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Former Secretary of State James Baker said Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March is a breach of diplomatic protocol.

“I can’t remember an instance in which it’s been done,” said Baker, who served as secretary of state to former President George H.W. Bush, on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“The speaker of the House has every right in the world to invite whoever he wants to speak to the House; it’s a coequal branch of government,” Baker added. But, he said, “the executive branch of government really has the primary power and responsibility and authority to conduct the nation’s foreign policy. It’s not in the Congress, it’s in the executive branch. So our foreign policy benefits when there’s cooperation and so does the issue of U.S.-Israeli relations.”

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/netanyahu-speech-invitation-a-breach-of-protocol-james-baker-says/

 

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My letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner October 1, 20013   Leave a comment

Dear Speaker Boehner,

I am writing to express my extreme displeasure about the current shutdown of the government of the United States Of America.  It is clearly obvious that this did not have to happen.  You could have easily put through a clean CR and kept our government open.  You have chosen to represent a minority of Americans against the wishes and needs of the majority of Americans.  You have failed to do your job, in every sense of the word.

Most Americans want to be able to purchase affordable health care, and now that a Republican based system to achieve that has been enacted into law, you have chosen to abandon your principles.  You have chosen to leave a system in place where every company in the United States saw annual rises in health care costs of between 10 and 20 percent, putting them on track to be able to not afford to cover their workers.  You have chosen to leave a system that make it difficult or impossible for an honest working American to be able to purchase health care on his or her own.  Now that a Republican based plan to change that has been enacted, you are fighting it for reasons that baffle the mind of competent thinkers.

What have you gained by shutting down our government?  The Affordable Care Act is in place and American citizens will be able to purchase health care.  They are now obligated to do so, which raises the insured pool and spreads the risks.  You lost this fight a long time ago, because Americans want to be able to afford health care and live healthy lives.

Your speeches make me think you are doing this as a matter of principle, but what principle wants to actively deny Americans from being healthy?  We spend billions of dollars each year to kill lots of people all around the world.  How could we not spend billions to make sure our own people are healthy?  Jesus advocated healing the poor, and you have chosen to make it difficult for the poor to be able to see a doctor.  At some point, you really have to ask yourself who you really serve.

You have been one of the weakest and most ineffective leaders of the House Of Representatives in my lifetime.  By actively choosing to shut down the government for no reason, you will be forever compared historically to Newt Gingrich.  If that was your goal, you have achieved it.

Please send a clean CR to the Senate and get our country open again.  After that, the only honorable thing to do is to resign your position as Speaker Of The House, and resign from Congress.  If most Americans did their job like you have, they would be fired immediately.  Considering the economy you have created, I understand your reluctance to do so, but it’s your only honorable way out at this time.  You have actively chosen to work against the majority of the citizens of the United States of America.  In the cold light of day, resignation is your only honorable more.

Sincerely,

Tim

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Ezra Klein “Has there been a House speaker in modern American history with less control over his members than John Boehner?

Over the past three days, Boehner has focused all attention on “Plan B”: an effort to strengthen his hand in negotiations with President Obama by passing backup legislation that would extend the Bush tax cuts for all income under $1 million.

Tonight, Boehner lost that vote. In a dramatic turn of events on the House floor, he pulled the legislation. In a statement released moments ago, he said, “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass.” Boehner lost.

Plan A, which was a deal with Obama, was put on ice, many believe, because Boehner couldn’t wrangle the votes to pass anything Obama would sign. Plan B failed because Boehner couldn’t wrangle the Republican votes to pass something Obama had sworn he wouldn’t sign.

The failure of Plan B proved something important: Boehner doesn’t have enough Republican support to pass any bill that increases taxes — even one meant to block a larger tax increase — without a significant number of Democrats. The House has now adjourned until after Christmas, but it’s clear now what Plan C is going to have to be: Boehner is going to need to accept the simple reality that if he’s to be a successful speaker, he’s going to need to begin passing legislation with Democratic votes.

There’s an asterisk there, though: It’s not entirely clear whether Boehner will be the speaker of the House a month from today. The vote to elect the next speaker is on Jan. 3. To win, you need an absolute majority of the House, not a plurality. Even a hopeless conservative challenge that attracts only a handful of Republican votes could deny Boehner the speakership until a consensus candidate emerged. Tonight’s vote makes that challenge more likely.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/20/will-boehners-speakership-survive-until-plan-c/

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Stewart “Four weeks, ladies and gentlemen.  Just twenty some days.  Our country will be heading over the fiscal cliff, that we ourselves dug, and put in our way.  It’s the set of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that can only be averted if our nation’s leaders are able to display bare bones competence, and middle-school maturity.  So, is there a deal?”

Reporter 12-4-12 “There’s, of course, no deal.”

Stewart “Of course!  Is there a prospect for a deal?”

Reporter “There’s not a prospect for a deal.”

Stewart “Of course.  But, the ongoing talks?”

Reporter “There aren’t even very many talks going on.”

Stewart “You’re killing us.  Give us something.”

Reporter “But, for the first time, there are numbers on pieces of paper from both sides.”

Stewart “Numbers on paper!  We have numbers on paper.  From both sides.  We’re going to be OK.  How were negotiations being conducted before they decided to put numbers on paper?  Were they communicating by pheromones, like ants? … Were the two sides just spray-painting the side of a camel and hoping it wanders past the other sides office, or other equally absurd examples of something?  So, tell us about this paper, with numbers on them?”

Reporter 2 “$4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next 10 years.  It includes $1.6 trillion in higher taxes on households making more than $250,000 a year.  There’s also $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs.  There’s also some fresh new spending, $50 billion next year in stimulus spending, all for infrastructure.”

Stewart “All right.  So, we’ve got a little tax hike here, a little entitlement trim there, basically telling the government it needs a mix of diet and exercise if it wants to reduce its chances of succumbing to heart disease, or a swollen prostate… Basically, this plan is around, somewhat, what Obama said he was going to do about the budget, while he was on the campaign trail.  I guess we could put that another way.”

Rep Jim Gerlach (R-PA) 11-30-12 “The proposal that came forward yesterday, really is a joke.”

Sen John Cornyn (R-TX) 11-30-12 “I’m not surprised that my colleague Senator McConnell laughed at that proposal.”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 12-2-12 “The President’s plan does nothing but damn us to becoming Greece.”

Rep Ted Poe (R-TX) 12-2-12 “So ridiculous.”

Sen Orin Hatch (R-UT) 12-1-12 “Disastrous.”

Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 12-2-12 “Very disappointing…disappointed…I’m very disappointed.”

Stewart “Really?  ‘Cause you really don’t sound that disappointed, quite frankly…To their credit, though, the Republicans didn’t just complain about the President’s plan.  They put forward, on paper, numbers of their own.”

Luke Russert (MSNBC) “You see the offer there on your screen.  $800 billion through tax reform.  $600 billion in health savings.  $300 billion in mandatory savings.  $200 billion entitlement scale revision.  $300 billion further discretionary savings.  That nets to a total of $2.2 trillion in savings.”

Stewart “All right.  So, the GOP proposal is, if I’m adding that up correctly, is $1.2 trillion in cuts, $1 trillion in savings, and they leave the tax rates alone for the top 2%, and they, wait a minute.  The fiscal cliff, the thing we’re trying to avoid, had $1.2 trillion in cuts, but half of those cuts were going to be defense.  This has $1.2 trillion in cuts, but they’re just saying, why don’t we just make the whole thing cuts to entitlements and domestic spending, and not cut defense at all.  Basically, they’re trying to entice Democrats through saying, I don’t want you to fall off this cliff, so why don’t you voluntarily jump off this steeper cliff, but don’t worry.  Your fall will be cushioned by lava.  Now, obviously it’s a negotiation.  People take a hard line position.  It’s a starting point.  With the tax bite being the lowest it’s been in America since the 1950’s, most likely we’re going to raise it back to the rate it was in the 90’s, for the upper 2% at some point.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) 11-9-12 “Raising tax rates is unacceptable.”

Stewart “OK, so what exactly is your idea of a negotiation?”

Boehner 12-2-12 “The President’s idea of a negotiation is, roll over and do what I ask.”

Stewart “At least, once he has you on your back, he asks….I cannot wait until the Democrats get a hold of this Republican proposal.  They’re going to tear it to shreds.”

Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 12-3-12 “The good news is, he’s put something in writing.  The bad news is, it doesn’t really get us moving forward.”

Rep Xavier Becerra (D-CA) 12-3-12 “The Republican plan failed the very first test of fairness.”

President Barack Obama 12-4-12 “Unfortunately, the Speaker’s proposal, right now, is still out of balance.”

Stewart “Out of balance?  Fails the fairness test?  Where’s your hysterical rhetoric?  Where’s your I laughed in their bleeping faces?  Where is your DISAPPOINTED?  Where is your this proposal is an insult, this proposal will destroy America?….You know what?  Maybe it’s just time to stop this back and forth of offers.  It’s pretty clear that Republicans aren’t ever going to come to the table with anything even remotely reasonable, so I’ll be the one to say it.  I know it would be disastrous.  I know it will doom our economy for years to come.  But, let’s just go over the bleeping cliff.  Fine.  Let’s just go.  Just leave the negotiating table and send us over the cliff.  “Cause you know why?  At least, for a few seconds, it’ll feel like we’re flying.”

 

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-4-2012/cliffpocalypsemageddonacaust—totally-solvable-budget-problem—numbers-on-paper