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September 29, 2008


A Victory for the House GOP - a Defeat for Everybody Else

They call themselves "Fiscal Conservatives", but I call them "Political Opportunists. These are the same guys and gals that scream for less regulation, less government oversight and more tax breaks for their "base of the haves and have mores".

They are the House Republicans.

Last Thursday there was an agreement, or so it seemed. House Democrats and just about the entire Senate were in agreement that something needed to be done about the crisis caused by greed run-amok and the hands-off philosophy put into play by the Bush administration and these very same House members quickly.

Then John McCain came back to DC and everything changed. In place of the agreement was doubt and suspicion. The plan put forth by hank Paulson, the Secretary of the Treasury, was unacceptable to those in both Houses of Congress as it stood. It was, however, a good beginning as a bargaining point, and in no time at all an agreement was reached.

The John McCain, hoping to make headlines - any headlines at all - rode in on his off-white horse and did his best Alexander Haig impersonation saying "I'm in charge here. Let the real negotiations begin!" McCain met with House Republicans and the plan was put on hold.

Today, as I write this, the House of Representative, weary of a political fallout if all, or at least a sizeable majority, didn't vote for the proposal, is defeating the proposal and politics is the reason. With as many as 90 percent of the nation drinking the "do-nothing" kool-aid drink that the House GOP members are ladling out, the rest of the House must feel as if they have no other choice but to put the brakes on this deal.

And the fault falls directly on the shoulders of those same House GOP members and John McCain who would rather see nothing done in the name of politics than something done in the name of the public good.

As I write this, House Minority Leader John Boehner is blaming "partisanship" for the fallout. The truth is that the House Republicans took the pulse of the nation and saw a campaign issue they could exploit.

As I write this the market, where you and I keep out retirement accounts, is bleeding money. Rather than doing the right thing, the House Republicans have put a wedge into the issue of saving the economy decrying that same "partisanship" which they use whenever they don't get their way.

"The congress have failed to act - and we are not in that majority which failed to act,"
-John Boehner from the impromptu press conference after the defeat

Many Democrats crossed the line and voted against the wishes of their party leaders. The GOP members who stood in front of the cameras in victory (as if defeating our economy is a victory) blamed the Democrats for voting the way they did.

Damned if you do. Damned if you don't.

"Forget the partisan stuff," are the cries from the minority peanut gallery attempting to fool us all that they are not practicing partisan politics.

"It's really their majority,"
-Rep. Roy Blunt, the Minority Whip

And as the GOP play their non-political politics game, the market crashes even further. Even in the face of their own President's disapproval, the man they voted with in lockstep for these past seven-plus years, they decided to stand in the way of what just about everyone says is necessary.

The funny thing is that the House Republicans put forth ideas which didn't include restricting CEO's from profiting on their bad decisions; they wanted more tax cuts for the rich; and they want even less oversight and regulation to fix a crisis which was caused by a lack of both.


Boehner blamed Speaker Pelosi even though she got more than two-thirds of her members to agree to the bill while he (Boehner) got just over thirty percent of his roll to agree with him. Senator John McCain, the originating nay-sayer of the bill immediately blamed Senator Barack Obama.


It doesn't take a genius to figure out the root cause of the defeat.


It's an interesting game the House minority leaders are playing. They're looking to blame the Democrats for not fixing the economic crisis which they (the Republicans) caused. And if it works, they (the Republicans) get to keep the system which put us in this fix in the first place.


Either way, ti's the only issue they will run on in some thirty-something days.

The House minority's victory is our defeat; Our retirement accounts and our future are at stake. Perhaps if they (the House Republicans) didn't have their taxpayer-paid health care and pension accounts they might have looked at things a little bit differently.


-Noah Greenberg

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