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“Debt, Deficit, and Deceit”

New article has been posted on The Huffington Post, on 7/19/11. Click on link to read article on Huff Post.

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Holding the debt ceiling hostage is a huge political mistake.

The debt limit and budget deficit are separate issues and should be dealt with separately.

This debt limit is the ghost of Congresses past. The budget and reducing the deficit is the ghost of Congresses future. But, reality is firmly entrenched in the present.

Reasonable legislators understand the immediacy of raising the debt ceiling and the potential ramifications of failing to do so.

It has been raised without question 10 times since 2000, eight times under George Bush. Though there is no clear history from a previous default, economic and business leaders around the world are warning of catastrophic implications in failing to do so.

If this is even remotely possible, why are Republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage?

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Quick Hit: “Republican’s Shutdown America!”

The Republicans are once again going to shutdown the Government!

Unless Congress agrees to a stopgap resolution by Friday the U.S. Government will again default on its obligations as it did when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans did it in 1995.

The affects of a shutdown are varied depending on the level of reliance on the Federal Government and the length of the closure. But it will affect nearly everyone in the country by some degree.

We are in a more dire situation economically than we were in ‘95. A shutdown on Friday will have adverse affects on the fragile recovery.

Congressional members have reportedly voted to receive no pay during the shutdown. Does that extend to their staffs? Congressional staffs need to feel the same pain their prima donna bosses have caused others. Congressional members are going to categorize their staffs as essential, but Americans should consider that hypocrisy. A shutdown must affect everyone in Congress if it’s going to affect even one government employee.

But, let’s be perfectly clear about the cause of this shutdown; about who’s responsible for the pain and suffering hard-working Americans are experiencing and will feel as a result of a government shutdown.

The Republicans are shutting down the government.

Again!

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“A House Derided”

This new article has been posted on The Huffington Post, Thursday at 11:05 pm. Click on the link to read at the HuffPost.

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Will the coming change in the House of Representatives be productive?

In the 110th and 111th Congresses the Democratic Majority was accused of socialism, out of control spending, manipulation, and derision by a bitter and vitriolic Republican minority. A minority with a memory deficit.

Attacks have been unfairly levied at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and other high ranking Democrats in the House for a multitude of positions and actions they took as the majority party. Many of the actions would actually ‘help’ most Americans.

Republicans are set to again become the majority in the House despite their previous 12 years of failure: causing the economic meltdown, throwing us into a costly war in Iraq, increasing the cost of Medicare with Medicare Part D, bailing out the banks with TARP, and on and on, ad infinitum.

If you think the House of Representatives was bad this past four years wait until you see what’s coming.

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“The Weakest Majority in History?”

Posted on The Huffington Post on December 19. Click on link to view article at Huff Post.

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As an unrepresented Independent voter I feel betrayed by the Democratic Majority!

Members of the Pejorative Party joined Republicans to advance a weak and compromised Tax Bill—a bill that will both stimulate and destroy the economy.

On Monday 83 Senators voted to bring the compromised tax legislation up for debate on the floor of the Senate leading to a vote, and 81 voted to pass the bill with only 13 Dems voting nay despite the non-stimulative giveaways to the wealthiest Americans.

Democrats have proven over and over that despite their ability to govern, they’re no match for the pugilistic Republicans in getting legislation passed or formulating the message.

At what point does having a majority translate into acting like a minority?

In 2008 the electorate reaffirmed their desire for change by giving the Democrats an even larger majority in Congress than in 2006, and the executive office; a clear referendum of the mood of the country.

Expectations were high!

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“The Fools On the Hill”

The newest article from The Cutting Edge is posted on The Huffington Post was posted on Monday, November 22nd. Click on the link to view the article on Huff Post.

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Many in The House of Representatives are not only fools, but hypocrits!

There are some things that must be passed during this Lame Duck Session and one of them is extending unemployment benefits for the millions of people who can’t find jobs. Many have been out of work for 99 weeks.

The House missed extending unemployment benefits by one vote on Thursday, November 18. Just one compassionate vote would have allowed Tier V benefits to those whose insurance runs out on November 30th.

The number of Americans collecting benefits for six months or more continues at record levels. And with unemployment steady at 9.6% there are five or six people seeking employment for every job that becomes available. This makes it almost impossible to find a job in the current market.

Despite these unprecedented employment dynamics the House was unable to continue assistance for hundreds of thousands frustrated job hunters in this country.

Who would be callous enough to cut-off benefits for over a million families before the holidays?

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Quick Hit: “Reconsillyation?”

Can we expect good  financial legislation out of this Conference?

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are meeting to hammer out a financial regulation bill that will be legislation for the ages!

It’s doubtful given the make up of the selectees forming the committee.

The obvious deficiencies in the conferees from the Senate are well documented in the recent article, “Are You Shitting Me?

It’s a little more difficult to judge the predisposition of the House representatives involved in this process. There are more conferees from the House and they represent smaller, more local segments of the country.

But, if John Boehner’s smoke screen and Ed Royce’s opening statement are any indication of the direction the Republican’s are going we can’t expect much help ‘for the people’ from them.

Reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be necessary as we exit this recession. The problems at the mortgage giants are enormous and must be approached in the near future as a pressing and separate issue. But, Boehner, Royce and Republican’s use them as a diversion from their complicity in the financial meltdown.

If Fannie and Freddie are a separate issue, why do they keep pushing to include them in this financial regulation bill that they already claim is too many pages?

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