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If I Had A Gavel...

As we see and hear all the talk about the new Congress, especially the newly-Republican House of Representatives, we hear speculation and advice for how the new majority should carry out the People's business. And I had a few thoughts of my own.

Were I the new Speaker of the House, I know exactly what my first order of business would be. I would schedule a vote on the ObamaCare repeal bill. I would allot a whole week for debate on the issue -- then ask those who support repeal to yield the entire time to the other side. Let them have as much time as they like to make the case for ObamaCare, and then vote -- putting each and every member of the House on the record as for or against it.

Then, once it's passed to the Senate, I would hold up any and all other legislation until the Senate gave it a vote -- or officially killed it. I would not let them smother it or ignore it or let it die in committee. I would get out there, every day, and say that it is so important, that I would not let anything distract the Senate from debating and voting on the repeal. Likewise, I would put all bills sent over from the Senate on hold until they voted on the bill. Oh, it would most likely be defeated, but again I'd have put every single Senator on record as for or against it.

In the meantime, I'd be putting together a package of spending cuts. I'd be finding every single penny I could slash from the budget and pushing hard for it. And when people brought up the vote on raising the debt ceiling, I'd say this:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.

If those words sound familiar, they were uttered  by then-Senator Barack Obama back in 2006, when he opposed raising the debt ceiling to 8.9 trillion dollars. Shortly thereafter, the Democrats took both Houses of Congress -- and in the following four years of Democratic stewardship, the debt ceiling was jacked up sic more times, over 60%, to its current level of 14.3 trillion dollars.

And then I would say to the Democrats in the House: "you were at the wheel for the last four years, and you steered us right into the ditch. You passed and bragged about "pay-go," and then exempted pretty much every single major measure from it. You were so busy that you didn't even file a budget for this fiscal year -- and that's the most fundamental duty of the House! And somehow Nancy Pelosi, in her parting speech, boasted about how you had shown such 'fiscal responsibility.' Now we're going to show you -- and the American people -- what 'fiscal responsibility' actually looks like. If you want to be a part of it, you're welcome to come along for the ride -- but you'll have to get in the back seat. Because elections have consequences, and last November, we won."

That's what Speaker Tea would be doing in the House.

And that's why I should never, ever, ever be entrusted with anything resembling actual power.

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...I'd gavel in the morning... (Below threshold)
Roy:

...I'd gavel in the morning, I'd gavel in the evening, all over this land.

Put everything except Defen... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Put everything except Defense on the table. Eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, Labor, HHS, Agriculture, Homeland Security and Commerce. Do away with agencies, such as EPA, FCC, CPR (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), IRS, and others. Abolish the Federal Reserve and go back onto the gold standard. Cut the wages of Congress and all officials that are essential to the Government. Lower or repeal all taxes. Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments. Those are just a few cuts that I would like to see.

"And that's why I should ne... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"And that's why I should never, ever, ever be entrusted with anything resembling actual power."

Oh, I don't know about that...

Your plan sounds similar in scope to what's about to happen. Although I'm not sure that the time for the supporters and the Senate side will be identical. It sure would be nice to hang that albatross around the supporters necks for the 2012 elections seeing that the public supports repeal of O-Care by a 60 - 40 margin.

FWIW I think your idea would be held in wide support, by anyone opposed to the BS that got rammed down the throats of everyone WITHOUT debate or input into the overall scope of the bill.

Payback, its a bitch and comes in spades.

It is unbeliveable that we ... (Below threshold)
mag:

It is unbeliveable that we the people have to keep reminding these people in power to stick to the constitution. That's why they love the depended uneducated types.

I like your plan. I am tire... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

I like your plan. I am tired of Repubs trying to be nice to liberals and remember libs do run the Democratic party. Since they are going to bitch no matter what the opposition does I think we should give something to bitch about...might increase BP and lower the life expectency...just a thought. I would also like to see the federal work force cut by 30% and have the remaining employies loose 25% of their retairment benifets and at least 15% of their salary.

"The fact that we are here ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure6. "Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."

Heh.

I want those words repeated, verbatim, in both Houses of Congress during this debate. Maybe multiple times.
Throw it right back in his face.

I'd love to see that happen... (Below threshold)
Hank:

I'd love to see that happen in the House.

Unfortunately, the repubs worry too much about what the LSM will "report".

In your case, the headlines woule be: "Speaker attacks Dems" or
"House Republicans announce end to bi-partisanship" or some such nonsense.

As to Obama's words as a "present" voting Senator....If the LSM ever held him to account for everything he's gone back on, he'd be a national laughing stock, not just the international laughing stock he is today.

I agree the government is t... (Below threshold)
John:

I agree the government is to big and needs to be trimmed down. Stan has a good list started, but I think we need to cut out of the budget our payment to the UN, and third world nations to help get their people out of the poverty they live in, great idea but the leadersof those nations thae the money and pocket it for themselves, if the feds won't allow oil exploration and drilling I suggest the Govenors use emminet domain and issue permits to drill. No mor funding for the so called arts.
Looks like we need to have the Fair Tax Act passed.

Michelle Malkin has a great... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Michelle Malkin has a great skit from Jimmy Kimmell reflecting the changing or the gavel.

I have told as many that would listen that the dem's drove us off the cliff. Oversight and regulation was in their control before during and after the meltdown. The dem's didn't even look into Freddie and Fannie. They allowed TARP funding to be used to pay for union pensions and contracts. The dem's leadership is uber corrupt. Shame on them. ww

As usual the ideas of non-p... (Below threshold)

As usual the ideas of non-politicians are much wiser than those of the latter. But unfortunately these are only dreams and there is nothing we can do about it - only discuss it on the internet, perhaps, and nothing else. People who gain power over other people soon forget their promises and start doing the opposite to what their promises were.

I'd take Nancy's big gavel ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

I'd take Nancy's big gavel and have it shrunk by the percentage of spending that spending was reduced each time a bill is passed ...

I'd love to see a new gavel every 3 months ...

If I had a gavel, Na... (Below threshold)
Russ:

If I had a gavel, Nancy Pelosi would have a concussion.

Nah, first thing I'd a done... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Nah, first thing I'd a done was shove that gavel up Nancy's ass, then turn to the rest of the House and say "Any questions?"

The fact that we a... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit.

Offhand, I'd say that Obama is dolt in an empty suit who recites his lines fairly well without any real understanding of the meaning or of much else he's involved with.

I'm deeply disappointed tha... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I'm deeply disappointed that the new Congress voted to strip away the floor voting rights from the delegates from the District Of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands and the other U.S. territories. Many persons pay U.S. federal taxes, but don't receive political representation.

If you pay U.S. federal taxes you deserve to have political representation and have a say on how your tax dollars are being spent.

That's a great point, Paul ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

That's a great point, Paul Hooson, except for that Constitutional thingy which defines how members of the House are chosen (by people in states). Maybe you didn't listen to the reading today.

My advice is to either:

1. Amend the Constitution, or,
2. Have those territories become states.

Paul, Puerto Rico has repea... (Below threshold)

Paul, Puerto Rico has repeatedly voted on whether to take on statehood, and repeatedly voted to stay a territory. Their choice.

But are you saying that people who live in a place that is not a state, are denied the rights and privileges accorded to states and states alone? Good lord, I'm SHOCKED and APPALLED.

You might have heard, Paul, but the House members read the Constitution on the floor of the House today. You should have paid attention:

Article I, Section 2: "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States..."

Article I, Section 3: "The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State..."

Note that word, "state."

I'd call that an "inconvenient truth..."

J.

If we are going to have ter... (Below threshold)
jim m:

If we are going to have territories such as Guam etc voting rights in Congress why not just really open it up and grant seats to Mexico, Canada and the EU?

WTF Paul? Are you of the same mind as Joel Klein, who said that our 100 year old constitution is no longer relavent?

The best thing the GOP could do is after repeal of obamacare fails in the Senate they should push to recind each and every exemption given to every company and union. Make the dems stand up in defense of their special interests and tell America why it is that their friends get to be exempt from obamacare and the can explain why it is that the unions want to be exempted and why it is better for them to be exempt and the rest of us not to.

Posted by Stan: Put... (Below threshold)
JDL:

Posted by Stan:
Put everything except Defense on the table. Eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, Labor, HHS, Agriculture, Homeland Security and Commerce. Do away with agencies, such as EPA, FCC, CPR (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), IRS, and others. Abolish the Federal Reserve and go back onto the gold standard. Cut the wages of Congress and all officials that are essential to the Government. Lower or repeal all taxes. Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments. Those are just a few cuts that I would like to see.

Good start. Don't forget cutting the rediculous govt pensions and better healthcare than we can get.

I would pass laws making it a priority to make constructing as many Nuclear Power Plants as possible, NOW.

I would make it a priority to alow drilling for oil everywhere we can and construct as many oil refineries as we need, NOW.

Why is there no outrage over the price of gas NOW? Bush was flogged daily for the high price for gasoline.

Better watch it or you will... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

Better watch it or you will get your rear end elected, though I don't think that would be such a bad thing. mpw

Hello, Jay. In the case of ... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Hello, Jay. In the case of the people who live in D.C., they're American citizens, pay taxes, etc, yet they shouldn't have voting representation in Congress? I guess most of the Washington politicians live in Virginia so their vote counts, while other people don't matter?

I'm unhappy that the new Congress made this one of their first priorities.

Many persons pay U.S. f... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Many persons pay U.S. federal taxes, but don't receive political representation

Let's have a pity party Paul.

47% of America's workers pay NO FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND MANY RECIEVE WELFARE IN THE FORM OF UNEARNED REFUNDS FROM MY TAX DOLLARS!

We should have NO representation without taxation so the slackers and welfare cheats cannot be bought by libtards stealing from the producers to give to the slackers in exchange for votes.

Life would be so different then if you had to contribute in order to gain the PRIVILAGE to vote.

Are you suggesting that the... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Are you suggesting that the residents of a city be granted the same representation as a state?

Seriously, you, and by extension the supporters of that premise, are utter fucking loons.

I have a better idea...make the city part of VA, subject to all its laws. Then they could have a say in their elected officials, and pay taxes just like the rest of the residents of the state.

Were I the new Speaker o... (Below threshold)
john:

Were I the new Speaker of the House, I know exactly what my first order of business would be.

Well that puts you ahead of Boehner.

WILLIAMS: Name a program right now that we could do without.
BOEHNER: I don’t think I have one off the top of my head.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/06/boehner-cuts/

You'd think that a guy who was carrying on about cutting spending for over a year might have an inkling of what he wants to cut.

"And that's why I should ne... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

"And that's why I should never, ever, ever be entrusted with anything resembling actual power."

Really!? I know of another New Hampshire blogger who is now a state rep. I'm pretty sure he will make a great one too.

RUN Mr. Tea, RUN!!! Just as with Bruce, I will donate and support!!!!

"Life would be so different... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Life would be so different then if you had to contribute in order to gain the PRIVILAGE to vote."

AMEN! It's time to stop the parasites from voting to steal what the rest of us produce.

If I had a gavelI'd ... (Below threshold)
Peter, Paul, and Mary:

If I had a gavel
I'd gavel in the morning
I'd gavel in the evening
All over this land
I'd gavel out danger
I'd gavel out a warning
I'd gavel out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Oh, here's a good one. How ... (Below threshold)
john:

Oh, here's a good one. How do the Republicans plan to conform to their rule that new legislation must be paid for? By pretending it has no cost.

since Republicans’ new rules to govern the House require that nearly all proposed legislation is fully paid for, the new House leaders have exempted repeal of the health care overhaul from such requirements.

www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47000.html

You people have been duped. What is it... three whole days and the Republicans are already frantically backpedaling from myriad promises. At least some people aren't playing the useful idiot:

“I actually don’t think it would be possible to fall from grace any faster than this,” Mark Meckler, with the Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Caller.... “My opinion [is] they didn’t really think about whether it was 2011 or 2012. They didn’t really care,” Meckler said. “They just wanted election year talking points. Truly astounding.”

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/06/house-gop-trips-up-on-spending-cut-figure-it-could-have-corrected-long-ago/print/

Astounding? Not at all.

I don't know what will be more entertaining. Watching the Republicans set a new implosion record, or watching you people fall all over each other defending them for sticking a knife in our backs.

oh, john. Dear john. ... (Below threshold)

oh, john. Dear john.

ObamaCare will cost us all billions. Repealing it will keep us from having to pay those billions. I don't buy the "will save us money in the long run" BS, and nor do a lot of others.

And that aside, the "price" of ObamaCare is several gross violations of the Constitution and sacrifices of fundamental freedoms. Against that price, dollars are cheap.

J.

The constituion? John and P... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The constituion? John and Paul have no idea what that is. They are liberals.

I am so pleased the grown-ups are back in the house. ww

ObamaCare will cost us a... (Below threshold)
john:

ObamaCare will cost us all billions. Repealing it will keep us from having to pay those billions.

You, like Boehner, have no basis for that conclusion, which contradicts the CBO, which now says that a repeal would add $230 billion to the deficit.

But wait, there’s more. They have also exempted extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Oh, and the lowered estate tax. And changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax. Actually, they exempted all tax reductions. And on top of that, they also exempted the cost of implementing any trade agreements. Why not?

http://politicalirony.com/2011/01/05/republican-budget-fail-fail-fail/

The Republicans are going to add $1T to the budget, all the while claiming they are cutting it. And you'll believe them.

BREAKING: CBO Says Repealin... (Below threshold)
john lies:

BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion

"In 2010, the Democrats pas... (Below threshold)
john lies:

"In 2010, the Democrats passed ObamaCare by a 7 vote margin. In 2011, the Republicans passed the bill to repeal ObamaCare with a 55 vote margin.

In each case, one side of the vote was bi-partisan. In both cases, the bi-partisan vote was against ObamaCare."

-thevimh.blogspot.com

CBO anticipates that ena... (Below threshold)
john:

CBO anticipates that enacting H.R. 2 would probably yield, for the 2012-2021 period, a reduction in revenues in the neighborhood of $770 billion and a reduction in outlays in the vicinity of $540 billion

In other words, a net DEFICIT of $230 billion, just as I said.

If you're going to call me a liar, you should a) quote your sources honestly, and b) know what the hell you're talking about.

By the way, your lie... (Below threshold)
john:

By the way, your lie (or the Spectator's, assuming that's where you lifted it from) is to insert the word "net" into your bogus claim. That word appears nowhere in the CBO's email, and apparently is a word whose definition is unfamiliar to you.




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