Talking Points Tuesdays – 9 hour filibuster by Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

Bravo Senator Bernie Sanders for your efforts Friday (12/10/2010), as I stated in a previous post (F-A-Natic Fridays – Democrats Still Willing to Fight….) Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Ed Schulze that he would do what he could do to block President Obama’s Tax Deal with Republicans.  Not sure how many people took Bernie serious but on 12/10/2010 took the floor of the Senate to plead his case to Senate and Americans watching that particular why the extending the tax cuts for the rich were wrong.

For the record this was technically not a true filibuster…

A true filibuster, would be blocking Republicans from conducting business or speaking.

“take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.” – Senator Bernie Sanders

At 10:25 am Sanders started his explanation with the following statement,

“How can I get by on one house?”

“I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We’ve got the money, we’ve got the power, we’ve got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That’s the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks.”

His opening statement lasted 2 hours, then with the help of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) the trio were able to stretch the discussion for the next 9 hours!  I can’t say enough about the efforts of the 3 Democrat senators; for the most part they knew that this tax deal would more than likely be passed by the Senate (it would eventually pass a test vote, opening the door for final passage).  All I can offer is my gratitude as I fully support their opposition to this tax deal.

Someone had to take a stand and ask the question WHEN IS ENOUGH ACTUALLY ENOUGH???

Thank You Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, and Mary Landrieu for standing up for the people and asking that question…

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!


F-A-Natic Fridays – Democrats still willing to fight….

With House Democrats voting to oppose Obama’s Tax Cuts Compromise this is the time for Democrats in Congress to show they have some backbone.  Just because Obama is president and he is a Democrat that doesn’t mean that Congressional Democrats have to follow his lead on every issue.  In this case it is a good time for Democrats to stand up; the people spoke loudly during the mid-term elections with their vote.  The change in Washington they hoped and wanted was for Obama not to be the typical politician.  This Tax Cuts Compromise has typical Washington Politics written all over it; so I was very pleased to hear about the House Democrats standing up and at least asking for more debate.

What was also encouraging was that Republicans like Michele ‘Nutbag’ Bachmann was even asking questions about this compromise; LOL, I know how crazy it sounds but I just kind of sorta gave Bachmann some credit.  Don’t get me wrong Bachmann is still and will always be a ‘Nutbag’ but I can’t disagree  her when it comes to spending in general (Just for the record I still disagree with her on what should be cut spending wise).  The next couple of days as we will see if more Democrats and Republicans will stand up and oppose this compromise.  It will all depend on public opinion, these kats will go where the poll number go on this issue.

I predict that more Democrats will side with the likes of Peter Welch, Anthony Weiner, and Bernie Sanders and force the president to revisit his compromise.  What will be the end result of more debate is still to be determined, I can only hope we see the Barack Obama in this video clip…

In the mean time let us hope that more Democrats will rally behind Bernie Sanders and do whatever it takes to stop this flawed compromise…

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Takeover Thursdays – A Compromise to forget??

President Barack Obama

When the news 1st came down about the deal President Obama was supporting where Republicans will support a temporary extension of Middle Class Tax Cuts as long as tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% where also temporary extended I was upset but I was willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt.  I knew the president was breaking one of his key campaign promises but the idea of a compromise still sounded good as I knew the type of opposition the president was facing from Republicans.  So a compromise couldn’t be that bad right????

Well….

All that changed when I found out the price tag of this Tax Cuts Compromise; $900 Billion…

WTF!!!

So what exactly contained in this tax compromise

The GOP got around $95 billion in tax cuts for wealthy Americans and $30 billion in estate tax cuts. Democrats got $120 billion in payroll-tax cuts, $40 billion in refundable tax credits (Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and education tax credits), $56 billion in unemployment insurance, and, depending on how you count it, about $180 billion (two-year cost) or $30 billion (10-year cost) in new tax incentives for businesses to invest. – via Ezra Klein (Washington Post)

When you look at the details of the compromise Progressives will see that the deal favors Democrats as it includes many initiatives that Progressives have supported in the past (Child and Education Tax Credit, and Middle Class Tax Cuts, and extending unemployment benefits).  There are plenty things about the deal that I am happy about, the 13 month extension of unemployment benefits was a great move as this issue will not have to be revisited for a year.  The problem is not necessarily in the deal itself, its how we got to the point of making a deal that bothers me the most (along with price tag).

On September 12, 2010 soon to be Speaker of the House John Boehner (Republican) said the following on Face the Nation:

“If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax deductions (Middle Class Tax Cuts), I’ll vote for them”

With that said, why would President Obama then turn around and offer the possibility of temporarily extending tax cuts for the rich… it doesn’t make sense.  All that talk about drawing a line in the sand was nothing but BS; if the line your drawing in the sand is coming from a position of giving up ground then why draw the line?  The president gave up ground when HE started talking about temporarily extending tax cuts for the rich.

This whole summer Obama talked about letting the tax cuts for the rich expire and how that will generate $700 billion in revenue that would be used to pay down our $13 trillion-dollar deficit.  Obama even talked about how it would not be fiscally responsible for us to borrow money from China or Saudi Arabia to pay for tax cuts for the rich.  So what happened?

The president says he did it so not to hold the middle class and unemployed “hostage”; I can understand this thought but I thought we don’t give into terrorist??  Obama has to understand that Democrats like me are upset by his lack of fight.  He can talk all he wants about Republicans should not take this compromise as a sign of weakness, but the fact is they are and what’s worse Democrats are starting to think the same thing.  Where is the threat of veto from the president?  Why didn’t Obama challenge Republicans to be the group that voted down Middle Class tax cuts?  Instead after cutting the deal the only tough talk I am seeing/hearing from the president is at Democrats for not supporting him on this.

One congressman said it best, if the president didn’t have the guts to let the tax cuts expire now…  why should we believe he will have the guts to let the tax cuts expire in 2 years during his re-election campaign??

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!