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  •  The GOP do seem scared of the public backlash (6+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Matt Z, glorificus, Hockeyray, a2nite, jabney

    but they also seem to always be able, even if they've been serving in Congress, to convince people that they aren't 'beltway insiders' and to elect/re-elect them to 'clean up Washington'.

    The Mayans knew about Chained CPI!!!!

    by GoGoGoEverton on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:10:10 AM PST

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    •  I disagree (4+ / 0-)
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      salmo, GoGoGoEverton, Mayfly, mkor7

      They know they (GOP) will be at fault and blamed for the stalemate but to them protecting the Rich is far more important.

      They know they will always have plenty of money for 30 second lies for any election.

    •  Public backlash coming due to the "Dairy Cliff?" (3+ / 0-)
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      Milk, grocery prices on the rise if Congress ignores farm bill

      with milk prices set to spike to $6 to $8 a gallon come January, Saint Nick may see the average family's budget cuts affecting his favorite milk-and-cookie spread.

      Senate Ag Comm Chair Debbie Stabenow:
      "Without a 5-year farm bill by the end of the year, milk prices could begin to rise sharply and America's agriculture economy will continue to be significantly impacted."

      The Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill in June. The House Farm Bill, as you would expect in the TeaBagger-run House, has not made it to the floor for a vote.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 08:00:08 AM PST

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      •  The Farm Bill passed the House Ag committee (1+ / 0-)
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        with bipartisan support. It has deeper cuts in food stamps than the Senate bill, but the House could pass it and send it to a conference committee. The Boehner/Cantor and the Tea Party wing of the House GOP is holding it hostage for even greater cuts in nutrition programs.

      •  Frankly if they'd just extend… (1+ / 0-)
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        …the unemployment and pass a continuing resolution on the milk price supports and save the rest for a new more Democratic Congress in January I'd have a much better feeling about these negotiations. Why bite off more than you can chew, when two simple immediate impact items might be passable?

        I could even write both those laws in a sentence that even Herman Cain could understand, "Milk price supports by the Department of Agriculture shall continue at 2012 levels until superseded by a new bill" and "Federal unemployment insurance shall continue at current compensation rates and duration until U2 unemployment drops below 6.5% or is superseded by a new bill."

        And the discharge petition for the middle-class tax cut bill is there (provided the House GOP doesn't have a blue-slip hissy fit).

        Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

        by DemSign on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 08:58:53 AM PST

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