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  • The social security tax cut
    Moderate
    This is all baloney. The House Republicans backed down because they knew they would get their political butts kicked if they continued with their nonsense. Just pass the Senate bill and move forward to get the year item resolved. With all of this how is this going to help the social security funding? Will the funds run out sooner or will something reasonable be accomplished?
    worker
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  • Hang tough, Rep. Van Hollen!!
    FERS Fed
    Do whatever it takes to hang a tax increase around the House Republican's necks in an election year, and the voters will take care of the rest.
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  • Somethng reasonable accomplished?
    SGT Pepper
    These guys? Never! This will weaken social security, as it has for the past year, unless we can trust Congress to make sure the funds used to "pay" for this cut extension are actually applied to the Social Security fund. Fat chance! It is and always has been a stupid idea and frankly, I'm amazed we Feds didn't get slammed again. But there is still time for that, and I sense at least a year being added to our pay freeze coming.
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  • Business as usual... Disgusted!
    Observero0
    [...GOP stalwarts like strategist Karl Rove and the Wall St. Journal editorial board warned that if the tax cuts were allowed to expire, Republicans would take a political beating that would harm efforts to unseat Obama next year.] ========================================== Ridiculous! It's not acceptable to keep prolonging the agony & adding to our debt. Both parties got us here, & both parties will pay dearly in the upcoming election.
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  • Who gets hurt?
    Moderate
    If both parties will be hurt, who will get the votes? Third parties rarely do much. Guess we will find out in November who gets hurt.
    worker
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  • Only Adult in Washington
    Tea Partier
    I would like to draw your attention to this excellent article by Lawrence Kudlow: http://www.moneynews.com/LarryKudlow/Paul-Ryan-American-Vision/2011/12/22/id/421897. Paul Ryan seems to be the only serious adult in Washington. Too many in Washington are taking us towards European style bankruptcy.
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  • Adult
    Moderate
    Paul Ryan, a radical rightist, is the only adult? Get serious. Paul Ryan is a mouthpiece for the radical right who want to enrich their constituents, the wealthy, at the expense of the middle class and poor. Raise taxes on the wealthy to the pre Bush tax cut level. Since the middle class and poor must spend more of their money, this will keep the demnand side of the equation from shrinking very much and the economy will not be hurt. Plus, we will reduce the deficit substantially.
    worker
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  • 99 weeks to sit at home and do nothing - must be nice
    Rob
    A quote from an article in the WP this morning......On unemployment benefits, which will cost about $30 billion, Democrats were forced into a choice to hit the federal workforce: either another pay freeze or a requirement that workers contribute more to their pension plans. Late Tuesday, a senior Democratic aide suggested that Democrats preferred the increased pension contributions, something Obama has supported.......So there you have it folks. The federal employee can pay more towards their retirement so lazy folks can continue to sit at home a draw a check from the gov't (for 99 weeks)!!! That's CRAZY
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  • the myth of the "lazy", again
    Jerry A.
    Rob, It must be nice to live in your simple world, where someone laid off and looking for work must be "lazy". I have a friend with an advanced degree who was actively looking for work for 18 months. Without unemployment insurance (and it is an insurance program), he would have lost his home. Do you also call all immigrants "w3tbacks" (maybe not out loud) like Archie Bunker? Oh well, don't let any of this thinking bother you. Just go back to watching Fox and listening to Rush. Wouldn't want to move you out of your simple world into, say, reality.
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  • Re: Jerry
    Rob
    Jerry, I also have a neighbor who is unemployed. He wants to find a job but his words to me were, "I'm actively looking for a job but I have to be honest, my motivation to find work will increase when I get closer to the date my unemployment benefits expire."..... You bleeding heart liberals refuse to believe that folks (not all I admit) take advantage of gov't assistance. 99 weeks is too long.
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  • You're wasting your time, Jerry
    FERS Fed
    In Right Wing Rob's (and Hector's and Tea Partier's) 'black or white', 'with us or against us' world, they don't even recognize, much less admit, their conservative hypocrisy for "slopping at the federal trough" for which they criticize others.
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  • Moderate and FERS Fed
    Rob
    Only progressives like FERS Fed and Moderate would call balancing the budget radical. It's folks like them who "occupy" city parks and streets demanding more freebies from their gov't. They label anyone a radical who dares to question the out of control spending by our gov't. Since when is balancing a budget radical?
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  • Balancing the budget isn't radical, Right Wing Rob
    FERS Fed
    Balancing the budget on the backs of federal employees IS radical (not to mention impossible). "But that isn't what's happening" you say, Right Wing Rob? Well then, name any other group of Americans that have sacrified anything in the name of balancing the federal budget.
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  • Oh What Fun It Is To Ride...
    Liam Skye
    ...the Republicans for their reversal using words like "cave" and "fold like a cheap suit," especially in light of the recent characteristically juvenile and intemperate outburst by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) towards the Postmaster General. It should be remembered, though, that the cooler Republican heads prevailed and did what was necessary. I view this as at least a minor rebuke of the callow Tea Party freshmen and a repudiation of their extremism.
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