US Senate passes bill to avert fiscal cliff; $41 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts; Conservatives say, ‘Thanks for the crap sandwich’

To the surprise of no one, most Republican Senators voted for the deal, which raises taxes by $620 billion and does virtually nothing to reduce federal spending:

The bill (misleadingly titled the “American Taxpayer Relief Act”) passed 89 to 8. According to Dan Spencer at Red State:

The bill raises income tax rates for those taxpayers with incomes more than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. These higher income taxpayers will also pay higher rates on investment income, with rates on dividends and capital gains rising from 15 percent to 20 percent. Add the 3.8 percent ObamaCare surcharge on investment income — another tax that takes effect in January, and the top rate on investment income would rise to 23.8 percent for those high-income households.

The bill also raises taxes on couples earning more than $250,000 a year and single people earning more than $200,000 by limiting personal exemptions and itemized deductions.

Estates taxes will also be increased, with the top rate raised to 40 percent, with the first $5 million in value exempted for individual estates and $10 million for family estates.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill later today.

Here’s Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) explaining his “Aye” vote:

I voted for this bill because it prevents a huge tax increase on 99% of all Texans and Americans. Nonetheless, I am dismayed at the lack of seriousness by the president on dealing with the core issues of our fiscal problems. Our spending is unsustainable and it is high time the president and his party engage in meaningful dialogue to get this county’s spending under control.

Conservative tweeters were dismayed, too:

Other Senate Republicans who supported the bill came under fire, too.

Only five Republican Senators (Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Richard Shelby, Marco Rubio, and Charles Grassley) voted no.

  • Mr. Grammar/SpellCkr

    Senate sold us down the river again. Sure, they got their raises! What do they care about us?

  • Concerned Mom

    And the GOP wonders why they can’t win elections, There is no justification for what they have done! They should be so ashamed.

    • JustLikeAnimals

      Boehner’s speakership is so toast. Hope the new House picks Eric Cantor.

      • Shawn Fainn

        Cantor is just as bad

  • Insubordinate

    More taxes, more spending, more debt… sounds like Dems got exactly what they wanted. Passing a 41:1 ratio of spending vs tax cuts is unconscionable.

    • richard

      Not only ‘unconscionable’, but ‘criminal’ in my book as well.

      • Guest

        now yo know why Hussein and Feinstein want the guns! This is headed for uprising and insurrection.

  • Steve_J

    Permanently protects 99% of taxpayers and permanent tax relief? Only until Congress decides the 99% aren’t paying their “fair share” and vote to change the tax rates again.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      Well it’s simply, simply say: “Look at us, now look at France. Now back to us, then back to France.” See those similar words, and similar trends? Yeah, enjoy your socialism you damned dimwits.

  • richard

    Today it’s the “1 percenters” who will pay more. But when this is not enough, they’ll go for the “2 pecenters” and so on. Those not hurt directly may remain silent. But if they come after the “5 pecenters”, which might mean YOU, how will you feel or react? I’m reminded of a famous quote. While a different time, the meaning still resonants today.

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.” ~Martin Niemöller~

    • Avey Owyns


      Why in the hell should we expect that the government, after abusing the freedoms of the wealthy (the most powerful people in our society), will all of the sudden exercise moral restraint with us after they’ve sucked the wealthy dry (or the wealthy have fled).

    • BeeKaaay

      “Today it’s the “1 percenters” who will pay more.”


      If they’re Democrat cronies, they will never pay.

  • Gary Mathis

    Worthless sellout bastard. Shoot it down in the House.

  • nc

    Notice how all the “well-meaning” GOP cavers adopted the language of the Left?

    Resolution for the New Year: Educate our legislators to use language that advances our ideas, not theirs.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Just getting home…need breakfast food…coma sleep.

    Beagle dog now looking at me funny (Not sure, but I think I’m speaking these words out loud as I type them).

    As a 2nd generation Texan (currently ex-Pat, displaced in Razorback country, but returning to The Promised Land in a month), Cornyn can kiss the darkest part of my a$$.

    My taxes just went ‘splodey.

    Anybody know Mitt Romney’s number? I’m now looking to invest in a tiny part of a Caribbean concern…an account number in a Cayman bank.

    I don’t care if we don’t win an election for a decade, it’s time the GOP went the way of the Dodo. A new Party. New is nice. I hear there’s a great one…has something to do with The Constitution, individual liberty, fiscal responsibility, small gub’ment, state’s rights (hello, Federalist Papers!), strong foreign policy…and something about tea.

    In my current condition, I forget the name of it.

    But I’m pretty sure I’m part of it.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      right there with you. they could hold a rally in the subzero temps in the next hour and i’d be there. fed up.

    • Racheal J. Scott

      The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill later today.'s2013=6FjdbO-CGC4

      • Lamontyoubigdummy

        Yeah…because after all the 2010 newly elected Tea Party/ GOP (and a few hard core old timer goats) with any balls were kicked off the House Budget Committee by Boehner, the GOP is now gonna pull a rabbit out of it’s a$$.

        Quit pulling on that leg…it tickles.

        On the other hand…if they did nut up and shoot it down?


        Dancin’ a jig.

      • BlueGood

        Re-Post by shoe_maker

        Fiscal Cliff in laymen’s terms:

        Lesson #1:
        U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
        Federal Budget: $3,820,000,000,000
        New Debt: $1,650,000,000,000
        National Debt: $14,271,000,000,000
        Recent Budget Cuts: $38,500,000,000

        Now, let’s remove 8 zeros & pretend it’s a household budget:

        Annual Family Income: $21,700
        Money family spent: $38,200
        New Debt on credit card: $16,500
        Outstanding Credit Balance: $142,710
        Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

        Lesson #2
        The Debt Ceiling in laymen’s terms:

        Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood…..
        your home has sewage all the way to your ceilings….
        What should you do?
        Raise the ceiling?
        Remove the crap

        Seems like a No-Brainer to me…………

    • Sincerely —

      I totally, TOTALLY agree. I am so completely DISGUSTED by this. Not only at the complete lunacy of it in general, but also that both Texas Senators caved. TEXANS fold like a whipped dog with their tail between their legs, but a FLORIDIAN stands?

      Those Republican Senators had better find a backbone and quickly or we, as voters should make note. Not ONE of them deserve to hold any public office other than the Faithful Five who held the line.

  • steveegg

    We’re slipping people – nobody delivered the DLTDHYOTWO to KBH.

    • Vennoye

      Why bother????

      • JustLikeAnimals

        Bunch of REPUBLICANT cavers. Honestly, that pic of McConnell looks like a deer in the headlights. His genius idea that Joe Biden would work toward a “balanced” agreement is breathtaking.

        Last night Biden spent a couple of hours in the Democratic caucus, apparently explaining the “compromise” to supposedly “angry” Dems. Now it appears more likely that he was partying his ass off with the Dems and beating the REPUBLICANT pinata for all it was worth. And this is not the end of this. They have to come together again in 2 months to deal with the debt ceiling, and King Hussein is now emboldened by Boehner and McConnell’s cave. Hussein said as much during yesterday’s mock presser when he said if Republicants think that debt negotiations would not include increases in revenue (taxes), they have another think coming. Hussein is riding Boehner and the GOP like a camel.

        Despicable, GOP. Just despicable.

  • peteee363

    so we are 1.5 trillion or so in the red last year, and they cut 15 billion, what is that, one year of vacations for obama? the cuts we needed were trillions, not billions. every senator who voted or this is a idiot!

  • nickc66

    Since when do we as republicans and more importantly as conservatives adopt the dem philosophy. 99%? Thanks for caving into their class warfare to justify all their spending increases.

  • janhalt

    HAPPY NEW YEAR: No spending cuts, Increase debt ceiling, Tax on the “rich,” Vote: 89/8. Does BHO want anything else? Just wait and see. He’ll get whatever he wants. Congress (Boehner) is too cowardly to stand up to him now. TERM LIMITS, AND REPEAL OF THE 17TH AMENDMENT.

    • v1cious

      Repeal the 17th amendment, but don’t touch the 2nd. So apparently it’s OK to change the constitution when it’s to your liking.

  • Richard Rothschild

    The new effective 23.8% tax rate on capital gains will strangle economic development. In order to avoid shoveling a fourth of all gains to the government, investors will leave investment capital in older non-performing investments/industries instead of selling and moving capital into new productive sectors. the REALLY SICK THING about this sell-out by Republicans is the fact that the new rates will stifle sale transactions and likely result in a NET reduction of tax revenue. -Commissioner Richard Rothschild, UNWAVERING CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP

    • mkreider

      The GOP needs a very strong conservative leader. The US has a despot in the Oval Office that is ruling by fiat and getting away with it. As long as Ben Bernanke keeps printing 40 billion a month for the housing industry, guess what? There will be a false picture of recovery. We need to audit the FED big time.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    I love how these GOP Wizard of Oz evil flying monkeys (Those come from North Korea you know) have the balls to start off their statements with “I’m proud that I voted to…[insert lie here]”

    They bandy about saving tax increases on 90%…98%…99% of their constituents.


    Between EPA & fake email addy’s, Caligula’s Horse in the White House’s 40,000 page ream of new economy asphyxiating regulations, death to Keystone, Obamacare (which companies are now having to hire law firms just to f#cking figure out how to comply), and dipshit progressive, hollier-than-thou Harvard faculty lounge policy on EVERYTHING (without having ever held a producing job)…

    It’s not the earned income threshold tax. $250K & up…$1Mil & up…whatever. Ask your accountant how small businesses arrange their taxes.

    Don’t care if you work for a Fortune 500 or a 4th generation family owned industrial distributor company. The “You’re being reduced to part time”, layoff & pink slip notices are on the way. They just can’t anymore. They like ya, but they can’t. They can’t and still stay a float.

    If you park in the company parking lot and have an Obama sticker on your car…If I were you, I’d peel that shit off riki tik.

  • nivrage

    Congress is the most useless bunch of wimps that has ever been witnessed. We can’t vote them all out soon enough. Not God Bless America, “God HELP America.”

    • 6cheri6

      This was the Senate vote…Congress is next. We will see if they are Republicans or Rhinos.

      • JustLikeAnimals


        • 6cheri6

          You sound like a Rhino too!

  • JustLikeAnimals


    The transformation of GOP from “Republicans” to “Republican’ts” It is a disgrace to the principles of the party. The Con-man-in-Chief, Hussein Obama, has ridden John Boehner like a $2 whore on Friday night. Beohner at this hour ought to be cleaning our his desk in the Speaker’s office. I think it’s a foregone conclusion that his speakership is over. And Mitch McConnell should be drawn and quartered when he next returns to Kentucky.

    The GOP is rudderless and has become a mere shadow of it’s former grand self.

    Now you know why Hussein, Biden, and Feinstein want the guns! We just entered uprising and insurrection territory.

  • v1cious

    If anyone’s still confused, here’s a brief summary:

  • Avey Owyns

    Why do they keep talking about the 99% of Americans who avoided a tax increase when the bottom FIFTY PERCENT don’t even contribute to the tax revenue?

    Gah! Not to mention, the taxes collected from the tax increase on the rich will sustain the country for a whopping eight days.

    Of course, most of you already know this, but I thought I’d go mad if I didn’t say it – AGAIN!

    • BeeKaaay

      And don’t forget all the 1 percenter democrat cronies who avoid paying taxes too!!!

    • mkreider

      Avey, you sure have that right. Just wait til they start paying the Obamacare taxes..wait many won’t have to pay them. We needed substantial government cuts-starting with every government agency and department. So the great ruler Obama gave congress a raise…now isn’t that special.

  • Debbie Dooley

    If some GOP Senators would have been at Valley Forge with Washington, they would have been calling on him to surrender and not cross the Delaware.

  • BeeKaaay

    The RINOpublican party is taken over by Marxists. MOST of them voted FOR this Marxist bull, err, bill!

  • Buford Justice

    God please find us real men and women who will assume responsibility for their actions. The Senate AND the congress are nothing but a bunch of misguided morons who don’t have a clue as to why they were elected.

  • Debbie Dooley

    If the GOP caved in to tax increases, then they will cave on the debt ceiling.

    • mkreider

      I hope not. Obama the new despotic leader of America is addicted to spending. We need to cut off his supply.

  • BeeKaaay

    And remember people, Democrat cronies will NEVER pay any more taxes. Only non-Marxists will – this means everyone else.

  • Kate

    Proud of the five Senators who didn’t sell out!

  • Vennoye

    The vote on this was just what I was afraid it would be. Republicans are now officially left of where JFK Democrats were! So we have the Democratic Party and the Democratic Lite Party to choose from…..gee, how thrilled I am……..
    Thank you, to the FIVE Republicans who voted NO on this!!

    • mkreider

      We also have a liberal media groveling at the feet of Obama with no negative words every being aired or printed about our new despot leader.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      They deserve and need emails of thanks for their nay votes.
      Totally amazing & nauseating how many Senators whom We Pay! voted Yea on this bill.

      • Vennoye

        For years, I have sent emails and made phone calls to mine. Most of the time, I feel that “staff” gets them, sends them to a black hole and the representatives don’t have to deal with it. NOW, they all have Facebook pages that we have “liked” and we all go and hammer them and/or thank them for their votes. They may not always see them, but we all see each others comments and at least can like them to endorse mutual feelings about things!!

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Glad to hear of your efforts, and I pray they were on behalf of remaining a free Republic and following our constitution…

          • Vennoye

            Yes, they are!! That’s all that has kept us from being like every other country…I’m mad as I can be…..both at them and at us because we let them get away with tromping on it too long without doing anything about it. I knew it was time for both my Senators to be replaced in 2010…they just weren’t up for election. One is gone this year (2012),…in 2014 the other one should be too…at least that is what everyone on his facebook page is telling him!!

      • Vennoye

        For years, I have sent emails and made phone calls to mine. Most of the time, I feel that “staff” gets them, sends them to a black hole and the representatives don’t have to deal with it. NOW, they all have Facebook pages that we have “liked” and we all go and hammer them and/or thank them for their votes. They may not always see them, but we all see each others comments and at least can like them to endorse mutual feelings about things!!

  • $30423294

    Thank you doctor, for putting a band aid on my sucking chest wound.

    My hero!

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  • mkreider

    More idiocy out of congress. Without real spending cuts this is a totally useless bill. Cornyn should be ashamed. Obama is absolutely addicted to spending. I think the only reason the Sentate passed this bloated mess was to punt it to the House. The House needs to demand spending cuts – starting with foreign aid, 10% cuts across the board in every department. We need our congressmen to start acting responsibly and do the right thing – cut the spending.

  • Johnny Blade

    Its funny that you DC assholes always talk about ‘the rich paying their fair share’ but you always make the wage earners pick up the tab…. how about taxation based on net worth instead of income? Hit some of you assholes for a change.. yeah I won’t be holding my breath.

  • Shawn Fainn

    Definitely thinking Rand Paul for 2016

    • lainer51

      Most definitely. I have followed him and liked him for a couple years.

  • Robin Lindsey

    The very soul of America has been sold to the enemy by cowards and traitors. WE THE PEOPLE SENT YOU ALL THERE to REPRESENT US…..NOT TO APPEASE A PRESIDENT ON A MISSION TO WEAKEN, DESTROY,AND TRANSFORM ALL THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS STOOD FOR IN ITS “GREATNES”…..NOT voting for you is a mute point because you have contributed to Obamas FINAL campaign which means the end of all of you…….you are clearing the way for him to destroy OUR constitution…..”GRAB” ALL THE POWER AND NAME HIMSELF OUR PERMANENT “RULER”…”KING”…”.DICTATOR”…..SHAME ON YOU…..SHAME….SHAME!!!!!

  • fivegreatkids

    They had a number of options for letting the dems “own” this mess. Let Obama get everything he wanted and let us ALL suffer the consequences or send a tax cut bill through and let the senate dems vote on it. But no, they had to cave and let Obama get 99.9% of what he wanted and let the repubs “own” the mess. How stupid are these people? Thank you Lee for voting against it!!

  • fivegreatkids

    A relative is a physician. He also owns a clinic. Clinic breaks even and he makes nothing on it but he loves giving 21 people jobs. Makes him feel good. Can you say ‘bye bye’ to some if not all of those jobs with stupid moves like this. That’s really sticking it to the “rich” there…

  • David Hamm

    RINOs lost my vote forever.I

    • BeeKaaay

      The RINOpublican party is taken over by Marxists.

  • towerclimber37

    This will be the end of the republican party. I will now vote against them with the same vehemence that I vote against socialist democrats.

    • $23629333

      It is a choice between creating a new party and creating a new country. I’m not convinced that the USA can be saved – even with a new party – so I have to go with the latter.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    The only winners today are King Hussein and the Tea Party. Hussein gets to run the country further into the toilet of give-aways and economic disincentives, and the Tea Party is going to have a field day with Senate and House Republicants in 2014.

  • Justin Case

    Hey don’t blame me I was calling loud and clear for Ron Paul.But just keep reminding yourselves….. those Ron Paul people are crazy……those Ron Paul people are crazy…..well thanks a lot for helping to stab us all in the back you so called “Conservatives”. Thanks a lot. Happy New Year!

    • Lamontyoubigdummy

      Laup Nor?

      Really, man?

      Stormfront, Alex Jones, 9/11 Trufers, the Trilateral Commission/ Bilderberger nutters…Jesse Ventura. Sweet fancy Moses (Love that Chris Kyle knocked Ventura the f#ck out at a SEAL wake).

      And…wait, let’s not forget….JOOOOS!

      Look Justin, there’s enough tin foil in the kitchen drawer over there to make yourself a hat.

      Now stop “helping.”

      • Justin Case

        Yeah sure – live with your mistake and quit whining – the rest of us have to.

        • Lamontyoubigdummy

          You’re talking to a guy who voted for Kinky Friedman for Texas Governor.

          I knew it was a toss away vote. Hell, as a business man I liked most of Perry’s policies and knew he was gonna win…but, I met Kinky one time in Austin and listened to him talk around the table.

          And, disagreement here or there, I liked the shit out’a him.

          I’m a Texan, sir. We don’t whine. But you go on and fuss over your spill’t milk all you like.

          Maybe advertise your thumb sucking grievance on a hot air balloon like Ron.

          Or…you could just grow up. Take it like a man, stop putting your hope, life & dreams in a 70-something yr old lifetime politician, stupidly believing he’s a “savior” (Obama much?), think for yourself, knuckle up, fight, and do for yourself, yours & your neighbors…like the rest of us.

        • Hello Jerry (D)

          How about you liberals stop whining first… then we’ll stop.

  • stuckinIL4now

    … and over the fiscal cliff we go anyway–they just accelerated the demise of our economy.

  • $23629333

    Time – again – for the Titanic analogy. America is like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. At this point, it is not a question of WILL she sink – into a sea of red ink – but simply WHEN. The best that can be done now is to lower the lifeboats – the reddest states – and row as far away from the Titanic before it goes down. If all the effort is devoted to bailing out the Titanic, then everyone will go down.

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    Yeah, I can see how this will work out…by my calculations, raising taxes a LOT and cutting spending by a LITTLE, we’ll have the budget balanced in exactly NEVER!

  • Joe W.

    Well, my Senator, John Cornyn, just shamed the Great State of Texas with his limp wristed caving in to this BS. He lost my vote, and I would wager that he lost his Senate seat in the bargain. I hope the House votes this crap down, but I really think they lack the courage of their convictions as well. I’ll simply work harder in my support of Texas’ secession from the failed nation.

  • Justin Case

    Bunch of cry babies – you voted for them – live with it. Get some principles or pay your taxes and quit whining.

    • Joe W.

      How the hell do YOU know who I voted for, Shitforbrains?? When you are old enough to get a job and pay taxes, you may understand the frustration of the American Taxpayer. Until then, go play your XBox and leave the adults alone, sonny.

      • Justin Case

        Your inability to discern the right person to vote for is reflected in your crude, rude and ignorant post. Pay your new taxes now dummy.

        • Joe W.

          Shove it up your lunatic ass, sonny. I have always paid my taxes, and always voted my principles. Something you know nothing of. Do you carry a turd in your back pocket for identification?

          • Justin Case

            You might want to see a psychiatrist or clergy person to help you manage your scatological neurosis.

          • Joe W.

            You might want to try minding your own damned business, Princess. Anyone who worships at the alter of Ron Paul has no business assessing the psychological health of another. No please, sonny, go away, you bother the adults.

          • Justin Case

            Cry me a river little man.

          • Joe W.

            Go shimmy up a cactus, sonny.

          • Justin Case

            Take your rheumatism medicine hill billy. The educated will bail you out again.

          • Joe W.

            Don’t y’all have a Justin Bieber concert to go to or something, Junior?? I mean, don’t go away mad, just go away…..

          • Justin Case

            I’m right here grandpa. Don’t break a hip trying to conjure up an original thought.

          • Joe W.

            Break my hip THINKING?? Unlike you, sonny, I do not think with my ass. Well, I can see that for every response to your blather, you will hurl another blob of vomit my way, so I’ll just say bye bye for now, Cupcake. I’d like to say its been a pleasure, but I’d rather listen to a Barack Obama speech than to try to communicate with vermin maggots like you. Have fun stinking up the internet with your unbridled idiocy, doooode. I’ll refrain from responding any further.

          • Justin Case

            Translation – your mom says you have to do the dishes.

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            Your mom is wondering why you won’t get off her computer. Believe it or not she missed it when you were at OWS.

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            “Please don’t feed the troll”

          • Justin Case

            Thanks for the snack dummy. Now go pay the new taxes your party just levied on you.

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            How about when you actually get a job and start paying taxes instead of playing Keyboard Warrior in your mom’s basement while on her computer we’ll talk. Until then, get lost. HuffPo put out an APB.

          • Hello Jerry (D)

            Respect your elders, kiddo.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Of corurse, you voted for Obama

      • Justin Case

        Romney – Obama same thing. In fact, if you voted for any establishment
        Republican in the past 50 years you voted for a Democrat. The results
        speak for them self. Not debatable.

  • Justin Case

    “Oh woe is us. The guys we donated to, campaigned for and championed stabbed us in the back “again”. Gee what was it in any of their records that made us believe it would be different this time? Can it be we’re that naive or are we just masochists?”

    Take a hard look at yourselves Republicans. You’re part of the problem.

  • wallwatchman

    Blunt is my senator and I’m steamed he voted for this mess. Isn’t this what bully’s do?! They pick on someone who is an easy target and all your friends back you as beat them up over and over. Doing that to the wealthy sen blunt and pretty soon they’ll fight back…by leaving and taking their much needed jobs with them. Thanks a lot!

  • $30158943

    As with most things from conservatives and this site these are highly misleading. First, the spending side of this was postponed, so it only focused on revenues. Second, it was a substantial tax cut as compared to what would have happened automatically as negotiated by Republicans in 2011. Third, Republicans lost the election and had zero leverage in negotiations so should be happy they got as much as they did. Finally, I hope Boehner and his gang of radicals vote it down, the Congress will just come back after the increases have kicked in and vote tax reductions for only those that deserve it.

  • freeinaz

    How long before they start going after people on taxes individually? Other than the 8 who voted no the rest of these senators are cowards and fools.

  • Debra McGuire

    He explains himself as if he was looking out for us doing us a favor. They gave up their bargaining position for this? If you didn’t mind giving us up, you didn’t have to take so long to do it.

  • Opticonica

    Again, for the constitutionally illerate (99% of Americans)…..ALL TAX LAWS MUST ORIGINATE IN THE LOWER HOUSE or the House of Representitives……NOT the Senate………and for you even slower—–> obamacare originated in the senate…NOT the constitutionally bound people’s House. Rome IS burning !!

  • Cap Carl

    To understand why our dear leader is doing what he is doing, read the book, 2016 Obama’s America. His intent is to destroy America as we know it.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    I went to this link to check Boxer & Feinstien’s vote (as if I didn’t know already)…

    Check out the enormous number of Senators who we put in office, who voted Yea.
    It’s unbelieveable.

    I then sent emails to Grassley, Lee, Shelby, Rubio, & Rand, thanking them for their sensible NO vote and courage to stand up to the horde of lawmakers out to destroy America.
    We must now throw all the Bums out.

  • disqus_hXkIbZsXPB

    America is being destroyed from within. How unbelievably tragic.

  • Max Efimov

    This is a perfect case for term-limits… Our so called representatives are spending time negotiating moronic deals instead of focusing on simple solutions. How about replace all of the “revenue/spending” equations with flat tax rate? 10% is good enough for God; I figure 15% is out to be good enough for government… No loopholes, no deductions, no IRS – I’d like that to be scored by CBO.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I would go across the grain and say that this was, perversely, the “right” thing to do, but for a different reason, and I’m not sure if this is what the GOP has as its ace in the hole, but: when this catastrophe explodes and is revealed for the disaster it is, there will be no second chance for the Demonrats. They got everything they wanted, Republicans were not “obstructionists,” and the hardworking citizens will know exactly where to fix the blame, and who is going to fix it next time. This is rather the equivalent of telling a stubborn, tantrumy, 8 year old, after repeated fights, “Well go right ahead and take a drink of Tabasco Sauce!” It’s will be a hard lesson on all of us, but one well-learned, long-remembered, and hopefully it will mean the end of the Demonrats as every one of them is carried back to his home district with his head displayed on a pike.*

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      *Metaphorically speaking only.
      Of COURSE.

  • lllvlll

    Paul Ryan voted for this POS a few minutes ago. Yeah. There’s that.

  • Fido

    The country is stuck with obama until 2016.

    Unless the country feels the painful consequences of obama’s reign,

    the 2014 mid-terms will not bring about any change in Comrade Reid’s Senate.

    This means obama will have skated through both terms, with a partisan Senate;

    running interference for him.

    America will be paying for those eight years for generations.

  • Rulz

    Marco Rubio/Tim Scott ticket in 2016

    Rand Paul for fed reserve chairman!