to improve the lives of citizens! That makes him an idiot and a fool. When government attempts to "improve" the life of citizens, it actually destroys a myriad of lives through the law of unintended consequences. I even feel that the destruction in many circumstances is intentional, yet purposely hidden from public scrutiny.
37 posted on 07/16/2012 11:56:25 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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