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


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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


June trade deficit narrowest since ’09, exports hit record high + VIDEO: Budget deficit shrinking #BlameObama


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Via a Fox Biz email alert, so you know it's true, right?

The Commerce Department reports the U.S. trade deficit fell to $34.22 billion in June from $44.1 billion in May, much smaller than the $43.5 billion deficit economists expected. Imports slid 2.5%, while exports jumped 2.2% to a record high.

President Obama is the worst socialist ever. It's clearly because of his Marxist Kenyan gay upbringing which, of course, drove up the ENORMOUS budget deficit!

Oh wait:

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Eric Cantor:

What we're trying to do is fund the government and to make sure also that we take away the kinds of things that are standing in the way of a growing economy, of better health care, and all the while keeping our eye focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem which is this growing deficit.


"Our ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit." The deficit is growing. Do we have a growing deficit? Is that true or false? False.

Republicans love the idea that our Democratic president is so spend happy that he's driving up our nation's budget deficit! That the a difference between what our government takes in and what it spends is getting worse, the deficit is getting bigger! That is not at all true.

Look, the first bar here is 2009, that's President Obama's first year in office. That's what he had on his hands when he came into office, what he got handed by the outgoing Republican administration.

Then the next three bars are 2010, 2011, 2012 and the final bar, the teeny tiny one, little shorty there, you might miss it on the right, that's the projected deficit for the end of this year.

Notice that the bars are getting shorter? Which means the deficit is getting smaller. You see, when things were once long become less long, they are not growing. It's amazing, right?

Eric Cantor, you are incorrect.



VIDEO: Eric Cantor was against the DREAM Act before he was for it, but doesn't know what it is


Panderers Box 

Think Progress:

In 2010, Cantor and 160 other Republicans voted against the DREAM Act, a measure that “would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.”

Today, on Meet the Press:

See what happens when 70 percent of the Latino vote goes to a Democratic presidential candidate?

Can you say "pandering"? How about "phony"? No? What about "desperate"? Still no? Then try this: "Anything for a few more votes."

Via Think Progress:

CANTOR: I have put out a proposal. I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is. What I say is, we’ve got a place, I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids.

GREGORY: Can you bring conservatives looking to supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are here without having to first leave the country?

CANTOR: There is a lot of movement right now in the House and the Senate, both sides of the aisle, with folks having a lot of different ideas. I think –

GREGORY: Yes or no to that question? You could really do it. If you went all in, you could bring along the right in the House, couldn’t you?

CANTOR: I think a good place to start is with children. Here’s the difficulty in this issue, I think. And it is because we’ve got families who are here that have become part of the fabric of our country. And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight. These kids know no other place as home. On the other hand, we are a country of laws. We have a situation of border security that we have to get straight. We have to secure our borders. There is a balance that needs to take place. But the best place to begin, I think, is with the children. Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board. And so we can promise a better life for those kids who are here due to no fault of their own.

"I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is." Yeah, you do.

"I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids." No, that is for the GOP.

"And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight." And by "compassionate and sensitive" he means "holding our noses" and "hypocritical." Did I mention dishonest and pandering? Or pandering? How about pandering? Oh, sorry, I meant pandering. My bad.

"Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board." And by "put a win on the board" that is exactly what he meant.


VIDEO-- #ShameOnCantor: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act


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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new video today showcasing Republican Leader Eric Cantor and the Tea Party Republicans' real approach to women: a never-ending war to turn back the clock on women's rights. Millions of women have been left out in the cold by Tea Party House Republicans and Republican Leader Eric Cantor, who refuse to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

As the Senate is planning to again reauthorize VAWA this week, Republican Leader Cantor gave a speech today designed to showcase the party's "softer" side. Cantor is widely reported to be responsible for blocking the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which protects all women and provides critical funding to protect women from domestic abuse.

UPDATE via Think Progress:

Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).

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Hoyer: "You cannot... get our country on a fiscally sustainable path without additional revenues." Well, if he insists...

Via FreakOutNation

Via FreakOutNation

Revenues are swell-- mandatory, in fact-- but Steny Hoyer also said that President Obama and the Dems are ready to accept significant spending cuts, or as The Hill called them, reductions. Define "significant" por favor. "Significant" cuts to Medicare? Social Security? Those reductions?

Meantime, Republicans are pleased as punch with themselves and their threats to shut down the government. Crash that economy! Go-o-o GOP! Rah! America first! Aren't they just totes adorbs?


Via The Hill:

Rejecting GOP ultimatums, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that new revenues must accompany spending cuts as Congress prepares to jump headfirst into a series of high-stakes budget debates. [...]

Hoyer, the Democratic whip, said it's "categorically not true" that the last deal takes new revenues off the table in the coming talks.

"I certainly reject it out of hand," Hoyer said during his weekly Capitol press briefing. "You cannot get to where we need to get — to get our country on a fiscally sustainable path — without additional revenues."

It starts to get comical now, because Eric Cantor opened his big mouth and this WTF Moment fell out:

"It’s time for President Obama to stop putting our credit rating at risk and acknowledge we need a credible deficit reduction plan attached to any increase in the debt limit."


That would be the spending that Congress approved, that Congress put on the Giant U.S. Visa card, the bills they racked up and voted for, the same ones Republicans are now refusing to pay now that they're coming due.

They are the ones who are willing to hold everyone in the country hostage and put our reputation and the world economy at risk in order to get their ridiculous, disastrous spending cuts. It's all explained in this post: You are about to enter another dimension, a dangerous land of debt ceiling negotiation. Next stop, the Deadbeat Zone!

All the projection in the universe won't convince America that it is the president who is playing with lives when it is those on the right who have publicly and proudly said they are using the debt ceiling as leverage, as ransom. Stick that in your debt deal and smoke it, Cantor.

seriously, stfu


Who Won?! Hint: Rhymes with Schmeric Schmantor.


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Today’s guest post is from my long time, dear friend, a TV writer-producer with an endless and impressive resumé, and regular TPC contributor, David Garber.


With the pending agreement on a last minute bill to prevent the fiscal cliff, you gotta ask yourself who won?

There are always winners and losers in these budget showdowns. The surprising answer may come very soon. And not the answer most people might be thinking. In the chess game that is constantly played for power in Washington, sometimes little things don't get noticed or recognized until later on down the road. Sometimes it's the subtle moves made before the big move. It's the traps that are set and if you're not careful, you'll become ensnared and then it's "check" and "mate."

Certainly the people of the this country would appear to have gotten a semi-win. The financial markets got a win. The Republicans, for the most part lost. The Democrats for the most part won. The Speaker of the House lost and big time. The President of the US, elected by the people for his position, not just his party (like Boehner) looks like a winner. But none of those are the gand champion. Not by a long shot. The biggest winner is -- ta-daaa! -- Eric 'The Mighty Mouse' Cantor. He finally got what he wanted -- the new power position of the Republican party. Yup, good ol' preppy, Eric. He now leads the party of the dysfunctional. He betrayed his leader, sold him out and now is taking the reins.

Boehner has lost his control. He's led his party to bowing under pressure and listening to the will of the people (oh,doesn't that sound Democratic) and vote for a tax increase on the rich. And if you're making $400K a year, you're rich. Hell, if you're making $250K a year, you're rich. But along comes Cantor -- the supposed best friend of Johnny Boehner -- and like Brutus to Caesar, stabs him in the back and leads the right-wingnuts by voting against the bill. And why? It wasn't because it didn't include the Sandy Hurricane relief. He doesn't care about that. It's that he now can move to the front of all those Republicans who had 'zero tolerance' for any tax hikes of any kind. And with the Speaker caving, with party members nervous about being primaried by the far right conservatives in 2014, they're going to need a leader. A man who represents them and their anger. And Cantor, in severing his support for his party's House leader, separated himself and now is poster boy for a party that's become overtly fractious and out of touch with the mainstream.

Being leader of the Republicans right now may not be the best job in the world, but it beats being the "gofer" for the Speaker. And that's what Cantor had become. He did everything to get the Speaker to put the bill on the floor where everyone knew, despite their wishes, it had to pass. Cantor behind the scenes would tell Boehner this is a bad bill but you've got to do something -- so put it to vote and we'll have your back and save your face. Cantor then just left Boehner to swing in the wind. And while choking for air, Boehner drops the power baton right into Cantor's devious hands.

Watch for Cantor to make a power play which will split the party. This will be fun to watch and nobody deserves it more than Boehner. As he and Cantor duke it out, maybe we'll see some changes in the strident insanity of party leadership. There could even be some movement to becoming a bit more moderate as the single Republican party becomes two. But we're sure going to get quite a show. Buckle your seat belts. Let the little ride attendant,Mr. Joe (Scarborough) punch your ticket as the lions are led in to face the Christians in the Colosseum. We're just about to get onto Mr. Toad's wild ride. Popcorn or cotton candy, anybody?

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”


VIDEO: President Obama, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor react to Supreme Court decision on Affordable Care Act




 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (and more at the link):

"The court's decision brings into focus the choice the American people have about the direction of our country. The president and his party believe in massive government intrusions that increase costs and take decisions away from patients. In contrast, Republicans believe in patient-centered, affordable care where health care decisions are made by patients, their families and their doctors, not by the federal government."

The hypocrisy cannot get any more blatant. Eric, listen to yourself. It's your Republican party that has made law after law in which women's health care decisions are made by state governments, not by patients, their families, and their doctors. And if you could, the federal government would do the same.

So please STFU until you can stop lying.

Um, Willard? This all started with your plan, and the Supreme Court says it's constitutional. Oh, and there's that whole "it's helping Americans" thing, which by the way, they appreciate.