Who’s runnin’ this goat rope?

President Barack Obama is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the fiscal cliff. [more]

Well, hey, why not? I mean he worked his butt off on this crisis, right?
Right?

The White House had no immediate update on when Obama would receive and sign the bill.

Wait … he didn’t even stick around long enough to firkkin’ sign the bill?!


Then, there’s this … pesky little detail.

The wide-ranging deal, approved by the Senate earlier ….

Maybe I’m missin’ somethin’, here; but this looks unconstitutional as Hell.
(Article I, Section 7: All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives ….)

Nev-er-mind
Sigivald
(D’oh!)

32 Comments!

  1. geezerette
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    Our Republican second term congressman from the northern Michigan district who ran on cutting spending and small government said he is proud of voting yes on the “Compromise Bill” to protect the middle class. First we have the “cliff” now we have the “Compromise Bill”. They call the we have no balls and will vote for what ever the Democrats want the “Compromise Bill”. We should all feel very protected.

  2. Lance
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:44 am |

    DougM, would you please stop gripin’ & complainin’ ’bout the
    gubbmint not followin’ the Constitution! The precedent & his
    czars have decided that their way of running the country is far
    superior to us peons having any power or say in our governance!
    After all they are more intelligent than we are plus they know
    what’s best for all of us. They went to universities where they
    became smarter that all the rest of us, plus their brilliant
    professors told them how to properly rule us for our own good!
    So any of us who objects to what they say or do is just slowing
    down the realization of the great utopia that we’re supposed to
    want. Like those 25 million capitalists that Bill Ayers said should
    be ‘eliminated’ in the southwest desert re-education camps!
    (From a Porch Minkee training to be a leftist infiltrator)

  3. Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm |

    To answer the question, Doug,

    Who’s running this Goatrope?

    Some feller who’s all Hat and no Cattle, backed up by a group of folks that are a Special Kind of Stupid.

  4. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm |

    …and his hat don’t fit ‘im.

    constitutional

    That old thing?!? That’s soooo 20th Century; or haven’t you heard?

  5. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm |

    Lance (2)
    Yeah, you’re right.
    Looks like I’m inadequate at humility.

    Wollf (3)
    I don’t for a minute believe that jackass is actually runnin’ his administration.

    Claire (4)
    Wellp, I reckon the 20thC was when the Constitution actually began to collapse.

  6. Jess
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a navy with leaders that had balls, that were willing to send all of the fleet out of Hawaii, ground all military aircraft until another date and disable the communications?

    Damned if I wouldn’t get a tingle down my leg if I heard that happened. Obama without so much as a Dixie cup on a string to communicate his endless patter of useless rhetoric.

  7. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm |

    Whell Hell cadets, we have a Sneate that ain`t passed a budget, required by the Law, annually—-for over 3 fucking years. Make sure your charge sheet has enough spaces for all the Sneate members, M-kayo……

    My suggestion: The NRA, plus ever other gun organization in the UAS, join in a subordinate alliance with KisP. KisP will then research and draft, for approval, the charges against the two houses and the executive. Endorsements by a majority of the State Attorney Generals (…but NOT the Federal Attorney General…) will lend credibility to the charges. Sheriff what`s his name, in Arizona will deputize all the members of the gun organizations & Certain KisP cadets (…TBA…) will force voluntary cooperation & audit/approve news & television reports from the 4th Estate. Beans, Bullets and Bandaids will be coordinated by, Headmissy, DougM and Geezerette.
    Collection of evidence to support the listed charges will be the task of Claire, Hog and Wollf.

    ColJ will provide aerial transport in a stolen armed Spooky C47, with TUA as the hmfic stewardess and Bocopro as the Gunnery Officer. JR will paint the aircraft black & Headmissey will spray it with glitter……

    Only after all these preparations are complete will ColJ reveal his whereabouts………….Meanwhille, his mailing address will be Galtville…….

  8. TheOldMan
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm |

    I figure fuel costs alone for The Dear Golfer’s round trip to HI are ~ $300,000, plus of course all of those scary gases.

  9. Lance
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

    Col. Jerry SIR, If I may ask, what is my duty station?
    I would like to re-up in the Kisp Navy, SIR.

    My Naval Aviation career ending as an AE3.
    Here’s one of the actual aircraft I helped maintain &
    flew in as forward observer plus ECM operator.
    I maintained it so well, it’s still flying with the
    Mid Atlantic Air Museum! Good ol’ BUNO 145915.

    http://www.maam.org/neptune/images/p2v_03.jpg

    http://www.maam.org/neptune/images/DSCN0056.jpg

  10. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    Shit hot Lance, two burning and two turning! I was designated a nasal radiator on 9 October, 1964 at NAAS Beeville, Texas after completing flight training in the F11A jet (…the Blue Angels were flying it then…) Ordered to MCAS El Toro, CA. into a then brand, new F4B Phantom, as a 20 yr old 2nd/Lt. The Neptune had yet to be replaced by the P3 Orion. In March, 1966, after my training, I went to war as a ground forward air controller w the 2nd Bn/Third Marines. One year later, was ordered to VMFA-115 Silver Eagles in Chu Lai, RVN and flew 192 combat missions.

    Where were you stationed?

  11. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm |

    I put this over at Rodger’s place last night –
    I tried calling Boner and my Rep Cantor last night. How convenient – they were in session and voting, but their offices are “closed for the holiday” so I couldn’t even express my unwanted opinion to them.

    This “all tax no cuts our office is closed” is utter bullshit kabuki theater, because there is only $1 of spending cuts for $41 of tax increases. IOW, if nothing else changes, this bill will yield about $60 billion/year revenue increase in year 1, with spending ‘cuts’ scheduled to take place in years 9 and 10. Which means that will never happen, as usual. Meanwhile, the Congress wants to throw a pork laden Hurricane Sandy rescue fish to the Northeastern states, which wipes out the first year’s ‘revenue increase’.
    Fucking brilliant.
    $60 billion won’t even pay 13% of the annual interest on the debt, never mind make a dent in the $1,300 billion deficit Uhbama just ran up this year, nor the $6,400 billion he’s run up in less than four years, a rate double the record breaking G. W. Bush rate of debt increase. Neither Captain Shitstain or Speaker Boner have even mentioned spending cuts to take place NOW in any of their PRIVATE discussions.

    WTF is the House for? The Constitution says ALL revenue bills must originate in the House, yet here we have the House considering a Senate tax proposal and the Speaker and the President negotiating a revenue bill in private meetings.
    WTF, Over.
    Yeah, the Constitution is over, that’s what.

    And Uhbama is about to make a serious move to allow himself to raise the debt ceiling as he sees fit without Congressional approval.

    I say again, short of torches and pitchforks and real physical fear, the statist bastards in the White House and their cohorts in Congress will rule by executive fiat and make Congress, our Constitution and our votes meaningless.
    ColJ, may I be a gunner on your gunship? Given the sorry state of affairs, maybe I should trade in my S&H green stamps and upgrade us to an AC-130.

  12. Sigivald
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

    It was introduced in the house; HR 8 back in July, and agreed-to there on 8/1/12.

    It happened to pass the Senate just yesterday, and then the House voted to accept the Senate’s amendments.

  13. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm |

    ^Thanks, Sigivald.
    Updated.

  14. blindshooter
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

    We are so screwed.

  15. rickn8or
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

    COL Jerry Sir! Not to be contentious, but wouldn’t we be better served by borrowing Roger’s B-52?
    Not sure who would we would snag for a bombardier, but I understand the bird comes with Kim DuToit as A/A gunner. I’m pretty sure Lance and I (former P-3C IFT) could keep it running. (If zoomies can maintain it, how complicated could it be?) Pretty sure I could run radar and ECM.

    I can’t complain too much about the Tennessee House contingent though; all but one rep voted “NO!” and he was a Democrat and expected to vote for it. Both Senators, on the other hand, (Alexander and Corker) need to be “cautioned” if not out-and-out bitch-slapped.

    But if the GOP caves on DiFi’s New and Improved AWB, then all bets are off.

  16. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm |

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  17. Posted January 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

    Okay, but can I go dressed as Conan O’Brian?

    Oops, I meant Conan the Barbarian. Rambo would be cool too, but he is kinda short.

    I have advanced skills at intelligence gathering (tho I never kept much for myself), and I can also drop heavy objects right on top of people’s heads with an amazing degree of accuracy.

    Can I? Can I, huh?

  18. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm |

    ^^ Sigivald (12) Thanks – I had no idea something like that was languishing for so long, but on second thought, Dingy Harry has kept a budget languishing almost four years, so five months is nothing.

  19. JoeBandMember&#8482
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm |

    So, The DalaiBama jetted back to Hawaii.

    And not a peep about “wealthy privileges” and so forth from the fellatio media.

    I guess they were occupied….

  20. JoeBandMember&#8482
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    The Republican Rep my family campaigned for in ’08 and ’12 voted for this continued pillage of the country.

    Let the rise of the Tea Party begin.

  21. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm |

    Damn, Obama and the “kids at the big table” weeniepublicans even took my HTML code.

  22. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm |

    New definition of “Bipartisanship”…

    When the neutered Republicans who scolded the Tea Party Freshmen give the Obamunists everything they want.

  23. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm |

    Don’t look now, but your FICA just went from 4.2% up to 6.2%.

  24. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm |

    @iowahawkblog: DC says it’s going to cut spending by $15B over the next 10 years. DC spends $10.5B every day. #WorstNewYearsResolutionEver

  25. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

    @iowahawkblog: DC says it’s going to cut spending by $15B over the next 10 years. DC spends $10.5B every day. #WorstNewYearsResolutionEver

    .

  26. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

    @iowahawkblog: Washington cutting spending by $15B over 10 years is equivalent to a 2-pack / day smoker promising to forgo 5 cigarettes. Per year.

    .

  27. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

    Hic…

  28. rickn8or
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm |

    Claire, check your selector lever, I think you’re on “3-round burst” rather than “semi.”

  29. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm |

    Just thinking about Uhbama’s disregard for the Constitution, and how it thereby follows that those who voted for him are of the same mind by default, and then that academic ass Seidel’s screed about how nice it would be to do away with it.

    There is a chilling scene in A Man For All Seasons where young William Roper urges Sir Thomas More to arrest Richard Rich, who just left, as a dangerous man.

    Thomas More -”There’s no law against that.”
    William Roper – “God’s law!”
    “Then God can arrest him.”
    “While you talk, he’s gone!”
    “Go he should, if he were the Devil, until he broke the law.”
    “Now you give the Devil benefit of law!”
    “Yes, what would you do? Cut a road through the law to get after the Devil?”
    “Yes. I’d cut down every law in England to do that.”

    “And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, the the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down—and you’re just the man to do it—d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?”

    And the irony is that Constitution is the very forest of laws that prevents a man like Obama from beheading men like Seidel, political rivals or useful idiot followers if he does not like what they say.

  30. mech
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:58 am |

    Well the precedent dictated that the bill be signed by autopen.

    How disrespectful is that? Oh, i forget who this is.

    Anyone remember what the legality of the autopen on legislation is? Personally i don’t accept it.

    We had to at least use digital signatures on gov’t documents when i worked for the Air Force.

    At least he could have printed it out on the plane and signed it there to carry back when they return.

  31. mojo
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:17 am |

    rickn8or: Do not mock Mr. BUFF, it make him very angry. And when Mr. BUFF gets angry, PEOPLE DIE!

  32. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

    rickn8or (28)
    Exxxxxxcellent!