Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A government shutdown has been averted. At least for now. And only just barely.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

With only hours to spare on the last day of the fiscal year, Congress approved a temporary spending measure to avert a shutdown and keep the federal government operating through Dec. 11. 

In the House, the measure was approved only because of strong support by Democrats — a sign of just how angry rank-and-file Republicans remain over their powerlessness to force policy changes on the Obama administration. 

In one last display of their fury, House Republicans on Tuesday adopted another resolution to cut off government financing to Planned Parenthood. The resolution was to be sent to the Senate, where Democrats were certain to block it.

I just heard on MSNBC that this thing only barely squeaked by, and that the once the time limit is up on this temporary spending measure that the battle over the budget will be long and drawn out.

Tell me what else is new.

In other news, according to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz looks to now be persona non grata among his Senate colleagues:  

Rand Paul on Tuesday had a blunt message for his presidential rival and fellow Republican senator Ted Cruz: You're a hack. 

In no uncertain terms, Paul called out Cruz for trying — and failing — to disrupt GOP leadership's efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood, as well as past name-calling from the Texas senator. 

“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul said, referring to a spat in July when Cruz called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. 

Of course as we know Cruz was one of the loudest voices calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and a shutdown of the government if that did not happen.

However, just as Paul states above, Cruz found virtually no support for even a protest vote from his fellow Senators.

Gee it really could not happen to a more deserving weasel.


  1. So the biggest accomplishment of this merry band of feral assholes is to not actively shut down the government of a country of 300,000,000 people?

    Well, la-de-fucking-dah. Way to earn that $174,000 and plush benefits, you traitorous hypocritical rage monkeys.

    1. Anonymous3:00 PM

      Very well phrased! You can speak for me, too!

    2. Anonymous4:06 PM

      Death becomes them.It seems like they want everyone to go away except for their own fucked up selves. Christian freaks out of control.
      These people need to be taken out. Politically speaking of course. grasshopper

  2. Anonymous2:30 PM

    First time I've totally agreed with Rand Paul, Cruz IS a hack.

  3. Anonymous2:52 PM

    I can't wait to hear what Bristol has to say. What would we do if we didn't have her to keep us up to date on current events?

    Bristol Palin is right again.

    When Obama invited Ahmed, the student who brought a clock resembling a bomb to school, to the White House, I said it was going to further racial strife. And boy was I right!

    1. Anonymous4:19 PM

      Bristol is an asshole, she is not right about anything, so fuck the hell off you troll.

    2. Anonymous4:39 PM

      Bristol is a dummy with absolutely no interest or knowledge outside of false eyelashes, purses, shoes, and her own life.

      (please re-read 2:25, first couple sentences. I believe it was snark)

    3. Anonymous4:26 AM

      Look at the path for that ghost-written post. "Clock boy"? Seriously? What would that make Bristol? "stupid-fuck-girl"? "fake-abstinence-grifting-loser"??

  4. Pat in MA2:59 PM

    The problem is that merry band of feral assholes was ELECTED.

  5. Anonymous3:03 PM

    The dumbest people in my state are the ones who don't turn out to vote and that is the majority. So we end up with vile people like Cruz, who Palin supported. Ugh. Cruz is not a real Texas, but has been propped up by the Bush family for a very long time. He worked for W say back when W was governor. I guess the evil Bush family picked Texas to settle in due to the high population of morons here. They are from CT, not Texas. Their vileness fills the air here.

    1. Anonymous3:34 PM

      Very well said, 3:03. I agree.

    2. Anonymous4:50 PM

      Thanks. Excuse my typos. I am so tired from no sleep last night, I think my fingers were not doing what they should have been. George P was elected land commissioner and he put all his college buddies into office. He has also rarely been in office, instead out drumming up votes for Jeb. The Bushes continue down the same route generation to generation..

    3. Anonymous12:47 PM

      Maybe if Ted Cruz gets the GOP nomination, we can write in Tom Cruz or Ted Cruise and hopefully get the Democratic candidate elected, one way or another.

  6. Anonymous3:07 PM

    Reminds me of when the Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai said "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

  7. It will be great fun to see Ol' Ted "Joseph McCarthy" Cruz get shut down and continue to be the turd in the punchbowl after his presidential ambitions for 2016 is shut down. He is acting like the shit he was raised to be so that he can say "Oh, woe is me" and hope his constituents will re-elect him when the time comes. He is only hoping for PAC monies and a cushy Fox job when all is said is done. Personally, I am hoping for a Breitbart moment.

  8. Anonymous3:21 PM


  9. Anonymous3:26 PM

    Yeah, I can't wait to see how they're going to screw up people's lives right in the middle of the holiday season, when round 2 happens. Irresponsible, bloody-minded bastards.
    M from MD

    1. Anonymous4:17 PM

      It all started with Citizens United. We must remove that.
      At all costs!

  10. Anonymous3:46 PM

    From all of Canada.....sorry.

    We should have kicked his crazy ass father back to Cuba.

  11. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Check the box done as expected: GOP went to the brink on spending, as usual, to create its temper tantrum for the care and feeding of the nutcase extremes it calls its base.

    Next manufactured crises: GOP's patented temper tantrum over the debt limit over the payment of of debt already spent on past escapades into Iraq and wealth concentrating tax breaks.

    Following that: Another GOP manufactured crisis to be created to pander to its base, most likely about "religious freedom" or Planned Parenthood or whatever the GOP hot button issue of the moment is.

    No wonder the world is laughing. No wonder the markets are volatile. No wonder the Government is failing. That is the Republican Objective; failed government. As Bush would say "Mission Accomplished."

    Ronnie Reagan said "govt. is the Problem."
    What Ronnie didn't say is why and who did it.

    The minority base of the Republican Party is the problem, the reason behind our do nothing government. It goes back to GW Bush's first term and probably a lot earlier. Majority or minority in Congress, the GOP is the party of anarchy through dysfunction and do nothing. Its not Obama, not SCOTUS, not the EPA, not regulations and not the clowns who are running in 2016 (they are just the reflection of the problem.)

    Rogue elephants are killing the GOP. They need to be put down,

    Bruce Olson
    Houston 1 hour ago

  12. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Donald Trump’s War On Latino Immigrants Is Helping Democrats And Hurting Republicans

  13. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Rochester NY 2 hours ago

    The republican politicians have only themselves to blame for the demise and governance incompetence of their party. So-called moderate republicans have been driven into hiding, retirement or just in plain collusion with the few dozen right wing neo cons creating the dysfunction in national governance.

    Let's be clear. A funding solution that addresses the caps, spurs construction level employment and decreases the national deficit is easily found by combining some tax increases to fund electrical & transportation spending with some re-mixing of priorities. Agreeing to such a solution requires pragmatic compromise among the politicians.

    The republican right wing will not permit such compromise by the rest of the republican Congressional representatives. From a policy standpoint, in today's republican party, only the right wing has the authority to approve legislation. Just ask the republican super PACs mega donors.

    However, Mr Boehner can clear the barn simply by giving the rest of the republican representatives the opportunity to compromise with democratic politicians to draft suitable legislation. In short, abandon the disastrous policy of only introducing legislation according to the "hastert rule" and find common ground with democrats.

    So, a pathway forward does exist, should Mr Boehner want to turn the Speaker's leadership role back to serving the country rather than jump at the beck and call of the republican party cabal.

  14. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Sorry...can't see this crow's beak running the country either.

  15. Anonymous6:34 PM

    “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate,
    So Mr. Rand, what have the Republicans done about Mr. Cruz's " breaking of the Senate rules"- nothing, nada !!!

    It was fine when he read Green Eggs and Ham and shut the government down the last time because of course it was all Pres. Obama's fault.

    Now you have to work with a junior senator and his temper tantrums, getting a little embarrassing isn't it.

    Who knows maybe Nancy Pelosi will be elected next Speaker of the House- wouldn't that be taking our country back.
    Democrats Save The USA As Majority Of Republicans Vote Against Keeping Government Open

    ...Today’s vote was all about Democrats coming to the rescue of the American people by preventing a government shutdown. Without Nancy Pelosi’s leadership and ability to keep the Democratic caucus unified, the nation would be counting down the hours until the government shut down....

  16. He might as well join Scooter and Perry's loser parade.

    There is NO way the GOP will put him on the ticket no matter how many votes he gets by "the people".

    He is a pariah. He is hated.

    He will NEVER be president.

    When your fellow Republicans are so disgusted with you you can't even get a second for your motion, you might as well hang it up and go home. You are ineffective and can do nothing for your constituents.


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