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Fired Up! Missouri - GOP Obstructionism http://www.firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/275/0 en Roy Blunt: "Not Much" Will Happen in the Senate on Job Creation http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunt-not-much-will-happen-senate-job-creation <p><strong>Roy Blunt</strong> has <a href="http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/blunt-senate-standstill-until-2012-election/">pretty much accepted</a> that nothing will be done in the United States Senate to create Jobs in Missouri in the near future. Hopefully, many of the over 260,000 Missourians who are unemployed will let Senator Blunt know their thoughts about his position.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yesterday, Senator Roy Blunt voted against the <a href="http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/american-jobs-acts-potential-impact-missouri">American Jobs Act</a>. Watch video of his comments on MSNBC here:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X4yrN0ZEOrg" width="500"></iframe></p> GOP Obstructionism Jobs Roy Blunt Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:21:33 +0000 Ryan 14727 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Cartoon of the Day http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/cartoon-day-9 <a href="http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?userphoto=0&amp;image=37849584&amp;event=157573&amp;CategoryID=19221&amp;thispage=1" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6168771865_6604bf034b_o.png" style="width: 500px; height: 360px; " /></a> GOP Obstructionism Taxes Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:36:37 +0000 Ryan 14656 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Republican Stubbornness on Deficit Reduction Outside of the Political Mainstream http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/republican-stubbornness-debt-reduction-outside-political-mainstream <p><a href="http://progressmissouri.org/">Progress Missouri</a> is circulating evidence that Congressional Republicans&rsquo; stance on debt reduction is definitely outside of the mainstream in many polls. Check it out:</p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Congressional+Republicans+Hold+Bicameral+Strategy+0oIqmAYD1BQl.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 285px; " /></p> <p><a href="http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/2368/updated-tax-polls">Bruce Bartlett</a>, former advisor to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush:</p> <blockquote><p><b>[P]eople support raising taxes as part of deficit reduction by a 2-to-1 margin over the Grover Norquist/Club for Growth/Tea Party position</b> that the deficit must be reduced only by spending cuts without a penny of higher taxes. In light of President Obama&#39;s new budget plan, which includes higher taxes, I am posting an updated table, including a poll on Friday showing that three-fourths of people support higher taxes and only 21 percent support the doctrinaire right-wing position.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/09/every-single-poll-.html">Andrew Sullivan</a> via Political Wire:</p> <blockquote><p><b>&quot;Every single poll shows that the American public overwhelmingly supports higher taxes on the wealthy as part of a package to cut the deficit. The margins are staggering: the NYT poll shows a majority of 74 - 21; even Rasmussen shows a majority of 56 - 34</b>. What the president proposed this morning is simply where the American people are at. If he keeps at it, if he turns his administration into a permanent campaign for structural fiscal reform, I don&#39;t see how he loses the argument.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>A breakdown of 20+ polls showing public support for a balanced approach is available <a href="http://capitalgainsandgames.com/blog/bruce-bartlett/2368/updated-tax-polls">online</a>.</p> <!--break--><!--break--> Debt GOP Obstructionism Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:00:03 +0000 Ryan 14644 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Roy Blunt's Ludicrous Regulation Rhetoric http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/roy-blunts-ludicrous-regulation-rhetoric <p><strong>Roy Blunt </strong>is <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_46c0ed25-eb2d-5265-b915-ba12079e828a.html#.TnJFuSjD74o.twitter">saying</a> that the Obama administration is scaring businesses with all these crazy regulations about cusory issues like pollution.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://www.zgeek.com/forum/gallery/files/1/7/9/1/0/spaceballs_2_003.png" style="width: 250px; height: 188px; " /></p> <blockquote><p>Meanwhile, Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and 13 other Republicans introduced legislation this week labeled the &quot;Regulatory Time-Out Act.&quot; It would impose a one-year freeze on significant new regulations with over $100 million in compliance costs.</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;re not in hyper speed, they&#39;re in ludicrous speed when you look at regulations coming out of this administration,&quot; Blunt asserted to reporters recently.</p> </blockquote> <p>Actually, to the surprise of many in the environmental advocacy community, the Obama administration has already <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903532804576564723214167428.html">walked back some clean air rules</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Some would call a United States Senator who <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogbGLV8QR58">quotes the Mel Brooks classic <em>Spaceballs,</em> with no humor injected</a>, to make a point that is not in line with reality ludicrous.&nbsp;</p> GOP Obstructionism Roy Blunt Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:59:58 +0000 Ryan 14637 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Billy Long Thinks America Doesn’t Need a Jobs Plan http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/billy-long-thinks-american-doesn%E2%80%99t-need-jobs-plan <p>When asked about his willingness to work with the President on a jobs plan, Billy Long <a href="http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x803539578/Wind-energy-powers-area-jobs-investment">dismissed the need for a job creation plan</a> and proceeded to make up at least one <img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_HXP2Z5GXFO8/TS55ZxUNXWI/AAAAAAAAJHc/uxuFwR96ilA/s640/Chris+Leaman%2527s+Billy+Long+1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 188px; " />word.</p> <blockquote><p>President Barack Obama next week is to unveil a new jobs plan. Long said the nation &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t need a jobs project. We need to make it easier for American companies to do business.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now, we over-regulate, over-tax-ate and over-litigate.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>I guess Billy Long is taking partisanship gamesmanship as far as it will go, but only at the expense of <a href="http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=z1ebjpgk2654c1_&amp;met_y=unemployment_rate&amp;idim=state:ST290000&amp;fdim_y=seasonality:S&amp;dl=en&amp;hl=en&amp;q=missouri+unemployment#ctype=l&amp;strail=false&amp;nselm=h&amp;met_y=unemployment_rate&amp;fdim_y=seasonality:S&amp;scale_y=lin&amp;ind_y=false&amp;rdim=state&amp;idim=state:ST290000&amp;ifdim=state&amp;hl=en&amp;dl=en">unemployed Missourians</a>.</p> Billy Long GOP Obstructionism Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:03:55 +0000 Ryan 14586 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Eric Cantor Also Says His Own State Won't Get Disaster Recovery Funds Without Offsetting Cuts http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/eric-cantor-also-says-his-own-state-wont-get-disaster-recovery-funds-without-offsetting-cuts <p>In the aftermath of the devastating tornado in Joplin, House Majority Whip <strong>Eric Cantor</strong> <a href="http://www.stlmag.com/Blogs/SLM-Daily/May-2011/Politics-and-the-Joplin-Tornado/">created controversy and unrest</a> when he said federal money to aid the recovery in Joplin wouldn&rsquo;t come without corresponding cuts.</p> <p>Specifically <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/24/169075/cantor-disaster-relief/">he said</a>:&nbsp;<img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://theinsanityreport.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Eric_Cantor_on_CNN.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; " /></p> <blockquote><p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that if Congress passes an emergency spending bill to help Missouri&rsquo;s tornado victims, <strong>the extra money will have to be cut from somewhere else</strong>.</p> <p>&ldquo;<strong>If there is support for a supplemental, it would be accompanied by support for having pay-fors to that supplemental</strong>,&rdquo; Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. The term &ldquo;pay-fors&rdquo; is used by lawmakers to signal cuts or tax increases used to pay for new spending.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now, Cantor&rsquo;s home state of Virginia is suffering after Hurricane Irene caused damage up and down the east coast, and he says the same test applies &ndash; money for hurricane relief has to be offset by spending cuts.</p> <p>Cantor <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/29/306737/cantor-irene-no-relief-without-spending-cuts/">told Fox News</a> that while &ldquo;we&rsquo;re going to find the money,&rdquo; &ldquo;we&rsquo;re just going to need to make sure that there are savings elsewhere to do so.&rdquo;</p> <p>This news also comes as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_9dc11ce8-d255-11e0-b7a6-0019bb30f31a.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">money for the Joplin recovery</a>&nbsp;is shifted to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Irene.</p> <!--break--><!--break--> Eric Cantor GOP Obstructionism Joplin Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:13:15 +0000 BigTom 14571 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com CNN Poll: 59 Percent of People Have an Unfavorable Opinion of Republicans http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/cnn-poll-59-percent-people-have-unfavorable-opinion-republicans <p>I guess their unwillingness to work with Democrats <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/176073-poll-gop-more-unpopular-now-than-during-clinton-impeachment">isn&rsquo;t paying off</a>&nbsp;with the electorate:</p> <blockquote><p>Voters are more unhappy with the Republican Party now than they were when the Republican-led House voted to impeach then-President Clinton, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday.</p> <p>Fifty-nine percent of voters polled said they had an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party, with 33 percent calling their opinion favorable. The Tea Party did not poll well, either, with 51 percent saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the movement.</p> </blockquote> GOP Obstructionism Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:14:39 +0000 Ryan 14484 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Hartzler, Long, Martin Should Look in the Mirror When Assessing Downgrade Blame http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/hartzler-martin-should-look-mirror-when-assessing-downgrade-blame <p>Unsurprisingly, Republican politicians like <strong>Ed Martin</strong> and <strong>Vicky Hartzler</strong> see the S&amp;P downgrade of the United States&rsquo; credit rating as nothing more than reinforcement for the stubborn stance on fiscal policy. However, the <a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/ratings/articles/en/us/?assetID=1245316529563">S&amp;P&rsquo;s statement on the debt downgrade</a> suggests that a more aggressive debt reduction plan, similar to the one <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135382432/obama-plan-aims-for-4-trillion-in-deficit-cuts">advocated for by President Obama</a>, could help stabilize our country&rsquo;s debt situation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is what Ed Martin had to say <a href="http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3096f9f3497e58f2da967c33d&amp;id=c88278eafb&amp;e=38252eca38">in a statement</a>, which disregards all the spending during the Bush administration and the call for an end to outrageous political posturing:&nbsp;<img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3639/3699327676_b60b1cf9ee_m.jpg" style="width: 110px; height: 147px; " /></p> <blockquote><p>The reckoning is on its way, and congress did nothing more than what it always does &ndash; spend money today, promise cuts tomorrow. For decades this has been the case, and the President&#39;s party&#39;s intractable desire for more spending destroyed an opportunity to take appropriate action.</p> </blockquote> <p>And Vicky Hartzler <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/RepHartzler/status/100552617318563842">took to Twitter</a> to provide some spin about why her vote against a deal to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending is exactly what S&amp;P wanted:&nbsp;<img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2667/3944735567_59c570cc1a.jpg" style="width: 110px; height: 148px; " /></p> <blockquote><p>S&amp;P&#39;s decision to downgrade our credit rating is no surprise: the debt ceiling package wasn&#39;t big enough--one reason I voted &#39;no&#39;.</p> </blockquote> <p>UPDATE: It seems <strong>Billy Long</strong> <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/auctnr1/status/100624787243679746">didn&#39;t look too closely</a> at S&amp;P&#39;s downgrade justification either.&nbsp;</p> <p>In reality, <a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/ratings/articles/en/us/?assetID=1245316529563">S&amp;P suggests</a> that letting the Bush tax cuts on the highest earners expire would be a step that could help stabilize the United States&rsquo; debt situation.</p> <blockquote><p>On the other hand, as our upside scenario highlights, if the recommendations of the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction--independently or coupled with other initiatives, such as the lapsing of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for high earners--lead to fiscal consolidation measures beyond the minimum mandated, and we believe they are likely to slow the deterioration of the government&#39;s debt dynamics, the long-term rating could stabilize at &#39;AA+&#39;.</p> </blockquote> <p>If only Republican Congressional leaders <a href="http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/aug/07/tdmain01-debt-debate-will-have-lasting-impact-on-v-ar-1222784/">like <strong>Eric Cantor</strong></a> didn&rsquo;t take revenue increases off the negotiating table, maybe we could have avoided a downgrade all together.&nbsp;</p> <!--break--><!--break--> Ed Martin GOP Obstructionism Vicky Hartzler Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:38:46 +0000 Ryan 14479 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com News-Leader "Fed Up" With Billy Long's Lack of Common Sense http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/news-leader-fed-billy-longs-lack-commonsense-debt-ceiling <p><strong>Billy Long </strong>got a pretty good (and deserved) earful about his refusal to support raising the debt ceiling from the <a href="http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110724/OPINIONS01/107240323/-1/NLETTER01/Long-needs-to-compromise-on-raising-debt-ceiling?source=nletter-news"><strong>Springfield News-Leader </strong>Editorial Board</a> today. Thankfully, it sounds like he has brought his rhetoric more in line with reality. He even admitted, <a href="http://www.news-leader.com/article/20110724/OPINIONS01/107240323/-1/NLETTER01/Long-needs-to-compromise-on-raising-debt-ceiling?source=nletter-news">&quot;We need to get it done.&quot;</a></p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside " src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZYGAuP4FJho/TctVQ71m1-I/AAAAAAAAJyU/zslFE4DC6c0/s400/Billy%2BLong%2BJoplin%2Bblake%2Bjames%2Bphoto.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; " /></p> <p>The last few paragraphs of the editorial make it obvious that Billy Long&#39;s &quot;fed up&quot; act is starting to wear thin.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>Common sense tells you we should not play games with the country&#39;s credit rating by defaulting on our obligations.</p> <p>Common sense tells you we should pay our bills -- and not just the priorities that Long has suggested: Social Security, Medicare, troop payments and other funds for national security.</p> <p>Common sense tells you it&#39;s time to make a deal with Obama and the Democrats, and we think Long&#39;s job is to work toward the best possible compromise, not take an absolutist position.</p> <p>Being &quot;fed up&quot; is wearing thin.</p> </blockquote> Billy Long GOP Obstructionism Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:24:57 +0000 Ryan 14428 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com Gallup: Republicans, Democrats and Independents Want Compromise on Debt Ceiling http://www.firedupmissouri.com/content/gallup-republicans-democrats-and-independents-want-compromise-debt-ceiling <p>The lastest national <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/148562/Americans-Including-Republicans-Debt-Compromise.aspx">poll from Gallup</a> finds wide-ranging support for a debt ceiling compromise. According to the survey, there is strong support across the board for a compromise plan to come out of the debt ceiling negotiations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even <strong>57 percent of Republicans</strong> surveyed want lawmakers to work out a compromise.</p> <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://sas-origin.onstreammedia.com/origin/gallupinc/GallupSpaces/Production/Cms/POLL/cdo-fggankyv_hhc6nj1pq.gif" style="width: 500px; height: 309px; " /></p> <p>h/t <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/how-to-tell-whether-mcconnell-plan-can-pass-the-house/2011/03/03/gIQAiKhuNI_blog.html">The Plum Line</a></p> GOP Obstructionism Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:46:56 +0000 Ryan 14409 at http://www.firedupmissouri.com