A House Divided- I Beg To Differ ! Maybe, It Rather Remain s One -Sided !!!
By Rachelle A. Russell on July 27, 2013
Recently, one of the Republican Senator of the House of Representative spoke upon the issue of Obama Care. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), unveiled a letter on Thursday to De-fund Affordable Care Act,known as Obama Care. Funding, for the measure will expire on September 30th of this year. Unless, funding is made on this date by Congress, it is just another attempt to stall and waste time in the Nation's progress. Take a Look at the Letter !
Dear Leader Reid:
“We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay Obama care’s employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy.”
“In light of this admission, we believe the only way to avert disaster is to fully repeal Obama care and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to reforming our healthcare system.”
“However, if Democrats will not agree with Republicans that Obama care must be repealed, perhaps they can at least agree with the president that the law cannot be implemented as written. If the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it.”
“This is a matter not only of fiscal prudence, but of fundamental fairness as well. The president cannot seriously
expect to waive Obama care’s onerous mandates on large businesses, while simultaneously forcing individuals and families to pay to implement an individual mandate the public has opposed since before the law was even passed.”For these reasons, we will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obama care.”Strangely enough, Senator,Mike Lee contradicts himself, and says “the Senate is divided.” He also states, “that all Senators have found common ground.” “The House of Representatives, have agreed pretty much on Legislation,that has come to the Senate floor.” “The only divide exist, when the American People wants something that the Senate doesn't !”Ok, so then I had to asked myself the question, how many bills have passed the Senate, since the President's second term? Seventeen bills, have reached the Senate floor of Congress, but to no avail, not many have passed because of a grid-locked agenda.The Republican Party, constantly,fails to acknowledge the possibilities for potential of success. I was reminded by, the Second Presidential Debates, when Senator Paul Ryan spoke on five principles, I will only address four of them.1) On taxes, He states: "The President's vision of higher tax rates for small businesses and more complexity in the tax code would exacerbate the problems with the current code and lead to economic decline.”2) "The social safety net is failing society's most vulnerable citizens and poised to unravel in the event of a spending-driven debt crisis, which is precisely when Americans would need it most, Ryan writes in the budget.”3) “The free enterprise system is being stifled by a federal bureaucracy fixated on depriving citizens and businesses of their ability to make social and economic decisions according to what is best for their own needs and interests,writes Ryan”4) "The federal budget process has collapsed, allowing government to spend recklessly and throw tax dollars at problems on an ad hoc basis as the nation's fiscal hole grows deeper," Ryan writes.
If you will, travel with me to take look at the journey of the many roadblocks and detours that has happen just in the last ten months of
Reduction of the Deficit
Senate Democrats drafted a resolution stating that “any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning id="mce_marker",000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort.” Shockingly, Republicans didn’t go for that. The resolution got 51 votes, with Nelson and Pryor voting no.
- The fact of the matter here, only relates “to those” who are in the 1% tax bracket. I'm sure that many of us, with two incomes, even comes close to making one million plus year. One problem, with Paul Ryan's theory is that the Tax Code. Which has not been revised since 1985, if I'm not mistaken. Even, before President Obama or former President Bush for that matter, has there been any reforms made to the the Tax Code.
Its impact may not have been quite as dire as initially predicted, but the automatic cuts under sequestration will take their toll over the next fiscal year. If the scheduled cuts are canceled this August, the nation would have 900,000 more jobs in the third quarter of next year (the end of FY2014), according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In June, 11.8 million people were unemployed and looking for work, according to Labor Department figures.
While it may seem like a no-brainer to cancel the cuts, CBO notes some important caveats. Repealing the cuts, they wrote, would add to the nation's debt, ultimately reducing output and income, relative to continuing the sequester. While that may be true, many complain that the automatic cuts are too blunt and could be more smartly targeted.CBO was also careful to note that the estimates were midpoints in a range—GDP would be anywhere between 0.2 percent and 1.3 percent higher, while the number of jobs added could be anywhere from 300,000 to 1.6 million.
In regards,entitlements: (a government program guaranteeing certain benefits to a segment of the population; the right to benefits offered by a government, esp. as compensation ).
Advocates, have pointed out that many beneficiaries of federal aid already hold down jobs. Three times as many households receiving food stamps have income from work than income from welfare,” said Melissa Boteach, an anti-poverty specialist with the Center for American Progress Action Fund
Heres the Facts:
The existence of entitlement programs is mainly significant from a political economy standpoint because of the very difficult problems they create for Congress's efforts to control the exact size of the budget deficit or surplus through the annual appropriations process. It is often very hard to predict in advance just how many individuals will meet the various entitlement criteria during any given year, so it is therefore difficult to predict what the total costs to the government will be at the time the appropriation bills for the coming fiscal year are being drafted. This makes it even harder for government to smooth out the business cycle or pursue other macroeconomic objectives through an active fiscal policy -- because these objectives require careful per-planning of the size of the budget deficit or surplus to be run. In the first place, the amount of money that will be required in the coming year to fund an entitlement program is often extremely difficult to predict in advance because the number of people with an entitlement may depend upon the overall condition of the economy at the time. For example, the total amount of unemployment benefits to be paid out will depend upon the changing level of unemployment in the economy as the year wears on. Some very large entitlement programs (including Social Security pensions and government employee retirement programs) have been "indexed" to inflation, so that the size of the benefit is periodically adjusted according to a fixed formula based on unpredictable changes in the Consumers' Price Index.
It is drastically impossible, for the House of Appropriations or the Senate to attempt to adjust or control for that matter the jurisdictions to rewrite law, for every state and specify who gets what and under what conditions. Therefore, in order to rewrite or dominate members, gerrymandering plays an important role in this one. It gives those with special interest groups the political power,and the support or strategies to block legislation. In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts.
Here the examples:
Two senior House Republican leadership aides were more blunt when speaking privately: Speaker John A. Boehner has no intention of angering conservative voters and jeopardizing the House Republican majority in 2014 in the interest of courting Hispanic voters on behalf of a 2016 Republican presidential nominee who does not yet exist.
If anything, the politics of a gerrymandered House where Republican lawmakers have much more to fear politically from the right than from the left could push many Republicans to oppose a conservative alternative to the Senate’s plan.
Even advocates of a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a pathway to legalization for unauthorized immigrants now in the country say that Senate passage as early as Friday would not change House sentiment quickly.
“The House is not going to get log rolled by the Senate,” said Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, who lost his bid to be vice president last year in part because of the Republican Party’s abysmal showing with immigrant voters. “We’ll have a more methodical, patient way of doing this.”
The outcome of Monday’s crucial vote in the Senate on added border security provided evidence of the difficulty of getting an immigration measure produced in the Democrat-controlled Senate through the Republican-held House. All of the Senate’s Republican leadership opposed the border plan.
The Comprehensive Immigration Bill:
We have received some progress on this one,lets see what the House of Representatives will do now. Not to allow unauthorized immigrants in the country, and that increased security is need to secure border protection.
Therefore, The outcome of Monday’s crucial vote in the Senate on added border security provided evidence of the difficulty of getting an immigration measure produced in the Democrat-controlled Senate through the Republican-held House. All of the Senate’s Republican leadership opposed the border plan. States represented by the 15 Senate Republicans who backed the proposal have 56 Republican House members, and senators from two of the states — South Carolina and Mississippi — split. The states represented by 30 Republican senators who opposed the border plan or indicated they would — a good gauge of local political sentiment — have 123 Republican members of the House, represented by the 15 Senate Republicans who backed the proposal have 56 Republican House members, and senators from two of the states — South Carolina and Mississippi — split. The states represented by 30 Republican senators who opposed the border plan or indicated they would — a good gauge of local political sentiment — have 123 Republican members of the House.
Student Loans Bill:
Senators voted 81 to 18 to lower interest rates for undergraduates taking out government loans this school year to 3.86% -- cheaper than the 6.8% interest rate that kicked in on July 1.
“The latest bill helps all students. The basic principle is that it ties student loan rates to the bond markets. This fall, undergraduate students will pay an overall interest rate of 3.86% on their loans. It is comprised of the yield on the 10-year Treasury note on June 1, plus an additional 2.05%. Graduate students will have to pay 5.41% on loans this fall, or 3.6% over the 10-year Treasury, also on June 1.
If rates on Treasury notes rise, so would student loan rates under the new deal. However, if interest rates were to spike, the bill makes provisions to cap the rates. Loans for undergraduates will be capped at 8.25% and for graduates at 9.5%.” Over a ten year period, the interest rates are expected to increased 10 years, rates are expected to increase to $715 million. It will go toward reducing deficits.
President Obama, has remained hopeful in his vision for the Nation and has preservereinspite of , the detours and roadblocks that Congress continues to present. It is as if , the right wings reasoning,for resistence is, because, Mitt Romney didn't win the 2012 election. So, whatever President Obama or the Democratic Party proposes, the Republican Party, will waste time in road-blocking, repealing, or purely just giving a nay vote.
I wonder, if, Mitt Romney won the election I'm pretty sure, that the Democratic Party would not use such grid locked tactics, to reduce the productivity of progress for “our” Country to move Forward.
Also, look at the President's speeches, he is saying over and over what “Some”out of pure resistance will not relate to and will not come to grips of a lost that happen 10 months ago. But, when it comes time, for re-election will The American People want “a party” to lead this nation with a lot of resistance and indecision.
President Obama Inaugural-Address
We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.-President Obamahttp://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/president-barack-obamas-2013-inaugural-address-full-text-86497_Page2.html#ixzz2a2LjIEyt
This growing inequality not just of result, inequality of opportunity -- this growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it’s bad economics. Because when middle-class families have less to spend, guess what, businesses have fewer consumers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther and farther apart, it undermines the very essence of America -- that idea that if you work hard you can make it here.
Unfortunately, over the past couple of years, in particular, Washington hasn’t just ignored this problem; too often, Washington has made things worse. And I have to say that -- because I'm looking around the room -- I've got some friends here not just who are Democrats, I've got some friends here who are Republicans and I worked with in the state legislature and they did great work. But right now, what we’ve got in Washington, we've seen a sizable group of Republican lawmakers suggest that they wouldn’t vote to pay the very bills that Congress rang up. And that fiasco harmed a fragile recovery in 2011 and we can't afford to repeat that.
Then, rather than reduce our deficits with a scalpel -- by cutting out programs we don’t need, fixing ones that we do need that maybe are in need of reform, making government more efficient -- instead of doing that, we've got folks who’ve insisted on leaving in place a meat cleaver called the sequester that's cost jobs. It's harmed growth. It's hurt our military. It's gutted investments in education and science and medical research .And if you ask some of these folks, some of these folks mostly in the House, about their economic agenda how it is that they'll strengthen the middle class, they’ll shift the topic to “out-of-control government spending” –- despite the fact that we've cut the deficit by nearly half as a share of the economy since I took office.
Or they’ll talk about government assistance for the poor, despite the fact that they’ve already cut early education for vulnerable kids. They've already cut insurance for people who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Or they’ll bring up Obama care -- this is tried and true -- despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs -President Obama's Economy Speech at Knox College
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