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Senate GOP ponders ceding
power to President Obama

Politico, by Manu Raju and David Rogers

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Posted By:PChristopher, 2/27/2013 10:50:42 AM

Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8. The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/27/2013 10:56:10 AM     (No. 9198874)

Idiots!!!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tisHimself, 2/27/2013 10:56:14 AM     (No. 9198875)

Why do they continue to deal with this guy at face value?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stevendm, 2/27/2013 10:56:44 AM     (No. 9198877)

Can we impeach everyone in Washington?????

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/27/2013 10:56:53 AM     (No. 9198878)

They are nutz! Impeach all of them!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/27/2013 10:57:09 AM     (No. 9198879)

Such "strategery" is madness when dealing with a man like Obama.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: califedup, 2/27/2013 10:57:49 AM     (No. 9198880)

This is absolute insanity! Giving a power mad wanna be dictator more power which is in reality a complete abdication of the duties that constitutionally is part of the responsiblity of Congress. This is crazy!

The republican party is worthless as a representative of the citizens who voted for them and is now an active partner with Dictator Obama and the democrat party communists in the destruction of this country.

I have voted republican faithfully since I could vote and I will never again vote republican.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/27/2013 10:58:45 AM     (No. 9198888)

Consider the source before you get hot and bothered. This is the plan Krauthammer has been suggesting for weeks. Obama has to make the same dollar value of cuts and in the same agencies, but a bit more discretion is allowed in where some it can be shifted. It´s also a way of making him own the sequestration. So, the "ceding of power" is extremely limited.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rael, 2/27/2013 10:59:04 AM     (No. 9198890)

This is why I will never vote republican again.
They´re either incredibly stupid, or in cahoots. In either case, I´m not voting for them anymore.
and neither should anyone else.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WAN2, 2/27/2013 10:59:05 AM     (No. 9198891)

Beaten, they run and hide adrift without their nads.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: yuban, 2/27/2013 11:02:46 AM     (No. 9198901)

The GOP is afraid of what little power it has.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/27/2013 11:03:24 AM     (No. 9198906)

They´re playing right into his hands! Idiots all!

God, please, please, please help our country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: plex, 2/27/2013 11:03:33 AM     (No. 9198907)

Don´t stop voting Republican but be sure to help and vote for conservatives in the Primaries. Voting Democrat is worse (it was not Republicans that gave us Obamacare). The Senate is clearly filled with "women of the night" and we can hope that the House holds firm.

It does remain incomprehensible that the GOP Senators fail to stand for anything, anything.

I am in Arizona and we ended up sending Flake to the Senate who thinks Kerry is fit for SoS. Flake was supposed to be conservative but seems to be a McCain clone instead.

We need a reboot. Clear all laws from the books, clear all active Congress critters, clear all active staff, and start again with the Constitution.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: federale, 2/27/2013 11:06:21 AM     (No. 9198917)

Unbelievable.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: nimby, 2/27/2013 11:06:26 AM     (No. 9198918)

Keep pondering Morons!! 2014 is not far away.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 2/27/2013 11:07:09 AM     (No. 9198920)

What´s the difference? They´ve been letting him run over them for five years.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/27/2013 11:12:26 AM     (No. 9198936)

The beat goes on...and those nine-hundred GOP FBI Files, under lock & key and the strict, punctilious, guardianship supervision of Madame Hillary, continue to payout enormous dividends for The Dark Siders!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: horacer, 2/27/2013 11:12:49 AM     (No. 9198937)

Obama would still have to make the $85 billion in cuts. This would force him to show his priorities. It would take away his ability to demagogue. It´s a smart move and one that has zero chance at passage.

Politico just loves to agitate conservatives.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/27/2013 11:14:01 AM     (No. 9198940)

Understandable, #8, but before making a rash decision in the voting booth be sure you understand the position of the person you intend to vote for.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tisHimself, 2/27/2013 11:15:31 AM     (No. 9198947)

Beltway insiders convinced that they know better. This is their mess and ceding any power to this dictator is simply being complicit. Sit at a conference table in front of cameras and work it out, but don´t just hand him the keys and expect that he´ll get blamed for wrapping the car around another telephone poll.
Washington doesn´t solve problems.....

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Reply 20 - Posted by: shamrock, 2/27/2013 11:17:48 AM     (No. 9198953)

Oh peleeze #17, the tyrant does not have to do anything he doesn´t want to. The repubs caved, as we knew they would, I´m not even surprised anymore. It´s always just a matter of time.

I loathe them all, on both sides of the isle.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/27/2013 11:20:48 AM     (No. 9198968)

Resign now save us all the trouble of replacing you with people that have integrity!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 2/27/2013 11:23:04 AM     (No. 9198975)

While, considering the source, so who knows, but if so, it seems like a reasonable approach. It causes BHO to own the cuts. It also protects by capping the defense cuts. Let´s see where he would could the $42.5b.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: QRP, 2/27/2013 11:29:26 AM     (No. 9198993)

I thought they already had.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/27/2013 11:32:06 AM     (No. 9199002)

Thank you, #7, #17 and #22 for actually reading and understanding the piece.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/27/2013 11:32:25 AM     (No. 9199003)

I´m beginning to think the best voter strategy for us is to vote for the most liberal democrat running in every election - it will crash the country faster and provide a better contrast of liberal vs conservatism rather than the current slow drip to socialism that these rinos facilitate. A quick crash is less likely to go unnoticed by Joe xbox.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/27/2013 11:41:26 AM     (No. 9199023)

Assuming you are correct, #22, there is only one problme. Democrats never, ever cut spending. Remember the $3 in cuts they promised for every $1 in tax hikes? The cuts never happened.

While there may be a method in this madness, and remember this is a Politico article so it has zero credibility, it´s unlikely to turn out well for the Pubbies.

So, the Pubtanic moves ever closer to the waiting iceberg, this time with First Mate McConnell at the helm as Captain Rove roams the decks looking for a Tea Partier to throw overboard.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Tusker, 2/27/2013 11:41:58 AM     (No. 9199026)

Rope-a-dope.

Make the birth certificate challenged Marxist own the debt, every damn cent. Turn Bow-Boy loose and watch him crash and burn.

It´s strike time.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/27/2013 11:42:05 AM     (No. 9199027)

The beginning of the end.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: dwa, 2/27/2013 11:43:18 AM     (No. 9199031)

#7,17,22 &24 What makes you think this would make Obama own anything. The media has his back and would spin anything he did and make it the Repubs fault, if he even did anything. Second, this is the guy who has not met other legally required reports, actions and budgets. So what the he11 makes you think this would be any different. This is just one more example of the weak knee´d Repubs giving in to Obama and being complicit in the destruction of this country.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 2/27/2013 11:45:03 AM     (No. 9199034)

Hey, what could go wrong with that plan?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 2/27/2013 11:50:36 AM     (No. 9199047)

Remember, we talked about this before or just after the election: By no longer playing his game by his rules of circular deniability, he has no one to blame for the disasters he creates.

At the same time, why is no one in Washington talking seriously about impeachment? Or mass demonstrations?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/27/2013 11:56:47 AM     (No. 9199064)

Well, Jim Inhofe thinks this is a good idea, and Harry Reid thinks it´s a bad one.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: judy, 2/27/2013 11:59:04 AM     (No. 9199068)

The repubs are more incompetent than the won... they fall for anything the won says & promises....

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 2/27/2013 12:02:59 PM     (No. 9199075)

This the most outrageous thing that those RINOS can do. This worse than the Fox watching the hen house.
These GOP guys are dumger than a fence-post.
What a bunch of Pukes.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: olcap, 2/27/2013 12:04:38 PM     (No. 9199078)

Republican apologists: blah blah, they are doing the smart thing, blah blah, they will make Obabama own it, blah blah, oh, you other republican apologists, way to go!, blah blah, don´t stop voting for republicans, blah blah, don´t try to start a third party, blah blah blah blah.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 2/27/2013 12:05:25 PM     (No. 9199081)

Not even a warm bucket of spit...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: msjena, 2/27/2013 12:06:50 PM     (No. 9199086)

Why do the Republicans think they have to do anything? Enough of these jujitsu moves. They never work. The Democrats hold the Senate--let them make a move. I personally am fine with the sequester going through.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/27/2013 12:09:49 PM     (No. 9199094)

The sequester is now law. It has to happen unless the GOP agrees to stop it. That´s not what this is about. The same amount of cuts will happen, the same balance (defense/discretionary) has to happen, but it gives the president the ability to cut here instead of there. It might avoid a bit of the Defense Department pain if, for instance, the cuts are in contract administration instead of MRE supplies for the troops. His choices, therefore his blame if he chooses wrong. Why all the squalling?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Rakasha, 2/27/2013 12:46:48 PM     (No. 9199161)

Do some of you really believe that the President would use this ability to ease fiscal pain? This is the man who has systematically been destroying our economy since he entered office. This is the man who has been threatening for weeks that sequester ´cuts´ are going to hurt us horribly. Do you really think that if we give him any discretion on where to make those ´cuts´ he will do so in the best interest of the nation or the economy?

Do you also believe that the same media that has shielded him from blame for everything else he has done is going to allow him to be blamed for actual hurts caused when he cripples certain departments in order to prove how bad things would get if the Government is denied its rightful share of taxpayer´s money? Don´t tell me he can´t and please don´t try to tell me he won´t. This administration has already released criminals under the guise of sequester cuts. We have seen that story plastered across the headlines and on TV already. Right?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/27/2013 12:59:50 PM     (No. 9199188)

As Rush thinks the GOP is calling BOs bluff! You know BO plays poker with the GOP and now they are calling his bluff!


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