All 6 Democrats on Deficit-Reduction Panel Earned 'F's From Taxpayers’ Union

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    Here's how SERIOUS the Democrats are about cutting spending...WHAT a Friggen JOKE

    Thursday, August 11, 2011
    By Terence P. Jeffrey




    (CNSNews.com) - All six Democrats that have been assigned to the special joint congressional committee that will recommend means for cutting the nation’s anticipated spending by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years compiled voting records last year that earned them grades of “F” from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced today that she has assigned Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) and Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (Md.) to serve on the panel. Previously, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had named Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.) to serve on the committee.

    None of these Democrats had voting records that scored even as high as 10 percent in the NTU’s annual rating of Congress for last year. Among the six, Rep. Clyburn earned the lowest score of 2 percent and Sen. Baucus earned the highest score of 9 percent. Rep. Van Hollen earned a score of 4 percent and Rep. Becerra and Senators Murray and Kerry earned scores of 6 percent.

    In NTU's rating system, all members of Congress who score below 20 percent for their voting record are given a grade of “F” and named a “Big Spender.”

    Members who score 90 percent or higher are given a grade of “A” and named a Taxpayers’ Friend.

    Of the 3 Republicans named to the special joint committee by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), two—Senators Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Rob Portman (Ohio)—were not in Congress last year so they did not get an NTU rating for 2010. The third McConnell appointee, Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), earned an “A” with a score of 97 percent and was named a “Taxpayers’ Friend.”

    Of the 3 Republicans named to the committee by House Speaker John Boehner, one was a taxpayer friend: House Republican Conference Chair Jeb Hensarling (Texas) earned an “A” with a score of 94 percent. The other two Boehner appointees--Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.)-- were not named “Taxpayers’s Friends.” Camp earned a score of 88 percent and a grade of “B+.” Upton earned a score of 86 percent and a grade of “B.”

    The NTU, a nonpartisan organization, grades all members of Congress each year on the stands they take on “every vote that significantly affects taxes, spending, debt, and regulatory burdens on consumers and taxpayers.” In 2010, the group scored 165 votes in the House and 145 in the Senate.


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    Damn, they're about as serious as Republicans are about raising revenue at a time when revenues are 20% below the average of the last 60 years and 30% below the levels of 2000 in Clinton's final year. But I know, spending is the only problem. Revenue is definitely not a problem. In fact, in the minds of conservatives, revenue is still too high. :cuckoo:
     
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    That whole panel deal is a bunch of BS.

    All you will get is gridlock with the rest of the Congress standing around with their fingers up their ass.
     
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    Kind of a rigged vote, no? :doubt:
     
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    These guys are going to be as dependable, holding the line against the out of control, drunken sailor style spending that this Government has embarked on in the last few years, as a herd of hungry bovine in a freshly grown field of tall green grass. My apologies to drunken sailors, the Governments's spending habits have even made them look positively parsimonious.
    Each of the Democrats is a committed "Tax and spender", yet the Republicans sent no one, no DeMint, no Rubio, no Paul, with a spine stiff enough and a skeletal structure strong enough to stand up the committed spenders, capable enough to corral, herd, guide, and shepherd these Republican herbivores through this minefield. The Party has offered up six Republicans to be converted into eunuchs by these emissaries from Pelosi/ Reid/ Obama.
    As a result, going, going, gone are the Bush Tax Cuts [A tax increase for every American], the $500,000 capital gains tax exemption on the sale of the taxpayers personal residence, and the mortgage tax exemption. And God knows what else these greedy spenders will go for. Resign yourself to it. Military weakness is of itself, a provocation, and these "tax and spenders " just adore weakness. John Kerry has yet to meet a foe he wouldn't love surrendering to. Am I right Madame Binh?
    When they are done, we're going to be left with six waffles that have been dipped in syrup, stored overnight for over a week, that appeal to no one, resembles nothing we've ever seen before, nauseates, repulses and revolts us all, and all the people, through their Congress will be able to do about it, is vote their dissapproval. Meanwhile, Obama will be laughing up his sleeve all the way to his re election.
     
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    It is so on target.


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    Posted on August 11, 2011 by Steven Hayward

    Did I Call It or What?

    In my post here yesterday assessing the Republican members of the debt-ceiling deal “super-committee,” I noted:

    Pelosi has yet to name her bench. Bet on radical nutcases (someone from the black caucus, for example) or bare-knuckled partisans like Chris Van Hollen.

    Well, today Pelosi named her picks: Jim Clyburn (of the Congressional Black Caucus), Xavier Beccera, and Chris Van Hollen. Now, if only my stock market picks this week were this on target.

    I hear that some lefties are already complaining that the whole 12-member committee lacks–wait for it . . . –diversity.


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    This whole panel is going to end up with partisan bickering. Nothing will get resolved through them. At the end of the day it will be lobbyists and special inerest group that win
     
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    Boehner needs to lose his job over agreeing to this joke. A gawdam SUPER COMMITTEE.

    and as someone said, not ONE conservative on the panel from the Republicans.

    come on people, we need to let these asses know what we think FIRST and SECOND, VOTE their asses out.

    As for the Democrats, we all should of known they NEVER had any intentions of cutting anything, unless it our DEFENSE. That is their baby, they'd rather leave us DEFENSENSLESS than cut any other of their pet Government agencies.
     
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