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GOP Announces Its Six Members, Pelosi Still Undecided

Earlier this week, Democrats announced their picks for the three Senators that would be part of the “super committee” tasked with deficit reduction. Today, Republicans release the names of the three Representatives and three Senators that would fill out the entire GOP side of the committee.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced his selections as Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

John Boehner selected House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Speaker Boehner also selected Rep. Hensarling as the committee’s co-chair.

It had been speculated that Paul Ryan would be put on the committee, but that was not to be.

What’s still missing are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s three representatives. Will she go extreme left to appease her base or look to compliment what appears to be a good lineup for negotiations?


Reid Shows Signs That He Does Not Have 60 Votes for His Bill [Video]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not have the votes to pass his own debt ceiling bill. Reid spent Friday night addressing the Senate in an attempt to blame Republicans for his inability to garner 60 vote support in the Senate for his legislation.

Reid has 53 democrats that will vote for just about anything he puts in front of them. If he wants 7 more votes, he would have to compromise, but not much. He doesn’t want to negotiate – at all. That will delay the debt ceiling proceedings at least one more day.

The reason for the delay is cloture. A cloture vote would have ended debate and set it to a vote for passage. Reid refused McConnell’s offer for a cloture vote and that then requires a super-majority (60-vote threshold) to pass.

Considering the vote to table House Speaker Boehner’s bill only passed 59-41, Reid may have every reason to worry.

Here’e the video: GOP’s McConnell offers to give Reid an immediate vote on his bill and Reid turns it down while simultaneously calling the maneuver a GOP filibuster.

Now Reid may have trouble getting a single, large debt ceiling hike through the Senate and the despite moderate GOPers casting dispersion at them, the Tea Party holding the line may well have forced him to compromise for the first time in several years.

McConnell: Obama Rejected Bi-Partisan Debt Proposal

Obama_and_Mitch_McConnellToday, Mitch McConnell spoke out on the political games being played by the White House on the debt battle. While on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader McConnell said [emphasis mine]:

The responsible path forward was clear to everyone – a plan that avoided default and required additional savings before any further increase in the debt ceiling. Leaders from both parties and both houses agreed that this was the right path forward legislatively – the only thing to do at that point was to present this bipartisan solution to the president. And what was the president’s response? Well, unfortunately, to demand the largest single debt limit increase in history…

There’s absolutely no economic justification for insisting on a debt limit increase that brings us through the next election. It’s not the beginning of a fiscal year, it’s not the beginning of a calendar year, based on his own words its hard to conclude that this request has anything to do with anything other than the president’s re-election.

This weekend we offered the President a bipartisan proposal to avoid default so we could have the time we need to put together a serious plan for getting our house in order and he rejected it out of hand.

What happened to compromise? President Obama reportedly rejected the proposal to force a one-time, large debt-ceiling increase instead of a phased pair of smaller increases with real spending cuts attached. Now, both the House and Senate are hardening their stances and producing plans neither will be able to accept. All because Obama wanted all-or-nothing.

Senate Democrats have offered a plan full of gimmicks. The majority of cuts come from funding on Iraq that was never going to be spent as the war is over. The rest is on supposed savings from interest on the debt. While no actual spending cuts take place in the $2.7 trillion worth of reductions and the “savings” are over the next ten years in the plan presented by Reid, the $2.4 trillion in debt ceiling increase happens immediately. Reid’s larger problem is that because the plan contains no tax hikes, a large portion of his party may not support it. For the Democrat-led Senate, it’s tax-and-spend or nothing.

House Republicans are proposing a two phase plan. In the first round, the debt ceiling is only raised $1 trillion while $1 trillion in cuts are taken “up front”. The second part of the plan requires another debt committee. this time with 12 members of Congress to recommend deeper cuts. The plan also calls on Congress to vote on a balanced-budget amendment in the fourth quarter of this year. But Speaker Boehner has his hands full too. Jim Jordan, one of the sponsors of the cut, cap and balance bill has already publicly said that he does not support this new plan as has President Obama and Harry Reid.

The bi-partisan agreement was most-likely the last best hope for the two sides to come together and in a show of absolute lack of leadership – the president killed it.

The Divided Right

The divide is there and it’s not just the politicians. I see it comments on the website, hear it in calls to the radio show – Conservatives (me included) would rather see a shutdown and re-prioritization of spending than kick the can down the road yet again (like those before us have done).

Moderate Republicans would rather come to a grand bargain like those reached by Reagan and Bush with the Democrats. Unfortunately, in both of those, the tax increases occurred and the spending cuts did not.

McConnell is trying to get made into the next Senate Majority leader – not a fan, Boehner is trying to hold on to his Speakership, Obama is trying to save his Presidency, Pelosi is after Boehner’s chair, Cantor may be after Boehner’s and NO ONE is looking after the country.

Shut it down! Force smaller government, take the power back from this band of self-interested ingrates.

Trust is earned, not demanded.

McConnell: Obama is the Problem in Debt Fight – the People Agree

In a Wednesday Senate speech, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signaled what most Americans are thinking – Obama is the real obstacle to a budget deal. The Senate Minority leader said, “After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable.”

Obama taking a hit

As the debt fight wears on, Obama seems to be taking the brunt of the blame. Although he has tried class warfare, empowering the unions, a rare press conference and blaming everyone within reach, the electorate grows tired of the rhetoric and sees only economic morass, a dwindling future for their kids and a country destroyed by the over-spending of a liberal administration and Congress.

What must be wearing on the President is the most recent sentiment from the American people. The most recent Consumer Confidence Index (June) had dropped 3.2 points to 58.5. No incumbent President has retaken the White House with an index of less than 100.

The Obama White House is very cognizant of the indices, polls, and American sentiment. Obama’s stance has changed drastically from last year. Obama is now talking about how much to cut, not whether or not large cuts in entitlements are needed. Unfortunately, the President isn’t leading on what to cut. Using platitudes and ambiguous references to “shared sacrifice”, “big things” and “pain on both sides” no one knows what the President actually thinks should get cut.

A recent Gallup poll says that 53% of Americans do not want the debt ceiling raised at all, regardless of cuts or a hike in taxes – the most strict possible outcome of the current talks. Obama is still trying to make the debate about tax increases vs. spending cuts as he carefully toes the party line. Americans are telling the President that it’s really about spending cuts, not tax hikes – he’s just not listening.

Mr. Obama’s presidential approval rating stands at 46%. At this point in his Presidency, G.W. Bush was at 62%. Yesterday Rasmussen posted a poll that shows that a generic Republican would beat Obama by 5 points and today’s Presidential approval poll shows that 51% of Americans disapprove of Obama.

Unemployment is rising, not dropping. Obama’s stimulus has failed, his healthcare reform will take the country into bankruptcy and he’s unable to lead through this most basic of issues – the Federal Budget. The budget debate is over the ridiculous increases in spending that the Obama administration has asked for and gotten. If the extreme left-wing of the Democrat party wants a debt ceiling raise it will need to come with substantial spending cuts. If he keeps trying to frame the debt ceiling debate as a taxation vs. spending cuts battle, he’ll lose – and 2012 is just around the corner.

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