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Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP’s
Power to Block Tax Increases

National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong

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Posted By:JimR3, 12/11/2013 8:59:25 PM

Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years. The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget to void a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases. (Snip) “This is an appalling power grab that should never have been allowed to be in a final agreement. It’s essentially the ‘nuclear option’ part two, eroding minority rights in the Senate even further. Harry Reid must be very happy,” a Senate GOP aide says.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dwa, 12/11/2013 9:08:14 PM     (No. 9650278)

And to think Ryan was our VP nominee. What a complete disappointment and sellout.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/11/2013 9:13:43 PM     (No. 9650282)

Why don´t the GOP go on home. They have agreed to pass anything the democrats propose, so why bother to show up?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/11/2013 9:19:25 PM     (No. 9650287)

Often touted as a genius, Ryan revealed his true intellect by being outdone by the mentally sluggish Patty Murray.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/11/2013 9:24:34 PM     (No. 9650292)

This has occurred to me a great deal but #3 beat me to it. If Ryan is so smart then why doesn´t he come out King of the hill in these negotiations with Democrats? To think we believed he had the right stuff to be VP.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/11/2013 9:32:58 PM     (No. 9650299)

#4 - If we knew everything that was involved in this agreement, things might make a bit more sense. Ryan and Chief Justice Roberts may be acting on similar motivations.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 12/11/2013 9:44:28 PM     (No. 9650309)

Yet we have kept these people in office and trust their promise to fix things in the next election. All will be well if they win the next election. It´s like Charlie Brown and Lucy´s football.

New party.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mermer, 12/11/2013 9:44:37 PM     (No. 9650311)

As if the Senate republicans have done anything helpful in years. This is the best deal possible right now. Not everyone agrees, which is why this is what is possible.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tipover, 12/11/2013 9:45:52 PM     (No. 9650315)

Blackmail?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/11/2013 10:02:57 PM     (No. 9650325)

I understand you may be entirely right, #5. By similar motivations, do you mean fear, cowardice or a combination of the two? I ask this with polite respect -

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 12/11/2013 10:04:19 PM     (No. 9650326)

#5 - What motives would those be? You can bet your butt that all of the in crowd will be somewhere safe when the financial collapse comes. The civil strife will dwarf anything the U.S. has ever experienced.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/11/2013 10:09:09 PM     (No. 9650331)

What makes someone do something that they know is wrong? I do not know. Two things that I do know 1) Ryan knows better than this and 2) this compromise is consistent with what might be expected from blackmail.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/11/2013 11:16:10 PM     (No. 9650381)

For all intents and purposes it certainly looks like the so-called Establishment Republicans are generally happy to keep going along to get along with the Democrats, and to remain in the minority, as long as they get to keep their individual jobs.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 12/12/2013 12:49:51 AM     (No. 9650432)

Obama cut a deal with Ryan...the Dems are running a ludicrous candidate, a wierd Siek who has no chance of winning...can you say payoff?

Ryan needs to be run out of the party and the house...I say this as one of his backers..now ex-backer.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/12/2013 1:15:49 AM     (No. 9650439)

I´d love to know who in the Senate caught this. My thanks and congratulations. A few more exposes like this and the compromise is toast. I listened to Ryan this afternoon, but this still sounds like taking points off the board after kicking a 60 yard field goal. Why would you let the Dems out of budget caps that have already passed?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 12/12/2013 7:00:06 AM     (No. 9650584)

We´re apparently using gerbils as GOP "negotiators." How´s this provision square with the Greek chorus chant, "they´re only doing the best they can as a minority party?"

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