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December 1, 2010 / J. Shaw

"Business as Usual for" GOP, Tax increases START, Cave-in

It didn’t take long for the GOP to show November’s election didn’t mean a thing and it’s doing business as usual in Washington…… We have just started the lame duck session and the GOP is “caving in.”

….Accordin to the Wall Street Journal, the GOP is soften it’s stance on the START nuke treaty with Russia. George Voinovich of Ohio, Luger of Ind and old John McCain now look ready to ok the treaty this year. What is the rush? Its the return of the Obama “hurrry-up” offense. This treaty doesnt have to be done now.

It shouldn’t be rarified at all.

The U.S. should not be drawing down warheads in these dangerous times. The American people deserve the strongest defense in the world. My positon is that the US should have more warheads than the enemy. That is a deterrant.

And the U.S. should have more than enough warheads to over cover an attack by not just the Russians but a simultanious attack from China. How many warheads does China have? 

 This treaty should not be the number one priority of the Lame Duck sessionThe end end of the Bush tax cuts should be. Instead of the top leaders of our country solidifying the the Bush tax cuts, DC leaders have put that task into the hands of a team of “negotitors.”. a second string team of leaders.

Washington still doesn’t get it. The Novemebr vote was against business as usual. The GOP and Dems are giving us a hugh tax increase starting Jan 1 and hurting our national defense…. SHAW

WSJ article

President Barack Obama on Tuesday gained significant Republican support for his top foreign-policy priority, a nuclear-arms treaty with Russia that in recent days had appeared all but dead for the year in the Senate.

Separately, in their long-awaited first meeting since the election, the president and Republican leaders appointed a set of negotiators to hunt for a compromise on the future of the Bush-era tax cuts, set to expire at year’s end

Mr. Voinovich all but said he would vote for it, after saying just weeks ago that the accord posed a threat to U.S. allies in Eastern Europe. “There seems to be a lot of coming together there and a lot more comfort [with the treaty] among our friends and allies in Europe,” Mr. Voinovich said in an interview. “I think I’d be supportive.”

Only one Republican, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations panel, has said he would vote for the treaty, though it has the support of the military and much of the Republican foreign-policy establishment.

Mr. McCain also appeared to be coming around. In mid-November, he had suggested he would take his cue from Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), who on Sunday said there was no chance the treaty would be ratified this year. But on Tuesday, Mr. McCain said on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “I believe we can move forward with the START treaty and satisfy Sen. Kyl’s concerns and mine about missile defense and others.”

ON the Bush Tax Cuts-

At the meeting, both sides reiterated their long-standing positions on the tax cuts: Republicans want to renew the tax cuts for all families, while Democrats want them extended only for families earning less than $250,000 a year, which would mean a tax increase for the top 2% of earners.

Both sides also vowed to work more closely in the coming era of divided government. Mr. Obama said he should have done more to reach out to Republicans in the past two years, and members of both parties said they emerged more hopeful about the coming year.

“The American people did not vote for gridlock,” Mr. Obama said after the meeting.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said afterward that previous eras of divided government had been “quite productive.” Rep. Eric Cantor (R., Va.), the No. 2 House Republican, said the president “put his best foot forward…so I do think and am hopeful that we can work together.”

Negotiators on the tax issue will include several lawmakers with a history of deal-making. House Republicans will be represented by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, who helped negotiate a landmark welfare overhaul under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Kyl will represent his caucus. Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.), the Finance panel chairman who negotiated and signed off on the original Bush tax cuts, will represent Senate Democrats. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will represent House Democrats.

MORE…..online.wsj.com/

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