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GOP Gets Ready to Rumble in 2011

Posted on Dec 23, 2010
AP / Cliff Owen

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates the GOP’s victory in November’s midterm elections.

Yes, Democrats scored some big legislative victories in Congress over the last two years and, as President Obama noted earlier in the week, the Dems were able to overcome “gridlock” (in no small part because they commanded the majority of the House and Senate) and push through some big bills at the end of their 111th session. However, the next two years will be another story, as the GOP gains major ground in both houses and aims for the White House in 2012.  —KA

The New York Times:

It was a dizzying, maddening, agonizing, exhilarating, arduous, bruising and, for scores of Democrats, ultimately career-ending journey from the stimulus to Start — and the party paid a devastating price for its accomplishments, losing control of the House and six Senate seats.

It is a period that will no doubt be pored over by historians for years.

But it is already clear that much of the next two years will be spent fighting over what was done in the past two.

“They have been enormously successful in one sense in passing their legislative agenda,” Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said of Democrats. “The problem is the country just doesn’t like it very much.”

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By Inherit The Wind, December 26, 2010 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Let’s start by getting rid of farm subsidies, especially for Congresswomen who rant against government handouts.

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By SouthernRebel, December 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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Personally, I hope the Repubs can undo all the damage the current socialist administration has been able to do.  It’s time to decrease the size of government and end the welfare state….it’s also time to bring industry back into the country so people can have jobs.  Entitlements have been the scourge of this country from the beginning.  Poverty is more prevalent now than it was 40 years ago.  That’s because both the Dems and Repubs have made it easier for individuals to suck off the teat of government without having to take responsibility or give accountability for their lives…..that’s all about to change and the sooner the better.

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By budjob, December 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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Time,time,time is on our side,yes it is as the song goes.What goes around comes around.I would suggest that the republicans not get too comfortable with their new found power.The American electorate are very fickle when it comes to their politics.

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By knute, December 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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Some of these comments appear to suggest that the republicans , once in the majority will be in the position of having to defend their positions with the american people. I don’t understand that logic. That would only be the case if we had a free and open press reporting to the people. Instead we have Rupert Murdock and his ilk restricting that flow to the “infotainment” of Glenn Beck and Limbaugh. How will anything be different in a month ? It won’t, the people are kept ignorant by design, not by happin-stance, and the greedheads are still gonna be in charge, no matter which side of the same coin is in the Congress.

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By Inherit The Wind, December 24, 2010 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

You can either try to make nice with the Re-thugs—which means giving them everything they want,
or you can deal with them as the bullies they are.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid need to grow spines and stand firm.  If the Re-thugs create gridlock, make it 10x worse!  Burn their ear-marks. Cut funding to their states in the Senate. Block their “appointments”.  And if they try to force the issue, deny them the automatic votes that are used in both Houses to handle daily business. So…if the House needs to order paper clips, force a vote on it. If they need to give the janitors a raise, make them vote on it.

NOTHING gets done unless it’s on Democratic terms. Enough is enough.  We’ve had 29 years of this crap from the GOP, since Reagan. And much damage has been done.

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By sharonsj, December 24, 2010 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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The Repukes spend a lot of time reinventing what it is that the people want, so that it fits their own agenda.  Kind of like Fox news, which tells its viewers what they want to hear.

However, Boner and the others will be in for a shock if their agenda is business as usual while the rest of America goes jobless, homeless and hungry.

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By G.Anderson, December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment

Little John Boehner sat in a corner, eating his Christmas Pie, he stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plumb and said what a good boy am I…

Now the Democrats can go back to blaming the Republicans again. It beats taking responsibility for your own malfeasance.

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By Big B, December 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Every time I see this smug assholes face (Boehner) I just want to drive over the border into Ohio and smack the living shit out of the ignorant electorate that placed him, of all people, into a position of power.

The scary part is that many of the other repugs, new and old, make this meathead look like fucking Einstein.

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By Queenie, December 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Rethuglican .......

It’s the other white meat.

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By msgmi, December 23, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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Main Street is in for a rude awakening once the Big Spenders and current ‘mea culpa’ budget cutters take the Hill. Main Street benefits will be sliced up to shreds while Wall Street hubris will increase their rolling of the die until the next bubble explodes; a State and local gov’t fiscal crisis is around the corner and look for Boehner to cry the blues.

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By felicity, December 23, 2010 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Case in point. Might be a tad difficult to defend the
recent tax cut for the rich, which adds $700 billion to
the debt over a period of ten years.  When as part of
Obama’s tax cut package, no defense was required.

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By felicity, December 23, 2010 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Republicans might be unpleasantly surprised that when
in the majority they will be called upon to defend
their positions to the American people.  No longer will
they be able to hide behind merely being against
anything Democratic.  Until now they’ve gotten away
with sound and fury signifying nothing.

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