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House Democrats Rescue GOP to Pass Debt Compromise

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Posted on Aug 1, 2011

We were told to expect some resistance in the House to the debt ceiling compromise that would cut trillions from the budget, but Republicans in the lower chamber, helped by half the Democratic caucus (including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), had no trouble passing the bill.

Ninety-five Democrats joined 174 Republicans Monday to OK the deal, which now heads to the Senate. Democrats there have been equally hostile to the measure, which is expected to impose stiff cuts on programs that benefit struggling Americans without raising revenues from wealthy Americans.

If you’d like to see whether your representative in the House supported the bill or not, click here.

Rep. Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head seven months ago, returned to the floor to lend her support to the bill.

While half of the Democrats eventually voted to pass the compromise, they waited until the last minute, which was supposed to impress us or annoy the Republicans or something.

In the end, Speaker John Boehner managed to convince his members that they were getting a good deal, which is a bit like Oprah having to convince her audience to take home the free car.  —PZS

New York Times:

Scores of Democrats initially held back from voting, to force Republicans to register their positions first. Then, as the time for voting wound down, Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, returned to the floor for the first time since being shot in January and voted for the bill to jubilant applause and embraces from her colleagues. It provided an unexpected, unifying ending to a fierce standoff in the House.

The Senate, where approval is considered likely, is scheduled to vote at noon on Tuesday and then send the measure to Mr. Obama less than 12 hours before the time when the Treasury Department has said it could become unable to meet all of its financial obligations.

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By Paul, August 2, 2011 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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It wasn’t compromise. It was capitulation. As usual, Obama and the Dems showed
that they have no spine and are controlled by the same corporate plutocracy the
owns the USA now.

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By prisnersdilema, August 2, 2011 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

Just as the Bank bailout was presented, as if there was no choice or disaster, the debt
bailout is just another part of the cous created by the plutocracy that runs our
government now.

The bankers will once again make billions, yet their imaginary money will soon
evaporate, leaving those that have assumed control from the government, they have just
strangled, fighting financial battle after battle, as their sell out destroys millions of
American lives.

The details of out debt slavery, and our austerities will be worked out in the months
ahead, in desperate lives, and sleepless nights as Americans struggle to make bricks out
of straw, while the rich spin lies and fine sounding plans for our continued servitude.

God help us all.

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By TDoff, August 2, 2011 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

Major events, planned or haphazard, often have unintended, unexpected consequences. Famed anthropologist Jane Wouldall, having just completed a comprehensive one-year study of the current US Congress, announced today that Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is incorrect.
‘Humans did not evolve gradually from mutations to other life forms’, she announced, ‘They were created, fully formed, instantly, in an earthly version of the Big Bang’. ‘And’, she went on, ‘Males and females had slightly different origins’.
She went on to explain, ‘A few thousands of years ago, apes adopted some primitive forms of sanitation. A tribe in the mountains of East Africa began enforcing a code among it’s members that when it was necessary to defecate, they do so only in a cave nearby, instead of in the open forest. The cave they chose was populated by a gigantic colony of bats.
Many years later, according to Wouldall, either god was pi**ed at something, or just having another of his tantrums, and smited the cave with a horrendous bolt of lightning. A few days later, according to Jane’s intensive research, a fully-formed human man, and a fulled-formed human woman, emerged from the cave and took over the leadership of the tribe’s lesser apes.
‘Those of you who might question this, but do not have the time to review my extensive detailed studies’, Jane said, ‘Might just ask yourselves these logical questions: ‘While observing John Boehner, Ryan, Cantor and other TPers, can you think of any other possible explanation for them and their male ilk than that they resulted from an enormous explosion in a steaming pile of apes*it? And ask yourself the same question about Michele Bachmann, Palin, Angle,, could they and their female kind have originated from anything other than a giant blow-up of a pile of bats*it?’

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By David J. Cyr, August 2, 2011 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”
— Frank Zappa

America’s “progressives” are true artists, because they have no new nor good ideas, but they regularly routinely manage to resell their nothing new nor good as being (D) new and good needed.

The Devolution of Liberalism:

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By CJ, August 2, 2011 at 7:50 am Link to this comment

I was stunned to learn my new Congresswoman voted no. (Perhaps it
sometimes does pay to write them.)

Then Giffords appeared, remarkably enough. I could be cynical (realistic) but
instead would ask only why it is that Wasserman Schultz shed tears over that
and not over the way she and the rest of the asylum inmates at the same time
screwed the people they claim to represent?

It’s a rhetorical question.

Great comment by Olbermann last night, possibly his best ever. (Hey, he’s a
mainstream guy and that was good as it’s going to get outta mainstream. And it
was better than a lot outta alternative media, I might add.) Truthdig ought put
up link.

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