GOP congressmen show up at White House, want plan
July 19th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

GOP congressmen show up at White House, want plan

(CNN) - While President Obama and Congressional GOP leaders continue to negotiate a debt ceiling deal behind the scenes, several House Republican freshmen are growing impatient.

Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling.

“Given the significance of our debt-driven crisis and the historic importance of the negotiations, we believe it is imperative that the work towards any agreement be as transparent as possible so that American people have a chance for careful evaluation of the process free from political posturing,” the members wrote in the letter.

Rep. Tom Reed, who led the freshman lawmakers to the White House, told reporters the group doesn’t care if opposing a debt ceiling increase harms their reelection chances.

“We don’t care about reelection,” he said. “We felt it was incumbent to come to the White House because this is a critical issue.”

Members of the group added they will not agree to any debt ceiling proposal unless there are detailed spending cuts and timelines involved.

“We are coming down to crunch time, we need your plan,” Reed added. “Show us what your proposal is and let us have a good old-fashioned debate to get this house in order. We need to get this economy up and running and we can do this by putting together an American market

According to Reed, the letter was couriered to the White House Monday and the members have yet to receive a response. He added he would be happy to hand deliver it to a White House official, but none was on hand to receive it.

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  1. Denny

    They obviously don't care about the economics or creditworthiness of the country either. This is what you get when you elect "folks just like themselves" – morons that would ruin the credit of the US, add more debt due to higher interest rates and plunge us into another recession because they're too simple to see the big picture. Sure, they want "their country back" – but with them driving the bus, the country will look more like Somalia than the USA.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      You're a MORON. The CREDITWORTHINESS of the nation is at risk FROM THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING that has occurred under President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress from January 2009 to December 2010. The DEMOCRAT controlled Congress RAM-RODDED through over 3 TRILLION in DEFICIT spending in that time frame. Without SERIOUS CUTS to ALL spending (both entitlement AND discretionary) the credit-rating agencies will downgrade the US ANYWAY. Although, keep in mind that these same credit reporting agencies gave "sterling" ratings to the "sub-prime derivative" investments, so I would take ANYTHING they say with a small boulder of salt.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • Independent VR2011

        Simply put. Your statements are untrue.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • a lttle sad

        "You're a MORON. The CREDITWORTHINESS of the nation is at risk FROM THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING that has occurred under President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress from January 2009 to December 2010."

        Because the economy and the deficit were in such good shape in December of 2008?

        Who's the moron?

        July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • steve buck

        chuckie, nice rework of economic history. i am sure it bolsters your sordid point of view. but the debt crisis actually started with the Bush era tax cuts and two very expensive and very illegal wars.

        you can maintain your ignorant position but please don't expect anyone to give you any credibility for it.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • RCCO

        A Republican President and Republican Congress took us from a surplus to a deficit during the first years of this century. That is just a fact. No matter how much you want to place the blame on President Obama. We would not be in this situation if it were not for President Bush terrible policies that were supported by the republican congress. Don't forget TARP was on Bush's watch! Now the republicans are so concerned about fiscal responsibility. Sure we should trust them (smile) we see what happened in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin when you really put republicans in charge that attack the middle class.

        July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • DrizzCon

        you seriously need to quit watching Faux News and try to cure yourself of the republican amnesia that people like you seem to have. How can you even begin to blame all this on Obama? he put the wars on the books, he saved the american auto companies, saved/created way more jobs in 4 years than bush did in 8... and to do all of that, he had to spend money. you are aware that a huge part of the stimulus was in tax breaks, right? You guys are supposed to eat that stuff up aren't you?

        Look, lets face it, nothing that Obama does will ever please people like you... probably so full of hate for liberals that you cant even think for yourself anymore. You guys want to do your part to help balance the budget? Ok, then all you people out there that hate entitlements, start sending your social security checks back to the gov, quit using medicare/medicaid and get your own insurance... if all the republicans that hate these progams, but gladly use them, would just stop, think of the savings!

        July 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
      • ARMY CSM

        Charles W. Skinner
        NO, no , no, no. You are the moron fool. You don't have a freaking clue what you are talking about. That game might play out on kiddie TV but not the real world. Stick to what you know and that is not much! Idiot a$$ Fool.

        July 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • Rosaleee

        No, dearie, we started borrowing money to cover the deficit created by the Bush tax cuts TEN YEARS AGO today. Were it not for the Bush tax cuts, we would have been PAYING OFF THE DEFICIT rather than having to raise the debt ceiling.

        The out of control spending? How about the spending for TWO F-ING WARS still going on – the cost of which Bush refused to figure in to the budget, creating an even greater deficit by that very act.

        Loss of revenues due to the collapse of the housing market as well as the banking industry's and Wall Street's reckless, immoral and ILLEGAL actions – which never would have happened if Bush had not relaxed regulations and enforcements – THOSE CHOICES LED TO THE DEPRESSION/RECESSION in place when Obama took office.

        No, dearie, YOU are the moron because you either BELIEVE THE LIES ON FOX NEWS, or helped create them. Certainly you are doing your level best to perpetrate them. Thank god people are finally beginning to see the light, as Rupert Murdoch's scams and illegal surveillance are brought to the public eye.


        July 21, 2011 at 1:03 am |
      • jean2009

        Truth be lacking here!

        Reagan, tripled the National Debt it took 200 years to get the the man who destroyed America, and in 8 years of not funding the government he tripled the previous debt. He definitely wouldn't qualify as a tea party member.

        For starters supply=side economics (trickle down, voodoo) has proved itself to be a failed policy. You cannot run a country (other than into the ground0 unless the bills you put forth and the wars you fight are paid for....deficits do matter. Leaving the mess for the next president to deal with was Reagan's philosophy of governing, as it was George W. Bush's. You absolutely cannot cut taxes, reduce revenue and leave the economy in a healthy state.

        1. Reagan tripled the national debt
        2. Reagan raised taxes 11 times
        3. Reagan expanded the size of government
        4. Reagan supported the "socialist" Earned Income Tax Credit
        5. Reagan negotiated with terrorists in Tehran
        6. Reagan sought to eliminate nuclear weapons
        7. Reagan gave amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants
        8. Reagan approved protectionist trade barriers
        9. Reagan signed abortion rights law in California
        10. Reagan eventually debunked AIDS myths Republicans continued to perpetuate

        1. Reagan Tripled the National Debt
        As most analysts predicted, Reagan's massive $749 billion supply-side tax cuts in 1981 quickly produced even more massive annual budget deficits. Combined with his rapid increase in defense spending, Reagan delivered not the balanced budgets he promised, but record-settings deficits. Even his OMB alchemist David Stockman could not obscure the disaster with his famous "rosy scenarios."

        Forced to raise taxes twice to avert financial catastrophe, the Gipper nonetheless presided over a tripling of the American national debt to nearly $3 trillion. By the time he left office in 1989, Ronald Reagan more than equaled the entire debt burden produced by the previous 200 years of American history. It's no wonder Stockman lamented last year:

        "[The] debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party's embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don't matter if they result from tax cuts."

        George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
        Following in Reagan's footsteps, George W. Bush buried the myth of Republican fiscal discipline.

        Inheriting a federal budget in the black and CBO forecast for a $5.6 trillion surplus over 10 years, President George W. Bush quickly set about dismantling the progress made under Bill Clinton.

        Bush's $1.4 trillion tax cut in 2001, followed by a $550 billion second round in 2003, accounted for the bulk of the yawning budget deficits he produced. (It is more than a little ironic that Paul Ryan ten years ago called the tax cuts "too small" because he believed the estimated surplus Bush eviscerated would be even larger.

        As it turns out, Republican majorities voted to raise the U.S. debt ceiling seven times while George W. Bush sat in the Oval Office. (It should be noted, as Ezra Klein did, that party-line votes on debt ceiling increases tied to other legislation is not solely the province of the GOP.) As Think Progress pointed out, during the Bush presidency, the current GOP leadership team voted 19 times to increase debt limit. During his tenure, the U.S. national debt doubled, fueled by the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the Medicare prescription drug plan and the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Mitch McConnell and John Boehner voted for all of it and the debt which ensued because, as Orrin Hatch later explained:

        "It was standard practice not to pay for things."

        When it comes to managing money and taxing it is obvious Republicans don't know squat.

        July 22, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • RT

      Obviously you misunderstand what they are saying. You cannot just keep adding debt because you think people are entitled to something. The last time I bought something on credit, the determined the amount I could barrow based on what I made. I cannot go to my job and dictate they give me a raise so I could get more credit. This the process the president is wanting. We have to live within out means, we may have to increase our debt limit but we need to start living within out means and not creating pet projects without proper funding first. Maybe I should just have free money. Maybe the dems will give it to me. Honestly what have we spent $14,000,000,000,000 dollars on?

      July 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • anonymous


        July 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • sk madison

        Funny how Congress has already authorized the spending(that's what Congress does) and now they won't authorize the borrowing. You're already commited to the goods and services, now you have to pay for them. Maybe budget issues would be better dealt with during the 2012 fy budget negotiations. That budget is due by the end of September, think they'll be able to make that deadline???

        July 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • cyd

        What entitled to something? You mean my own money which was deducted from my check for 35 years. How in the Hell you call that an entitlement? You don't you call it that persons Social Security.
        Now go home or in the other room and tell your grandmother give the government back the entitlement she gets on the 1st of every month. Yes You are a Moron Charles W. Skinner

        July 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • mrsister

        Social Security and Medicare are not "free money". I wish people would stop lumping them in with welfare. It's not free if you pay into it. An exception would be disabled children. No, they don't pay into it because they aren't old enough to work. Should we deny them benefits because of that?

        July 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • unretired05

        And when you have a little money left over you don't say Ive got a surplus and I shouldn't keep it. That's what Bush did. Instead of paying down the national debt he sent out a bunch of $300 checks and cut the income tax. Those cuts led to the disparity between the rich and poor that we have now.

        July 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • KatR

        Q: Honestly what have we spent $14,000,000,000,000 dollars on?

        A: Two wars, an unfunded addition to Medicare known as Part D, tax cuts during a time of war (the first time Congress ever did that in a century the income tax has been around), TARP to bail out Wall Street, unemployment benefits to those thrown out of work.....I could go on and on and on.

        July 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • Tired of the whining

        You might ask yourself who increased the national debt the most. A quick glance at the record will reveal that republican administrations created most of it.

        July 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
      • Mike D

        I wish the world was as simple as "Democrats want handouts for the poor" and "Republicans want handouts for the rich" but the truth of the matter is every representative is looking out for his or her constituents. They want the best deal they can get for their people and their people alone. It's Congress's job to create legislature that they think is best for as many constituents as possible, but it's the job of the President to make sure the legislation is the best for EVERYBODY. It's not the Presidents job to create legislation, he can "suggest" options he would approve of, but it is the job of Congress to come up with the wording that they thing the President will sign. If the President doesn't think it's the best deal for EVERYBODY, he can and will kick it back so Congress can come up with something better. So when a bunch of GOP Representative march on the White House looking for a plan, I suggest they turn to each other, remember their own job description, and ask that question of themselves.

        July 20, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • Billy

      I agree with everything you say, and am an Obama supporter but .... I don't understand why Obama won't offer a specific proposal. He is a talented leader and should be capable of bringing both sides together if he would just offer some leadership on this issue. Many of the budget problems originate from the wars which I expected Obama would end..... yet they continue. Iraq is ramping down but that was already set in motion previously. We are still deep into the Afgan war and now Libya. It is starting to feel like Obama is just a third term of President Bush! If he doesn't shape up there is no way I can support him in 2012 even against a filthy republican. The only thing worse than a republican is a democrat that talks like a liberal but acts like a republican.... You begin to feel lied to!

      July 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  2. why dont hey do THEIR jobs


    July 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Drake Cage

    The GOP want a plan? – Obama and the Dems have proposed a 4 trillion dollar spending cut with willingness to touch on sensitive political topics to their party such as Medicare and SS but demand republicans equally make sacrifices on voting on ending tax breaks to oil corporations while closing tax loopholes within the system. Evidently, these Freshmen Congressmen are not verse with the art of compromise.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • brian

      Wasn't that the one the Senate voted down 96 to 0? It is obvious that his plan is not even liked by his own party.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • abo42000

      We keep hearing about $4 trillion in cuts, but like most things that come out of Obama's mouth it is very vague. Where does he plan on making the cuts? He doesn't have a plan, he has a number. Is this another case of, we have to pass it to find out?

      July 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      Maybe you weren't paying attention, but the Democrat members of the House and Senate screamed bloody murder when Obama even whispered the word "entitlement reform," saying that they would NEVER pass it. That being said, we've seen this play BEFORE from the Liberals. In Act One, they promise future spending cuts if we pass higher taxes TODAY. In Act Two, the promised spending cuts EVAPORATE as if they were never there, leaving the Tax increases behind. (See President Reagan in the 80s, President George HW Bush in the 90s and Clinton in the late 90s for examples of the LIBERAL LIES to cut spending).


      July 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • FlyingSpaghettiMonster

        You are clueless.

        July 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
      • jean2009

        Raise taxes and cut spending simultaneously.

        July 22, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Dawn

      They are doing this to try and pass an amendment that would ensure that they can keep their rich friends, rich for a long time to come and also have the ability to keep the poor, poor forever with their 2/3 majority blocking anything that they don't like. Do republicans really think that the average American is as stupid as their base? I got news for ya............I AM NOT STUPID and anyone with a D after their name recognizes a scam when you try to pass it by their noses.

      July 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Perhaps, you tea baggers should have taken a civics class, or did any of you make it to the 7th grade?

    It is NOT the job of the executive office to propose or originate bills that deal with revenue, or the lack thereof, that can ONLY be initiated in the HOUSE.

    You slack jawed, numbnuts.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • W8

      All you liberals can do is call people names, and you wonder why no one respects you or what you have to say.

      July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
      • Scott in Atlanta

        To all of our "Constitutionally" bound Conservatives... Ummmm... Which branch of the government is supposed to actually make the laws of our land? Did you say "Congress"? Absolutely right. I thought so too. So why are these clowns posing in front of the White House? And why are they asking President Obama to do their job too? Dang it, does he have to do EVERYTHING? Could this illustrate their ineptness any better?

        July 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • mg

        you say liberals all we do is call people names you should go in to your own kind and see what president is called its pathetic what you need to do is confront cantor bonher and the rest of their croonies and move their butts and get the jobs jobs ,jobs they ran in 2010 . any time any thing goes wrong its obamas fault well we know who is doing their job and who isnt and it aint the rethugs.stop complaing about the lberals, and the president, and do your job and confront the republicans. i made my comment too fast so if i didnt type or added my periods, etc, etc well at least i spoke my peace, enough is enough. all this croonies or tea baggers,are concerned about next years election just a bunch of laxy whinners, out there to protect norquis, kocks, and of course karl rove. i am out of this page.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • Independent VR2011

        Oh please..... last summer it seemed you would run out of names and new signs with all your name-calling of our president and the Democrats.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Tired of the whining

        The tea baggers are always talking about the Constitution but are any of them able to comprehend it? It does not seem like they understand it.

        July 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • jean2009

        Really pot-kettle

        I've heard enough Democrats called all kinds of names by tea party idiots.

        July 22, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      Just remember, us "Greed Over People" types as you like to call us PAY FOR ALL YOUR "BLEEDING HEART" SOCIAL SPENDING VIA OUR TAXES. Maybe you ought to be NICER to the HAND THAT FEEDS YOU, you MORON. Or, keep insulting the TEA Partiers. WHEN we take control of Congress, you'll see what a TRUE CUTTING budget looks like, and you can kiss your beloved "social spending" goodbye.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • a lttle sad

        WIth 71% of the people disapproving of the republicans in congress, I doubt you teab@ggers will be taking over anything more than a small townsquare with scary people dressed in odd costumes.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • KMJ

        I'm sorry... how did I miss that the GOP were the only employed and/or educated Americans? I didn't realize that only the GOP minions had jobs and paid taxes!

        July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Independent VR2011

        Exactly why you would NEVER take contol in this – the United States of America.

        July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        Charles, I am a Democrat and a 12 year Navy Veteran. I have been working and paying taxes since 1971. Since I got out of the Navy, I have built a career for myself in a Fortune 50 company. I have a family and we own a home. What's your excuse?

        July 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • Mcaban

        At the beginning of the Bush presidency, the United States debt limit was $5.95 trillion. Despite promises that he would pay off the debt in 10 years, Bush increased the debt to $9.815 trillion by the end of his term, with plenty of help from the four Republicans currently holding Congressional leadership positions: Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl. ThinkProgress compiled a breakdown of the five debt limit increases that took place during the Bush presidency and how the four Republican leaders voted: June 2002: Congress approves a $450 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $6.4 trillion. McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor vote “yea”, Kyl votes “nay.” May 2003: Congress approves a $900 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $7.384 trillion. All four approve. November 2004: Congress approves an $800 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion. All four approve. March 2006: Congress approves a $781 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $8.965 trillion. All four approve. September 2007: Congress approves an $850 billion increase, raising the debt limit to $9.815 trillion. All four approve. Database searches revealed no demands from the four legislators that debt increases come accompanied by drastic spending cuts, as there are now. In fact, the May 2003 debt limit increase passed the Senate the same day as the $350 billion Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. for your info..

        July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Dawn

        This bleeding heart liberal pays taxes too. And by the way...........I know 2 people who collect welfare and both of them are card carrying REPUBLICANS!! All of my LIBERAL friends not only have jobs........they have careers.

        July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
      • Tired of the whining

        Well, I'm not a republican and I have supported my family and me quite well without any help from you teabagger individuals who claim they are the only ones who work and pay taxes. In fact, I have probably paid more taxes in my lifetime than your gross earnings. So quit whing and shut up!

        July 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • FlyingSpaghettiMonster

        Wow Skinner, you are probably the dumbest idiot on the board tonite. Shall I touch you with my noodly appendage, or are you a creationist?

        July 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
      • jean2009

        @a little sad...thank you, I couldn't have said it as well...truth is great!

        July 22, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • KMJ

      Thank Goodness someone with a brain is on this board! Legislative Brach = Congress. Legislative = Policy making. President = Executive Branch. DUH!

      July 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Grand Very Old and Senial Party

      My thoughts exactly. Maybe since they are freshman they don't understand who makes the laws in this country. Just a rookie mistake, I mean they are only senators, why should they understand the Constitution?

      July 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  5. rhumba

    What a bunch of idiots. What aren't they standing outside Eric Cantor's door or John Boehner's. What a bunch of yahoos.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  6. LoopyFrogger

    I just don't get it. This is congress job to fix this not the Presidents. They are legally responsible according to the constitution for all funding issues that have to do with the Federal Government. I guess the mass stupidity rolling accross our nation has not favorites.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Irish

    I would point out that all anyone in congress needs to do is call for a vote to raise the debt ceiling and then vote on it, they don't need the presidents approval

    July 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  8. Raymond Turner

    These tea party congressmen should look to their fellow Congressional members to pass the bill they want. Obama is not responsible to introduce a bill in the House. Just looking for cover since public opinion is against them. Blame Obama.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  9. John in Colorado

    What foolishness on the part of these freshmen legislators. Apparently the country does not have sufficiently serious problems that these clowns want to bypass their elected congressional leadership to negotiate with the White House. What an absurd waste of taxpayer money to fund their salaries. Negotiations do not happen out in the open....period. They never have and they never will. I can't believe these legislators are so naive as to think otherwise. What they are really doing is posturing for the benefit of the media and their wingnut supporters.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • KMJ

      Well said!

      July 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  10. Sank

    If the debt ceiling is raised then there better be a cut to the deficit and no affect on taxes.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Michael

      You can't have it both ways. Spending cuts MUST be accompanied by increased revenue. Otherwise, you're just backing yourslef into a hole you'll NEVER be able to dig out of. The Dems don't want to touch Medicare, Medicaid & SS and the GOP wants no tax changes. Sorry folks: DOD, SS, Medicare/Medicaid all need to be reigned in and revenue generation must be fair and across the board. Close the loopholes, eliminate subsidies for profitable coprorations and (listen up GOP) create JOBS. Job Creation, touted as the #1 priority of the GOP in the mid-terms, will increase revenue. Plain and Simple. Just my opinion ... yours may vary ...

      July 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Stit

        CRA had nothing to do with it. If those loans to lo-income peploe were fixed, this whole mess wouldn't have happened. And CRA sure as hell don't have anything to do with Adj, Rate Mortgages. And no one forced banks to make loans. Those banks were making a killing. They had no risk, they were dumping that shit onto the market to suckers all over the world. They would've kept going forever if they could. When interest rates wen't up peploe couldn't make the payments market crashed

        May 20, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • KMJ

      Get real. REVENUE must be increased. Its simple math people. Even your beloved Reagan raised taxes. Look it up because of yeah, he did.

      July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  11. drewsco

    This is simply political POSTURING......nothing more.....nothing less

    July 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  12. John

    A goofy stunt.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I just came back from vacation, including a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. I saw a sign on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, explaining that necessary maintenance work on it was funded by the Stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). If you want to see where the money has gone, go to (you can search by ZIP code to see what's been done in your area).

    Besides pointing it out to my Republican mother-in-law, it made me pause and consider all the good the taxes we pay do for our country. National parks are just one of the many things we all enjoy by paying federal taxes. Clean air and water, safe food, border protection, the military, police/fire/EMT, roads, highways, bridges, libraries, public schools (K through graduate level) ... the list goes on and on and on.

    Sure, we want our money spent wisely; but to think that shutting down the government and defaulting on our financial obligations is a good thing is just plain stupid and naive.

    It's also incredibly dumb to think that the rich in this country shouldn't pay their fair share; after all, it's the least they can do for the country that gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • W8

      How much is there fair share? 25%? 50% 75%, or maybe they should just give it all away to the leeches of this once great country. The country that use to reward hard work instead of stealing what you earned to give it to others. No wonder so many companies go overseas. I dont blame them.

      July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        The top rate was 39% and our country had a surplus. And if you want to find "leeches," look no further than those corporations that have BILLIONS in profit and yet pay no tax – even though they fully utilize our nation's infrastructure.

        BTW, I suggest you go live in a third world country (like I have) and experience first-hand what it looks like when the top 2% own and control everything, there is no Middle Class, and the rest are left to fend for themselves. Social spending is essential to a civilized society; if you want it in plain economic terms, FDR's New Deal got us out of the Great Depression and ushered in a 40 year economic expansion, that including a thriving Middle Class.

        Not too shabby ...

        July 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Tony Z

        America still rewards hard work. This is how we survived the Great Depression and allowed many older Americans to retire. Companies moving manufacturing has to do with their profits. You do realize they get a refund on this. We need to balance spending with tax reform ( a rate lower than what they were paying in the 1950s and 60s).

        I have not problem paying higher taxes for better service and to help others. How can folks continue to say they love this country and not want to assist financial. If you not making over $250K part of the battle is not yours, if you don't own a corporate jet-why worry about their tax. Lower taxes doesn't create jobs. It creates a scenario for CEOs to get richer and pay less to works to improve the EITBA.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • pete

        "once great natioin"? if you don't like it, why don't YOU leave. or should we go back to the good ole days when business was allowed to thrive without government intervention. then we can start forcing children to work in textile mills again. we could stop them there women and blacks from voting like they think they are full citizens. let the rats overrun the meat packing plants. people like you talk tough on blogs, but if you really had to go back to the days you claim to yearn for, they'd find you cryin' in the corner in a puddle of your own urine.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Kathleen Farrell

        Do these "leeches" include the elderly, the mentally ill, the millions who have lost jobs their jobs to corportate greed, critically ill patients whose treatment bankrupts their parents, the new college grads who cannot find work?

        July 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Jeff

        Approximately $7,000 in tax revenue is spent to the benefit of an average working U.S. citizen each year. Did you pay more than that in federal income/estate/gift taxes last year? No? Looks like you're one of those very "leeches" sucking off hard workers' money. So, basically, when you vote for congressmen who lower the top tax rates, you're voting for crappier roads to drive on, crappier national security, crappier air quality, etc.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Drew

        Lets raise them up to 90% like when Ike was pres. Actually they are talking about raising taxes on the wealthy only 4% not 50, 75 or 100..,grow up!

        July 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • brian

      With the Dems in control of 2/3 of the legislative process (the executive branch is Dem, the legislative branch 1/2 and 1/2, forget the judicial branch since no party is suppose to be in charge of that), So why haven't the Dems proposed a budget in more than 3 years? If one party is in control of 2/3 of the process why wouldn't they offer a plan since the have the majority of the process?

      July 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Dems HAVE proposed a budget – but the Repubs have rejected it because it contains measures that will raise taxes on the rich. And the Repubs stubbornly cling to the lie that raising taxes on the rich will "kill jobs".

        If that were the case, then why after 10 years of the Bush tax cuts, hasn't our economy grown and we have full employment (or as close as can be expected, usually around 5%)?


        BTW, 95% of Americans have had their taxes go DOWN under President Obama, in case you don't remember that little factoid.

        July 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • arduck

        I beg to differ. The Dems control only one half of the legislative branch. The Senate. The (R)'s control the other half. The House. The Dems do control the executive branch via the White House. BTW, the (R)'s obviously control the third branch, the judiciary (Supreme Court).

        July 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. GL

    Too Late you fools.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  15. A Republican

    OK, why not just march up to your republican leaders and ask for the same thing. Oh right, this is just another freshman ploy to the media. Geez! will you guys just do some work. you're now so quickly turned into typical politicians, all tak and photo ops and no legislation. Or in other words, you take our tax dollars in salaries and produce no work. Any monkey can go up there to washington and demand things, but it's the gifted politican that can work our compromise and come up with legislation. Mokey se as monkey do, demand, dmeand, demand but not solution that works for most people. Tea baggers just made washington even worse, now nothing gets done!

    July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  16. Backer of Packers

    Perhaps you clowns ought to do YOUR job instead. I doubt it's involves the theatre you're trying to do...

    July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Lais

      Pamela July 14, 2011 Kristen, we loved gtiteng to see you! I was so happy Lucas got to know you a little more (since the last time he was about 8 months old). And I was just remembering how you were there for so many of our big moments with him.. the whole time I was pregnant, right after he was born, and just seeing him grow from there. I do think he likes you! I know that face! Anyway, thank you for honoring our little family with a big dedication in your post! The time went by too fast, and we only wish we could see you for longer periods of time! If you decide to make a small daytrip, come see us in Fort Myers! We'll have you over for dinner :0) Love you!

      March 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  17. GL

    We are coming down to crunch time, we need your plan,” Reed added. “Show us what your proposal is and let us have a good old-fashioned debate to get this house in order. We need to get this economy up and running and we can do this by putting together an American market

    Nothing hear to see put clowns. Too late you fools.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  18. cf

    And where was your plan when your party had the white house for 8 years, GOP? Where is your side's plan today, aside from "screw the working class, the poor, and the elderly"?

    July 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  19. Nick

    Rep. Tom Reed, who led the freshman lawmakers to the White House, told reporters the group doesn’t care if opposing a debt ceiling increase harms their reelection chances.

    Oh how patriotic... not worried about reelection! No.. it will only send our country into a tailspin and crush the global economies!! I feel so much better that they are thinking about the people and not just themselves.. oh wait.. they are only thinking about themselves!

    July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  20. lolo

    Thes fools only have one agenda on their minds and that is to make sure that President Obama does not win re–election. This is why they are going to be kicked out . Nobody cares what they think now. We all know that they are for big business and low taxes for the rich. If they do not get it together, they may be loosing their paychecks. Please vote all of the old stubborn senile people out of office next time. They are still living in the fifties.All of them are hypocrits. Ms. Bachmann is going to drop out because now that people have really seen her husband they know what time it is. A lot of other stuff is going to come out on these hypocrits and they will all be running to get out of the way. Mark my words.We can not do anything about their followers because they have them eating it up and are pulling them by their noses to follow their shameful republican/tea party. It is amazing how they think it is okay for them to not pay their fair share of taxes. Just keep the poor people taking care of it for us and their poor followers do not get it. Just ignorant.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  21. Enbarrassed Conservative

    Who cares about a deal. These freshman are ruthless and will not be on board with anything. They will doom us all.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  22. CandyBee

    Go home. Do your homework. Stop pretendeind you are some kind of entitled major sports team stars. Anything at all for your picture in the paper. Get over it. Do some real work ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY. That's when you will actually do something for your country. Now you are merely doing something for the Republican Party. Perhaps you think they will be loyal to you later. Not likely....

    July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Dayana

      ...Again and again people cite this Keynesian theroy of "stimulus spending", but to the best of my knowledge the history books simply do not contain any documented examples of it ever significantly helping anything.*cough* World War II?The Great Depression lasted throughout the 1930s. The worst years were the first couple years after the economy crashed in '29, but the Depression lasted for over a decade. Unemployment remained high, the economy continued to flag, and it was very fragile, throughout the 1930s, right up until 1941, when we entered into WWII and the military manufacturing industry exploded under the single largest government stimulus spending program in history. After our entry into WWII, our unemployment problems went away virtually overnight. Part of that was because of the large number of young men who volunteered or were drafted into the military, reducing some of the labor pool, but the biggest factor was the sudden, massive availability of manufacturing jobs in factories building tanks, jeeps, fighters, bombers, warships, transports, cannons, rifles, pistols, bombs, rockets, shells and bullets, and all the vast assortment of equipment necessary to make war in the mid-20th Century. And then there was the industries providing the refined and raw materials to those factories. Hundreds of thousands to millions of jobs were created by the sudden, massive government spending on military industry. Those people who now had fairly well-paying jobs could then afford to buy goods and services they otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford, and millions more jobs were created in providing those services, and manufacturing the goods they consumed. And more jobs were created, and the existing jobs bolstered, by the demand and cash flow those jobs created, and so on. The economy boomed throughout the '40s, despite the largest amount of government spending (relative to GDP) in the history of our nation. After the war was over, the economy was bolstered enough to continue under its own power, and many of those factories that had been building tanks and planes and guns and bombs were easily converted into factories producing cars and trains and commercial airplanes and toasters and ovens. Yes, a lot of debt was accrued, and the cost of the war was paid in far more than just expenditures of treasure, but the stimulus that that massive government spending provided paid off, and provided massive returns in the creation of a strong, booming manufacturing economy with a strong, vibrant middle class capable of not only sustaining itself, but producing its own growth, DESPITE top-tier tax rates running at 80%-90%+ from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s (which also contributed greatly to our ability to pay down the war debt).Keynesian Economics is a very sound, and in fact very conservative economic policy. It is the economic policy of the medieval village storing away grain and other crops in the village stores in times of bountiful harvest, putting them away not only against the winter months, but also saving in times of plenty to create a reserve to draw upon in times of famine and drought. It is the classic conservative admonishment of children to save at least some of their allowance for a prized and highly-sought toy, or against a rainy day when their allowance might not come, instead of spending their entire allowance at the candy store each week.Now, the idea of "spending your way out of debt" does sound counter-intuitive at first glance, and for your or me or our families, it's more than counter-intuitive, it's just not a realistic possibility (in theroy, we could 'spend our way out of debt' by spending on investments that will provide solid returns, if we can wait for the returns, but that's not a realistic or practical possibility in all but the rare exceptions of cases).

      March 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Billy

    Its Congress' job to come up with plan. If you don't want to do your job, step down, GOP.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • W8

      When was the last time the Dems did their job and passed a budget?

      July 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • Sandalorn

        They worked with the GOP when Bush was in office and passed one EVERYTIME.

        Sadly..that is because Democrats care about America and the GOP cares about....the GOP.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • JoeyTx

        Every year until the do nothing GOP held it up in committee. Go look up the record. Ever since the GOP got some teeth they have used every legislative trick to govern and to the detriment of the rest of the country. Then their cool aid drinker will spout something about the constitution that does not exist and they haven't read. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you keep embarassing yourself like this.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Scott in Atlanta

        It's not the Dem's job to pass a budget idiot. All you balanced budget folks answer this question, if the U.S. has a constitutional amendment to balance the budget and they take in more revenue that is necessary to run the government, then by law they HAVE TO SPEND IT. So you will ALWAYS spend every penny you make, and NEVER, EVER BE ABLE TO HAVE A SURPLUS.


        July 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  24. Ruth

    Stand firm Mr. President. YOu have my support. Dont get threatened by these losers.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • kefa34

      G-D is in his holy temple
      earthly thoughts be silent now
      while with reverence we assemble and
      before his presence bow he is with
      us now and ever
      when we call upon his name
      Aiding every good endeavor
      guiding every upward aim
      G-D is in his holy temple
      in the pure and holy mine
      in the reverent heart and the simple
      in the soul from sin refined
      Banish then each base emotion
      life us up Olord to thee
      let our souls in pure devotion
      lord be temples worthy thee.

      July 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    He has tried to get these right wing nut case loony tunes to use compromise and negotiations, but they keep refusing which makes it impossible to come up with a plan! The republican only know the meaning of the word, "chaos" when it comes to governing and sheltering the wealthy and rich corporations with tax loopholes they refuse to do away with. They use the excuse it will raise taxes. Of course it will, but for who? Those that use them to average a 19% tax rate.Those who have already bought and own the republican party.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  26. Alina77

    Tea party said "No deal at any circumstances" doesn't matter what deal it will be. They just dont believe that Fads dont have money. By now RNC should be tired of pretending that they care.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  27. A.W.Messenger

    $16.5 Trillion per 120 million taxpayers equates to $137,500 total national debt liability per taxpayer in America.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • JoeyTx

      Another GOP talking point. it does not work like that Jacko. Go read economic so we can have adult conversation not GOP sheep talk.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • JoeyTx

      Another GOP talking point. it does not work like that Jacko. Go read economics so we can have adult conversation not GOP sheep talk.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Mike in Fairfax

        Joey is a stutterer.

        July 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • bb

        Joey is right.

        CNN's site is well known for it's echoed posts – it's all run by rubberbands around here.

        July 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  28. Busted2010

    So these guys are taking the day off to hang out in front of the white house, while millions stand at the doors of congress wondering where their jobs are? Where are the jobs GOP?

    July 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • bb

      They had over a decade to not only show their concern, but DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT in their positions of power. Yet they never did either one!

      Can you say 'grandstanding'?

      July 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  29. Len Smith

    The President of the United States offered a plan to cut $4 trillion from the deficit and the so called Republicans didn't want to have anything to do with it. So, please tell me why these people are at the White House.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Mike in Fairfax

      I, for one, would love to read that plan. Is there somewhere online I can go to get a look at it?

      July 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • arduck

        The President offered a starting point for negotiations and the (R)'s wanted nothing of it. Rational people sit at the table and work out the details. I bet that if they did get a plan form the President all they would do is go before the media and tear it apart and STILL not sit down to reach discuss issues, reach any agreements or compromise and flesh out details. After all, they were talking with VP Biden about this very issue (deficit reduction) when the the young lad from Va. (Can'tor) walked out because they almost reached an agreement that required that he give a little.

        July 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • sara

      To "pretend".....they don't work~ They are bobbled-head....."No, No".....I just saw Chris stomp Walsh from Illiinois and Walsh began calling names. Chris told Walsh he was "miseducated"

      July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  30. TakeNoPrisoners

    GOP = Greed Over People, your the numbnuts. O'dumbo is part of the executive branch, why did he say he was going to take this to the Amercian people last week if what your silly statement is true? Shouldnt he take it to the house? Bet you are the O'dumbo in disguise................

    July 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Grand Very Old and Senial Party

      Maybe because the house is to busy parading around shirking their responsibilities. Do you understand what the executive branch does? Didn't think so. Obama was going to the people so they in turn can pressure their representatives to get something done. Didn't think that really needed to be explained, seemed obvious...

      July 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • sam

      The mess he created? All the job loss haeepnpd under Bush, and the first 4 months of Obama. He didn't even have a bill passed yet. And how did he make it worse? You've got close to 2 million jobs created in the PRIVATE sector. And you need to do you housing bubble homework. CRA was passed in the 70 s, where were the foreclosures the last 30 years? Bush passed his renewing the dream act. American dream down payment act. Raised the commitment of Fannie Freddy by 440 bill. etc. etc.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  31. TexasTammy

    In other news.... Dozens of turkeys show up at the White House today demanding President Obama abolish the Thanksgiving Holiday.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  32. Thought

    Here's a thought: let's cut some of the funds from welfare and associated programs if these stats. are close to correct:

    July 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  33. Aaron in MN

    Are these guys moronic? They say they don't want political posturing but that's exactly what they're doing. Obama has already said the taxes he wants to raise and the loopholes he wants to close. Dems have already agreed to cut spending. But noooo, these guy want only cuts. And keep in my these are religious bible huggers. They want to take from the poor while the rich keep all their money. No tax increases they scream. Want if you went to Jesus and asked, Jesus, should I help the least of my brother? If I can help the sick and the poor should I? Instead these guys want to take from the poor and give to the rich. I'm not religous, but personally, I'd think anyone who preaches the lord's name and word and turns around and takes from the poor is the devil. And wait until we cut spending and we lose jobs. These guys are clueless. Total politcal posturing on their part. If they're being left out it's only because Boehner and Cantor are scared they might try and take their jobs. power power power. money money money, that's the GOP.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Mike in Fairfax

      So tell me, which ones are they? I can't find that information anywhere and I sincerely would like to see it so I can make an informed, non-partisan opinion here.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  34. Aaron in MN

    A.W.Messenger, $137,500/taxpayer isn't a lot. I'm one tax payer and my mortgage alone is $200,000 so I'm already over. put it in context and you just might understand the world a little better 😉

    July 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • b0bc4t

      that is your personal debt, and in addition as the Congress spends, they have mortgaged America to China, without your co-sign signature, .... but you can let your children pay for that bill, since that is who has to pay the debt as it comes due.

      July 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  35. ThinkAgain

    Fox and other GOP propaganda outlets love to say that Greece's financial crisis is due to social spending excesses, citing this as a reason why we should cut social spending here in order to balance our budget.

    What the GOP doesn't mention is that – according to a report by Greece's central bank – a big part of that nation's financial problems are due to unpaid taxes.

    Yep, believe it or not, the wealthy in Greece – much like the wealthy here – have made tax evasion a priority.

    In addition to letting the tax rates on the rich go back up to 39% (what it was under Clinton – you remember him, of the "Clinton surplus" fame) and close those tax loopholes that encourage rich individuals and corporations to offshore their profits and in general shirk their tax responsibilities.

    It's the least they can to for the country whose infrastructure they use and which gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • sonny chapman

      Never let facts get in the way of a good sound bite. Remember Sen. Kyl claiming that 90% of Planned Parenthood 's budget was spent on abortions when the correct figure was 3% ?

      July 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So you raise the rate up to 39%, if the rich are as crafty as you say then would not they just find another way to work the system? The reason Clinton's tax system raised so much money was because so many people worked. That famous Clinton surplus was off the backs of the working poor.

      July 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  36. sonny chapman

    This is why the rest of the world called the Founding Fathers nuts for thinking that citizens were capable of self-rule.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Mike in Fairfax

      And you are just the type of person the founding fathers feared.

      July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  37. david

    The republicans own budget proposal added trillions to the debt – any gains were based on unrealistic wishful thinking and these wouldn't even occur for ten plus years. The GOP again wants their cake and to eat it too, the Tea Party is a minority, stop trying to override the majority. PS, if you think a balanced budget amendment is wise go to school – again the republican budget does not come close to meeting this standard and this will prevent the country from dealing with a natural disaster, act of war or another domestic or international financial crisis such as the one that Bush and his cronies caused.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  38. TJeff1776

    What a crowd......demanding that the Prez do THEIR job for them. I wonder IF there's any Republicans in that group ????? I can't bring myself to believe they are into politics ! ! ! Have ya notice these Repubs lately.....they seem to be in La La land........dreaming up stuff thats so unrealistic.....hey, this scares me. We need at least a two-party system......but these conser appear leaderless OR....... on something. Similarly, Lincoln described Burnside's actions as that of a goose that had been knocked in the head and was walking around in crazy circles.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  39. Sandalorn

    These clowns don't even know where this type of legislation starts and ends with.

    Why couldn't they have just decided to stand in front of oncoming traffic.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  40. JoeyTx

    Wow! Abdicating responsibility eh! I thought it was congress' reponsibility to pay the bills they racked up? These guys are not serious. Speaking of political posturing, what in the heck were they thinking. Go do your job and let the POTUS do his. Pass your bill, get it to the senate and they pass it and the POTUS signs it. I thought that's how it works. These jerks want the POTUS to do his job and theirs. If so take their pay away. Worthless, Just worthless bunch.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  41. Larry L

    The President's plan would solve the problem – but it requires politicians on both sides of the isle to take political risks. Common sense Americans know this is the correct approach. Why can't the Republicans understand the Tea Party radicals do not represent America's population. They are simply the group of angry old white people paid by the likes of the Koch Brothers to destroy the working class.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Mike in Fairfax

      Of which Island (isle) do you speak? It's not often we get Aussies or Brits commenting on here but you are surely welcome to join in.

      July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  42. truthman

    According to, our national debt has risen every year since 1956. That's been long enough ago to have Congress come to their senses by now, seems like. But they all act as if this has caught them with their pants down.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Grand Very Old and Senial Party

      But it was Obama's plan all along. He planted the birth announcements when he was born and also caused the debt to increase since 1956 knowing full well he would be elected in 2008 and drive up the debt. It was a brilliant move on his part especially since he wasn't born until 61.

      July 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  43. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Another pointless photo op.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  44. Kenny K

    That is why they are called "freshmen".

    July 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Muhammed

      CRA had nothing to do with it. If those loans to lo-income pelpoe were fixed, this whole mess wouldn't have happened. And CRA sure as hell don't have anything to do with Adj, Rate Mortgages. And no one forced banks to make loans. Those banks were making a killing. They had no risk, they were dumping that shit onto the market to suckers all over the world. They would've kept going forever if they could. When interest rates wen't up pelpoe couldn't make the payments market crashed

      May 20, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  45. Ken in NC

    Republicans are trying to negotiate in good faith. They have told the President that they will agree to raise the debt limits as long as they get it their way.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Grand Very Old and Senial Party


      July 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  46. Scott F

    If they need to rely on the President to do their job why do we need them? Let's start eliminating the waste by firing them. My miniature schnauzer can say NO to everything. These guys like all of the Republicans are do nothing Monday morning quarterbacks. Put on your golf hats and polos like the pro golfers with the logo owned by Big Business and Big Banks.They They love feeling the power.They will be one termers.

    July 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Mike in Fairfax

      Okay, the Republicans came out with a budget, and the dems said "no". The Republicans asked that the affordable care act be put on the table and the dems said "no". I can go on....

      July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • arduck

        I heard the President (with my own ears, not via a media commentator) say that EVERYTHING should be put on the table. Even the big 3, knowing that he would catch heat from his base. The (R)'s did not accept the offer to put their sacred cows on the table and work for an answer that benefit the country because they were/are afraid of the heat they would catch from their base and Norquist.

        July 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  47. mgc

    They don't seem to know their job...the people that put them in office, need to take them out in 12 or this country is in big trouble.

    July 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  48. Steve H

    The House wants to end-run the Senate because the GOP can't get its own "house" in order. The GOP in the Senate want to abdicate responsibility for the debt debacle because they want to look good for the electorate and keep Obama from getting re-elected. The Dems in both houses are running for shelter because they know that to some degree the conservatives are right in that spending is too much... meanwhile the President tries to preside, give direction, demand compromise, hold the line against crackpot ideas. Seems to me the GOP ought to get their own house in order before pushing an agenda on the rest of us.

    July 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  49. Bart

    My response: Dog and Pony. These people are simply playing politics. You want the President's plan? He is open to all types of cuts, including medicare and social security, but wants some revenue raised as well. Of course, these repubs will crap their panties about that. Why this big show? Oh, yeah, the Tea Party wants the show.

    July 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Ray E. Georgia

    Humm, They want a Plan from Obama? Obama is going to Vote Present! There, that wasn't too hard was it? My plan? Throw all those Freeloaders to the Wolves, No, wait. That's where they are now. They want you to pay their freight. The Liberals and Democrats want to run the Country but they want the Conservtaves and Republicians to pay for it. I say, Go Play in the Traffic.

    July 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • bb

      'Liberals, liberals, liberals...' – Your comment doesn't hold its weight in substance OR a pointless us vs. them schoolyard game.

      July 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Grand Very Old and Senial Party

      Really, awesome I voted for Obama but I didn't realize I don't have to pay taxes since I'm not a republican. Can you point me to the Statue or IRS bulletin explaining democrats don't have to pay taxes. I'm so excited. Thanks for the great news.

      July 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  51. KirosMn

    What is this? a Klan march

    July 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  52. Lando

    When Obama became 401K had recovered dramatically and now it is in danger of losing what it had
    gained...Hey you Republibans will not be exceptions...dumbnuts

    July 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  53. BrianC

    Obviously these "freshmen" need to leanr how things work. CONGRESS puts forth legislation, debates it, passes it or doesn't then it goes the President. The President can make recommendations and develop plans in conjunction with congressional members BUT ONLY CONGRESSIONAL members can introduce legislation. So it's CONGRESS' job to come up with plans or legislation instead of sitting around complaining waiting for someone else to do the work for them.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  54. Jack

    I wonder who paid for the bus?
    I wonder who will pay for future bus trips after August 2nd?
    Did it take 16 Congressmen to find the White House?
    Didn't any of the 16 Congressmen have a stamp?

    July 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  55. jane fletcher

    a nation that does not take care of the disabled and blind is not civilized. this was meant to be the entire us st.matthew 24 new testament. all nations that forget god shall be cast into hell,republicans included. you are all fighting against yaweh god and conservatives make the nation cozy for the rich. rush and hanity are millionaires and workaholics. they are laughing all the way to the bank while america burns. only michael savage has the answers. he could eat rushs lunch in a debate. rush and hanity are school boys compared to doctor savage.

    July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  56. YoYall

    If the idiots really want to see a sensible, rational plan involving sacrifice by both parties and all Americans, they'll have to get out of their Tea Bins and think out of the box. Call the senate (gang of six). Sounds like they're on the right track, and this is very close to the President's ideal. Then shut the f up and vote like adults.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  57. beevee

    All I can say to these GOP idiots is that we did not send you as our elected officials to DC to waste time. Get into office and start working with the administration on improving the economy of the country. Cut the 'cut, cap and balance' bull crap. it si not going to help the middle calss or the poor in this country.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  58. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Has anyone noticed how much the price of gold has risen, think about it and then think about our economy.

    July 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  59. Texas Doc

    that picture looks like a Viagra or Cialis ad. Bunch of angry old whites guys with "maleness" issues.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • arduck

      Now that you mention it...LOL.

      July 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  60. ARMY CSM

    There will be peace, prosperity, unity and balance in the country in about twenty five years. The end of the baby boomers and their hateful era.

    July 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  61. FSMism

    clueless you are.

    July 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  62. Reggie from LA

    Impatient are they? How unfortunate. They don't care about what it does to their reelection chances, eh? They just want what they ask for and forget about the fallout. Why is it that whenever there is opportunity to set some things proper, they automatically oppose (McConnell-esque)? Why do they always bring stipulations that protect their handlers instead of solutions? I hope the freshmen/women have been watching how inept their predecessors are at proposing solutions. Maybe they could become learned statesmen or just absolute a$$ hats. Hope they'll be smart. Naaaah.

    July 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  63. TJeff1776

    We have evolved into an era wherein conser will do anything THEY think will make the Prez look bad......whether-or-not it really makes sense. BUT the Prez appears to be weathering the storm. Good man. Methinks he's got'em by their long tails and on tha verge of chopping a few OFF. We do need a few bob-tailed Repubs lunching on some nice humble pie. Talking about acts of futility, JUST LOOK at the above crowd hanging around outside the WH demanding that the Prez do their jobs for them. AND whats worse, THEY think it makes Obama look bad.......LOL......meaningless clowns at work.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  64. KatR

    Thank goodness our founders set the term of members in the House at 2 years.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:34 am |