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They're ba-ack:
Set to begin a new session Monday, lawmakers are struggling to find optimism that 2014 will mark a pivot point for an institution whose historically low approval rating has been at or below 20 percent for three years. Last year seemed to bring a rock-bottom moment — not just in the public’s view but also across the Capitol, where ambition withered among lawmakers themselves.

“Legislators give up on the process, and either before or right after they’ve done that, the people that we work for give up on the process,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a 17-year veteran of the House and the Senate. He summed up the malaise that some members of Congress feel: “Whenever anybody tells me, ‘I’m frustrated with the way the Senate and the Congress are working,’ I say: ‘I fully understand. I’m more frustrated with this than you are.’ ”

Gee, Roy. You're more frustrated than any of us ... and yet you're a Republican in Congress in Washington, D.C. and you don't think you're the problem? Must be nice to have a job where you can spend all day screwing up and then spend all night claiming nobody's angrier about it than you are.

Meanwhile, D.C. reporters have decided how to think about the return of Republicans on the other side of The Hill:

As House Republicans return to Washington for the new year, their leaders must decide how ambitious the party will be in the 10 months before their majority faces voters in November.
And as Laura Clawson wrote this morning, we may have an answer:
Republicans expected to block unemployment aid
Looks like they are choosing "ambition." Just like last year.

Email your member of Congress now to demand that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

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  •  Wonder what the Pubbies will demand in trade (8+ / 0-)

    ..in order to fund long-term unemployment benefits.

    Repeal of the ACA maybe? Obama's resignation? The Bible as the only textbook in public schools?

    I can hardly wait.

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 08:57:41 AM PST

  •  It's a very simple formula: (3+ / 0-)
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    snazzzybird, ferg, AllanTBG

    If Democrats will do a few clearly good things -- and actually introduce bills, Republicans will be forced to go along or to hurt their standing with the voters.  Either way is a Democratic win.

    By good things, I don't mean sweeping vision.  Lots of people are hurting and have been hurting for years.  Simple direct action that can help them and, better still, address the problems (can anybody say jobs?) that are causing the hurt.

    Bills don't have to win -- they need to be comprehensible and seen as desrable by the voting public.   If you can't make Republicans play nice, take their majority away.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 08:59:32 AM PST

    •  But bill wills never see the light of day in the (0+ / 0-)

      House.

      The public will never know about them.

      As far as unemployment extensions go.. I believe the Dems have played this a bit disingenuously.  They just voted a two-year budget without making this an issue.  Why didn't they stand up for this then?

      I think the voting public sees this as simply more circus.

      I saw Rand Paul on This Week yesterday.. he says he will back UE extensions if he can get his "economic freedom zones " bill passed for places like Detroit, etc.

      The Dems may have to deal on something like this to get UE passed.  I agree with you that jobs should be a focus.  Maybe these "zones" would be a good start.

  •  We are the idiots (0+ / 0-)

    if we thought it would go differently. Which kinda tells you what our side wanted all along.... for the 1% by the 1%.

    The Republicans are crazy, but why we follow them down the rabbit hole is beyond me.

    by Jazzenterprises on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:00:59 AM PST

  •  Those are very festive dunce caps! (2+ / 0-)
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    Pilotshark, GreenMother
  •  "If only Obama would lead."......the complaint of (2+ / 0-)
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    GrindtheHills, Pilotshark

    my local radio wingnut.

  •  is there a word: "cryingstock"? (1+ / 0-)
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    GrindtheHills

    there should be

    Sarah Palin is a disgusting racist pig.

    by memofromturner on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:09:49 AM PST

  •  Have they scheduled (0+ / 0-)

    their next ACA repeal vote yet?

  •  I have no respect for these bastards (0+ / 0-)

    But, please, let us keep the comity going in Congress. Hell, we should all simply speak with nothing but reverent and respectful tones to people who want to put in a knife in everyone's eye. Whatever you do, don't put your hands up to block the blow. That might be seen as unbecoming a refined person.

    The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

    by The Lone Apple on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:21:45 AM PST

  •  There's no path forward until the election and (1+ / 0-)
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    Pilotshark

    likely not after the election either.  It's always stasis here in the United States of Dysfunction.

    "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:24:08 AM PST

  •  Republicans expected to block "___________" (0+ / 0-)

    Fill in most any important issue here. Choices can include some sort of jobs stimulus bill, immigration reform, some sort of regulation of financial markets, education grants, attention to aging infrastructure (domestically, not foreign), moving subsidies from dirty energy to clean renewable energy sources, etc.

    But Boehner's useless but ever so righteously bigoted xenophobic peers would get the vapors if they were asked to actually serve the non-corporate citizens.

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:25:47 AM PST

  •  Set to begin a new recession Monday.... (0+ / 0-)

    I SWEAR I thought it said that (on first glance)....

    trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

    by chmood on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:33:24 AM PST

    •  You're very prescient. The supermarkets and (0+ / 0-)

      gas stations will be smarting from the sting of fewer customers do to a failure to extend unemployment benefits.  Then the suppliers, then the farmers, and on and on until the US is in the recessionary soup again.  We are becoming the laughing stock of the world, no longer the shining city on the hill because Reagan and his GOP have done the long rolling pratfall.  
      Perhaps when enough people get broken down with having to float loans to their unemployed relatives and/or take them in, they will see that unemployment benefits preserve families, and poverty tears them apart.  One parent will have to leave the household in order for the other and the children to be eligible for family aid.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:45:58 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well at least they get prettier dunce hats in 2014 (0+ / 0-)

    Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

    by GreenMother on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:44:25 AM PST

  •  fade (0+ / 0-)

    my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this....
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