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Eric Cantor Celebrates While His Constituents Starve



Ah, the beauty of Davos, Switzerland. Snow-capped mountains, chalets, a playground for the uber riche. I can only describe it as I've seen in the pictures, like the one above. I'll never be able to afford it, so that's as close as I'll ever get.

But if you're a multi-millionaire House Majority leader, you can just have someone on your high-priced (taxpayer funded) staff make all the arrangements. The finest foods, plushest of accommodations -- even the lift tickets and ski rentals. No need to worry about what it cost because -- that's right, the taxpayers are paying for it.

You'd think that with a constituency like his 7th Virginia District having an unacceptable 6.5% unemployment rate, the congressman would pass on a World Economic Forum and put his efforts into finding the votes on long term unemployment benefits and bring the bill to the floor. He has that power. He's chosen not to use it. Instead, this is what he's doing -- in Davos

From Peter Goodman at Huffpo:

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Fresh from Washington, where he played a leading role in preventing the extension of emergency unemployment benefits for Americans mired in joblessness, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor appeared to be enjoying one of the perks of his own employment: a sumptuous breakfast in this ski resort in the Swiss Alps, where he was attending the World Economic Forum.

So I approached Cantor's table and asked him who was paying for his trip. He took in a breath, grinned sheepishly and said, "I paid for this," gesturing at a table bearing the remnants of a buffet breakfast whose offerings included smoked salmon, croissants, freshly squeezed orange juice, assorted Swiss cheeses and mineral water.

Maybe you're buying into he paid for this, but I bet by saying "I paid for this," he really meant his office which means you and me. I hope he liked his lox (smoked salmon) a lot.

Eric Cantor breakfast receipt

Cantor's table had ordered a bottle of San Pellegrino water, plus a Coca Cola and a cappuccino, all of this running 94.70 Swiss francs, around $105 -- a bit more than a third of the maximum $378 a week a jobless person can draw in benefits in Cantor's home state of Virginia.

Think about it -- one third of a weekly unemployment benefit in his state -- spent just on breakfast for one day.

Justifying his attendance at this "forum" as benefiting his constituency or even the greater good of the US, is nothing more than a taking us for idiots.

And who paid for the rest of his visit to Davos, a veritable Disneyland of ostentatious cocktail parties underwritten by global banks, technology companies and other well-heeled concerns?

Cantor took a glance sideways. "It's an official trip," he said, leaving it at that, and presumably confirming that taxpayers paid.

This cretin has the audacity to stay in Washington long enough to make sure a long term unemployed bill would never see the light of day, then took off for a playground of the rich and famous.

This is the norm, not the exception for conservatives like Cantor. They have a feeling of entitlement, even if their money was inherited. And who knows how many more thousands he spent on this forum with no binding resolution outcomes? While needy Americans cry out in starvation, this is the Republicans' response.

Though it's only a rumor, Cantor stayed in the "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" Suite. And if your French isn't too strong, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" translates to "let them eat cake."


Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce, Eric Cantor, Don't Forget Us



Burger King had a jingle that they used, actually quite successfully, to woo fast food burger eaters away from Mickey D's, back in the mid '70s. They prided themselves in giving you what you wanted, your way. Check it out.

Well, it seems that good ol' Eric Cantor, the Virginian representative, finds himself in a bit of a pickle.  You see, his party has gotten ginned up a bit on making voter rights, some of which the SCOTUS had limited in striking down Article V of the 1965 Voter Rights Act, an issue once again.  Despite years of intentionally trying to tamp down minority voters, a few Republicans have joined in with some progressive Democrats and are pushing for a new voter rights bill in Congress. With this being a big election year, the GOP doesn't want to come across as anti-voter, even if they are. They want to keep the House and maybe even recapture the Senate. To do that they need minority voters who want their legal right to vote, something the GOP has actively pursued taking away.

With a seemingly bi-partisan backing, Cantor is stuck now that specific legislation has been introduced with the backing of several prominent Republicans. If he comes out against the bill and refuses to let it go to the floor for a vote, he's going to look like he's not supporting voting rights for all legal citizens. And if he comes out for the bill, the right wing, Tea Party nuts will pick on him and possibly even back a challenger for the House Majority leader. In other words, he could get primaried in his state or replaced as majority leader in the House. Yikes. Cantor, the Burger King could become Ronald MacDonald the Clown -- or worse, the Hamburgler.

The good news for Cantor is this, according to The Hill:

There are compelling reasons for Cantor to get on board. As the majority leader, Cantor is on the front lines of the fight to increase the GOP’s control over the lower chamber in November. Republican leaders won't want to be seen blocking a bill designed to protect voters – particularly one with bipartisan support – especially at a time where they’re trying to expand their party’s minority outreach.

The bill also includes a sweetener for Virginians. Under the old provisions shot down by the Supreme Court, the Old Dominion was one of nine states with histories of voter discrimination required to get federal approval before they changed their election procedures. Under the new proposal – which aims to update the formula dictating which states are subject to the extra scrutiny – only four states would be forced to seek such approval. Virginia is not among them.

Oh, in case you're interested, the four states that would fall under the additional scrutiny are: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia – all GOP strongholds. And they're all states working to tighten voter registration laws. Therein lies the rub, or the pickle.

What will Cantor do? America wants it their way -- voting rights for all legal citizens. Will Cantor give people what they want, or force them into going somewhere else? Mr. Majority Leader, have it your way.


Watch out, Eric Cantor! A tea party Brat is coming after you!


super brat

Ruh roh! Watch out, Eric Cantor, you're being challenged... by a real Brat. Oh wait, bratitude is your specialty. Apparently, it takes one to challenge one.

Yes indeedy, the House Majority Leader better watch his back, because he's being primaried by a gen-yew-ine Tea Party candidate. A Tea Party candidate with money in his pockets, which is the most dangerous kind.

Via The Hill:

"I want to be Eric Cantor’s term limit," Randolph-Macon College economics Professor David Brat tells National Review. [...]

Brat might have more financial resources than Cantor's previous opponents. [...]He took shots at Cantor for backing the bipartisan budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and said the majority leader hasn't fought hard enough to undercut ObamaCare.

neener nanner smallerGet out the popcorn.

brat Stewie


Eric Cantor: We can't pass immigration reform because, #Obamacare


blame obamacare

Nancy Pelosi posted on her Facebook page that the House of Representatives has the votes to pass an immigration reform bill:

This morning, Speaker Boehner told two young women that it's "not easy" to pass comprehensive #immigration reform. But with 190 cosponsors on the bipartisan House bill and 28 Republicans vowing their support, we now have the votes to get the job done. So, actually Speaker Boehner, it is easy. #TimeIsNow

Eric Cantor is one of many Republicans who are obstructing any progress on that front, once again proving how sincere his party is about that Very Important GOP Outreach Message.

Because we all know what happens if immigrants are granted a path to citizenship: More votes for Democrats.

Think Progress provides the transcript. Here's the video.

HOYER: Bring it to the floor and see if the House thinks it’s a bad bill. See if the House believes that it’s a bill that is not worthy to be considered and passed as a fixing of a broken immigration system … He has the power to bring that bill to the floor.

CANTOR: We don’t want a repeat of what’s going on now with Obamacare. That bill, constructed as it is by the Senate, last-minute-ditch effort to get it across the finish line … let’s be mindful, Madam Speaker, of what happens when you put together a bill like Obamacare and the real consequences to millions of Americans right now, scared that they’re not going to even have health care insurance that they have today come January 1. [...]

[...] I’d say to the gentleman again. The track record of this administration and the majority in the Senate has indicated an unwillingness to sit down and talk. They’ve not done so, certainly the White House has not done so on the immigration issue, did not do so on the health care issue, and again it doesn’t help the American people for their insistence on a “my way or the highway” kind of mode of operation.

I don't have it in me to go into another rant. You probably have your own, or even mine, memorized by now anyway. Just know how fed up I am with the destructive political games that the GOP is playing, games that affect, and often cost, lives.

I've had it up to here with your bs


Boehner, Cantor, Cruz and Lee - Today's Murder Incorporated


Murder, Inc

Murder Incorporated was the name the press gave to organized crime groups in the 1930s through the 1940s that acted as the "enforcement arm" of the American Mafia.

Flip ahead about 70 or so years and you can simply change the names from Lucciano, Buchalter, Anastasia, Lucchese, to Boehner, Cantor, Cruz and Lee and you've got today's Murder Inc. Amazingly, the destruction they've jointly foisted on America was foreshadowed, not in The Godfather, but in Batman. The movie was the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.

MSNBC's Ari Melber has explained so acutely the rise and fall of the evil of today's Tea Party and it's cohorts. It's really Must See TV and I've got it here for you.

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GOP Rigs Congress So Majority Can't Rule



Being a congress person right now is like being the judge at a greasy foods contest. You're full of sh**. And trying to point to the dish or chef that gave you the runs and that gassy, bloated feeling is like finding that needle in the haystack. It takes a large electro-magnate and it'll bring the metal needle to you.

Well, YouTube brings up this needle. It's the one that shows just who is responsible for the government shutdown. There's all sorts of finger pointing in Washington. What it really boils down to is whose war is it anyway? The answer is the Republicans.

What they did is they rigged the voting procedure rules on the floor.

According to HuffPo:

Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor -- enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support -- a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.

Surprisingly, while pressure's been put on Speaker Boehner to bring the clean CR vote to the floor, he's not the guy the Democrats should be lobbying or pressuring. Want to know who that really is?  Eric Cantor.

During a floor speech on Saturday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) drew attention to the quietly passed rule when he attempted to present a motion to accept the Senate's clean continuing resolution and reopen the government.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), presiding over the chamber, told Van Hollen that the rule he was asking to use had been "altered" and he did not have the privilege of bringing that vote to the floor. In the ensuing back and forth, Chaffetz said the recently passed House Resolution 368 trumped the standing rules. Where any member of the House previously could have brought the clean resolution to the floor under House Rule 22, House Resolution 368 -- passed on the eve of the shutdown -- gave that right exclusively to the House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

If you have the stomach, here's how Rep. Chris Van Hollen's attempt to get clarification for this new ruling went down. Seems it's impossible to get a direct answer to a simple question. See this travesty for yourself.

What was the purpose of this new standard for who can bring up a bill on the floor? It was part of a plan, a conspiracy to be more accurate. Afraid their unpopular stand to shut the government down might be torpedoed by a full vote, they did what any good strategist would do, took away the opponents access to their weapons. The government can't be opened without a passing vote from the Republican- run House. And that vote can only come when the Republicans say it can. Specifically Eric Cantor

So the next time the mouthpieces for the GOP say they're not the one's holding up the government's reopening, ask why then don't they vote? The Democrats are willing to pass a clean CR. Their roughly 200 votes added to approximately two dozen Republican votes are  more than enough for the bill to pass and open the government up. So now we know who's really holding up a vote, if you were wanting to know.


How Dare The House Cancel Their Hard Earned Vacation?


break time

Back just nearly a week from their five week long summer break, the House is making a desperate move, a risky measure if you ask me. It's not one without precedent, but you'd have to go back to World War II to find the last time an entire week of scheduled "recess" was cancelled. Are they really going to let history repeat itself so soon?

If you listen to Reuters:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the break had been scrapped after conservatives in the party rejected his plan to temporarily fund the government in the new fiscal year and stage a vote to defund "Obamacare" health reforms.

Without new spending authority, most U.S. government agencies would have to close their doors on Oct. 1 in a replay of politically painful shutdowns during the mid-1990s.

Imagine that. The Conservative wing of Cantor's party was such an obstructive, disruptive and unruly gang since they came back from their summer break, that the House Majority leader moved for and succeeded in getting his fellow obstructionauts to cancel -- or at least postpone -- their  next break. How can they go two weeks in a row without having some time off? Doesn't the US deserve more of their time out of town?

Look, just the other day, they held a 41st vote to defund or rescind Obamacare. With that kind of ardent effort, how will they be able to summon up enough strength to consider meaningful measures to avoid an impending government shutdown?

Let's get real here. I don't know about you but I want my congressional representative sharp and alert. This scheduled break is a needed one and I think that not taking it puts this country on the precipice of -- dare I say it -- doing something.

do nothing congress

If we let this continue on that path, think of the consequences. Doing something might just become what the 113th Congress becomes known for. If that happens, what will America do with all those Tee-shirts for sale in the House of Representatives gift shop already printed with "I visited the 113th -- The Do Nothing Congress?"

This is probably an Obama scheme to put more people out of work and waste all that cotton fabric when they have to toss out those false advertising souvenirs. Oh, wait a minute, they can send them off to Kenya where they sent those Romney-Ryan Tee's. 


Let's put a stop to this nonsense right now. Let's rally and demand Congress take that break. Who cares if our government goes unfunded? We need effective leaders and doing nothing takes something to do it well. They've gone 3/4th of a year, taking it one day of vacation at a time. Don't break the string now. Remember the 12 Step program. "Hi. My name is Bill."

Go have a good time Congress. America, crumbling and falling apart as it is, will be here when you get back. And remember, you'll only be back four weeks before you get your next scheduled break after that. Be strong 113rd Congress. Go out and make us proud. You've earned it!