Spirit of 2014

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Speaker Boehner chasing after his fig leaf

The Speaker and the nutty conservatives who lead him continue to drag the rest of America further into the hole they’ve been digging.  Last night the House again failed to come up with a plan to lift the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown- so they basically threw the mess into the Senate’s lap and went homeBoehnerCantorFigLeaf

Government shutdown: Day 15

Ted Cruz held a secret meeting at Tortilla Coast, a Capitol Hill restaurant last night.

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GOP proposes to open parts of the government

We’re in day 2 of the Government Shutdown.  The Republicans are trying to change the narrative from the fact they caused the shutdown over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), so they’re proposing to open parts of the governments to appeal to certain groups of voters.  PanderBears

When the clock strikes twelve

So we’re back at a government shutdown, the first in 17 years.  At midnight tonight 800,000 workers will be furloughed, basically because the Tea Party Republicans refuse to accept that Obamacare is law and have turned Speaker Boehner into just a mouthpiece for their cause.BoehnerCantorGovShutdown

IRS targeted tea party groups

As if the Benghazi story wasn’t enough to keep Congress in hearings until 2016,  we have the Justice Department seizing  AP phone records and the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.   The targeting of any group or individual based on ideology is outrageous and goes against everything our First Amendment stands for.  However, it would have been nice if the same people who are criticizing today would have been as vocal after 9-11 and during the Iraq War.  I don’t remember Senator Mitch McConnell taking to the Senate floor to defend anti-war protesters or denounce then Attorney General John Ashcroft. I also don’t recall McConnell challenging former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer for what he said in response to Bill Maher’s comments about 9-11 or defending the Dixie Chicks when they were widely criticized for their comments about President Bush.

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