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McConnell mum on paying for tax cuts; Imam's wife: N.Y.C. project 'must go forward'; Blago 'serious' about comeback

By Matt DeLong and Emi Kolawole


Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.


NBC: MEET THE PRESS - McConnell mum on paying for tax cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he takes President Obama at his word when he says he is a Christian. McConnell repeatedly declined to say how Republicans intend to pay for extensions of Bush-era tax cuts set to expire next year. "You're talking about current tax policy," McConnell said. "When did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, 'pay for?' " McConnell said he is looking forward to a report by Obama's debt commission before he would say what kinds of cuts will be necessary to bring the federal deficit under control.

McConnell would not say why there is so little support for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan to attempt to balance the budget by making deep cuts to entitlement programs. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Tex.), self-appointed leader of the "tea party" movement, praised Ryan's plan and called the congressman "the most creative and courageous" person in Washington. Armey warned Republicans to "get some courage" or "we'll replace you." Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) said the tea party movement is "far outside of the mainstream" and praised the administration's efforts to rescue the auto industry and Wall Street. New York gubernatorial candidate and former Rep. Rick Lazio (R) said the opposition to an Islamic community center near Ground Zero is against that mosque, that imam, in that spot, not Islam in general.


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ABC: THIS WEEK - Imam's wife: N.Y.C. project 'must go forward'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted Sunday to intervening on behalf of one of his top aides imprisoned on corruption charges. "Yes, absolutely I intervened," Karzai said. "Not only did I intervene, but I intervened very, very strongly." Karzai defended his decision to disband private security firms working in his country by the end of the year and blamed them for undermining the growth of Afghanistan's army and police forces. He said the firms are contributing to corruption and undermining recruitment for the Afghan army and police. Karzai said the war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups is "absolutely winnable," but there is not yet a "formal process" for negotiating with the militants. The Afghan president said he was "shocked" to hear of the stoning deaths of a couple by the Taliban and said the incident represented a "failure" of his government to "give protection to the Afghan people."

Daisy Khan, wife of the imam behind the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York City, said the project "must go forward." She said her group, Cordoba Initiative, will meet with stakeholders before deciding whether to meet with New York Gov. David A. Paterson (D). Khan defended her husband's comments that the U.S. was an accessory to the crime of 9/11, saying he was talking about "CIA support specifically to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban" in Afghanistan's war with the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

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CBS: FACE THE NATION - General: Troops could remain in Iraq past 2011

Gen. Ray Odierno emphasized that political development and "unity of vision" were of the utmost importance in Iraq. "I think they're now capable of dealing with the internal security," said Odierno of Iraqi security forces. He emphasized the importance of Iraqi troops' developing the ability to protect Iraq's air, sea and land borders. Asked whether U.S. troops could stay in Iraq longer than the 2011 withdrawal deadline, Odierno left the door open. 'We certainly would consider that."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined host Bob Schieffer next. "I don't think most Americans would care if we had troops in Iraq as long as they were safe and secure," said Graham of a continued U.S. troop presence. Asked about the situation in Afghanistan, Graham was optimistic. "After this trip, I think we can transition next summer" some areas to Afghan control, said Graham, showing a change in position from six weeks ago. "We're on offense now, we've got the ball back."


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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Blago 'serious' about comeback

Former governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) said he is "serious" about attempting a return to politics if a new trial fails to convict him on corruption charges. He denied reports that he charged $80 for photos taken with him at the Chicago Comic Con this weekend, insisting instead that he gave them away for free. However, he said, he charged $50 for autographs because he had to make a living to support his family and accused federal prosecutors of "squeezing" him financially to force him to give up and admit to things he didn't do. He called the event "a way to get out among the people."

Blagojevich said the tapes that prosecutors played in court were of him talking to lawyers and advisers to "consider a variety of options" rather than a concerted effort to sell President Obama's former Senate seat. The former governor repeatedly called on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to release all of the tapes and allow the public to decide whether laws were broken. Blagojevich said the prosecution's case was an attempt to "criminalize politics." If he faces a new trial, Blagojevich vowed to mount a defense and call President Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others to testify.


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CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Dean: Obama's advisers 'out of touch'

Host Candy Crowley focused on the withdrawal last week of the last U.S. combat troops from Iraq, interviewing Gen. Ray Odierno and conducting a roundtable discussion with former ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, retired Gen. Richard Myers and retired Adm. William Fallon. Asked to clarify the term "all combat troops," Odierno clarified, saying the troops that remain "certainly have the ability to protect themselves." Odierno also left the door open for the potential of a U.S. troop presence in Iraq after 2011, depending on the situation on the ground. Later, all three roundtable participants agreed that the establishment of a stable political process in Iraq was the top priority and the leading determinant of when and how U.S. troops could continue to withdraw. On the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran, "There would be perhaps an Israeli attack on Iran," said Khalilzad, if Iran was perceived as coming close to developing a nuclear weapon.


Former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean joined Crowley next. When asked about the popularity of the health-care bill, Dean said, "I don't like the health-care bill. I'd be one of the 56 percent that oppose it." Dean was then asked to predict the results of the midterm elections. Dean said he was confident about Democrats' ability to preserve their lead in the Senate, but appeared to hedge his bets on the House. "We're going to have some pickups, we're going to have some losses," but in the end Dean said "We'll control both houses." On the subject of voter motivation, Dean called the president's advisers out of touch with voters' attitudes outside of Washington, although he did not extend that characterization to the president.

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CSPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Markey: Time is ally of renewable energy bill

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, expressed some doubts as to whether ample work was done to ensure the safety of the food emerging from the Gulf of Mexico. "Where the oil was most heavily concentrated, people want the most information gathered," Markey said. But he emphasized that he would eat seafood harvested from the gulf in FDA-approved areas. Markey also bemoaned the obstruction by oil-state Republicans of renewable energy legislation he had sponsored. When asked about moderate Democrats who also oppose e bill, Markey was quick to turn the blame back on the GOP. "Let's just keep the proportion of the problem correct," said Markey, emphasizing the power of the 40-senator Republican minority that he accused of blocking the bill. "I do believe time is our ally," Markey said.

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Q: How are you going to pay for the $2T already borrowed to pay for the Bush tax cuts and the hundreds of billions of EXTRA borrowing that would be needed to give the uber rich more money to sit on until demand returns?

McConnell: Same way we pay for everything - the labor's of the unborn and those too young to vote!

Posted by: Barry_H_Entai | August 24, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

@ELF2,

Not only did Bush NOT ask for stricter regulations, he fought against them along with Boehner and Grassley and the rest of the Republicans. Were you even here in that era? My God man, that's all they talked about was how regulations are "killing business". In fact, thanks to Bush's anti-regulatory stance, he loosened CRA rules so that any bank could qualify and he loosened subprime standards, creating the NINJA loan which helped drive subprimes from 13% of all mortgages in 2000 to 20% of all mortgages in 2004. I would love to hear how you are going to blame Frank, a minority party in Congress and opposition party to the WH, for this. Despite Democrats railing about predatory lending and calling for regulation every year during Bush's two terms, nothing was done until March of 2007, two months after we kicked the corrupt traitors out of power, when the Dems passed the first financial regulatory bill in over a decade. You want to blame somebody for the mortgage crisis, blame Phil Gramm, the "inventor" of the MBS and the lead sell-out of the Gramm-Leach Act. Then, rank two for blame would be Bush, Boehner, Grassley, and Greenspan for their parts in ignoring all the warnings starting in 2001 about the bubble and the mortgage crisis.

Posted by: Barry_H_Entai | August 24, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The relevant question is:

Why does a man who seeks to lead the U.S. Senate continue to be one of the nation's most divisive, far-right politicians?


McConnell is a right-wing nut.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | August 24, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it's current tax policy. And the policy as it was enacted using reconciliation rules, was for it to expire after 2010 and for things to return to where they were. So what we now do in 2011 would be new tax policy and the question is therefore legitimate as to how we are going to pay for the hole in the budget that this would create if we simply continue it in its present form. This Bush Tax cut has put a cumulative $2 trillion Hole in our budget deficit according to one economist from Syracuse Univ. The interest on this additional debt is staggering as well. So it certainly is legitimate to ask how we are going to pay for it. Republicans keep saying taxing those over $250,000 in income will hurt small businesses. Most small business owners don't make this kind of money. Maybe doctors and rich lawyers do as so called small businesses. Maybe movie stars do as small business enterprises. But the guy who owns the diner down the street or the flower shop probably doesn't. This small business ruse is a way the Republicans can avoid defending the high income earners who benefited the most from the Bush tax cuts which, by the way, were financed by borrowing money. That should offend some of you Tea Partiers our there - Bush added $2 trillion to the debt with his little tax package which he passed in the way you so bitterly complained about how amendments to the health care bill were passed - reconciliation.

Posted by: rcairo | August 24, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

ELF2, no matter how many times you repeat yourself the facts are that Republican policies during the GW Bush years were the primary reason we're in the quandary we're in today. Massive growth in government, wars, new entitlements, and tax cuts. We're still paying for the new domestic programs and foreign policy blunders today, and will be into the future.

The housing crisis was infinitely more complicated than you acknowledge and just about everyone shares the blame. No one in a position of political power was sounding the alarm. Far from being the voice of reform and regulation, Bush was touting the rise in homeowner rates as a feather in his own cap. Remember all that talk of the "ownership society"?

Facts are stubborn things, ELF2.

Posted by: wireknob | August 23, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget how we got to this economic crisis. Bush repeatedly asked for stricter mortgage regulation the Democratic congress (including Senator Obama) chose to do nothing, with Dem. Barney Frank saying "there is no risk of a housing meltdown."

Republicans under Bush may have drove the car into a ditch but lets be clear, it was Democrats who pushed our Houses' and our economy off of a cliff! Obama's blame Bush approach ignores all of the basic facts and is meant to distract from Obama's fundamenal lack of leadership.

Posted by: ELF2 | August 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget how we got to this economic crisis. Bush repeatedly asked for stricter mortgage regulation the Democratic congress (including Senator Obama) chose to do nothing, with Dem. Barney Frank saying "there is no risk of a housing meltdown."

Republicans under Bush may have drove the car into a ditch but lets be clear, it was Democrats who pushed our Houses' and our economy off of a cliff! Obama's blame Bush approach ignores all of the basic facts and is meant to distract from Obama's fundamenal lack of leadership.

Posted by: ELF2 | August 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget how we got to this economic crisis. Bush repeatedly asked for stricter mortgage regulation the Democratic congress (including Senator Obama) chose to do nothing, with Dem. Barney Frank saying "there is no risk of a housing meltdown."

Republicans under Bush may have drove the car into a ditch but lets be clear, it was Democrats who pushed our Houses' and our economy off of a cliff! Obama's blame Bush approach ignores all of the basic facts and is meant to distract from Obama's fundamenal lack of leadership.

Posted by: ELF2 | August 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget how we got to this economic crisis. Bush repeatedly asked for stricter mortgage regulation the Democratic congress (including Senator Obama) chose to do nothing, with Dem. Barney Frank saying "there is no risk of a housing meltdown."

Republicans under Bush may have drove the car into a ditch but lets be clear, it was Democrats who pushed our Houses' and our economy off of a cliff! Obama's blame Bush approach ignores all of the basic facts and is meant to distract from Obama's fundamenal lack of leadership.

Posted by: ELF2 | August 23, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ten years ago we were running surpluses and were on a trajectory to fix our fiscal situation. Both Democrats and Republicans deserve credit for that, whatever their motivations were at the time.

Now we are in a terrible situation, in the middle of a serious recession while sitting on massive debt and with loads of unfunded programs enacted over the past decade.

The key question is: what are we going to do about this? Don't we deserve an answer to this question from those running for office, especially since so many of them are responsible for creating the mess in the first place?

I guess McConnell's answer is that Republicans would like to return to the policies of the G. W. Bush years: tax cuts that primarily go to the already rich, no significant spending cuts, and even bigger deficits. That is exactly what his answer implied.

Posted by: wireknob | August 23, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I too will take McConnell's word for it that he's not a child molester and doesn't currently beat his wife.

Posted by: vztownes | August 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

To lindalovess who wrote:
You’ll never get the black vote or minority vote. Not so long as you’re putting Republican tax burglers up against President Obama so that Republican can start sending jobs overseas again.
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Your'e probably right about the black and minority vote, but we're hoping they wake up from the lies dimcrats feed them every election cycle. Don't know what a tax burgler is - guess it means dimcrats whao have run our deficit to $1.3 TRILLION. As far as sending jobs overseas - wasn't it Clinton who gave us NAFTA? Get your facts straight girl.

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

TO: emyers12345 who wrote:
“LOL - this is the reasons I enjoy the Post - hearing all of the whiney babies disguised as dimcrats. Oh, poor us, please have pity. Not today dimcrats - Obambi and his "fellow travelers" suck at running the country. Please just go away and let real people take over. LOL, you guys are just too funny.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The only person who was ever as good at running this country as President Obama is, was Bill Clinton.

In your misguided mind, you seem to think Republicans robbing us blind, and lying us into war is a good thing.

Thank the stars there’s not enough dimwitted idiots around to get anybody elected.

You’ll never get the black vote or minority vote. Not so long as you’re putting Republican tax burglers up against President Obama so that Republican can start sending jobs overseas again, and spending all our hard earned money in foreign countries again.

It ain’t gonna happen, because we don’t want those criminals and warmongers back.

Posted by: lindalovejones | August 23, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

TO: emyers12345 who wrote:
“…Here is my point fool - It seems that republicans cannot make a point without democrats twisting the meaning and reasoning…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

It’s not the Democrats.

Most of the “points” Republicans try to make are already twisted and is void of all “reasoning” unless of course, their reasons are purely evil.

For example, this whole thing about President Obama’s religion is pure demagoguery.
Just in case you don’t know the meaning of “demagogue” it means to lie for political gain.

Republicans think if they lie non-stop then somehow they can beat Obama in 2010.

Here's the news: It ain't gonna happen.


Posted by: lindalovejones | August 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

LABC - I'm not afraid to post my name - what are you hiding behind? And yes, there is a place where I would shove your pacifier - bend over. Here is my point fool - It seems that republicans cannot make a point withough dimcrats twisting the meaning and reasoning. These attacks started the day Bush took office. So, if you are implying that republicans are using dimcrat tactics consider who the teachers were. Now, go learn your history. How old are you ? 14?

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't take McConnell's word that he is human. Why, he looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy! And I think he has communications with the devil, THE DEVIL!

Posted by: johng1 | August 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks LABC, you just proved my point. Whiney, whiney baby. The dimcrats can only attack, which would be ok if they had valid points but this whiney stuff just makes you all look like babies. Go suck your pacifier.

Posted by: emyers12345
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Was there a valid point in either of your comments? No? Then take the pacifier out of your mouth and insert it where your brain is actually located, m'kay?

Posted by: LABC | August 23, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse


Every income tax bracket was lowered by the Bush tax cuts, and everyone pays less in taxes while these tax cuts remain in effect.

Posted by: screwjob21 | August 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks LABC, you just proved my point. Whiney, whiney baby. The dimcrats can only attack, which would be ok if they had valid points but this whiney stuff just makes you all look like babies. Go suck your pacifier.

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

LOL - this is the reasons I enjoy the Post - hearing all of the whiney babies disguised as dimcrats. Oh, poor us, please have pity. Not today dimcrats - Obambi and his "fellow travelers" suck at running the country. Please just go away and let real people take over. LOL, you guys are just too funny.

Posted by: emyers12345
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Why do you wingnuts always read like brainless high school girls? Hey moron, you ran the country into the ground the last time around, so...uhhhh, no thanks...LOL!OMG! LMAO! CYA! BLAH BLAH...

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Posted by: dfdgfhgfh8 | August 23, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

LOL - this is the reasons I enjoy the Post - hearing all of the whiney babies disguised as dimcrats. Oh, poor us, please have pity. Not today dimcrats - Obambi and his "fellow travelers" suck at running the country. Please just go away and let real people take over. LOL, you guys are just too funny.

Posted by: emyers12345 | August 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

So we also take McConnell's word that he is a Christian? It would be so refreshing to have a politician admit that he or she is an out and out pagan.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | August 23, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

So we also take McConnell's word that he is a Christian? It would be so refreshing to have a politician admit that he or she is an out and out pagan.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | August 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ will make that determination on the Judgment Day!

However, the top two things that God states he hates are:

1. Proud Look
2. Lying Tongue

Obama is the OPPOSITE!

Posted by: theaz | August 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

That is mighty white of McConnell to take the President at his word. I hope that the President will do the same for him and continue to spare him at Thanksgiving...

What a dumb party the GOP has become.

Posted by: LABC | August 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Paul Ryan is so "creative" that he's too smart for grad school. He's too smart to get a job offer in the private sector.

If you want to be a lawmaker, go to law school and pass the bar first.

If you want to have credibility on economic policy, at least have a master's degree.

Otherwise, you are indistinguishable from a clue-less 21 year old college grad.

Posted by: sm4269a | August 23, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The GOP platform this fall will consist of what? Hypocritical, obstructionist racism? That's all they've come up with so far - not a damned thing to help anyone but themselves. Hope they all have asbestos underwear cause where they're going they're sure as "hell" going to need it.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | August 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans claimed that they supported an extention to unemployment benefits that were to expire but were voting against it because the Democrats wouldn't pay for it with cuts elsewhere. Now they won't say how they will pay for a new extension a tax cut program that is set to expire. The hypocritical Party of "No" on display at its worst.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 23, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

When this country's in as much trouble as it is is a hell of a poorly-chosen moment to be preoccupied with self-indulgence in petty political rivalries.

I saw this coming more than two years ago, but I hoped to be wrong about it. When Obama won the presidential nomination, my comment was that we were about to see just how ugly this nation's race issues still are.

I ate being right about it, but it's true: Almost none of the particular kinds of identity attacks being waged against Obama could have been used, if there were a white man in the White House.

There it is, America, big as life, and twice as ugly. Your racist heritage is showing, and you're the very last ones to acknowledge it for what it is, because denial's like that.

It's really, really time to grow up a little. Those of you who hate seeing a n----- in the White House just have to suck it up and do what you've been pretending to do for a generation: look at this President as a man, and not as escaped livestock. If you really want to know why Michelle Obama had cause to be proud to be an American "for the first time in her life," well, look at us now, making up silly things, things we know to be lies, to attack the President over, all to cover up the real reason for the attacks: that far too many of us just can't stand to see a Black man in a White House.

McConnell is a case in point: he claims to accept Obama's word that he's a Christian, but he refuses to assert that Obama is a Christian in fact, a fact that he is certain to have personally verified, just in case there were a real political wedge issue there. McConnell wants the President swinging in the wind, so he postures that he accepts the President's word, and then goes back and tells his base the President's word is worthless.

In truth, McConnell has clearly demonstrated that his own word is worthless.

Posted by: lonquest | August 23, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

When this country's in as much trouble as it is is a hell of a poorly-chosen moment to be preoccupied with self-indulgence in petty political rivalries.

I saw this coming more than two years ago, but I hoped to be wrong about it. When Obama won the presidential nomination, my comment was that we were about to see just how ugly this nation's race issues still are.

I ate being right about it, but it's true: Almost none of the particular kinds of identity attacks being waged against Obama could have been used, if there were a white man in the White House.

There it is, America, big as life, and twice as ugly. Your racist heritage is showing, and you're the very last ones to acknowledge it for what it is, because denial's like that.

It's really, really time to grow up a little. Those of you who hate seeing a n----- in the White House just have to suck it up and do what you've been pretending to do for a generation: look at this President as a man, and not as escaped livestock. If you really want to know why Michelle Obama had cause to be proud to be an American "for the first time in her life," well, look at us now, making up silly things, things we know to be lies, to attack the President over, all to cover up the real reason for the attacks: that far too many of us just can't stand to see a Black man in a White House.

McConnell is a case in point: he claims to accept Obama's word that he's a Christian, but he refuses to assert that Obama is a Christian in fact, a fact that he is certain to have personally verified, just in case there were a real political wedge issue there. McConnell wants the President swinging in the wind, so he postures that he accepts the President's word, and then goes back and tells his base the President's word is worthless.

In truth, McConnell has clearly demonstrated that his own word is worthless.

Posted by: lonquest | August 23, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that in the "Land of the Free" the US of A, that one's religion is of utmost importance. It was this type of thinking that brought the Crusades, and the Inquisition. We're just so glad that McConnell decided not to use the auto de fe to make sure.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | August 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I will take Mitch McConnell's word for it that he is part of the human race. That gives new meaning to the word "scumbag".

Posted by: midn88gar | August 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he takes President Obama at his word when he says he is a Christian.

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Thank you, oh, Pope Pruneface for thy mercies.

Now call off your altarboys at Fox News.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

mconnell is against affordable health care for the poor, was against extending unemployment for millions of hurting Americans, and is in favor of raiding the treasury even further so the obscenely rich can avoid paying a pittance more in taxes. '

Judging the tree by the fruit it bears the person whose Christianity should be in question is obvious. But we'll give mitch the benefit of the doubt when he wears his religion on his sleeve - sort of like the Pharisees of yore..........

Posted by: John1263 | August 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice when Republicans wail about spending they never mention the cost of endless war in the Middle East?

Posted by: areyousaying | August 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

In the threatening Huckabee Jesuslandia, being "Christian" will be the litmus test of our President.

"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he takes President Obama at his word when he says he is a Christian"

There you go Limbaugh's lemmings and Fox News drones - move on to another smear like maybe he's gay or the 14th Amendment was never ratified.

You people are insensitive and need to keep your church away from my house.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 23, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Again, no plan from the Republican leadership for how they will deal with deficits (or anything else, for that matter). Their only approach is to make the already huge deficits bigger with more tax cuts...repeating the same policy that led to an enormous accumulation of debt in the first place. I don't understand how Republicans can criticize deficits and make them a campaign issue while only proposing to be less fiscally responsible and make them even bigger. Republicans still don't get it...they're proposing that we return to the reckless fiscal policies of the Reagan and G. W. Bush years! Does any sane person out there still find this appealing?

Posted by: wireknob | August 23, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Imam Rauf's wife says that the project must go ahead. What does the Sharia project mean for the USA? "After two years of work, the Sharia Index Project’s working team of Sunni and Shi’a legal scholars from Morocco to Indonesia achieved consensus on a final structure on philosophy, methodology, and approach to providing the general public, opinion leaders, and state officials in both the Muslim and Western worlds with an Islamic legal benchmark for measuring “Islamicity” of a state." Where does the USA measure on "Islamicity"? Is it a goal to increase the USA's "Islamicity"?

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Posted by: shawnmichael23 | August 23, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen Meet the Press yet. I wonder if McConnell is asked why the tax cuts for the rich do not need to be offset while unemployment comp. for people who (to say the least) aren't so rich must be offset. It would be truly outrageous if McConnell was allowed to get away with this vicious hypocrisy.

Posted by: twm1 | August 22, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse


What a fool. He basically admitted that the GOP is just nothing more than a lap-dog for Wall St.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | August 22, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is one more punchline to the joke that is party politics. Hahahaha!

Posted by: whocares666 | August 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course he won't explain how we are going to pay for government services while giving the filthy rich pigs more tax breaks. How about giving a real tax break to the 97% of taxpayers who make this country run and increase taxes on the millionaires? Small business my @#$@! I am a small business owner and I won't be hurt by these tax reduction expirations. What a bunch of flat-out lying, cheating, freaks these GOP rectums are. Maybe some people were lulled into compliance by a stupid $300.00 tax rebate, but the thinking people of this country weren't. W and that demon-puppet Cheney can shove that tax rebate up their *&^$#! pay for what you use. Fiscal responsibility was the will-o-the-wisp that the GOP was touting when W was in orifice. Two wars, tax breaks for the wealthy, Gitmo, Katrina, and bailouts for the banks and the suto industries were all the fiscal responsibilty of the Republican party. Period. No rebuttal. And to add icing on the cake: killing people and cutting medical benefits, and forced re-deployments of our military, civilian casualties all under the auspices of a supposed religious person. What a joke. This country is going to hell in a handbasket and neither main stream political party can save it.

Posted by: Anomie088 | August 22, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

One man - two faces.

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 22, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Read about this crazy story about Republican gubernatorial candidate and Fox News regular John Kasich:

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Posted by: HitEleven | August 22, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Paying for Tax Cuts (or any other Republican Boondoggle)

Why is anyone surprised that Senator McConnell, Paragon of Fiscal Prudence, is unwilling to pay for the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. Let the tax cut reductions of 2001 and 2003 expire. All of them.

President Bush, with Sen. McConnell’s help, deliberately passed tax reductions with end dates to avoid having to include the effects of the tax bill on the Federal deficit.

The same Republican Party and its’ leaders, Sen. McConnell and Rep. Boehner, are now calling the expiration they deliberately included in the law by a Republican President and a Republican Congress an Obama tax increase if it is allowed to expire on the date clearly stipulated in the law. Perhaps the measure was too long for the Republicans to read in 2001 and 2003.

Republicans wrote and passed a 2001 and 2003 tax cut bills that were unfunded. Republicans wrote and passed a Medicare Rx prescription plan that was unfunded. Republicans wrote and utilized emergency appropriations that were never included in annual budgets to pay for the entire cost of running the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from 2003 through 2008. The Republicans now propose extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts without funding them.

I was willing to serve in the Armed Forces. I am willing to pay for the cost of providing government that provides the Liberty we enjoy, the roads we drive on, the schools our children attend, and provide police and safety in our communities.

Why do so many Americans, elected politicians, and media pundits demand Liberty and the services that make our country great, but refuse to defend it, or pay for the government services to make it happen?

Anyone who wants the tax cuts extended should explain how they plan to fund the estimated $3.1 Trillion Dollars cost without increasing the deficit.

Posted by: ThoseWhoServe | August 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Mitch sure is a dead ringer for a manateee dressed in a three piece suit...guzzle that sea lettuce, Mitch...you're looking a little peaked.

Posted by: Jerryvov | August 22, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Mitch sure is a dead ringer for a manateee dressed in a three piece suit...guzzle that sea lettuce, Mitch...you're looking a little peaked.

Posted by: Jerryvov | August 22, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Since those who have declared themselves to be the voice of the Republican Party have now also have decided that they own Ground Zero, perhaps they will give Mitch McConnell permission to stop blocking the bill to provide funds to treat the Ground Zero first responders who have long-term health conditions directly related to the services they provided. Given the party's new-found dislike of deficits, allowing the tax cuts on the wealthy to expire would be a fine way to pay for it.

Posted by: exco | August 22, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Since those who have declared themselves to be the voice of the Republican Party have now also have decided that they own Ground Zero, perhaps they will give Mitch McConnell permission to allow the bill to provide funds to treat the Ground Zero first responders who have long-term health conditions. Given the party's new-found dislike of deficits, allowing the tax cuts on the wealthy to expire would be a fine way to pay for it.

Posted by: exco | August 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Current tax policy is that the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire at the end of the year. McConnell is arguing for a change of current policy.

McConnell has shown again that the Republican Party is the party of the rich. Republican policy is that we don't have to pay for an extension of tax cuts for the rich who have lost nothing in the recession; we do have to pay for an extension of unemployment payments to those who have lost the most in the recession.

Posted by: esch | August 22, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

With specific reference to Social Security
(OASDI), it is a LIE to say that this "entitlement" is a problem. The problem is that morons in the US Congress have used the excess paid-in Social Security for stupid pork earmarks, unnecessary wars and a bloated and incompetent federal government for DECADES. Social Security has paid its way. The problem is that FOOLS have run the system into the ground with the establishment of a "Trust Fund" that is, in reality, a pile of IOUs.
Americans, do NOT let the Republicans trick you into accepting any cuts in Social Security, while, at the same time, operating a HUGE and unnecessary military presence around the globe that does little to enhance America's security. Then, there is the TRILLION dollars that the Republicans and the Smirking Chimp and War Criminal Bush WASTED with the unnecessary war of choice in Iraq for Israel. Better WAKE UP and start to think AMERICA FIRST.

Posted by: usnr02 | August 22, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I watched in disbelief how McConnell sidestepped the question about how to pay for expanding the Bush's tax cuts. Using his talking points, he kept repeating that not extending tax cuts amounts to a tax increase that will hurt small businesses in a weak economy. Those tax cuts like the medical drugs prescription, and the two wars were never paid for. They increased the deficit that republicans pretend to fight. Gregory gave up way too soon, and failed to directly link the tax issue with the deficit. In my humble opinion, some of our interviewers just don't have the courage to stick to their guns. The GOP cannot have it both ways: fight the deficit while advocating the continuation of deficit causing tax cuts.

Posted by: info22 |

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Knowing that McConnell is a master of using talking points to sidestep the question. It is no wonder he's a clueless moron with no basic understanding of economics to even hold the position of majority leader.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 22, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

McConnell said. "When did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, 'pay for?'

It is in your own word when you and your minions were blocking bills by demanding it to be paid for with spending cuts while borrowing money to pay for the tax cuts and spending on various programs.

It is the second time in two weeks both leadership (Boehner and McConnell) have avoided answering the SPECIFIC question of whether the tax cut is PAID for by going with the talking points route. What's even funnier that he smiled when he was cornered.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 22, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

So for months mcconnell blocked extening unemployment benefits for millions of American families ostensibly because it would cost too much, and would add 26bn over a decade to the national debt. Now he is arguing that giving the very wealthy trillions in unpaid for tax breaks is no biggie because the debt doesn't matter.

There are no words for how low the republicons are. Kick kids to the streets and crowd the public schools until there is no chance that anyone can possibly succeed, but just so long as the hyper rich don't have to pay what they paid under Clinton 10 years ago who cares? THAT is what you get if you vote republicon. The republic gets conned.

Posted by: John1263 | August 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

You just have to laugh at the republicans like McConnell when cornered by the truth. I can't wait to hear how the "conservative" talking proctologists try to spin that crock of bull caca and they ought to be glad it was a gentleman like Gregory instead of anOPINIONATEDsob like myself asking the tough questions because I would have buried the poor moron in facts until he stroked out. Just how did we ever manage to allow total morons to control this country for so long and we still react to the lies and stupidity of the ones at fault while making derogatory statements about those few who actually try to correct the crimes of the past like Haliburton and ENRON. Staggers the mind!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | August 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McConnell on tax cuts:
"When did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, 'pay for?' "

Ah...maybe back when your Cowboy president started two wars without paying for them! Instead of raising taxes to pay for war, you "fiscal conservatives" GAVE a tax break to the wealthy who bought yachts and continued their investments in overseas companies.

Posted by: hrobert02 | August 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't one to hear another word from Conservative Republican's or Tea Bagger's whining and crying about trillions in dollars in Federal Deficits when it's their own fault that the country is in such Dire Straits, due to their spending and tax cuts, and borrowing money from other countries to pay for wars and these tax cuts. There ain't nothing fiscally responsible about any of this and if Republicans like McConnell and others believe they are being fiscally responsible, well let's just say, they're WRONG.

People like McConnell need to be voted out of office just for being ignorant, while at the same time trying to convince the rest of us that he's a fiscally conservative politician.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | August 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I watched in disbelief how McConnell sidestepped the question about how to pay for expanding the Bush's tax cuts. Using his talking points, he kept repeating that not extending tax cuts amounts to a tax increase that will hurt small businesses in a weak economy. Those tax cuts like the medical drugs prescription, and the two wars were never paid for. They increased the deficit that republicans pretend to fight. Gregory gave up way too soon, and failed to directly link the tax issue with the deficit. In my humble opinion, some of our interviewers just don't have the courage to stick to their guns. The GOP cannot have it both ways: fight the deficit while advocating the continuation of deficit causing tax cuts.

Posted by: info22 | August 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

At a similar point in his presidency—in the months before the 1934 midterm elections—FDR seemed to be heading for a rebuke at the polls. Officials at the Democratic National Committee said the party would be lucky to hold its losses under 50 seats in the House. Indeed, in the summer of 1934, the leading columnist for the New York Times, Arthur Krock, summed up FDR’s situation with two words: TROUBLES AWAIT. “Business is still ailing,” Krock noted. “The hoped-for lift has not yet come.” Though the economy had begun growing again, the recovery was not yet a fact of life for most Americans. Unemployment remained shockingly high: nearly 20 percent of the workforce. “If there are immediate solutions,” Krock continued, Roosevelt’s “counselors do not know them.” The New Deal seemed in many ways a spent force, and FDR had no big, new initiatives to replace it. As Roosevelt’s popularity waned, his opponents pounced. “We have been under very heavy bombardment,” FDR told an outside advisor. Conservatives, he said, were “shrieking to high heaven,” attacking the New Deal as “state socialism.” On the left, Roosevelt’s critics, muttering “betrayal,” denounced the big-business bent of the New Deal and its supposed indifference to workers and consumers. The national spirit of shared sacrifice, so powerful at the start of the administration, was clearly expiring. Then, in November 1934, Roosevelt defied gravity. Voters gave Democrats three quarters of the Senate—the widest margin ever in that chamber—and nine more seats in the House. The election—widely and rightly portrayed as Roosevelt’s victory, though he did not appear on the ballot—obliterated the truism that in off-year elections, the president’s party inevitably lost seats. FDR emerged, in the view of the New York Times, with “the greatest power that has ever been given to a Chief Executive.” And it is my belief like way back then, citizens are angry as heck at the political structure that leaves them feeling powerless against the Wall Street Robber Barons and most just want to ignore it. But those that show up at the polls I believe will get in that voting booth like Roosevelt's first term and not be able to pull the lever (punch the chad) for the Wall Streeters. And I will note it took even Roosevelt well into his 3rd term to turn the economy around from the last time the repuglicans put us on the rocks.

stolen from Politico

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | August 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Dean but i take it one step further and say Obama along with his advisors are totally clueless.

it is almost like they look at the polls of what the Average American wants then they do the exact opposite just to poke us in the eye.

Well we get to poke them in the Eye in November and i am going to be sure to vote again in 2012 just so i can get my vote in to poke Obama in the eye

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | August 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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