Power to the “People”

When John Boehner became Speaker of the House he promised transparency, open rules, vigorous debate and most importantly, returning the government to the people.

So right out of the chute the Republican controlled House, in a closed committee meeting, decided to overturn their policy on open committee meetings.  Then that open rules only applied to some bills, specifically not their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  No amendments, no discussion, just an up or down vote.

Then they gave the Chair of the House Committee on Budget, Paul Ryan, the ability to set the spending ceiling.  No discussion or voting from the other 434 Representatives.  They then proceeded to strip the voting rights of the five territorial delegates representing Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, plus the delegate from the District of Columbia.

So without representation, just who are these people Speaker Boehner is returning our government to?  Think the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision, saying that essentially corporations are citizens.  Perhaps those are the “people” Boehner is returning the government to.

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26 responses to “Power to the “People”

  1. TempeBev

    And so it begins . . . saying one thing and doing another.

  2. dog's eye view

    I am glad someone has the stomach to watch what is going on.

    Thinking this is a great time to read some books and stay off blogs, because too depressing.

  3. I guess if repeal is what you want to try it should be an up or down vote, but ultimately the Republicans are at fault for offering no useful alternative during the whole healthcare debate.

  4. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Sat, January 08, 2011 — 1:22 PM ET
    —–

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona Reportedly Shot in Tucson

    A Democratic congresswoman from Arizona was shot along with
    several others during a public event at a grocery store in
    Tucson, according to news reports. The condition of
    Representative Gabrielle Giffords remained unclear. The
    Tucson Citizen reported that Ms. Giffords had been shot at
    close range in the head.

  5. TempeBev

    She died and others as of latest report. Devastating.

  6. Dooty

    MSNBC is now retracting the fact that she is dead. A sheriff said he spoke to a surgeon at the hospital where she was taken that said she was alive.

  7. Don’t want to get ahead of the facts but it’s hard not to think this was a political killing.

  8. dog's eye view

    Bev (and others) — I am so sorry. What a tragedy.

  9. Dooty

    Gee Brian I don’t think you are ahead of the facts.

  10. Well Sharon Angle and Sarah Palin got their wish and one of their supporters, another Republican Nazi nut, killed a Democratic Congresswoman with a point blank in the head shot Second Amendment Remedy.

    If you remember Sarah Palin targeted Congresswoman Giffords on her website.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/sarah-palins-pac-puts-gun_n_511433.html

    And who can forget Sharon Angle talk about taking Harry Reid out with a Second Amendment Remedy if she couldn’t beat him at the ballot box.

    Here’s a link below from another time she mentioned taking Harry Reid out. While it does not say what she had said another time that I stated above if one really wants to look it up themselves it should still be out there on the internet somewhere.

    http://www.harryreid.com/ee/index.php/news/release/new_ad_angles_2nd_amendment_remedies_over_the_line

    This will not be the last as the fear and hate mongering Republican Nazi Propagandists like the likes of Rush, Hannity, Beck and Fox Noise Republican Reich ministry of Propaganda continue to incite the Teabaggers and other Right Wing Religious Nuts to kill our sitting representatives

    Our country is in deep, deep trouble. 😦

    Did I forget to mention that this is the Republican Jan Brewer Death Panel State of Arizona?

    It’s also the State of Senator John McCain, you know the Senator who sold his soul to Satan when he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate for Vice President.

  11. TempeBev

    Things have changed – now she’s out of surgery and doc’s optimistic. Other people have been killed including a 9 yr old girl and reportedly a Fed judge. Listening to news constantly.

  12. TempeBev

    Anon – as I’ve said before, “Arizona Sucks” with their US, state political figures. Another person waiting for a transplant died because of the gov’s refusal to fund transplants under Medicaid. I’m ashamed of my state and how humiliating and embarrassing it has become to the rest of the country.

  13. dog's eye view

    This thread could be “Firepower to the People.”

    Am thinking that federal Judge John Roll’s death could be a tremendous loss; Obama can barely get his nominees through and Arizona has wingnut GOP senators.

    The loss of Roll’s independent voice could have years of repercussions.

    What a tragedy, all around.

  14. Dooty

    Boy, the Righties are really tap dancing now. Latest I heard was them saying this asshole is a lefty. Please….

  15. dog's eye view

    Doots: it is a pleasure to not have cable.

    The story is just developing. A Democratic congresswoman shot during a meet and greet at a suburban supermarket. Hard to dance out of that one.

    A lot of the country is marinating in a toxic stew of resentment and hate and polarization.

    Who does that benefit?

  16. dog's eye view

    Not to mention six people dead tonight who were up and breakfasting and looking forward to the weekend a few hours ago.

    Horrifying.

  17. TempeBev

    This article accurately describes Arizona and the nation:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7080AB20110109

  18. Dooty

    Well, I am still angry about the events of yesterday.

    • dnd

      Doots,
      If you’re angry, don’t watch This Week. In the round-table, Dick Army disavows any of the hate-mongering of the teabaggers as having any influence on events like this. That’ll really piss you off. It was really prescient that Army’s parents named him “dick.”

  19. As well you should be doots!

  20. Dooty

    Fuckin’ Carpetbagger Army. Had to move to Texas. Shit.

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