IOW the Dem House message to the people is: ‘Fxck you voters, we will change NOTHING. we dont need you anyway!’ and Nancy grins ear to ear as she jaunts off to what will be a DEATHKNELL for Dems, the 2012 elections. Anyone who doubted Obama was leading US and the Dem party off a cliff, doubt no longer.
Everyone doing their best ‘it ain’t me’ impression…
CNBC livestream covering the hearing here, in a recess right now
Scott Brown tellin it like it is.
Update 3: Rangel Presser 9:00am; Charlie says hell no he won’t go; Charlie Rangel stepping down as Chair of House Ways & Means Cmte!!
Update 4: Charlie taking ‘leave of absence’ from chairmanship…
Wednesday 8:45am Update 3: Rangel has a presser in about 15 mins…
Above the post Update 2: HotAir covers news that Charlie refuses to step down..oh boy…
Update: The plot thickens!
Charlie Rangel emerged from a closed-door meeting in Nancy Pelosi’s office Tuesday night to declare that he’s still the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and hasn’t agreed to give up his gavel – even as some media outlets were reporting that he’d done just that.
But asked whether he’d still be the chairman tomorrow and in the coming days, Rangel said: “I can’t make all those promises at my age.”
And when Pelosi was asked whether Rangel was resigning, she said “no comment.”
When Roll Call asked him if he’ll still be chairman, he said, “You bet your life.” Looks like we’re going to have to do this the hard way. On to the floor vote! Just one question: Who leaked the bogus news that he had quit? Was that the Dems’ way of trying to pressure him into leaving, knowing that if it looked like he had changed his mind and was trying to hold on, irritated caucus members would be more likely to abandon him?
Wow! Breaking on the CNBC Chyron now…cant stand the heat! get out of the kitchen!!! Charlie BTW was the one on the conference call to HRC telling her she must withdraw and not go to a roll call count at the convention and fight in the RBC….cough cough karma cough cough cough
hey who gets that Cmte gavel now???
giving his gavel away, hey he has made it through countless shenanigans before, I would never have believed he step down…
He lost our AZ mod Dems already, my Rep Harry Mitchell and Gabby Giffords in Tucson both said they would vote against him tomorrow
Update: Chuck Todd on Kudlow now says SANDER LEVIN D-MI, Carl Levins bro will be taking over the gavel, he is 3 in seniority, but number 2 is PETE STARK! Who is apparently ill, sorry for that but Stark would be a DISASTER OMG! Hey MI Dems have to answer for Pres Barack Carter Obama too! they stopped the revote….
Todd indicating Rangel not to resign seat, but will likely retire this yr if he doesnt get gavel back after end of ethics investigations…..
Update: Here is the timeline, they are trying to do it before reconciliation under the budget expires AND before they come home to face us for Easter recess...Ive heard of Christmas and Easter Catholics but Christmas and Easter CongressCritters? frakkers…
…John Lawrence, chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told health care activists in a conference call Friday that Congress needed to act before the Easter recess, or they could see a repeat of the tumultuous August break. Only this time, Republicans will use reconciliation to characterize the party as “shoving it down our throats,” Lawrence said, according to notes provided by a person on the call….
Having lived through the Democratic primaries as an HRC supporter, when Hillary kept winning the big electoral state primaries and Obama kept swiping caucuses, only to have the Dem leadership push Obama as ‘the candidate’ again and again and again, I am sadly not SHOCKED! that these fools are on a kamikaze mission on health care…that is the whole problem with this group, they have no ‘off’ switch, no ‘self-preservation’ mode….why?
four words for you…Nancy Pelosi and Andy Stern.
IMO Nancy Pelosi helped ‘select’ Obama and Andy Stern (SEIU) funded him and proivded the busloads of ‘caucus’ voters and rally crowds coast to coast.
They are calling in the debt IMO and this is why Obama will not listen to Rahm and do the scaled down bill.
PLEASE CALL YOUR CRITTERS. Let them know reconciliation is not an option the American people accept on this massive bill that we have said N-O to, over and over and over again.
WSJ covers the arrogance of these pseudo intellectual, social engineering, elitist toolz here.
Obama actually appointed Stern to his ‘deficit reduction commission’, pffft!!! Does he think we are BLIND or what??
Update: Feb. 19, 2010 – Krauthammer agrees!:
..It turned out that the country’s problems were not problems of structure but of leadership. Reagan and Clinton had it. Carter didn’t. Under a president with extensive executive experience, good political skills and an ideological compass in tune with the public, the country was indeed governable.
It’s 2010, and the first-year agenda of a popular and promising young president has gone down in flames. Barack Obama’s two signature initiatives — cap-and-trade and health-care reform — lie in ruins.
Desperate to explain away this scandalous state of affairs, liberal apologists haul out the old reliable from the Carter years: “America the Ungovernable.” So declared Newsweek. “Is America Ungovernable?” coyly asked the New Republic. Guess the answer….
The leadership of the Democratic Party still does not get it.
The lamestream journOlists are trying to spin the departure of Bayh as a sign the ‘system doesn’t work’ i.e. government is broken.
Huh funny that, I remember Dubyah getting Medicare Part D, two wars, No Child Left Behind and tax cuts passed with far less of a majority and the same system of governance. Big Dawg got NAFTA, SCHIP, FMLA, balanced the budget. Both created millions of jobs.
The system is not broken, the leadership is weak. OWN YOUR CANDIDATE.
And that’s the view from here in ‘The Middle’ 🙂
I read posts from the ‘left’- BTD at TalkLeft, and the journOlists – the Politico hit piece on Evan Bayh today and I think, wow they are So Far Away From Me. I think they will continue to be shocked! and amazed! and astounded! as the Dems are swept out of power. It is clear to everyone but those in the bubble or on the left that the country is saying N-O to the Obama Agenda all down the line.
The Democratic Party is So Far Away from the Middle. Since America IS The Middle we will have to remove them at the ballot box again. My Generation’s (X)turn to be a ‘Reagan Democrat’ is it, and save the country from the worst proclivities of the farleft neoprogressive agenda? Okay I’m down with that.
I get so tired when I have to explain
When you’re so far away from me
See you’ve been in the sun and I’ve been in the rain
And you’re so far away from me
11/6- Obama signs bill; House passes UE extension 403-12**UE Final vote passes Senate 98-0**:Unemployment Update H.R. 3548: revenge of cloture vote passes Senate 97-1
Update: 11/6 Pres.Obama announced he signed the bill this morning. We will do a post updating state UE EU status next week.
Update: Obama to sign bill tomorrow (Friday)
The White House says President Barack Obama on Friday morning will sign a bill that expands a popular homebuyers tax credit and extends unemployment benefits.
Update: House passes UE extension 403-12:
The House of Representatives just passed the unemployment extension bill HR 3548 by a vote of 403-12. Coming so quickly on the heels of yesterday’s passage of the bill in the Senate, this is very welcome news to the thousands of unemployed Americans whose benefits have already run out or are close to it and desperately need this support from the federal government….
Update: Deficit for FY 2009 to hit $1.4 trillion, another record: Congress faces hurdles in push for second stimulus…
Update: TOTUS voted against raising the debt ceiling as a Senator. The hypocrisy continues unabated
Another record deficit projection from CBO. Can’t we send TOTUS to the IMF and he can withdraw us from all foreign subsidy obligations the way he does with our defense agreements? I can see it now:
Of course, they are not letting this stop them from adding the ginormous healthcare entitlement to the economy but they appear wobbly on a jobs bill now, figures.
Democratic leaders pressed President Barack Obama on Wednesday to extend more elements of the existing economic-stimulus package, and to possibly add tax cuts that were rejected the first time around, despite a record budget deficit that is giving some lawmakers pause.
On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal deficit for fiscal 2009 will be $1.4 trillion…The figure remains the largest budget deficit, measured as a percentage of gross domestic product, since World War II. That so far isn’t stopping Democratic leaders discussing further stimulus measures.
Worried that the economy isn’t creating jobs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) went to the White House for a hastily planned meeting. White House economists had already embraced extending enhanced unemployment-insurance benefits and subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under Cobra. Both of those measures are currently set to expire Dec. 31.
After the meeting, Mr. Reid made it clear he also wants an extension of a generous tax credit for first-time homebuyers, something the White House was leaning against as too expensive for the number of jobs it might create(…) Go read the entire piece..
They are going to attempt a giant ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL now, which is what they CLAIMED was in the giant spendulus package, guess Apollo Alliance didn’t have enough union jobs to warrant any real infrastructure when they wrote our stimulus bill. Frakkers.