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Senate Democrats Angry Over Obama ‘Sellout’

Posted on Jul 21, 2011
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Sen. John Kerry has expressed frustration about the debt negotiations.

Senate Democrats have noticed that the president is dealing directly with House Republicans to reach a debt ceiling deal, one that may include trillions in cuts to Social Security and Medicare without any tax increases, and they’re not happy. Politico reports on the fireworks directed at President Obama’s budget director Thursday:

At the Democratic Caucus lunch, senators like Kerry and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) stood up and lashed out at [Obama’s budget director Jack] Lew, telling him that the White House must only settle for a “balanced” package with new revenue raisers — especially if it was open to cutting cherished entitlement programs.

At the meeting, Lew danced around the idea of including spending cuts worth $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion, prompting “disgust” from Democrats who were not prepared to let Obama “sell out” their caucus, a Senate Democratic source later said.

“Separate negotiations with Boehner don’t work,” Mikulski said afterward. “It has to be us. … Whatever it is, there has to be the lifting of the debt ceiling, not holding us hostage to negotiations, and it has to include revenues. And they’ve got to do it now.”

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By RayLan, July 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Obama is sealing his political fate with this last betrayal of liberal principles. He is a scoundrel and a fraud. Don’t vote for him.

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By Frosty46, July 23, 2011 at 2:15 am Link to this comment

Time to get even!  Find out where they live, watch them, take
action when the time is right————they live in fine homes, most
in gated communities but still easy to access.  Holiday mornings
are good like say Christmas.

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By drbhelthi, July 23, 2011 at 2:00 am Link to this comment

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separately into a browser, it works. Perhaps it will also work for you. The info at
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By drbhelthi, July 23, 2011 at 1:26 am Link to this comment

“I can’t even look at Obama anymore without feeling sick inside…”  prisnersdilema

You are not alone.

Since learning twenty five years ago that GHWBushSr was the C.I.A. CEO responsible for the CIA plundering around the world, and drug smuggling into the U.S., I have had a similar feeling about the Republican leadership. The naive Ronald Reagan was “seduced” into the inner circle, just as Hitler seduced the leadership of Bavaria initially, subsequently, with whose assistance the entirety of Germany. And what has happened to the Hinkley who shot Pres. Reagan?
Remember, the son of a close friend of GHWBushSr ?

For me, the picture at the following link tends to induce the same need-to-throw-up feeling for the entire leadership of the “Democrat” party. The fraudulent USARMY “hero” Kerry, in particular.

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By Litl Bludot, July 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s the best power pimp the corporate fascists have developed to date.

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By Marilyn Hughes, July 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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Please sign me up for the Revolution. The only way we can win is for millions of us to
march on Washington.

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By Bird48, July 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

Here we go again letting the Rs define the terms. What these spineless, chicken- s**t Ds need to do is face up to them and instead of running for cover admit that “Yes indeed, SS is an entitlement program. People who paid into it are entitled to their benefits and we are going to see to it that they get them!!”

This is exactly the same as the run from the word “liberal” or “socialist”. Define the terms. Embrace them as a good thing, tell the witless Amerikan people exactly what they mean and go for the endzone. Stop letting the Rs make the rules!!

I don’t believe many people would argue with a “liberal socialist who fought to to give the elderly and disabled what they are entitled to” if it was explained in simple terms. Geeeze!

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By prisnersdilema, July 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

Where have you been senators? It’s a little late in the day to pay attention.

What a circus you people are running in Washington….......a sad tragic comedy, with all
Americans as your victims…

I can’t even look at Obama anymore without feeling sick inside…

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By mackTN, July 22, 2011 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Democrats should refuse this deal and advise the president to use the 14th
amendment.  Supporting this would ERASE any distinction between the parties. 

No. I wont vote for any Dem that supports this deal as described and there will be
a movement to get progressives to oppose any Dem who caved. Any change I had
earmarked for Dem contributions will instead go to the movement to replace these
people with more principled ones.

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By ralphdd, July 22, 2011 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

It goes without saying that most people in the blogosphere think the president is perhaps the worst deal maker ever. So it stands to reason that they don’t trust a deal he makes for everybody else. I think most people would hope that their representative would not just rubber stamp a deal made with one party of the government and the president. Also the president is immune to whats said on blogs and in the media because he doesn’t read any of it or any letters sent to him.
If the debt ceiling was so important he should have had a fallback statergy to accomplish his goal if the House failed to approve the debt ceiling increase. I have begun to think that maybe there had to be a way to MANAGE the budget without the debt increase instead of this long drawn out circus similar to the healthcare bill. They knew this was coming and had months to plan for it. Leave the big three alone. The tradeoff between the Obama tax cuts and the big three is a bad deal.

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By mojo, July 22, 2011 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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‘Stop picking your nose and get to work’ ! 

Words I heard in 1960 spoken to one of my elementary school classmates by his father.

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By purplewolf, July 22, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Well the repukelicans can quit trying to find a candidate to run for 2012. They already have Obama in their camp, caving on everything the the R’s want and more. So there is no need for the waste of time and money for these unqualified repugs and T.P.ers to run for political office against Obama, he is one of them.

Hey, Bernie, why don’t you give it a try in 2012.

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By frecklefever, July 22, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment


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By bogi666, July 22, 2011 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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ObomberBush is setting up the conditions for an overwhelming Repubican Senate in 2012 when 23 of the Senate seats being contested are Democratic Senators. ObomberBush wants 60 Repubican Senate seats so that the Democrats will not be able to filibuster and ObomberBush will sign what Repubicans want into law.

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By BrunoDiderot1, July 22, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

Kerry and Mikulski are both Republicans.

WHAT are they whining about ?

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By kerryrose, July 22, 2011 at 6:51 am Link to this comment

The Democratic ‘outrage’ is a farce.  It is theater.  They will cave with the appropriate staged protest to try and make the public believe that they give a shit.  I have been contributing to Social Security my entire life so far and expect that when I’m old I will probably be living on it and eating cat food.  Now I guess I’ll just starve.

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By thecrow, July 22, 2011 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

Cut social security? Fine. No more theft from US citizens’ paychecks to pay the MIC. Call in the Pentagon’s IOUs. Shut the murdering bastards down.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 22, 2011 at 3:33 am Link to this comment

By zonth_zonth, July 22 at 3:22 am Link to this
who cares what the Democrats are currently crying

Isnt it self explanatory that the folks commenting at
this blog are neither Democrat or Republican?

and yet the authors prey upon what they think
sentimental Democrats put their affections on.
But then, when the only thing/s that can get traction
are the two parties in an actual election; it takes
courage to vote outside the box/es.
Americans are sadly lacking in that valuable

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By zonth_zonth, July 22, 2011 at 3:29 am Link to this comment

my advice for the authors of this website;  for here on out, please omit the word Democrat or Republican from his/her title. Otherwise you are implicit in continuing the facade that there is in fact a difference between the two.

How many times do you have to hear from one of the salt of the earth bloggers here that the US system is a tier down corporate run fascism.

So enough with the divisum and investigate solutions.

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By zonth_zonth, July 22, 2011 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

who cares what the Democrats are currently crying about. 

Isnt it self explanatory that the folks commenting at this blog are neither Democrat or Republican? 

and yet the authors prey upon what they think sentimental Democrats put their affections on.

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By Wounded and Dangerous, July 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment

American seniors are being asked to have their pensions cut, but nobody is suggesting that the wars will stop or that Israel will not keep on getting its billion dollar paycheques. I guess that is the way the system is supposed to work.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

Awfully late to the party, ladies and gentlemen. Where have you been the last 2 years and 6 months?

All they need is 4 Democrats to betray the American people to get 51 votes and we are all screwed.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment


Oh waaah! So, what they gonna do? Throw a hissy-fit?

Pathetic, just pathetic…

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By gerard, July 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

Join the club!

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By Frosty46, July 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

Me too—Obama can kiss off the Rethugs all he wants I still wish
them all a very painful and protracted death!

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By Alan, July 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Obama is not “selling us out”, no, what Obama is doing
is selling us down the river!
African Americans of recent African origin
have no concept of what the American ancestors of
African Americans of distant African origin suffered
and they apparently have no real concern for the
plight of the non-rich.
Dump Obama!
Get a real progressive for 2012!

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By Steve E, July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

The kabuki is getting real thick and disgusting, to say the least.

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By the worm, July 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

So, the Senate Democrats have begun to be treated like the rest of us who
voted for Obama and ‘Change you can believe in’.  Now, Senate Democrats
understand how the majority of voters feel.

In case, the Senate Democrats have been sleeping through the last three years,
here’s a summary of Obama’s actions on the four biggest issues of his

1. The Debt and Fair Taxes: Washington Post-ABC poll Washington Post-ABC
poll, Spring 2011: 72 percent supported raising taxes on the rich including 68
percent of Independents and 54 percent of Republicans. Obama twice
‘bargained’ to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Obama never stepped
forward to lead on this issue - even with 72% of Americans supporting it. In
fact, he ‘negotiated’ the continuation of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, not
once, but twice – first with McConnell and then again with Boehner.

2. TARP & Financial Bailout: Over 70% of us opposed the bailout. Obama
accelerated it with Geithner and Bernanke - both Bush carryovers embraced by
Obama.  Geithner is soon to receive his ‘bailout’ from the financial sector (as he
soon ‘retires’ from the Obama administration). Obama will have to wait until
he’s defeated in 2012, either in the Democratic primary or in the general

3. Health Care: 72% of us supported “a government­administered insurance plan
- something like Medicare for those under 65—that would compete for
customers with private insurers.” Supporting Max Baucus, Obama blocked
hearings on single payer and chocked off true health care reform. Instead he
supported a private-sector, for-profit health insurance ‘reform’ that provided
insurance companies fabulous guaranteed profits (that’s why you heard no
opposition from them) – profits in the form of hundreds of millions of new
‘mandated customers’ (fined, if they don’t ‘buy in’). For those who cant afford
the exorbitant private sector for-profit rates, taxpayer money will pay the
difference directly to the insurance companies. The private for-profit insurance
companies? Oh, they are guaranteed by law an ‘overhead’ of 20%. This Obama
did with Democratic majorities in both Houses majority, Senate majority and as
a nominally Democratic President, effectively flushing away six-plus decades of
Democratic public policy.

4. Afghanistan: 64% of us opposed expanding the war in Afghanistan and
wanted to disentangle from Bush-era ‘War on Terror’ and ‘preventive war’
policies. Today, still over 60% of Americans oppose the war. Obama continues
it. More troops will be in Afghanistan when Obama leaves office than when he
‘began the draw down’. For the War Department, more money will be squirreled
away in Defense than when he took office – just this year, a six percent increase
was injected to ‘absorb’ the 3% ‘cut’ they may get (to ‘fight the deficit’).

In other words, no Democrats need apply and none of the American voters need
to bother wandering who represents them - the answer is no one.

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By rend, July 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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this is absurd, just vote to raise the ceiling why pack all this together? Its a simple
procedural vote.

lots of grandstanding

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