New details have come to light that not only has the Republican Party been planning to shut down the Government for months but also that Majority Leader Eric Cantor quietly on Sept. 30 helped change the House of Representatives rules to guarantee that Republicans could keep the government closed regardless if a bipartisan majority found a way to re-open the government.
According to Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, “What people don’t know is that they rigged the rules of the House to keep the government shut down. This is a blatant effort to make sure that the Senate bill did not come up for a vote” and a near certainty the government will stay shut down until Republicans deem the public has suffered enough damage. Apparently that was part of the conservative’s plan all along according to the right’s talking heads who exposed the Republican ploy to make federal employees suffer.
According to regular House rules, if there is an impasse on a bill or resolution between the House and Senate, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged that simply means “any motion from any member should be allowed to proceed to end the gridlock.” However, Republicans changed the rule by adding that “any motion may be offered only by the Majority Leader or his designee” that guaranteed even though the Democratic Senate caved and met House Republican budget demands, only Eric Cantor had the power to stop the shutdown by allowing a vote to end the closure after it began.
John Boehner has continually lied that he did not want a government shutdown and continued his lies when Republicans offered to raise the debt limit for 6 weeks, but only if they can keep the government closed.
This has been a set up from the start by the entire Republican Party. Don’t be fooled.
To quote LBJ: “You can tell a caucus from a cactus because, with a cactus, all the pricks are on the outside.”
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor fearing a loss to the GOP party of newly senior baby boomers, young voters and minorities made an election year call (in other words bullshit) for his party to show more tolerance regarding LGBT issues.
I think an even bigger issue than that, from a cultural standpoint, is the acceptance of diversity. And the acceptance of diversity of opinion,” Cantor said, explaining that while he may have is own personal opinions on morality or religion, “at some point we’re all here as Americans and we all have to be appreciative of other people’s views.” “And it’s that tolerance, I think that that tolerance is something that enables people to be passionate about their positions. And if you’re for gay marriage, this country allows you to express your views. Some states support it and allow it, and others don’t. But its ok to have that difference of opinion in that,” he said.
Even though Cantor’s statement was a nothing more than a transparent self-serving GOP political move, in a matter of HOURS Tony Perkin’s Family Research Council came out swinging at Cantor stating his his call for tolerance “misguided and harmful.”
This misguided tolerance leads both political parties to embrace H.R. 6019, legislation introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (R-Texas) (ironically one of the biggest bullies in Congress) that seeks to continue a slush fund at the Justice Department by federalizing “bullying.” This bill would very likely fund the Dan Savages of the world to go after the Dan Cathy’s of the world. That isn’t tolerance – that is taxpayer-funded culturcide. It is Rep. Cantor remarks on his own party though that seems to indicate it is the wrong kind of tolerance he is supporting. A party needs to stand for something or it stands for nothing. Is Rep. Cantor saying that if a Member of Congress was an avowed socialist they would embrace them? One would hope not. Party platforms need to mean something and should be guidelines for anyone wishing to join or work for that party. If your ideas and stances are good ones and you are consistent in your beliefs people will embrace you – otherwise your majority will go away even quicker then the last one did. – Tom McClusky, Family Research Council.
Well. I do hate to nitpick, BUT……
There actually IS already a Socialist in Congress. Bernie Sanders, perhaps you’ve heard of him. And also there no such word as “culturcide”.
OH PLEASE CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, EVEN FAUX I BEG YOU! Just let me have 5 mins in a debate Tom McClusky.
The Rethuglicans are finally starting to get blowback for the years of bigoted social warfare. On Top Mag has the story:
During the question-and-answer period that followed Cantor’s 30-minute speech, the Republican was asked: “How do you reconcile your position with states rights and the Constitution and with your support of the Defense of Marriage Act.”
“I’ve always been very straightforward about this. I just believe in traditional marriage between a man and woman,” Cantor said as boos are heard from members of the audience.
One student is heard saying, “I’m gay and you’re not for my family.”
“Well, I would again say that we all no matter what we are, who we are, what the background of his country should allow for equal opportunity to earn the success we’re after.”
“Answer the question,” a student says before Cantor moves on.