Will the economic terrorists win?

UPDATE: The terrorists won.

Big vote today. All in favor of surrendering to Republican economic terrorists, please vote "aye."

I'm calling David Price and Kay Hagan today to tell them to vote against this monstrosity. Whether you're for or against, do your duty too. Make the calls.


Any office holder voting for or supporting this package

... to "solve" this manufactured crisis will not receive my vote at the ballot box -- "Democrat" or otherwise.

Any office holder explaining their vote using the words "shared sacrifice" -- which this deal has none of -- will have earned a vote for ANY primary or general opponent they face.

Fellow voters, the political class only begins to learn if you actually hold them accountable at the ballot box.


Dear Congressman Price.

I must have made you mad, because now you never write unless you're asking for money, and lord knows, I've trained you to expect that I'll always open my checkbook. So in the spirit of that fundraising dialog, know this. I will not open my checkbook again if you vote for the atrocity that is currently masquerading as debt ceiling "compromise" in Congress. Not now, not ever.

On the other hand, take a principled stand for sanity, something like this, and you can come knocking on my door anytime.

Your friend,


PS The markets have already discounted the value of the so-called compromise. We're down a couple hundred points on that exciting news, with sane investors fearing the toxic impacts of the New Austerity more than the risk of default.

I made my calls...

And, further, beyond the inequities and irresponsibility of this bill, I didn't agree to let some committee of "Super Congress" representatives dictate the finances of this nation...and neither should anyone else. This is bullshit.

This entire situation is a major failure. Obama and Democrats in Congress failed to bring up simplifying and making the tax code more equitable when they controlled the Congress. Next time? Again, bullshit.

This is nothing more than kicking the can down the road while whistling a tea-party ditty.

Feckless bloviating pompous dishonest lying stacks of fecal matter.

Not that I'm upset....

Stan Bozarth

Thanks, Stan

You're right, but I don't expect anyone in Congress to listen. Will be interesting to see if any of them vote "No." Larry Kissell could win back my support if he bucked the party on this one.

I wonder what crazy Ellmers will do?

This Debt Deal...

...will soon go the way of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings and PAYGO and other such nonsense.

The bottom line is that no Congress is beholden to constraints imposed by a previous Congress.

This "grand bargain" accomplishes absolutely nothing, except the immediate increase of the debt ceiling.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

NC Delegation - 7 No Votes: 6 of 7 Dems Plus Jones

NC Delegation - 7 No Votes, 6 of 7 Dems

Interesting party loyalty - Thank you NC Democrats (except you, Heath) and Walter Jones:

Dem No - Butterfield, Kissell, McIntire, Miller, Price, Watt
Dem Yes - Shuler
Rep No - Jones
Rep Yes - Coble, Ellmers, Foxx, McHenry, Myrick

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/01/1001970/-Final-tally-on-debt-ceiling-vote:-269 aye, 161-nay

The kids are OK

It looks like North Carolina Dems are not great fans of a "Satan sandwich". And Walter Jones looks longingly back at the Demcoratic party he deserted to hang out with some Mad Hatters and March Hares.

It was mildly amusing to see that Myrick, McHenry, Foxx, Coble, and Elmers stood with their (and our) President Barack Obama. What happened to all the hate?

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

David Price stepped up big

and said NO to the hostage takers.

The final paragraph in his statement on his vote:

“Finally, I also vote no because I refuse to legitimize the demands of ideologues who have recklessly held the national economy hostage to their extreme agenda. Governance by brinksmanship is not worthy of being called governance. The American people deserve better than a House of Representatives that forces the entire country to lurch from one artificially created crisis to the next. We are the United States Congress, not the Tea Party’s Congress, and it’s time we started acting like it.”

Read the whole statement here:


North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!