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John Boehner: 'There seems to be some denial on the part of the president'

By Emi Kolawole

Rep. John Boehner, likely to be the next speaker of the House, is on the interview circuit. On Thursday, he sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer and discussed a variety of topics, from his position on the Bush tax cuts and his relationship with President Obama to his personal history and his tendency to get emotional.

Asked whether he had seen Obama's press conference Wednesday after the Democratic Party had lost the House, Boehner said no. "But I've read a little bit about it," he added. "And there seems to be some denial on the part of the president, and other Democrat leaders. The message that was sent by the American people. When you have the most historic election in over 60-70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years."

Boehner has often said his relationship with the president is respectful. Asked what his first sentence would be when he next sees Obama, Boehner said, " 'Hello. Nice to see you.' Now, listen, I have no personal animosity at all towards the president. I get along well with him. And while we disagree, we try to do it in a way that's -- neither one of us are disagreeable."

The conversation turned to Boehner's position on the Bush tax cuts and whether he favored extension of all tax cuts in perpetuity or was willing to agree to a compromise. Boehner grew slightly testy as Sawyer pushed him for a commitment:

BOEHNER: I believe that extending all the current tax rates for all Americans is the best policy, given the economic uncertainty that our country faces and the uncertainty the small businesspeople face all around the country.
SAWYER: But you're not gonna declare this way or the highway, at this point?
BOEHNER: It's only been 48 hours since the election. I do think that my job is to listen to the American people. I'm not -- I don't think Washington has a revenue problem. I think Washington has a spending problem.
SAWYER: So, you're not gonna rule out some negotiated compromise?
BOEHNER: I'm gonna make it perfectly clear. I am for extending all of the current tax rates for all Americans.
SAWYER: But you don't rule out -- if it's your only option --
BOEHNER: We're -- we're -- we're getting into -- what could be or not be -- it's too early for all that.

Boehner also sounded sure that Republicans would get the necessary votes, in both houses of Congress, to repeal the health care overhaul: "I'm pretty confident that, come next year, we will have the votes to repeal that bill and to replace it with commonsense reforms to bring down the cost of health insurance and expand access."

While it's likely Boehner has the votes in the House it is doubtful the Senate would pass a repeal, and Obama would almost certainly veto any repeal attempt.

Asked for his assessment of how history will judge Speaker Nancy Pelosi's four-year tenure, Boehner was brief but pointed, "I think it's too early to predict what it will say. Other than the partisanship got worse, not better."

Boehner brushed off Sawyer's comments about his propensity to get emotional. "Everybody knows I can get emotional from time to time."

The Slurpee-summit proposal was also touched on, but Boehner was cool to the idea of placing the icy beverage at the center of a meeting with the president, "I don't know about a Slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?"

By Emi Kolawole  | November 4, 2010; 7:52 PM ET
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When America stop referencing the discrimination commentaries of our dear and beloved 44th President, USA of Palin,Lambaugh, etc., American Attorneys will clearly see the disrespectful demeanors as they are, defamation of character, and unrelenting disrespect, worse discrimination, ever, in the history of America--the newly elected team-leader of Congress, USA, is neither traditional Republican nor Democratic personality--the actions of Palin, Limbaugh, etc., are hate, hateful, and more hate. This ongoing hate breathes more hate and sends hate throughout America and the wide-world... What America must alert ourselves to is whether or not the same airred hate from American citizens will return to those who utter such disgrace or upon some innocent Americans, who wish nothing but love for our 44th President, USA, and humanity in America and the wide-world. As an American, born/raised, just as our 44th President, USA, I solicit the prayers of the righteous that God will continue to let His love rain down on the ignorant whose ignorance is due to stupidity of those who have given themselves as evildoers.

Posted by: ActionSpeaks | November 7, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

When America stop referencing the discrimination commentaries of our dear and beloved 44th President, USA of Palin,Lambaugh, etc., American Attorneys will clearly see the disrespectful demeanors as they are, defamation of character, and unrelenting disrespect, worse discrimination, ever, in the history of America--the newly elected team-leader of Congress, USA, is neither traditional Republican nor Democratic personality--the actions of Palin, Limbaugh, etc., are hate, hateful, and more hate. This ongoing hate breathes more hate and sends hate throughout America and the wide-world... What America must alert ourselves to is whether or not the same airred hate from American citizens will return to those who utter such disgrace or upon some innocent Americans, who wish nothing but love for our 44th President, USA, and humanity in America and the wide-world. As an American, born/raised, just as our 44th President, USA, I solicit the prayers of the righteous that God will continue to let His love rain down on the ignorant whose ignorance is due to stupidity of those who have given themselves as evildoers.

Posted by: ActionSpeaks | November 7, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

These republicans are so rude and crude when speaking about the President on any subject. President Obama is a genious compared to every republican simpleton who has done nothing at all to help Americans since President Obama was elected. They did plenty to harm Americans in the eight prior years of the Bush administration when it was always yes, yes, yes. Now they do NOTHING. Now we will see if nothing is still what republicans are capable of. We will be watching and waiting for all their job creation and miracles of republican planning. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: equalon | November 7, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are so determined to be against good policies and the good results of President Obama's agenda that they are going to be the Party of No Good forever. The GOP have no ideas to solve America's economic problems. They have no ideas for job creation. They do know how to complain and accuse, but now they have the same old same old tax cuts for the rich and stop spending that does not jive with common sense. You don't stop spending with tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. One thing you can count on they are mean and hateful and that will keep things from working for anyone. Hopefully most of the republicans they will be history in two years.

Posted by: equalon | November 7, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Jake02. Get over it already!! You know what a bone head you folks sound like already????

Posted by: J_of_Nevada | November 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is what idiots Boenhner is and his other dumb supporters are. De Nile is in Egypt the Vrishabhavathi River is in India where the President is. What a boner!!!

Posted by: J_of_Nevada | November 6, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Anybody remember John Boehner weeping on the House floor and begging for passage of the bail-out bill? I will give this to the extreme conservatives: they are supremely gifted liars and totally dedicated to protecting the wealthy. If only the Democrats were as devoted to the rest of us, I believe they would have done better in spite of the full-time propaganda spewing from the Republican party infomercial television network.

Posted by: greyK | November 6, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner has a reality problem; he wouldn't know reality if it jumped up and bit him on his Orange-American face.

Fully 61% of voters oppose the GOP's plan to extend the Bush era tax cuts to the super-rich. Before the election, the number was 69%, and all the $3 billion plus in GOP attack ads got was 8 points off that number!

Extending Bush era tax cuts to those which are in the top 2% of income would balloon the deficit by $731 BILLION, about a 5% increase in our total national debt in one fell swoop!

Mr. Boehner's position simply proves, AGAIN, that Republicans are NOT fiscal conservatives.

Since the GOP saint Ronald Reagan ran against the "one trillion dollar deficit," he, Bush I and Bush II increased the national debt by over $10.4 TRILLION of the current some $13.7 trillion national debt. Republican presidents have increased the national debt by over 1,000% since 1980!

Democratic presidents presided over lesser increases in the national debt, and when Bill Clinton left office, there were "surpluses as far as the eye could see."

I don't think that any election results just in were a referendum on anything other than "throw the bums out!" and an homage to the efficiency and effectiveness of the $3 billion in electoral spending which the GOP and its allies in the Chamber of Commerce, Big Oil, Big Pharma, the nuclear power industry, the chemical industry, the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and Dick Armey. Now, Mr. Boehner will have to placate his wealthy and corporate masters, and voters will hate him for it!

If Mr. Boehner were to really care about the results of the election, he'd realize that his party has only a 23% approval rating, that the voters which changed the political landscape in his favor were over 55, white and had incomes of over $50K and voted 25% of votes in this election and that none of those numbers will stay the same for 2012 as Mr. Boehner will have to contend with newly elected Tea Party and other ultra-conservative GOP members' promises to gut Social Security by privatizing it and to destroy Medicare by voucherizing it. All along, Mr. Boehner will fiddle with the ultra-rich and have to take away the Middle Class Tax Cuts from the Democrats' Stimulus plan to pay for his plan to further sop the ultra-rich and add another 5% to the national debt!

No, Mr. Boehner, it is you who has a problem with reality. Good luck as the Democrats spend the next two years saying; "NO!"

Posted by: timothyhogan | November 6, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Do what Harry Truman did when the Republicans won Congress big.
'Enjoy yourself, I'm going ahead with my programs'.

Posted by: kacameron | November 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

No John, the President doesn't want a faux tan--------------nor a faux Republican anything else.

Posted by: kacameron | November 5, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

To my knowledge, this would be the first time that the ruling party in the House will be formed by a Coalition between two parties, the Republicans and the Tea Party.

Remember the Tea Party grew out of dissatisfaction with the Republicans. It took great efforts by some GOP leaders to at least create an appearance of the Tea Party in the Republican bullpen.

We'll have see how long this arrangement of convenience lasts. Now what did Jerry Brown's staff member say about Meg Whitman? A who(r)e? Not that that has any relevance here!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 5, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner: 'There seems to be some denial on the part of the president'
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And there seems an effort by John Boehner to count the seats won by another party before they are hatched!

Posted by: kishorgala | November 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans won?

I thought they had a chance to pickup quite a few seats by their own candidates had they not been defeated by the Tea Party candidates. I think the Republicans ended up losing more than the Democrats did!

And the Republicans lost on the chance to gain majority in the Senate, too!

What is that adage about keeping a smile on the face despite the slap?

Posted by: kishorgala | November 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

John Bonehead is a dork!

If he is not prez then why is he and his family living in the White House, you idiot bigots?

Posted by: mawt | November 5, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

John Bonehead is a dork!

If he is not prez then why is he and his family living in the White House, you bigots?

Posted by: mawt | November 5, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

John Bonehead is a dork!

If he is not prez then why is he and his family living in the White House, you bigots?

Posted by: mawt | November 5, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

John Bonehead is a dork!

Posted by: mawt | November 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: B2O2: First of all, this was hardly "historical".
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Well, I guess if one was UTTERLY ignorant about history you could say that. And, you did.

Anyway, I'm DELIGHTED that Oblather is in Da Nile. It just assures that he'll be a one termer.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Dear ceo1958,

That's gold, thank you.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | November 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: B2O2: First of all, this was hardly "historical".
----------------------------------------
Well, I guess if one was UTTERLY ignorant about history you could say that. And, you did.

Anyway, I'm DELIGHTED that Oblather is in Da Nile. It just assures that he'll be a one termer.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules for Republicans, will make up our own Health Care Bill, we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear ceo1958,

That's gold, thank you.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | November 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules Republicans will make up our own Health Care Bill we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules Republicans will make up our own Health Care Bill we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: B2O2: First of all, this was hardly "historical".
----------------------------------------
Well, I guess if one was UTTERLY ignorant about history you could say that. And, you did.

Anyway, I'm DELIGHTED that Oblather is in Da Nile. It just assures that he'll be a one termer.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules Republicans will make up our own Health Care Bill we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules Republicans will make up our own Health Care Bill we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok America I have great idea since the Democrats want the Damn Kill Health Care Bill so bad. Then let them have it! The 57 percent Majority Rules Republicans will make up our own Health Care Bill we absolutely want no part of Democrats Kill Bill. You can cram the Heath Care Bill where the sun don't shine Democrats!

Posted by: JWTX | November 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"And there seems to be some denial on the part of the president, and other Democrat leaders. The message that was sent by the American people. When you have the most historic election in over 60-70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years."

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And we're still being ignored. Check out Graydon Carter in Vanity Fair to see. His little "Man Up America!" piece is a great crystalization of what is wrong with leftie, elitist thought in this country. Man up. Like the guy in that picture would even know what that means. The important thing about that article to me is that Mr Obama believes this too...that he's right but he took a shellacking because he didn't speak well enough...pffft. He spoke well enough. We get it...we just don't want it. His continued tone-deafness just highlights with crystal clarity why he has to go in two years. He can't stay. He doesn't get it and he never will. He doesn't understand that he wasn't elected because of his vision. He was elected because he wasn't George Bush...end of story. Jimmy Carter was elected because he wasn't Richard Nixon...end of story. Mr. Obama must go in 2012...there is no point in 'salvaging' him...not gonna happen because he isn't going to change. The Senate will follow the House...that is also now clear.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 5, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"And there seems to be some denial on the part of the president, and other Democrat leaders. The message that was sent by the American people. When you have the most historic election in over 60-70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years."

========================

And we're still being ignored. Check out Graydon Carter in Vanity Fair to see. His little "Man Up America!" piece is a great crystalization of what is wrong with leftie, elitist thought in this country. Man up. Like the guy in that picture would even know what that means. The important thing about that article to me is that Mr Obama believes this too...that he's right but he took a shellacking because he didn't speak well enough...pffft. He spoke well enough. We get it...we just don't want it. His continued tone-deafness just highlights with crystal clarity why he has to go in two years. He can't stay. He doesn't get it and he never will. He doesn't understand that he wasn't elected because of his vision. He was elected because he wasn't George Bush...end of story. Jimmy Carter was elected because he wasn't Richard Nixon...end of story. Mr. Obama must go in 2012...there is no point in 'salvaging' him...not gonna happen because he isn't going to change. The Senate will follow the House...that is also now clear.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | November 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: B2O2: "First of all, this was hardly "historical"."
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Well, I guess if you are ignorant about history you would question it.

Anyway, I'm DELIGHTED that Obumbler is in denial. It's just insurance that he'll be a one termer.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The message that was sent by the American people.

~~~

No Boehner!

Just those American people who voted GOP.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | November 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Please, everybody, take a deep breath, do a little thinking, use a little common sense and, above all, don't try to change history. Health care was entirely drafted by the Democrat-controlled Congress. Obama set some guidelines but gave the overall responsibility to form the legislation to Reid in the Senate and Pelosi in the House. Both of them shut the Republicans out from any input and only wanted them to agree and vote for the 2600 page monster that they passed without even reading. In explaining why it was important to approve this bill, she said, "We'll find out what is in it after we pass it". The Republicans have said numerous times that there are parts of the bill that they agree with such as not using medical situations to determine eligibility for insurance. They oppose mandatory participation and fining companies and individuals for non-compliance. As the bill that was passed is so disorganized, overlapping in many instances and contradictory in others, it is impossible to modify it. The only solution is to scrap it and write a new comprehensive health bill that will preserve the good parts and drop or modify those parts which can not be agreed to in their present form. And, most importantly, the bill should be in plain languaqe, not legalese and made available for public review for sharing their comments with their legislators 30 days before it is put up for a vote.

Posted by: depoulins | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There is no denying the lesson of this historic turnabout of Republican fortunes. If you screw up but deny it loudly from the outset and instead blame the other party (which has done a passably good job of cleaning up after you), and if you go on the attack right away and prevent the other party from doing more than a passably good job, then the passably good job can be made to look abysmal and you can sweep back into power on the strength of popular anger and the stupidity of a certain segment of the electorate.

I asked one of the most astute analysts of American and world news (my mother, who is 80 and an Independent), if we are doomed as a country, to permanent decline and irrationality. She says no. Her analysis is based primarily on gut feeling, however. Oh well. She has faith that enough Americans will come around within the next two years and stop listening to the shouters and misleaders. "They are disgusting. They will get fired."

I defer to her greater years and wisdom, and I pray that she is right. She also tells me not to quit my day job. I will listen to good advice.

Posted by: DavidH3 | November 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: B2O2: "First of all, this was hardly "historical"."
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Well, I guess if you are ignorant about history you would question it.

Anyway, I'm DELIGHTED that Obumbler is in denial. It's just insurance that he'll be a one termer.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

TIME

Time has come for team work

Republicans have to shake hands and work with democrats
Democrats have to work with Republicans

house and senators who don't WELL they need to go.

REPUBLICANS HAVE LESS POWER THAN THE DEMOCRATS OF THE LAST 2 YEARS

TALK WON'T WORK --TEAMING UP TOGAUTHER WILL

MC CONNELL WILL HAVE TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA,BUT WILL HE???

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Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans only won one legislative branch of the federal government. Obama has the power to veto and Senate Republicans can't override. Who is in denial?

Posted by: sr31 | November 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Republicans only won one legislative branch of the federal government. Obama has has the veto and the Senate Republicans can't override. Who is in denial here?

Posted by: sr31 | November 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner is actually the one in denial. First of all, this was hardly "historical". The Democrats now have MORE House members than the GOP did just before the election. It's not the # of changed seats that matters, it's the absolute number of representatives the people vote in. ALL 435 members are up for election each time, remember. So, if this election was a "repudiation of Democratic policies", then the 2008 election was an even STRONGER repudiation of Republican policies.

So where does that leave us exactly? Well, it leaves us just where public opinion polls prior to the election told us we were: The people of the United States esteemed the Republicans in Congress at about HALF the approval rating of our much-maligned president. Yes, really - you can look it up.

People are frustrated, and they're giving the Republicans another chance to do something worthwhile. That's a far cry from an endorsement of anything the NO party has done in recent years.

I hope that clears a few things up for you, Mr. Boehner.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"some denial"?

LOL! His speech the other day make it evident that he took both the Red & Blue pill at the same time. Obie is in LaLa Land.

Posted by: illogicbuster | November 5, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

If President Obama is in "denial" then Mr. Boehner is in "delusion." While Mr. Obama must seek input from House Republicans, it is delusionally arrogant for Mr. Boehner to keep ranting that that winning ONE branch of Congress gives the GOP mandate to remake America for the sole benefit of corporations...and Tax shelters!

Posted by: Whispers | November 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The President had better deny all that is false and wrong. And he had better do it often and loudly.

No matter what Mr. Milbank says.

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Posted by: ajdfhdfgtsdgasd | November 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Who is in denial. If Washington doesn't have a revenue then you have to have 1 trillion plus in budget cuts ready to make that a reality, if you want a real SS and Medicaid trust fund, then you need 2 trillion in cuts.

So we have to close the Pentagon to get even close, since we do not have anywhere near enough social program spending to balance the budget if you keep SSN separate.

Note I would suggest the following

Cut all Farm Subsidies etc watershed protection and other programs to protect common assets.
Savings 50-100 billion.

Do a world wide round of Military Base Closing, that would cost a little more short term, but save billions a year later.

We could stop the stimulus, and unemployment, but that is really going to hurt. A good chunk of the stimulus will be replaced by local funds in time, and some of it was just pulling roads and bridges pulling up in time to generate the jobs now.

We could redo the TRAP program, and only have the 90% of the funds which made money.

Some Conservative ways to raise taxes and cut down the influence of government. Remember every special tax cut is a form of socialism.

Cut special deal tax plans for Hedge Fund Managers and the like in order to cut the influence of government in the economy. The same could be said for capital gains.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | November 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't prejudge a guy's driving ability before you even let him get behind the wheel based upon hearsay and other people's unfounded fear-mongering, let John Boehner and the House Republicans get into Congress in the New Year and into the position the American people just elected them to - let them fix the business environment first.

Once he is Speaker John Boehner will have clearance, and I'll see if I can have a face to face talk with him in person about the task ahead, even the most complicated problem is solvable, its just a little bit more difficult to calculate - but still solvable, its not like they can do it without me, and I can't fix it without them, so the House Republicans and I will need each other if we are to fix this and we'll have to work out a suitable arrangement in person...;-).

And don't listen to stupid economists who try to tell you a financial crisis is followed by a prolonged period of high unemployment - only if you are Japanese and lack imagination, not if you are American and use the best brains you can get your hands on. lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

grangran1 wrote:
You cannot compromise with my freedom and that of my grandkids. Let me make this as plain and simple so someone can interpret it for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. You lost big time. You did not get wiped out but it was as close as I have ever seen in a lifetime. The Republicans took most Governor positions, the House to a whopping number not seen before and 2/3s of the Senate Seats.

Tell you what, grangran. You mention your grandchildren later in your post. My granddaughter has Type 1 diabetes and without the health care reform you hate could have been turned down for health insurance. I've got family members with chronic conditions that require extremely expensive medications. Maybe if you were in my position, you'd realize that this health care bill is a good thing. Or don't you have that much humanity?

And nobody has taken any of your freedom--except Bush with his so-called Patriot Act.

Posted by: amstphd | November 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Boehner seems to think that because he can control one-half of Congress, he can run the country. He is deluded.

Posted by: Jayne | November 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Boehner seems to think that because he can control one-half of Congress, he can run the country. He is deluded.

Posted by: Jayne | November 5, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's note for the record Mr. Boehner's failure to identify a single "common sense reform" to the Health Care bill that he would have Congress implement. Perhaps they will be the same reforms that the GOP fought for during the many years they controlled the WH and either, or both houses of Congress. In other words, NOTHING.

Posted by: sonny2 | November 5, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's note for the record Mr. Boehner's failure to identify a single "common sense reform" to the Health Care bill that he would have Congress implement. Perhaps they will be the same reforms that the GOP fought for during the many years they controlled the WH and either, or both houses of Congress. In other words, NOTHING.

Posted by: sonny2 | November 5, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Boehner seems to think that because he can control one-half of Congress, he can run the country. He is deluded.

Posted by: Jayne | November 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Boehner seems to think that because he can control one-half of Congress, he can run the country. He is deluded.

Posted by: Jayne | November 5, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

President Obama was elected with a 53% vote. And Boehner and company were in DENIAL phase from that point on. They did not care for what the American people wanted. All the right cared about was stuffing their wallets with money from the lobbyists and denying everything President Obama was ELECTED to do. Before President Obama was elected he spoke about HEALTH CARE. His desire to pass HEALTH CARE reform was no secret!! He was electe on that plank. The right -- being in the pockets of the heath destruction industry and BIG PHARMA did everything -- including LYING -- to stop health care reform. And now they are going to do what? No clue, they have no clue and our economy will continue to go down the tubes as the right fixates on destroying President Obama above all other goals.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What a great time to be rich. The hyper-rich .5%, who got massive wealth increases from 2000 to 2008 will now get even more. They only doubled their wealth then, how about tripling their wealth under the fawning smiles of Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell?

Oh, did Reagan double the deficit and then Bush II doubled it again after receiving a balanced budget from Clinton? Well, they were just concerned about the country and their poor suffering multi-millionaire friends.

Did we spend trillions of dollars on the war in Iraq? Or should it have been Iran? Did we charge that all to the national debt. Well, why not because we are Real Patriots!

Has poverty soared under Republican love of the rich? Are 20% of American children in poverty? Well that must just be their fault. Let them eat cake!

Did we bring about the worst financial crisis in 80 years? Well that must have been Obama and the Democrat's fault.

What a great time to be rich and have our Republican and Tea Party friends just drooling to call the shots for us.

Posted by: TomSimone | November 5, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What a great time to be rich. The hyper-rich .5%, who got massive wealth increases from 2000 to 2008 will now get even more. They only doubled their wealth then, how about tripling their wealth under the fawning smiles of Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell?

Oh, did Reagan double the deficit and then Bush II doubled it again after receiving a balanced budge from Clinton? Well, they were just concerned about the country and their poor suffering multi-millionaire friends.

Has poverty soared under Republican love of the rich? Are 20% of American children in poverty? Well that must just be their fault. Let them eat cake!

What a great time to be rich and have our friends calling the shots for us.

Posted by: TomSimone | November 5, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

You can't get Boehner to commit to anything EXCEPT name calling and BS. If the right thinks Boehner is going to bring change they will be VERY disappointed.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

the denial quote is pretty darn disrespectful, as it spins a simple difference of opinion into some kind of psychological diagnosis.

Posted by: jrm1 | November 5, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What a great time to be rich. The hyper-rich .5%, who got massive wealth increases from 2000 to 2008 will now get even more. They only doubled their wealth then, how about tripling their wealth under the fawning smiles of Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell?

Oh, did Reagan double the deficit and then Bush II doubled it again after receiving a balanced budge from Clinton? Well, they were just concerned about the country and their poor suffering multi-millionaire friends.

Has poverty soared under Republican love of the rich? Are 20% of American children in poverty? Well that must just be their fault. Let them eat cake!

What a great time to be rich and have our friends calling the shots for us.

Posted by: TomSimone | November 5, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

screwjob22 aptly named republican, which is what they'll do to America too

$ spent on India trip! LIES LIES LIES!!

BASED ON FLIMSY AND ANONYMOUS SOURCE IN INDIA AND SPREAD BY MICHELE BACHMAN...Eeeewwww

THIS IS UNTRUE: "The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day."

Posted by: marifano | November 5, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Look, the health care bill is not great, it should have included a single payer option for one thing as many have mentioned, but it is better than nothing. So you idiots who still refer it to Obamacare and to Boehner who wants to repeal it, STOP, then explain to me why the richest country on earth cannot afford to provide the same level of health care as most of the industrialized world.

As for JakeD2, I have had it with morons like you who still deny the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. With idiots like you it is no wonder this country is in such the mess that it is.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | November 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I think the Democrats and Republicans are guilty of the same thing. They both accept "soft" money from lobbyists and they put up this fasade as if they really care about the working class.

I'm positive President Obama's intentions were/are genuine but, he's fighting an uphill battle. John Boehner and the Republican party has made it painfully obvious that they are in support of the super rich and, they can care less about bipartisanship.

They are very greedy and dangerous people. They will do anything to turn a buck. It's all about money with those guys.

And what's really funny is that they use their voters as "booty calls". They only come around when they need their votes. They feed them a banquet of BS to have them believe that they're going to fight the good fight in their name. It seems like they never learn. HAHAHAHA...so long SUCKERS until the next election! ROFL!!!

Posted by: carterm1 | November 5, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

My sense is that Obama and the Democrats still don't get it. At the Nov 4 White House news briefing, Gibbs said that the message they are taking away from the election is to move forward and not "repeat the battles of the past two years". That takes the healthcare bill off the table, as old news. Responding to a point that 50% of voters in exit polls didn't like the healthcare bill, Gibbs said, "that means 50% did". Obviously true, but so what does that mean for the 50% who don't like it? Ignore them?

I think Obama is setting himself up for another "shellacking" in 2012.

Posted by: hill_marty | November 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

You are right chiponwhite. I got that 200 million a day cost for the Asia junket from an email. You are right to question it. But the WH does not want to cooperate with the news agencies on how much this will cost. He is taking 40 aircraft including two Air Force Ones. He is taking between 800 to 2000 people. You know the cost is just through the moon. They did confirm he booked very posh gigs in India. Obama could give a rats tail about this nation and our economy. Don't you all see that this is all about him. This is his visit back home.
I am so glad the Republicans won like they did. I am so sick of the Democrat Party and their hypocrisy. Just look at what they say and expect the opposite. Yes they are hiding the facts on this trip and he took off like a bat out of whatever after that shellacking. He is shameless. All of them are shameless.

Posted by: greatgran1 | November 5, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Not content to satisfy their blood lust with half of one third of government in their oily hands, the delusional claim the American people are speaking; would that be the same American people, minus millions who they willfully ignored in their obstruction campaign? All of this verifies my own opinion, if you think the reps are sore losers, just wait til they win and you'll remember they're even worse when given a shred of power. Expect nothing but more of the same nothing from yertle and bonehead in the coming months. When you haven't had a new idea in thirty odd years, why start now?

Posted by: Koko3 | November 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I think the ball bounces both ways. Boehner, the so-called fiscal conservative, is in denial if he wants to extend the tax cuts for everybody including his corporate handlers with out considering how it's all going to be paid for. President Obama is in denial also if he thinks he's going to get the GOP to work with him. They have declared war on him to make him a one-term president so he needs to circle the wagons and get ready to defend the American people because they will be the real losers if Boehner and McConnell get their way.

Posted by: AnRod | November 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to continue to divide Americans along social, economic, & racial lines if he hopes to be able to tranform America into the radical progressive lib bastion that Hungarian billionarre finacier George Soros will demand as payback for the $100's millions he has dispersed to various groups from Acorn, Move On.org to the NPR's of the world. If he can get 12 million illegals amnesty & registered as dems then in 2012 he can declare war on even moderate dems & independents and still win. Divide & blame others with an eloquent words - is that LEADERSHIP we can believe in or what?

Posted by: terps77 | November 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I find the angry liberal responses hysterically funny, espcially the clamis that Republicans don't want to do what's best for the country. The same is said about progressives, and considering their lack of responsiveness to half their constituents and failure to fulfill their promises for "the most open administration" for the last two years, I'd have to say that is true. We have yet to see if the Republicans will uphold their word to work for us, so I'm not putting the cart before the horse.
That said, I would hope the president will take a lesson from Clinton and Bush, and learn how to work with the opposition. I truly doubt it by his own words, but I can hope, as Obama himself advocates for that.

Posted by: moonlitesonata2 | November 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Great. So Republicans are going to raise our taxes in order to show how much they're against tax increases and how much they hate Democrats. Just what we elected them for. Just what we deserve.

Posted by: DaveHarris | November 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

When is Agent Orange going to disclose how much tax payer money he's used to fine tune his fake tan?

BTW John, where are the jobs? Besides the ones lost now that the rail project in Ohio has been disbanded.

Posted by: dcp26851 | November 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Funny that most of these posts point out that either the Repubs, the Dems, or Obama are in denial.
Even more rediculous are those that are posted multiple times by the same person!!!
Maybe they think that by saying the same thing over and over they will get their point across more effectively. It doesn't work and only makes the poster sound stupid.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | November 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The DNC, the RNC, the Marxists, the assorted think tanks, pollsters, campaign ad-men, special-interest groups (lobbiests), Soros-type foundation execs, etc. along w/Boehner are playing it cagey but Boehner & the entire "political professional class" are being driven to accept the FACT that when We The People move as-one-man it is an irresistable force. It is We, not they, who are "the government." And so it will be here in the U.S.A. for as long as We The People are alive and remain in the earth. We will not relent. Give me Liberty or give me Death!

Posted by: ironmule | November 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, I only read one comment on this comment board/blog and it was some moron harpging about the President's legitmacy to be President. How would you like someone to keep asking you to defend where you were born and who you are. What jerks.

Good luck America. You voted and you voted for stagnation. Should be an interesting couple of years.

Posted by: ajackson3 | November 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Great. So Republicans are going to raise our taxes in order to show how much they're against tax increases and how much they hate Democrats. Just what we elected them for. Just what we deserve.

Posted by: DaveHarris | November 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Boehner and McConnell need to tone down their partisan rhetoric, get their butts to the White House and start acting like responsible adults -- rather than fighting over who has more crayons! It's a draw, guys. Are you blind and deaf, as well as dumb?

Reality check: Young Americans are DYING in Afghanistan, while you nuts in Congress fight over who gets a bigger piece of the pie.

We have become a debtor nation under your watch, beholden to China to lend us money to even pay your salaries.

How about if ALL of you folks on Capitol Hill start acting like you have an ounce of patriotism running through your veins by starting to cooperate with one another to help the American people out of the economic morass that you all put us in? There's enough blame to cover all of you, no matter what your political affiliation.

Or, are you folks all still so loopy from yesterday's three-martini lunch that none of you on either side of the aisle gets it?

Posted by: Kathy8 | November 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Struggle for the Victims of Bush and Cheney’s bungled mismanagement and gutting of regulatory agencies that caused the loss of Millions of Jobs, Homes and Businesses continues.

The Department of Commerce should Tax stock trades and gambling transactions a fraction of a penny to fund jobs and infrastructure legislation. There are over $4 Trillion in trades every single day. A minuscule tax of less than a penny on each trade could fund American manufacturing and Job creation. Of course Poor Wall Street billionaire babies will cry; just because they caused the Global Economic meltdown and the loss of Millions of Jobs, Homes, and Businesses, Americans should pity them.

The Fed should demand a bigger cut of the Wall Street Derivatives market. A $600 Trillion Market should be taxed higher to Regulate Risk and Reward and fund Jobs and Unemployment. That’s the least Wall Street can contribute to the 8 Million workers who lost Jobs, Homes and Businesses because they (Wall Street) used people and communities life savings to gamble on Derivatives, Swaps, CDOs and Commodities while awarding themselves Hundreds of Billions.

That's only fair. Of course Poor Wall Street babies will cry; just because they caused the Global Economic meltdown and the loss of Millions of Jobs, included 8 Million in the USA, as well as Millions of Homes, and Businesses, Americans should pity them. Taxpayers should forgive and reward them while families are in poverty, homeless and starving because of their actions, while they give themselves Billions in Bonuses.

Posted by: Airborne82 | November 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Why is Boehner speaking on behalf of the American people? Shouldn't he speak for those who elected him, the people of 8th district in Ohio?

The only elected official who has any real capacity to speak on behalf of the American people is the President.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | November 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

For True Deficit Hawks:

All Bush era tax cuts should expire, but the tax code should be simplified with a minimum rate of 15~20% for all individuals and corporations. The corporate tax rate of 35% is a Joke when loopholes allow companies to write off 100% of their taxes and force small business and individuals to bear the greatest blunt of America’s tax burden. America needs a minimum tax rate of 15~20% for all businesses and individuals after all deductions

http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/01/ge-exxon-walmart-business-washington-corporate-taxes_slide.html?partner=abcnews

“It's the tax benefit of overseas operations that is the biggest reason why multinationals end up with lower tax rates than the rest of us. It only makes sense that multinationals "put costs in high-tax countries and profits in low-tax countries," says Scott Hodge, president of the Tax Foundation.”

All Bush era Tax Cuts, Oil Industry subsidies; estate taxes giveaways and Feedstock and Cotton Subsidies from top to bottom should end. Stop this $4~5 Trillion in giveaways to the most wealthy. Hit 'Reset' until America can bring its military men and women home from the Middle East.

End the $150~$200 Billion over 10 years to Rich farming conglomerates while victims of decades of abuse and discrimination cannot get a dime. End the $80 Billion in subsidies for rich oil companies over 10 years. End the Estate Tax giveaway that costs $300~$700 Billion over 10 years.

Posted by: Airborne82 | November 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This from the same guy who denied that Obama and the Democrats had a mandate 2 years ago, when the Republicans were swept from power.

Boehner isn't just in denial, he is flat out delusional, if he thinks he is now a powerful man. He can't do a damned thing without the Senate, and even if he could get enough votes there, it would never be enough to override a presidential veto. The GOP will just be stroking their egos for the next two years, until the voters realize they really are the party of NO ideas, and throws them back out.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | November 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This from the same guy who denied that Obama and the Democrats had a mandate 2 years ago, when the Republicans were swept from power.

Boehner isn't just in denial, he is flat out delusional, if he thinks he is now a powerful man. He can't do a damned thing without the Senate, and even if he could get enough votes there, it would never be enough to override a presidential veto. The GOP will just be stroking their egos for the next two years, until the voters realize they really are the party of NO ideas, and throws them back out.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | November 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This from the same guy who denied that Obama and the Democrats had a mandate 2 years ago, when the Republicans were swept from power.

Boehner isn't just in denial, he is flat out delusional, if he thinks he is now a powerful man. He can't do a damned thing without the Senate, and even if he could get enough votes there, it would never be enough to override a presidential veto. The GOP will just be stroking their egos for the next two years, until the voters realize they really are the party of NO ideas, and throws them back out.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | November 5, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This from the same guy who denied that Obama and the Democrats had a mandate 2 years ago, when the Republicans were swept from power.

Boehner isn't just in denial, he is flat out delusional, if he thinks he is now a powerful man. He can't do a damned thing without the Senate, and even if he could get enough votes there, it would never be enough to override a presidential veto. The GOP will just be stroking their egos for the next two years, until the voters realize they really are the party of NO ideas, and throws them back out.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | November 5, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The vote was clearly a repudiation of Obama's policies, as well as a signal of the public's discontent with the economy and unemployment.

If Obama chooses to ignore it, he'll get another signal in two years.

Posted by: postfan1 | November 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Granma1 - You said it well. Obama's radical progressive/lib agenda has been revealed & our Campaigner in Chief will now morph into his next role as someone who is practical & moderate & desires "bipartisanship" when if given the chance would jam major legislation down OUR throats without a single non-Dem vote! Oh wait, he already did that with Obamacare & now a country in major debt has to fund a new entitlement for 30 million new people & it will all be managed by the most incompetent & costly mechanism known....the bloated Fed bureaucracy! Did you not learn anything from the most significant change in power election in 70 years?

Posted by: terps77 | November 5, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Whose in denial? The GOOP has yet to even mention the major role they played in bringing down the economy and our democracy. That memory loss thing is bad news, eh. I assume if they plan to get rid of the health care bill they will voluntarily give up their tax-supported health, dental, long term care and pension plans and go into the private market. I'm not holding my breath.l

Posted by: DaBrugg | November 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

All of this GOP hype about a "mandate" and "the most historic election in (so many years)..." is utter hogwash.

The electorate is still just as divided as it was two years ago and the electorate's message remains the same as it was two years ago: WE WANT CHANGE in the way our federal government is acting!

We didn't get the change we were promised, so we started voting against incumbents.

Why is it so hard for the Republicans and the Democrats to get that message? It's Political Science 101!

Posted by: Kathy8 | November 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Greatgran1, I am a grand dad also and have to tell you, you don't know diddly!
When have you ever lived well under a Republican regime? If your SS or Medicare were privatized, where would you be now? How about on the cheeks of your butt.

If you followed the CBO you would have read that the Health Care plan would be saving millions of dollars over the next ten years. But the Republicans and their Insurance lobbyists want to do away with it because it takes money away from them. Not to mention the good items in the Plan that help the poor and indigent. Which by the way you pay for each time you go to the hospital and pay additionally for your care.
Bush gave large tax cuts to all of us but the larger to the rich. Are you aware that 2% of the population controls 49% of the countries earnings? Are you aware of the demise of the middle class under Republican controlled government that allows our technical jobs to be sent over seas for corporate profit. Jobs sent to China do nothing for us in the job market here. But continue to give corporate America it's tax cuts and loopholes and we should be fine. Especially if you are a CEO with a 16 million dollar bonus for making profit. But if you are a working man you should be able to get a job working on a farm picking grapes after they get rid of the illegal aliens. Oh, by the way what did the Republicans do during the Bush years in controlling the Mexican migration? NADA!

So gandpop, continue taking your stupid pills and contaminating your mind with FOX Noise and watch the quality of your grand kids lives become third world level.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | November 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse


This election was a repudiation of Barry the incompetent boob Obama's failed president and of the tax & spend Democrats in Congress.

Barry's team was slaughtered, a loss of 61 seats in the House. Barry the inept bungler is a lame duck after 22 months in office.

Posted by: screwjob22 | November 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@Greatgran1
/ He goes on a 200 million dollar a day junket for absolutely no good reason. /

Where did you got the facts ? Obama is taking CEOs of more than 100 companies with him ..including Pepsi , Honeywell , Nuclear and defense companies to sign deal with India .

/horrific healthcare takeover /

Why socialism and Death Panels are missing in your comment ? Dont get trapped by the talks in Cable TV Talk shows .

Posted by: kailashvg | November 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

OK, the ball is in Boehner's court. Let's see him bring forward a budget that seriously reduces the deficit. I don't care how he does it --- spending, taxes, or some combination --- but now is time for Republicans to put up or shut up. Cut deficits now, today, and in real time.

Posted by: wireknob | November 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

@Greatgran1
And what does Obama do? He goes on a 200 million dollar a day junket for absolutely no good reason. This should make ever honest hard working citizen of this nation cringe with anger.

You are absolutely entitled to your opinion here and I respect what you have said here but could you please cite your source. Where did you get this cost information from and remember for security reasons the secret service would never disclose the true cost of any Obama trip. So could you kindly provide me with a link to the source of $200 million dollars a day. Thank you.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | November 5, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

So we have given the Fox control over the Chickens. Hmmmmm!
Let's see who gets eaten. Let's see if we get better roosts. Let's see if we get better feed. Let's see if the chicken farm prospers.
One thing is for sure, the Fox will eat better!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | November 5, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

You cannot compromise with my freedom and that of my grandkids. Let me make this as plain and simple so someone can interpret it for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. You lost big time. You did not get wiped out but it was as close as I have ever seen in a lifetime. The Republicans took most Governor positions, the House to a whopping number not seen before and 2/3s of the Senate Seats. Hello in liberal la la land.
Our family stands firm to the repeal of that horrific healthcare takeover that the majority in this nation reject. And might I note, that if you did not read this pathetic bill, you are simply too stupid to serve in Congress. Our family stands firm on the Bush tax cuts for all. Our family wants spending cuts across the board. Obama spent 863 billion on things like counting ants in Africa. Are these Democrats not shameless? This was a no jobs payoff to special interests. Who do they think they are fooling?
And what does Obama do? He goes on a 200 million dollar a day junket for absolutely no good reason. This should make ever honest hard working citizen of this nation cringe with anger.
So Republicans, you have our family's blessing to dig in your heels. We support you and what you are about to do.

Posted by: greatgran1 | November 5, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Neither BHO or Boner will negotiate with the press. They will not even tell their position until after a private meeting. Then there will be plenty of time for arrogance and posturing.

Posted by: llnstoner | November 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Neither BHO or Boner will negotiate with the press. They will not even tell their position until after a private meeting. Then there will be plenty of time for arrogance and posturing.

Posted by: llnstoner | November 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Boehner and McConnell just don't get it. They've got a fixation on repealing health care and giving their Wall Street buddies (whom they voted to bail out during the Bush administration) tax cuts. If Americans don't have good jobs by 2012, they can just leave Washington quietly because they won't have a chance or re-election.

Posted by: jlhare1 | November 5, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@whocares66
70chiponwhite Are you positive Clinton Did it?

http://www.americandreamdownpaymentassistance.com/whsp12162003.cfm

Yes according to Wikipedia.org Clinton signed it on November 12, 1999. I absolutely love Clinton but he signed it, but thats not my point. The Republicans could have repealed it but just like you said homeownership was a top priority of the Bush administration. So were there warning signs that there would be problems probabaly but they kept this thing going. You are right again Clinton was not alone but when I think about the role the Republicans played in this saga the term "Contributory Negligence" comes to mind.

Again whocares66 who signed it and who helped doe not really matter now, how do we recover from this mess is a better question? Is Obama or any President for that matter fully capable of fixing this gigantic mess in only two years? How do you replace millions of jobs that were artifically created in the first place. Artifically created means millions of jobs were created by credit and when the credit ran out so did the jobs. Of course it is not that simple but in my opinion it will be awfully difficult if not impossible to bring unemployment down to 7% over the next two year regardless of who is in power.

This thing is a ROYAL MESS, ENORMOUS most Americans have no idea how bad this thing is. Just because the house went Republican is not going to make much difference over the next several years. Now Im worked up and babbling sorry. Have a great day everyone.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | November 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is in denial it's Mr. Boehner and Mr. Mitchell. They misread what this election was about. They DO NOT speak for America. At best they speak for 60 percent of the 50 percent who actually voted. The other 50 precent has not asked for the Republicans to speak for them. So while it was enough to change the game, it wasn't the game. They said they don't care about this country their only goal is to make President Obama a one term President. So they will pay next time if that's all they do. While I hate to agree with Rep. Cantor, he is correct now you have to do something other than say NO. So I'll give you the same amout of time you gave President Obama. Where are the jobs? How come the economy isn't roaring all of a sudden? What happened with jobs and the economy yesterday was done by President Obama not any help by you. Don't give me the cop out that you are not in power yet. You don't have any problem popping your gums disrespectfully ordering the President what he has to do so get busy and cut the posturing and gloating.

Posted by: jacquie1 | November 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have less power than the Democrats had the last two years
Without the Democrats help 2012 could be all Democrat
we need team work. The last 10 years have proven that we need unity
shake hands and work for the voters not the partys mandate
Mc Connell must join

Posted by: theoldmansays | November 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

At least one good thing came out of that Press conference. We now know that the Tuesday Night MASSACRE had nothing to do with Hussein's policies. Everything he's done has been right. The American People are just too scared and stupid and backward, to understand his Magnificence and his Infallibility.
How do I know this?
Cause that's what he told us.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | November 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

other than boehner (he's not) being an idiot, beat makes a good point

Posted by: ro_pu | November 5, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I am sick of seeing this idiot Boehner plastered all over the various media outlets whining all the freaking time. My question to him , his party and the tea baggers is what have they done to improve things in this country except whine and call people names. Remember these same idiots had a grand party for 8 years , 8 years they partied an destroyed this counries economy , now someone has tried to correct this mess and we get these same idiots back up to their old tricks.

Whether you are in agreement with the Tea Party or not, here are some things to think about:

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Administration, Now You Get Mad?


You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.


You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

Yet, you finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the extremely rich even richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...


Oh, Hell No!!

Posted by: BeatDontStop | November 5, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

so how long are the new guys going to have to fix everything before they start getting excoriated by all the "Patriots" or will the 9%+ unemployment still be someone else's fault?

Posted by: ro_pu | November 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is right... Dems in denial... including "its the messaging" Obama.

A year ago... the Democratic Senator Webb from Virginia - issued a warning to Obama and the Dems... after the election of anti-Obamacare Scott Brown and fiscal conservative Chris Christy... Webb suggested Dems shelve Obamacare or re-negotiate...

They ignored his warnings than and the House instead "deemed" at a midnight session that the unread, unpopular, and unsustainable Senate monstrosity become Law.

Obama didn't listen than and appears to not be listening now. Unbelievable ! His Dems paid a huge price this November... and Obama will lose the White House in 2012 if his Dems don't throw him out first.

A tragic failed historic Presidency.

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 5, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

STOP the denial. You broke it now you fix it.

Posted by: whocares666 | November 5, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

70chiponwhite Are you positive Clinton Did it?

http://www.americandreamdownpaymentassistance.com/whsp12162003.cfm

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/10/05/zero_down_mortgage_initiative_by_bush_is_hit/

Bush is hit
Budget office says plan likely to spur more loan defaults

http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/top-5/2008/07/23/Bush-Wall-Street-Got-Drunk/

"....President Bush made homeownership a top priority from his first day in office. Can't afford a down payment? We'll pass legislation so you don't have to! Got bad credit? No worries!

It sounds like an ad from a predatory lender. It came in the form of the names like American Dream Down Payment Initiative, the Minority Homeownership Initiative, and Zero Down Payment Initiative.

It takes financial ingenuity to make sure everyone can own their own homes. Wall Street executed his plan for him with its "fancy financial instruments."

And Bush applauded it. The economy was strong, interest rates were low, and more people owned homes. And guess who took the credit? Here, a few choice excerpts as a reminder of just how much the administration enjoyed the tequila-drenched party:"

Clinton Wasn't Alone!

Posted by: ddoiron1 | November 5, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The GOP was in denial that Obama won the presidency and for 2 years acted as if they were running the country with pure obstructionism and nihilism (I know it's a big word, conservatives, look it up) on their part. If the GOP thinks just because they won the House that they are running the show, good luck. They're not. Their power is quite limited and they will be exposed (again) as the part of unserious ideas, with no plan to attack the deficit and with proposals that will serve to only enrich further the corporations and the wealthy that supported them in the past election (tax cuts for the wealthy!). More of the piss-down economics of the past 30 years. Americans are not falling for that crap anymore. Boner should just go sit in his tanning booth and have a drink.

Posted by: B-rod | November 5, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

If John deBoner thinks the American people want hacks like him or Mitch McDumbell to do much of anything, he is sorely mistaken. Most Americans don't know who he is, and the mere mention of his name will drive most Americans to the toilet by this time in 2012, when we are discussing President Obama's reelection.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 5, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Boehner and Repubs have to realize there is no great love for them - people voted AGAINST Dems, not as much FOR Repubs. The infighting has already started - we want to see elected officials WORK TOGETHER to solve issues. Palin etal are making politics a circus - too many on a high horse (like O'Donnell blaming Rove for losing - she lost because she's a ditz - Teabaggers just don't get it).

Posted by: chris76543 | November 5, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

At least one good thing came out of that Press conference. We now know that the Tuesday Night MASSACRE had nothing to do with Hussein's policies. Everything he's done has been right. The American People are just too scared and stupid and backward, to understand his Magnificence and his Infallibility.
How do I know this?
Cause that's what he told us.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | November 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. This countries problems started November 12, 1999 when Clinton signed it. It repealed part of the The Glass-Steagall Act (Wikipedia.org)In my opinion the modernization act set in motion a series of deregulatory events that played a major role in this countries financial troubles.

Many people are clueless to these two acts. Our country began to derail almost ten years ago. The Republicans had eight years to repeal the (Modernization)act and they failed to do it because people were buying homes backed by nebulous and complex derivatives such as credit default swaps. The economy appeared to thrive then two wars which to date has cost this country and tax payers over a Trillion dollars. Then all of these things finally caught up with us and now our economy was close to a complete melt down.

It perplexes me to think that anyone could seriously believe that Obama would be able to correct a series of difficult and complex problems that started ten years ago in the first two years of his term. I am not delusional nor do I think by any means that he is a perfect president, he has made his share of a lot of mistakes but I think for what he was handed he has done a good job.

Do you think that McCain and "Pageant speak" Palin were elected we would be much better off than we are now. I don't think so.

The recovery process will have to run its course and it will more likely take years and if we are still blowing cash in Iraq and Afghanstan it will take many years longer. The work "Choke Point" comes to mind because thats were we are. Things will move along very slowly if at all. So the next two years will be filled with more yelling screaming and the blame game. Its going to be hard to watch.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | November 5, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

As much as it pains me to agree with just about anything Mr. Boehner may opine in the wake of this election, he is absolutely correct that President Obama is in denial about the reasons for the rejection of Democrats. It seems that denial of reality is an absolute job requirement for anyone leading political movements in Washington.

But, based on how Washington operates we can be assured Mr. Boehner and the new Repbulican majority in the House will operate likewise in the coming months by pushing for mindless budget bustine extensions of the Bush tax cuts while they continue to defend unnecessary spending which is beneficial to their own special interests. One man's waste is another's election insuring appropriation or earmark.

Mr. Boehner's home district contains a General Electric jet engine plant which builds the power plant for the F-35 Joint Strike fighter; for several years the Pentagon (yes, the Pentagon) has requested the Congress allow it to cease buying two engines for each of these planes. Seems the Pentagon does not believe every plane needs a spare part on full time stand by at several million dollars a pop. Guess who is one of the major proponents of continuing to purchase these extra, and in the Pengagon's opinion redundant,engines? You got it. John Boehner.

If anyone out there believes John Boehner, Eric Cantor or any of the others who will lead the Repbulcians in the House are ready to get truly serious about deficit reduction, I have a bridge to an island in Alaska to sell you!

Posted by: bobfbell | November 5, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As much as it pains me to agree with just about anything Mr. Boehner may opine in the wake of this election, he is absolutely correct that President Obama is in denial about the reasons for the rejection of Democrats. It seems that denial of reality is an absolute job requirement for anyone leading political movements in Washington.

But, based on how Washington operates we can be assured Mr. Boehner and the new Repbulican majority in the House will operate likewise in the coming months by pushing for mindless budget bustine extensions of the Bush tax cuts while they continue to defend unnecessary spending which is beneficial to their own special interests. One man's waste is another's election insuring appropriation or earmark.

Mr. Boehner's home district contains a General Electric jet engine plant which builds the power plant for the F-35 Joint Strike fighter; for several years the Pentagon (yes, the Pentagon) has requested the Congress allow it to cease buying two engines for each of these planes. Seems the Pentagon does not believe every plane needs a spare part on full time stand by at several million dollars a pop. Guess who is one of the major proponents of continuing to purchase these extra, and in the Pengagon's opinion redundant,engines? You got it. John Boehner.

If anyone out there believes John Boehner, Eric Cantor or any of the others who will lead the Repbulcians in the House are ready to get truly serious about deficit reduction, I have a bridge to an island in Alaska to sell you!

Posted by: bobfbell | November 5, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Congress will be even more Dysfunctional since most of the new teaparty members don't have a clue. They were elected purely on emotion! Posted by: oakiedokie | November 5, 2010 7:45 AM |
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I would much rather see a group of “clueless” Mr Smith Goes to Washington types in Congress than the old timers who are beholden to the special interest groups’ and lobbyists. At least the Clueless are in Washington for the right reason – to represent the voters.

The transition for new Congressional representatives is always a little rocky at first, until they settle in, form alliances and get down to the business of running the country.

I expect to see far more dysfunctional Democrats than Republicans in this new Congress.

Posted by: asmith1 | November 5, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm giving him exactly the same ammount of time given to Obama to turn this country around.

It's been three days, where are the f.... jobs?

What, our borders are still open.

These folks just don't know how to lead.

Posted by: victorlove1 | November 5, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

There's denial alright. America is in denial. It's in denial that the neocons has managed, over the years, to change the very DNA of government, and the perception of its role as systemic regulator. They have managed to corrupt the immune system of the regulator so that untempered capitalism can become a full blown patholgy! So we can talk about a corrupt media, an ignorant electorate, and all the other particulars that are symptoms of this pathology. However, the only way to bring this macrocancer back under control is to make profit in politics illegal! Anything short of this, and any conventient rationale to maintain the status quo, flies in the face of natural laws governing the tendencies of vying organisms.

This will, no doubt, not happen anytime soon, given the fact that Republicorp is on a mission to corrupt education and make a gullible population even more pliable to their insidious dogma of defacto social darwinism!

Posted by: D-0f-G | November 5, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Boehner and the rest of the GOP including Palin turn my stomach. Look at Palin... she quit the Governorship to make millions in speeches, book writing, and television.

Posted by: HopeForAmerica
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It is obvious to anyone with eyes that Palin quit the governorship (and took a big risk doing so) in order to have an effect on national politics and not be stuck in a remote corner.

And she has succeeded very well. The Republicans now control the House and the majority of the governorships. Palin did have a couple of failures like the one in Delaware which might have gone Republican otherwise.

Still, Palin has done well and it is hardly likely that Palin wrote her book to make money any more than Obama wrote HIS book to make money.

So, if hate turns your stomach, I would stay away hate for a while and take a Rolaid or Tums. Hate is not good for your stomach.

Posted by: rjpal | November 5, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey NEW GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner the correct word that you need to use here is,more like "Barack Hussein Obama
remains even more Arrogant & Out of Touch With Reality then ever,and Obama is once
again demonstrating it by Barack & Michelle
"mooch" Obama going off on a One Billion Dollar Waste of Our Taxpayer Money Totally
Unjustifiable Junket to India." And then the GOP needs to try and Defund This Supreme Insult To The US Taxpayers and Start Impeachment Proceedings Again Comrade
Leader His Royal Arrogance Barack Obama or
we will assure you right now Speaker John
Boehner and GOP that you will be joining
the Democrats on the Unemployment Line in
2012 if you fail to do so! As,We the People
Want Barack Hussein Obama Gone Period!

Posted by: carleen09 | November 5, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

As Jon Stewart said, "Congrats Fox News, you did it!"

Posted by: paulmdiddy | November 5, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

For the past 22 months, Pres Obama as he promised he would do, is reach across the isle and that's just what he's done!! It's the damn Republicans who have not compromised and have filibusted nearly every bill particularly in the Senate-All the while blocking the good progress the Dems were working for!! I've seem Boehner Lie time and time again on C-span, along with the rest of the GOP who spread Lies about the Health care bill, Cap & Trade, the Stimulus, and on .... and on!

Boehner and the rest of the GOP including Palin turn my stomach. Look at Palin... she quit the Governorship to make millions in speeches, book writing, and television.

Posted by: HopeForAmerica | November 5, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Two years ago in London, Obama and his economic team were greeted at the G-20 summit as something akin to rock stars. At the G-20 in Seoul next week, "they're not going to have a lot of allies," said Alan Auerbach, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, who has close ties to the White House.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | November 5, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Congress will be even more Dysfunctional since most of the new teaparty members don't have a clue. They were elected purely on emotion!

Posted by: oakiedokie | November 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Funny how every election the Republicans win is "historic", if when they lose "they was robbed." What a bunch of terminally greedy, self-absorbed, obstructionist, intellectually arthritic, ethically bankrupt weasels. And THAT'S being charitable. Good luck GOP - it's now put up or shut up time.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | November 5, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Funny how every election the Republicans win is "historic", if when they lose "they was robbed." What a bunch of terminally greedy, self-absorbed, obstructionist, intellectually arthritic, ethically bankrupt weasels. And THAT'S being charitable. Good luck GOP - it's now put up or shut up time.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | November 5, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but I will. Americans know it, as I know it, for the next two years nothing is going to happen domestically. So we as American citizens will get the bad end of all this victorious celebration by Republicans (I like to say I am moderate - conservative with my money, but I do have social issues that I find very important). One thing we must remember, is that when this happened after Regans first two years, he went on to win another 4 years, same goes for Bill Clinton. Go figure. The Republicans must understand that the message we sent is that we Americans don't trust either party to be in complete control for more than two years.

Posted by: ricomas12 | November 5, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey, denial worked for the Party of NO in 2008! They ignored a mandate from the people, and decided to drag the economy and the country further into the ditch so that they could win this election, counting on the short attention span of the voters. Denial is not just a river in Egypt, it's a viable political strategy, and they just proved it!

Posted by: DaveR1 | November 5, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse


Obama Faces Chillier Reception Overseas

The U.S. and nations abroad are at odds over economic policy. Among the issues, conservative governments in Britain and Germany are pressing for fiscal austerity measures in Europe that Obama's administration is resisting implementing in the U.S.

"The rest of the world is looking more like the tea party," which wants to rein in government spending, according to Kenneth Rogoff, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | November 5, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

John Boehner thinks he's the new 'top dog' in the legislature, so he can now start issuing threats to the President? Yesterday, JB basically said that if the President wants anything done, the President better start doing it their (Republicans) way.
**That sounds pretty much like a threat to me.** One that the Secret Service ought to investigate.

It sounds like JB thinks he is going to take the Presidents power away from him, that JB thinks the President must now kneel and bow to the Republicans. It sounds to me like JB thinks he's the new bully in town.
It sounds to me like JB thinks he's the new bully in town who *wants* to start a fight between the President and the legislature to boost his own self-exalted ego.

And the Republicans think they are the party to 'get things done'? The Republicans think THEY are the best for the Country?
Republicans like George Bush started the "Too big to fail" corporate welfare 'bail-out' feeding frenzy on the national treasury. George Bush and the Republicans started the multi-billion dollar "war" in Iraq and Afghanistan that has killed our soldiers, and has yet to yield anything close to being called a 'victory'.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 5, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

"While it's likely Boehner has the votes in the House it is doubtful the Senate would pass a repeal, and Obama would almost certainly veto any repeal attempt."
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Of course many Democrats will vote with the Republicans to repeal Obamacare. They know it’s a sham, built on bribes, payoffs, kick backs and quid pro quo with very few – in any – redeeming qualities. Smart Democrats want to put this debacle behind them, and repealing it is a good first step.

Sure, Obama has the Veto pen, but the House and Senate will also have enough votes to over ride the Veto and the repeal will stand.

Americans have said repeatedly that they want a health care option similar to European countries. WE HAVE THAT NOW - MEDICAID! All Congress needs to do is expand it to allow Americans the option to buy into the program.

Democrats wasted two years trying to reinvent the wheel and build a convoluted and corrupt program that even the drafters down understand. While they were doing this, a plan Americans wanted all along was already in place. All procedures, prescriptions, fees, billing and payments are already approved and have been actively followed for years.

All Congress has to do is work with states to expand this program to allow any American who wants to buy into it, to avail themselves of affordable and guaranteed health care. This is what Americans said they want – Obama and the Democrats refused to listen. Nowhere is it written that Medicaid MUST be only for the poor.

To presume Obama has the remaining Democrats’ undying loyalty and in his corner is definitely denial on his part.

Posted by: asmith1 | November 5, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's ideas are no longer needed or wanted by the American electorate."

It wasn't like Republicans won by landslides. They only won by a few percent of the vote, where they won at all. And clearly Americans haven't completely rejected Democrats as they occupy the White House and are a majority in the Senate.

For that matter, Democrats only won their races by a few percentage points over that past two election cycles. So it wasn't like Americans wanted Democrats to govern unilaterally either.

It's the arrogant winner-take-all attitude of both parties, exemplified by this earlier post, that Americans are rejecting. Don't believe me...just wait until 2012 when even more incumbents get their pink slips.

Posted by: wireknob | November 5, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is right - the midterms proved America's rejection of Obama. It is up to the Republicans to lead the way now as Obama's ideas are no longer needed or wanted by the American electorate.

Posted by: Realist201 | November 5, 2010 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is right - the midterms proved America's rejection of Obama. It is up to the Republicans to lead the way now as Obama's ideas are no longer needed or wanted by the American electorate.

Posted by: Realist201 | November 5, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Mr. John Boehner do you really think the American people gave you a mandate??

If there was a third political party to vote for, they would have won and neither the Republicans or Democrats would be in position of power.

But are you going to listen to the American people?? I am starting to think you really DO NOT understand why we voted the way we did.

Time to reintroduce The Glass-Steagall Act and separate the Wall Street types from regular banks; so they will not have easy access to cheap money, at almost 0%.

Time to take away the breaks in taxes and tariffs given to companies that move jobs overseas.

BUT will the U.S. Congress, either political party, actually go against their contributors, plus special interests to help this country and the American people. I think not ...... they just need our votes during elections, that's about it.

It's past frustrating........

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"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
~~ Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: bkarpus | November 5, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Republicans seem to be in denial that voters strenuously rejected them over the past two election cycles, and they remain at least as unpopular as Democrats. Republicans are correct in that this election voiced an objection to Democrat policies and priorities over the past two years, but exit polling clearly shows that it was not an embrace of Republican policies and priorities.

What Americans are rejecting is the extremist, uncompromising, self-serving, childish, insider politicking of both parties. While the party candidates may be popular with their bases (whereas moderates are not these days), these candidates are not popular with the rest of the electorate, who increasingly go to the polls holding their noses and pulling the lever for the least repugnant of two bad choices.

If Republicans want to interpret that as a resounding endorsement, they will be mighty surprised in two years when they are once again sent packing as voters go anti-incumbent on them.

Posted by: wireknob | November 5, 2010 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Obama's a moron, and this 4 years will just be a rotten egg smelling memory soon enough..

Posted by: wewintheylose | November 5, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Your lead in. More like a lot of American voters are in denial. Burying their heads in the sand with regard to an already bankrupt nation ... becoming even more bankrupt with each passing day.
Neither party actually gets this .... yet.
The Dems tried a few things but nearly everyone got "sceerd". The special interest groups that actually run this contry, some foreign, love this about the sheep of America. How much will I be worth when I'm pushing up about a dollar's worth of daisies?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | November 5, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Americans want Obama to stand up to, and call Republicans on every trick, gimmick, sleazy tactic and lie they tell in efforts to do away with protections for the middle and working class.

We want Obama NOT to compromise on health care reform, banking & wall street reforms and we certainly don't want him to compromise on extending tax cuts for the wealthy for ANY period of time. Enough is enough, Boehner & McConnell.

Posted by: caroll1 | November 5, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back to even greater gridlock. Government shutdowns and defunding here we come. What Boenher means by cooperation is complete and utter capitulation by the Democrats. His negotiation skills are rather lacking.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | November 5, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back to even greater gridlock. Government shutdowns and defunding here we come. What Boenher means by cooperation is complete and utter capitulation by the Democrats. His negotiation skills are rather lacking.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | November 5, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure Boner and his Dick Army should be giving anyone lectures about denial.

Posted by: Nymous | November 5, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Boehner is the one in denial. Americans who twice voted Bush into office & then voted the same republicans back into office who drove the country off a cliff under Bush, are in denial. Republicans do NOT have a mandate for their policies.

As usual, they spent inordinate amounts of money, time, & energy doing what they do best: lying, distorting truth and manipulating those who are too lazy, inept or unwilling to research factual information about real issues. They would rather watch FOX Fixed Propaganda, and listen to fools who talk to fools. Apparently many voters were more determined to have a temper tantrum than they were committed to making the best, most intelligent choices for our future and country.

Boehner says he wants to hear what Americans want before making a stand. (Sure he does). Well, let's see if he listens. The American people DO NOT WANT wealthy republicans to continue to get extended tax cuts. Doubling their income over the past ten years was much more than they ever deserved. We do NOT want them to continue to receive these "entitlements".

Posted by: caroll1 | November 5, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

I remember a historical repudiation of the party in power in 2008 and all we heard from Republicans was, "I hope the President fails."

Posted by: jay29 | November 5, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner? The clock is ticking.

Posted by: jay29 | November 5, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are way too high. They need to come down to earth. We still have a Democratic President and a Democratic controlled Senate!!!

Posted by: pkbishop1 | November 5, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

No joke. I received an mass email yesterday from Rep. Darrell Issa exhorting citizens to help the Republican Congress track down Recovery Act signs posted at construction project funded with Recovery Act money. According to Issa. This is a HUGE waste of taxpayer money. The Republican Congress therefore wants citizens to send them pictures of any signs they see in their states. The Republicans intend to post the pictures on an interactive website so that we can all see the signs on a map.

There you have it, America. The GOP plan to get a better return from our investment in the Recovery Act.

I'm betting that the contract for the development of the famous interactive website will a sole source contract for $10 million to a company that contributed heavily to Issa's campaign. The actual work, will, of course, be outsourced to a 20-year-old in China.

Seriously, Republicans. The election ended 48 hours ago. Where are the jobs???

Posted by: exco | November 5, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to hear about Obama from Boehner. He needs to talk about how he's going to fulfill his campaign promises.

Posted by: amosdefnails | November 5, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to hear about Obama from Boehner. He needs to talk about how he's going to fulfill his campaign promises.

Posted by: amosdefnails | November 5, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Boehner said: "When you have the most historic election in over 60-70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years."

Hmmm. Wasn't there an historic presidential election in 2008? Wasn't the message that the American people had repudiated the policies that the Republicans had put forward for eight years?

Why is it that the Democrats are supposed to receive a message when Republicans win at the polls by margins of a few percentage point here and a few there but Republicans never feel the need to listen to the message when Democrats win by the same slim margins.

The best ever was when George Bush actually LOST the election but still said that he had a "mandate" to carry out the Republican agenda.

Posted by: exco | November 5, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

The Boner, who can't even lift Pelosi's jockstrap, doesn't get it either when over 75% of America do not think the Repukes have the right ideas either and want everyone to come to the center. How many of the victors had less than 50% of the vote. That does not sound like a majority to me. He will be out in two anyway now that the Party of No have to prove that they can get things done. Oh, that's right they had 8 years to prove it didn't they. What short memories we have.

Posted by: rmk351951 | November 5, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Let us see how serious our new Emperors are: Cut Medicare, VA Benefits, Student Loans and Home Mortgage Deductions along with the proverbial punching bags of Medicaid and other poverty directed programs. Further, while they're at it also cut subsidies to companies sending jobs overseas. Have I missed anything?

Posted by: october30 | November 5, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Let us see how serious our new Emperors are: Cut Medicare, VA Benefits, Student Loans and Home Mortgage Deductions along with the proverbial punching bags of Medicaid and other poverty directed programs. Further, while they're at it also cut subsidies to companies sending jobs overseas. Have I missed anything?

Posted by: october30 | November 5, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Let us see how serious our new Emperors are: Cut Medicare, VA Benefits, Student Loans and Home Mortgage Deductions along with the proverbial punching bags of Medicaid and other poverty directed programs. Further, while they're at it also cut subsidies to companies sending jobs overseas. Have I missed anything?

Posted by: october30 | November 5, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

When John Boehner, the Bubby from Mississippi, and their corporate sponsors state that "we must listen to what the American People said," in the election, he must remember that at least two of the many States that voted almost 100% Democratic, like New York and California, happen to have most of the population in this great nation...

Posted by: dozas | November 5, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

It maybe the time to lessen the role of the Federal government in our daily lives. It's job should only be defending the borders and nothing more. The States are in a better position to listen to the people needs. The federal government has become too corrupt. Each state could decide if they want to have some type of social security, medicare, food stamps, welfare and other socialist type programs. Other States that have faith in the individual being responsible for themselves and not relying on others to take care of them could dispense with these programs.

Posted by: srsd300 | November 5, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Americans have short memories and perceive very little except whether they have or don't have a job. Cheney and his pet monkey committed war crimes and violated their oaths of office. They should have been tried for treason and hanged. Instead they are treated as elder statesmen as a reward for most unstatesmanlike behavior such as politicization of the Justice Department (because they could), ordering torture (because they could), helping bankers crash the economy, and starting to pollute real estate owned by private individuals so that fracking can be done risk free owing to a special consideration arranged by Cheney on behalf of energy companies. Obama didn't fix what affected ordinary Americans so ordinary Americans fixed Obama by putting the criminal GOP back in charge. It makes sense only in that they are not getting instant gratification from Democrats. I makes no sense because the GOP simply wants the government to fall in line with what business operators demand. Ordinary Americans aren't even on the GOP radar screen except around voting time.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 4, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner has a problem like most GOP leaders. They had totally forgotten that they were in Government for eight years from 2000 to 2008. So, in my humble opinion, most of the problems inherited by the current administration were disastrous decisions taken by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Karl Rove and the Republicans. The illegal war in Iraq, based in lies and lies, was started by these gentlemen; the fiasco in Afghanistan was organized by Bush and his clique. The tremendous financial crisis started in Wall Street with the fall of Lehman Bros. in times of Bush. They were responsible as well, for the immense deficit of the US Government. They inherited from Bill Clinton a surplus, and thanks to their arrogance and lack of “governance” they spent money in wars and in their own affaires. I agree that President Obama, perhaps he promised too much in campaign, and with the total opposition of the republicans and some democrats, he failed to implement many policies. All right, he isn’t prefect but what happened in these mid term elections was totally unfair. Some people completely influenced by Fox News, the so-called Tea Party, which has nothing to do with the patrician families from Boston, they just used a destructive campaign against the government. Disgracefully, many people were already bitter with the Washington bureaucracy, before this election and before 2008. But in less than two years unless you are a magician or superman you can change the trend of the economy. If in a private company, you are the new owner and the company is almost bankrupt, first you have to cut wages, reduce expenditures, and tried to recover the goals of your company. The USA was pushed to the worst financial crisis, by Bush and his friends in Wall Street. I am not particularly a “liberal” perhaps I am in the European meaning of the word, but much more a conservative, in the European way too, than anything else. When you have a woman like Sarah Palin who is such an ignorant, who doesn’t recognize who were the founding fathers, and when you have another woman like Mrs O’Donnell who doesn’t know anything about your own history and the basics of governance and economy, you are in a real trouble. Soon you will realized the tremendous mistake that many did, following extremist of the so-called “Tea Party”, which even they ignored what was the original Tea Party about. My friends the US will be paralyzed by these lunatics read necks. By the way, I am not only a true traditional Catholic, who is completely pro Life and conservative too, but fundamentalists are not only in Islam, you will find lots of them in the USA.

Posted by: ClemensvonMetternich | November 4, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is in denial. Just look how much the House Democrats got past the Senate in the last two years that the Senate didn't want. And they were controlled by the same party.

The only difference now is that Republicans in the House will have to pass a budget rather than just spin one.

The problem there being that one makes all the friends one possibly can just promising "fiscal discipline;" after that, real fiscal discipline, any and every real cut, makes not one more friend, only legions of die-hard enemies.

Posted by: washpost29 | November 4, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Nobody needed Boehner to tell us Obama is still in a state of denial. All you had to do was watch Obama's press conference and Obama showed all American's how tone deaf he still was and in his own words he's the judge. Obama made it clear in his conference as long as the Republicans go along with his agenda that's compromise in his eyes. Obama still used the same tired old radical ideology that got him and the Democrats in this mess. He still spoke of his social justice agenda as if it had nothing to do with the results of the elections. Obama is not capable of understanding the results of this election any more then he understood the results of Brown's election in Mass. Obama said we should work on the things we agree on just to get the ball rolling. Obama still thinks the Republicans are going to help him transform this country to socialism on the things they agree with. Give me a break.

Posted by: houstonian | November 4, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

When are the Democrats -- not just Obama -- going to come out swinging against this kind of triumphalist nonsense?

The Dems are no more in denial than the Republicans were two years ago. The question, though, is whether the Dems have the gumption to do what the Republicans did, and fight.

I am fed up with watching Obama and the others mope around. It's time to fight back, stand up for what you believe in, and let the voters decide in 2012.

Posted by: Meridian1 | November 4, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Why was he crying? Because he knows they can no longer say "no" and have to do something and they have no ideas.

Posted by: rlj611 | November 4, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's John Boehner 2010: "And there seems to be some denial on the part of the president, and other Democrat leaders. The message that was sent by the American people. When you have the most historic election in over 60-70 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last two years."
Here's any Democrat circa 2008:
And there seems to be some denial on the part of the other Republican leaders. The message that was sent by the American people. When you have the most historic election in over 230 years, you would think that the other party would understand that the American people have clearly repudiated the policies that they put forward the last eight years."

John Boehner does not speak for The American People. They elected Obama convincingly, and wanted health care reform among much else. Many millions of American strongly support the Obama Administration. For Boehner and McConnell to invest so much energy towards defeating Obama is more than pathetic. It is criminally un-American. Mr. Boehner, you do not deserve a position in public office unless you can subdue your misdirected frustrations, and instead do something useful for the actual American people.

Posted by: dan70 | November 4, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't take any more time writing here because I'm busier than a one-toothed man in a corn-on-the-cob eating contest.

Posted by: MrBethesda | November 4, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner is giving himself some slack here. Just yesterday he said the GOP won the house, but there is still a president with veto power (IOW - if he fails, it's not his fault). Now this article says the pres "may be in denial" - (IOW - if he won't agree with me, what can I do?)

Come, come John. The people voted - they "spoke" as you said. But we all know the people are often wrong - and in this case, they have also misinterpreted just what is in their best interests, and what is good for them. So buckle down. Do your best for your party. Listen to your better angels and work with the president (he's a great guy - he'll listen to you, but I warn you, he's pretty sharp). And if all else fails - admit defeat. Remember that passing the tax cuts for the wealthy will add Billions to the deficit, and that alone will be defeating the GOP objective.

Posted by: robinx | November 4, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I'd strongly suggest Speaker Boehner to remind Obama that the Republicans won on the platform of stopping Obama/Palosi/Reid agenda and that he'll treat Obama and the democrat legislature the same way they (republicans) were treated in the past 2 years. What goes around, comes around!

Posted by: CJ123 | November 4, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Boehner should be careful not to read too much into his victory, impressive as it may be. According to the polls the President's approval rating was slightly below 50%--not surprising in a recession. 60% of voters support Obama's healthcare reform or do not think that it went far enough. Not much of a mandate their either. On the other hand, Congress's ratings were in the toilet.

The reality is that this is a repudiation of congress, not the President. The president is not in denial because this is not a repudiation of his policies as much as it is a reaction to the slow recovery from the recession. If things follow the pattern of the Reagan and Clinton administrations, Obama will be reelected in 2012.

Posted by: rhc52 | November 4, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's in denial. He hasn't got one thing positive to offer. Not one thing. He'll sink like a stone after an achiever like Nancy Pelosi. Sorry, but..

Posted by: dudh | November 4, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's in denial. He hasn't got one thing positive to offer. Not one thing. He'll sink like a stone after an achiever likwe Nancy Pelosi. Sorry, but..

Posted by: dudh | November 4, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's the Republicans' way or the highway. They are mean, belligerent, ill-mannered, dishonest and not the brightest bulbs. They're like a secret club and if you don't go along, you get ostracized. They got elected because of the money big oil and other special interests smothered our country with and convinced the gullible populations they need to be afraid. Now they'll try to assauge their corporate masters at our expense.

Posted by: MNUSA | November 4, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

My theory is this. Obama is just not a fighter. I predict he'll not seek re-election and he will hand the reigns over to Hillary 2012.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The pressure is getting to the GOP leadership, they can't just say "NO" now they have to put something on the table for review/vote that the whole country can approve or disapprove of. They are laying the groundwork for a year long effort to claim DEM's are denying what the people voted on so that it can be used in the election cycle in 2012. Push the "denying the people wishes" slogan and let the job,job,jobs agenda be quietly forgotten.

Posted by: RobertG | November 4, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Or Obama could say this:

My fellow Americans. The American Dream was the product of FDR and one party control in Congress. The nut jobs seek to destroy it. Accordingly, I will set the agenda and if Boehner wants to continue down the path of destroying the American Dream he will be ignored and exposed.

Obama FIGHT!

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Bonehead Boehner and Gobbler MCConnell how in the world can you possibly negoitiate with these 2. One is a drunk the other a turkey. Scraping the bottom of the barrel with these 2 nutjobs who will destroy America again.....

Posted by: johnnyk1 | November 4, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, he's just jealous that Obama has a better tan than him, and its not embarrassingly orange. Poor Boehner has to work on his continually. One has to wonder how he does that while working hard at his job. Maybe he works by the window, yea, that must be it.

Posted by: Fate1 | November 4, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonderwhen the corporate pigs are going to stop worrying about profits that soaring and begin the hiring?

Obama needs to take on the corporations publicly.

Say this: My fellow Americans. We have a tiny handful of corporate pigs whose pursuit of private power and profits exceeds their sense of public responsibility.......and so on. And are showing total contempt of the American people by not hiring. These slimeball pigs expect the government to continously pickup unemployment benefits using our tax dollars.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm already fed up with Boehner.

Posted by: Paaa | November 4, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

The headline for this article is misleading and disrespectful to both the President and the new Speaker. Boehner did not say that the "President is in denial." According to the article, he said that there seems to be some denial on the part of the President and other Democratic leaders. There is a difference between being "in denial" and "there seems to be SOME denial...."

Posted by: Aquarius1 | November 4, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

As usual, this is hyperbolic nonsense. This election was not a repudiation of anything. It was a call for balance. The Congress and the Executive branch both function best when they are not all held by one party, and when the President and the Members all behave like adults, with some dignity, and work together. That is what Americans want. Boehner is just puffing up himself and the GOP, showing that he is NOT a mature adult person willing to work in a reasonable fashion.

Posted by: greeenmtns | November 4, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Easy for Boehner, currently the man of the hour, to call it "denial". (Make no mistake, Mr. Speaker, it will be a short 60 minutes, )

The President might characterize it as "resolve".

Unless the GOP congressional "leadership" is willing to put Medicare, Social Security and defense cuts combined with some targeted tax hikes on the table, all their sound and fury about the deficit amounts to Jack. In other words, they got nuthin'.

Actually, "nuthin'" is their governing game plan for the next two years. McConnell has made it plain: the ONLY priority on the GOP agenda from now until 2012 is destroying Barack Obama and winning back the White House, American jobs, health, financial security and infrastructure be damned.

Talk about denial.

Posted by: hardrain | November 4, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

So is he no longer in denial that Obama is actually the President? That's progress, os a sort.

Posted by: Abe-Froman | November 4, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Bonehead Boehner is also in denial. If he thinks Healthcare is going to be repealed he can stick his idea where the sun does not sign. There is no chance Bonehead and you can take your Gobbler looking friend MCConell with you........

Posted by: johnnyk1 | November 4, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Boehner announces an end to the socialist/marxist programs of social security and medicare effective 1-3-11.

Got the guts Johnny boy? No? Go back to your booze bottle.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

If you really are worried about deficits, you wouldn't be so hot to trot on these tax cuts. They haven't exactly stimulated many jobs, have they? The money is just getting hoarded.

Posted by: SarahBB | November 4, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if I posted here for the next 24 hrs straight would it get Obama to stop caving-in?

Look, FDR was re-elected three times all with a very bad economy and a massive unemployment rate. Its not the economy. Its not jobs. Its Obama caving-in.

STOP CAVING-IN!

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Boehner the drunk said a few weeks back to Obama: where are the jobs?

Boehner the drunk has been speaker in waiting for over 48 hours and jobs have not arrived. Time to impeach Boehner and time for a new direction.

Obama needs to go around Boehner. Lay down the law and if Boehner doesn't like it tough.

Obama needs to know that his caving in all the time caused his base to sit out the election. And stop listening to Boehner and the dumb-bells that put Republicans in charge of the house.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS REALLY SOME SICK INSANITY GOING ON HERE.......
After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?
You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting)on said illegal war.
You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wire tappingAmericans.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at WalterReed.
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks.
You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
You finally got mad when a Black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick.

Posted by: ceo1958 | November 4, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

t is just darling what little John comes up with after a couple .... my my my .... I suppose next he will tell us that we need to cut the bottom out of the boat entirely to fix the leak ....

I give these corporate handmaids a couple of months until they have painted themselves so far into the pockets that bought them their astro turf majority. Oh OH - here come the lobbyists now!! And just watch all those zany constitutional re-interpreters start dancing in the halls ..... women-folk, don those bonnets an' prepare to submit.

pull up a chair folks, this is a show too cheesy to miss, and don't ever forget those grand ol' polecats what brung it to ya's

Posted by: right_as_rain | November 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Well said..... just saying....

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | November 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a drunk and Obama needs to ignore him totally. Only a hanful of voters spoke and that was mostly Republicans that would not vote for Obama anyways. He needs not to please them. He needs to get on the telli and say this:

My fellow Americans, I will not cave in. Silly Billy Clinton caved-in in 1994 and then the Republicans laid the ground work for the financial collapse of 2008. I will not cave-in, we cannot afford a repeat Republican performance of 1994.

Also, I want you to know that Mitch McConnell had a fist fight with his wife and she knocked his chin off. Plus he needs to take a bath to get rid of that greasy skin.

But most of all I will fight for real Americans, not those that listen to all the non-sense noise. I will not cave in.

Also, I have begun to fix the outsourcing and massive job losses that were first begun by Ronnie Raygun. We can't blame Ronnie though as he had alheimer's and should have never been elected in the first place. He was one RUDE dude. Absolutley no manners or grace.

I will not cave-in to the drunk.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a drunk and Obama needs to ignore him totally. Only a hanful of voters spoke and that was mostly Republicans that would not vote for Obama anyways. He needs not to please them. He needs to get on the telli and say this:

My fellow Americans, I will not cave in. Silly Billy Clinton caved-in in 1994 and then the Republicans laid the ground work for the financial collapse of 2008. I will not cave-in, we cannot afford a repeat Republican performance of 1994.

Also, I want you to know that Mitch McConnell had a fist fight with his wife and she knocked his chin off. Plus he needs to take a bath to get rid of that greasy skin.

But most of all I will fight for real Americans, not those that listen to all the non-sense noise. I will not cave in.

Also, I have begun to fix the outsourcing and massive job losses that were first begun by Ronnie Raygun. We can blame Ronnie though as he had alheimer's and should have never been elected in the first place. He was one RUDE dude. Absolutley no manners or grace.

I will not cave-in to the drunk.

Posted by: Maddogg | November 4, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Boehner should certainly know denial when he sees it. 2 years ago the Republicans were in a deep state of denial and if the economy doesnt turn around in 2 more years they will again be in denial as they look from the outside in.

Posted by: arthurannone | November 4, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's face facts. The U.S. was in its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. When Barack Obama was elected, the Republican response was that the economy didn't matter; what mattered was opposing everything Obama proposed. Why? First, john boner and his gop colleagues are unpatriotic and want their country to fail. Second, they wanted a black man to fail because they believed he had no right to be in the White House. Is it that simple? Yes. Do the media see it? No, because they are afraid of being called liberal by the same people who demonize Obama. Is john boner a patriot? No. But it would be interesting to know why we haven't been reminded that he lied during the Mark Foley affair involving all of those young male pages. Why did he lie? Ask him.

Posted by: TruthtoPower4 | November 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Democrats retained the Senate and still hold the presidency. Who is in denial here, Mr Speaker-in-Waiting?

I don't see how Boehner's position promises anything different from the partisanship of the past two years except for more extreme positions from the House.

Posted by: j3hess | November 4, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the gonna's in the transcript? Maybe someone is "gonna" get a dictionary....

Posted by: toreador | November 4, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like both sides are already posturing for the coming battle on tax cuts. It will be interesting to see who backs down first.

Posted by: moebius22 | November 4, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

It is just darling what little John comes up with after a couple .... my my my .... I suppose next he will tell us that we need to cut the bottom out of the boat entirely to fix the leak ....

I give these corporate handmaids a couple of months until they have painted themselves so far into the pockets that bought them their astro turf majority. Oh OH - here come the lobbyists now!! And just watch all those zany constitutional re-interpreters start dancing in the halls ..... women-folk, don those bonnets an' prepare to submit.

pull up a chair folks, this is a show too cheesy to miss, and don't ever forget those grand ol' polecats what brung it to ya's

Posted by: right_as_rain | November 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

SOME denial?! That's assuming arguendo that Obama is even legally President of the United States. Why doesn't he simply consent to the release of his original "vital records" that the State of Hawaii claims to have? Then we can get to tax cuts, ObamaCare, or merlot vs. beer summits.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 4, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse
=====================
The GOP haven't found you a new job yet?

Posted by: justonevoice | November 4, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Boehner along with McConnell and DeMint are already planning on reversing the Volcker Act. By doing this it will make us taxpayers on the hook for more big bank bailouts. Not even 3 days goes by and they are shoring up their alliance with Wall St. and the US Chamber and promising bailouts if they are needed. So America get ready. Open your wallets because the GOP are coming for your money to bailout their friends.

Posted by: sumo1 | November 4, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The media is only partially correct, just like the Republicans. This election would have been historic if the Republicans took both chambers of Congress.

They didn't.

Henry Reid is still the senate majority leader. The house is fluid given the two-year election cycle. Democrats were out funded by outside groups, but will learn from this.

The Tea Party is the best thing going for Democrats, and they will ensure Obama's re-election.

Posted by: ARegularGuy7 | November 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

What does he mean, no revenue problem? How did we get such a huge deficit_
Republicans added prescription drug benefit but refused to pay for it because they believe all taxes are bad, and the deficit goes up up up. Let alone the wars.

We were in debt and getting worse in 2008, how does his plan solve the deficit by going back to 2008 spending? It won't even come close.

Boehner and Republicans have no solutions.

Posted by: Bak1 | November 4, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans will overreach and fail, much as they accuse Obama of doing. And they will be booted out in 2012.

Posted by: DemoDevil | November 4, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

What message is it that Boehner keeps talking about? I mean, does he really think that the message was to cut taxes for the top 2% of America? If that is the message the Republicans got they won't be around too long. And that is a good thing because there is still a lot that needs to be done to correct the course set by 8 years of Republican mismanagement.

Posted by: shredder1 | November 4, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy, stupid. Obama couldn't get credit for what he prevented from happening -- a second Great Depression -- and he couldn't completely fix in two years what it took the GOP eight years to screw up.

If Boehner thinks voters are suddenly in love with the GOP, he's loonier than I thought. Heck, teabaggers hate GOP moderates like Boehner more than Democrats do.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | November 4, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall the American people overwhelmingly voting for Obama in 2008 and the Republicans not respecting that will. Instead they are to this day attempting to undo 2008.

What's it gonna be, America, are we moving forward or are we going to be stuck in this maze?

Posted by: Jose5 | November 4, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

What message is it that Boehner keeps talking about? I mean, does he really think that the message was to cut taxes for the top 2% of America? If that is the message the Republicans got they won't be around too long. And that is a good thing because there is still a lot that needs to be done to correct the course set by 8 years of Republican mismanagement.

Posted by: shredder1 | November 4, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is in denial"

Bringing new meaning to "Duhhhhhh."

Posted by: etronsen | November 4, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Boehner had better deliver lots of living wage jobs within the next 6 months. Or else he's useless.

Jobs are what the American people have voted for!

Posted by: CitizenWhy | November 4, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

He is right. President Obama is in denial to think that the Republicans have anything in mind other than to destroy him. He is in denial to think Republicans want to do what is best for this country. President Obama is in denial to think Republicans will even try and work with him. The Republicans/conservatives/right wing/tea party/Obama haters have been telling President Obama for the past two years that they wanted him to fail , he is in denial to think anything has changed.

Posted by: catmomtx | November 4, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

He is right. President Obama is in denial to think that the Republicans have anything in mind other than to destroy him. He is in denial to think Republicans want to do what is best for this country. President Obama is in denial to think Republicans will even try and work with him. The Republicans/conservatives/right wing/tea party/Obama haters have been telling President Obama for the past two years that they wanted him to fail , he is in denial to think anything has changed.

Posted by: catmomtx | November 4, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I think there's a lot of denial on Boenhner's part as well.

American's want our representatives to WORK TOGETHER to solve problems. The arrogance and posturing that I've heard coming from him and Mitch McConnell doesn't give me hope for the future of America. They are more interested in scoring political points than solving the problems.

Posted by: koygdb1 | November 4, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

SOME denial?! That's assuming arguendo that Obama is even legally President of the United States. Why doesn't he simply consent to the release of his original "vital records" that the State of Hawaii claims to have? Then we can get to tax cuts, ObamaCare, or merlot vs. beer summits.

Posted by: JakeD2 | November 4, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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