President Obama hit the Sunday talk show circuit this morning, finally, to heap pressure or blame on the GOP for jacking the nation. Just thinking how the Will of the People is being held up by one over pampered spoiled prick is enough to make me give up on our version of democracy:
HuffPo — In a blunt challenge to Republicans, Obama said that barring a bipartisan agreement, he expected both houses to vote on his own proposal to block tax increases on all but the wealthy and simultaneously preserve expiring unemployment benefits.
Political calculations mattered as much as deep-seated differences over the issues, as divided government struggled with its first big challenge since the November elections.
Speaker John Boehner remained at arms-length, juggling a desire to avoid the fiscal cliff with his goal of winning another term as speaker when a new Congress convenes next Thursday. Any compromise legislation is certain to include higher tax rates on the wealthy, and the House GOP rank and file rejected the idea when he presented it to them as part of a final attempt to strike a more sweeping agreement with Obama.
That’s what it boils down to. Boehner could bypass the teatard faction and hold a vote today on a bill already passed in the Senate that would alleviate the worst pain soon to be felt by millions of struggling middle class families. Odds are it would pass as is with nearly unamimous democratic support and a few dozen republican votes. But no, the prospect of a tiny tax increase on a relative handful of the wealthiest Americans, who by any measure are the only ones making any headway on the heels of the Great Recession still plaguing everyone else, and Boehner’s personal raw ambition for power, are more important to this assclown than the nation he swore an oath to his God to protect. Enjoying a quarter million plus income, top notch paid staff, and the most generous pension and healthcare benefits this side of Wall Street just isn’t enough. What a total fucking dick.