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  • Morning Bell: Will Harry Reid Also Hide in Illinois?

    Over the past week the nation witnessed the spectacle of Wisconsin and Indiana Democrat lawmakers fleeing across state-lines into Illinois, Bonnie and Clyde-style, though in this case in hopes that their absence would stave off having to make tough decisions. Back home, their votes were needed to rescue their states from dire fiscal problems, and that is the case in states across the rest of the Midwest and the rest of the nation. Budget deficits are bulging and competition for scarce financial resources is growing more alarming.

    This Prohibition-era retro replay may indeed spread to the federal government and Washington, as a new Congress grapples with its first tough budget debate. Will liberals duck responsibility again?

    The federal government has been operating under a Continuing Resolution that will expire on March 4th.  The House, led by Republican Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has already passed a new Continuing Resolution (CR) that cuts approximately $61 billion from the current year’s budget and keeps the government otherwise functioning through year’s end. It is now up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Obama to decide if they will accept this modest first step towards fiscal responsibility or continue to push our nation down the unsustainable path that voters rejected in November 2010.

    Will Reid and Obama actually accept that budget cuts are necessary? Harry Reid has so much as admitted that cuts are necessary, since he and his colleagues spent the past week touting the supposed $41 billion in savings his yet-to-be-released proposal supposedly includes. While it is a good step that Reid understands serious spending cuts are needed, his math simply does not add up. The Washington Post today called the claimed $41 billion cuts “disingenous and not very truthful.”

    The “savings” that Reid and his fellow Democratic lawmakers are suggesting will be included in the Senate CR are simply cuts from Obama’s 2011 budget proposal. Of course these were never actually passed into law since the last Congress chose to not fulfill its most basic obligation and pass a budget.  So, since the federal government is still operating at 2010 levels and Senator Reid’s CR purportedly would fund the government at 2010 levels, this would leave cuts of precisely zero.

    To put it another way, imagine if Reid has eight oranges and Obama suggests he add two to the pile. If Reid refuses to take the oranges, has he “cut” his supply by 20%? Of course not. He still has eight oranges.

    This is the same false narrative that Democrats employed in December when they sold the prevention of tax hikes as a new tax “cut.” The simple fact is, the nation is far past the point where symbolic – do no additional harm – gestures will do the job. The status quo may be a welcome change from the spend, spend, spend trajectory of the last two years, but it’s not responsible governing.

    President Obama would like you to think he has seen the light on spending. His own budget says “we must free ourselves from the burden of historic deficits and growing debt.” But despite this lofty rhetoric, he proposed a budget for FY 2012 that increases spending and nearly doubles our national debt over the decade. He then pledged to veto the House-passed Continuing Resolution once again claiming fiscal responsibility while rejecting it at the same time. It is time for him to demonstrate leadership. Mr. President, the time for cuts is now.

    Make no mistake, these cuts are vitally important first steps to getting control of exploding federal spending. But despite all the scary rhetoric, they would not even bring federal spending back to its pre-recession 2008 levels. Making modest cuts such as these to the remaining 2011 budget would demonstrate that Washington can be trusted to take the tough steps necessary to get spending and debt under control.

    The American people demanded that this Congress make tough choices and make real cuts, and congressional Republicans promised as much in their Pledge to America. Significant cuts. This opportunity must not be allowed to pass. Capitulating would return Washington to business-as-usual, which American cannot afford.

    If Senator Reid needs more time to prepare for such cuts in the form of another temporary spending bill, that too must demonstrate real and tangible cuts and policy changes completely in line with what the House passed this month. Yesterday, Speaker Boehner proposed such a stopgap that would cut $4 billion over two weeks as a sign of good faith. Surely, cutting a meager $4 billion won’t stop progress, or lead to a potential government shutdown, will it?

    The House of Representatives have shown leadership. If Senate Democrats and the president choose to not follow their example, then one has to wonder if they prefer the government to shutdown rather than make the necessary tough decisions.

    If President Obama and Majority Leader Reid want to punt these tough choices to another time, another Congress, another generation one more time they will be abdicating their responsibilities in the same way their liberal colleagues in Wisconsin and Indiana are doing. It’s time for both chambers of Congress and the White House to get to work. Kicking the can is no longer an option.

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    58 Responses to Morning Bell: Will Harry Reid Also Hide in Illinois?

    1. Steve Meek, Brentwoo says:

      While I appreciate the GOP effort to cut $61 billion this is still only a drop in the bucket for where we need to be as a country, it is time to balance the budget each year beginning with this year. We can not begin to cut the cummulative deficeit until we stop making it larger each year this is not rocket science and until we elect a Congress who can understand this simple principle we will not make much progress, doesn't sound like they heard us back in November.

    2. Jim --New Haven, Ct. says:

      With all that's going on in the Middle East, $5.00/gallon gas is not just a number. We WILL be paying that or more. Therefore, taxpayers are going to be in a cranky mood when Harry tries his slight-of -hand. I don't know if he's smart enough to understand the mood of the country. However, his game plan is to force the Republicans to cause a shutdown so that he,Pelosi and Obama can demagoge this issue.Republicans are going to be tested. Hope they're up to it.

    3. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      *** R.Hurt –


      Then WHY is the GOP trying to End Public Schooling?

      This Wisc Thing is NOT about Education.

      It is About – UNIONS.

      The GOP – Led by Murdochs Empire – WSJ and FOX,

      Their Number ONE Goal – END PUBLIC SCHOOLING.


    4. NCT, Colorado says:

      Obama voted "present" while a senator in Illinois – even that was better than the current crop of democrat cowards in Wisconsin…

    5. Mary Mark says:

      It is my bet that Harry Reid will leave; but he will have to have someone drive him, because I fear the man has become feeble minded.

    6. Tom Wood, Hickory Hi says:

      Should we expect reid and obama to come to chicago too? They could join all the rest of the crooks that have come here along with the permanent resident crooks we are stuck with, and don't forget emanual is here permanently too. Why can't they do their jobs, are we also paying for their hideout hotels, plus pay them for a job they're not doing? Welcome to corrupt Illinois, especially Chicago!

    7. Al, Glenwood says:

      40 billion, 60 billion. We need 100 billion and much more!

      I'm disheartened by our Government's failure to start to turn this around. That's BOTH sides of the aisle! The Democrats are obstructionist, and the Republicans are spineless, offering only window dressing. More house cleaning is needed. Bring on 2012!

    8. RUTH SC says:

      Does anyone know just how much money is in circulation in the USA? How can we balance any budget if so much money leaves the country and is no longer in circulation? Don't people realize if no one works, no money can move around? What is the bottom line after all is said and done? In a perfect world, everyone would work, pay for housing, buy a car, shop in the grocery stores, the clothing stores etc. and pay for health ins. and car ins. and pay X amount of dollars for retirement, and taxes for the state and the government so this would not be happening. So what went wrong? Do we really have that many people who do not pay into the circle? To what end do we battle about who gets what greater share? I do not believe God intended for us to live the way we are living. The amount of hatred being spewed is scary and cannot help any of us. I know God must be upset with the behavior of his beloved people, we need to wake up and start to act like humans and do what is right. It does not matter what color someone is or where they came from, or how much money they have or do not have, what they feel in their hearts is what counts. PLEASE people just do the right thing. God bless you all.

    9. Mary Gregory, Ohio says:

      I am so frustrated that tax payer supported, elected officials would flee instead of try and resolve problems. Such incompetence and cowardice.

    10. Robert, North Richla says:

      We know what Reid and Obama are going to do – they are going to fight for their programs. The real question is what will McConnell, McCain, Graham, Cornyn and Snow do? Will they buckle under as usual? Will McConnell make some ridiculous compromise (putting more pork into Kentucky) while McCain talks of Reagan and Graham reintroduces Cap n trade. No, you need to turn the heat up on our republican eunuchs to see if they can stand it. It's not like Boehner gave them much to fight for in the first place. Rest assured, the Tea Party is watching.

    11. Chris Knowles Clayto says:

      The house has not shown good leadership. Cutting 60 to 100 billion is a joke when you compare it to trillions. Mr. Boehner, Ryan, and Cantor need to make serious cuts. They need to step up and be more vocal with the press. I feel Mr. Boehner is just playing the same old game with the good old boy network.

    12. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Here is a liberal comment on the article you referenced in this entry:


      "So far the Republicans:

      1. Extended the Bush sale on tax rates, which only makes the deficit worse (heck, we got into a depression with them in effect);

      2. Ran on a platform that they will cut spending by $100 billion this year, and have not delivered anything on that;

      3. Said they have the ACA replacement on the shelf ready to submit, and they have not mentioned anything on that;

      4. Said over and over and over that JOBS are #1 priority, and have not yet even made a proposal on that (other than Boehner's 'so be it' response to losing jobs thanks to his budget).

      So, Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Partiers: Where are the JOBS, and where is the deficit reduction?"

      Posted by: AMviennaVA | February 24, 2011 8:47


      If we conservatives tip toe and provide impotent and very weak cuts than what is needed, these lefties will be truthful for once on our resolve to solve to fix the mess the federal workforce put us in. They may prove once and for all the Republicans are weak and will take the reins for decades to come. They do not need much to make the case – it is their specialty to obfuscate just enough to con the masses in their camp. We put the republicans in there to cut and cut big. This $4 billion is an insult – prorated out over the entire year means only a 48 billion annual cut – WE NEED TO CUT $1.6 trillion!!!!!

    13. KC - New Mexico says:

      The 2nd American Revolution is needed now. Why, to save this country from its past democrat and republican mistakes. Why, to provide a respectable culture for our children. Why, to provide an education system for our children that will enable them to succeed. Why, to save the working class citizens from power hungry politicians and unions. Why, to provide a strong leadership presence around the world.

      It is time now for the Tea Party and concerned Americans, republicans, democrats to rise up and demand what is best for this country. The current administration does not get it! Congress does not get it! And the government union members do not get it. The Middle East is just an example of civil unrest – America is tired of the crap it is enduring due to the fat cats in Washington. Time for change is now! Our country is ripe for the taking, then restoring the Constitution and Bill of Rights for its people.

    14. John Blair, Virginia says:

      The left has shown absolutely no leadership since Obama voted "present". He hides his principles behind "present", other dems dimply hide. There's nothing new in this.

    15. Doouble Ace says:

      Of course he will. When he is in a position where he cannot win, he will take his toys and go home. What a bunch of babies. How in the world do we allow people like this to represent us? I am only glad I do not live in Nevada, California (Pelosi), or Illinois(for obvious reasons).

    16. Common Sense says:

      It is NOT John Boehner (R-IL) it is John Boehner (R-Oh) There is a difference between Il & Oh although we are just the "fly over states" !!!

    17. LibertyAtStake, Alex says:

      You’ve hit on the realistic narrative, Mr. Cooper, for who will be responsible for a shutdown if it occurs – the Democrats, of course. But, we all know the criminally biased MSM will parrot the “mean Republicans want Grandma eating dog food” propaganda line. Here’s a tactical memo to the the GOP leadership: You’re only job between now and March 4 is to go around, through, and over the MSM to shout from the rooftops a simple message: “we have a budget; the Democrats won’t get on board with it because it deals with the deficit like you sent us here to do." Forget the numbers for now, unless directly asked. On March 5, we can go back to numbers and the next battle. Remember, the people in the White House are the ones who always bring guns to knife fights, and this is one fight they must lose for the sake of the republic.

      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    18. Lee, Kansas says:

      Although the budget cuts proposed by the House is a beginning, it is essentially symbolic in the sense it is the equivalent of throwing a suitcase off the Titantic. Congress continues to engage in self-deception. They avoid making the tough decisions, in favor or covering their backsides ever fearful of not being re-elected. How pathetic. When will they realize it is not about Republicans vs Democrats, but about doing what is in the best interest of our country. We have a weak, cowardly president who is woefully incapable of leading our nation. He enjoys the privileges of office with little or no understanding of the awsome responsibilities of that office. He is not a stupid man, just a foolish and arrogant one who is out of his depth.

    19. JACK/NANCY HORSLEY - says:



    20. Barb USA says:


    21. TexasMom, Sugar Land says:

      The fear of a cut in Social Security benefits to present retirees is always present; who can't help but think it's the ultimate goal of the Obama regime. Obamacare will eventually shut elders out of the health system; Food Safety will quite possibly cause shortages of healthy foodstuffs and supplements, with Social Security payments significantly reduced, the deficit would be significantly reduced! Less retirees, less entitlements, ergo, less deficit! Most people never studied history. Read up on the Kulacks. Or the Jewish population in Germany and Poland. Elderly may be the new category to be removed!

    22. Tom Berquist, Pennsy says:

      The Democrat/Progressives ARE COWARDS. They refuse to man-up to a budget deficit they were co-responsible for creating. The time for games is over…either make cuts to balance the budget or get out of the way…in the case of Obama and Reid….GO TO ILLINOIS AND stay there.

    23. Barb in WI says:

      Obama has no idea of what fiscal responsibility is. He has never run a business to learn his debits and credits. He has never had to make a payroll. He has never worked in the private sector world for any length of time. Being paid as a community organizer is hardly good fiscal training. And his teen job at a Baskins Robbins is hardly adequate training to manage a country's fiscal crisis. And now he lives a lavish lifestyle vacationing about at whim in Air Force One with no end to the "allowance" as we taxpayers are footing the lavish bills. It would be wise to investigate as to how he paid for all of that supposed elite education at Occidental and Harvard. But those records are sealed and secret. Did he go to college for "free" or exactly who funded him? Certainly one does not get an ivy league education for free. Thus more lack of fiscal training for our Spender In Chief". What did we expect?

    24. Mary............WI says:

      Clearly, democrats are weak and spineless. Temper tantrums never solve anything. This country has a HUGE deficit problem and the only ones showing any solutions and leadership are the Republicans. Republicans are proving they truly care about the horrible direction this country is heading while the democrats run away from the problem proving they could care less if the USA self-destructs.

    25. Pete, Houston Texas says:

      Nobody would run a business of any size without a budget and yet we run the largest economy in the world without one. The entire democratic process has broken down. The house does not submit and pass a budget in 2010 and no consequences. Did not even seem like that big of a deal for the last election. The apathy in this country will lead to anarchy. Maybe that is what it will take to do a reboot of the system.

    26. Frank, Florida says:

      Regardless of how much the Democrats want to cut (or use double talk to effectively make no cuts) & the Republicans want to cut (tiny dents in the deficit), the fact is BOTH parties have not really listened to the 2010 election results where the average voter today wants to see a balanced budget (and to have an honest debate over where the massive cuts will have to come from). In fact, both parties are still not serious in budget cuts. Only Rand Paul has made a serious effort in offering a $500 billion budget cut. The time for mini-cuts and double talk is over! Our nation is already well into a financial collapse that will only worsen. Our object should be to limit the future pain and magnitude of the collapse by making the tough cuts and right decisions now. I don't think we can wait for the 2012 elections.

    27. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      What has happened to genuine Representation in this Country? Bald faced the Wisconsin Democrats defy Constitutional Law! Unbound by their Oaths, the refuse to Represent! This is a High Crime! Bad enough they lied their way into Office! "We are Communists! We plan to Socialize America! We want to destroy Representative Government!" See? They didn't say that up front, what they were doing! That is not a Constitutionally recognized Form Of Government! To refuse to Represent?

      Many matters of Law are settled in the definitions of the words. But look how 80% of the People do not want Socialized Medicine, but in the Media season when the People are distracted the Congress passes a gigantic unreadable Bill! That is a crime of Representation! They have obviated Representation, made Representation impossible!

      Another example, Obama voted 'Present!' That is a nothing vote! That is the essence of not Representing! Is that what BO got from his study of the Constitution? He found a hole? That is a High Crime. The Constitution commands Representation! That is the only lawful Form of Government allowed in America! What they do in Chicago? Gangsters have usurped government. A 'bad stink' has always come from Chicago, amazing the native language meaning of 'chicago' has come true nationally! Take the University of Chicago Teacher's College. They wrecked the entire School System from Chicago! The Progressive Socialists re-wrote the American Curriculum from Chicago! They put Junk Science into Education, "Post Industrial Era" nonsense, and dumbed our kids down for Socialism. Look who was on the Accreditation Committees! Nothing but card carrying Socialists! Nobody was watching. All in all, it is the Representation that we are losing in America!

    28. Karlee California says:

      Did they all run for Illinois so they could vote for Rahm Emanuel?

    29. VC Geezer, Virginia says:

      My first reaction to the exodus of Wisconsin and Indiana Democrat lawmakers fleeing across state-lines into Illinois was that they should all be fired. They were hired to do a job and if they are running away from it, then fire them and get someone who will.

    30. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Ask me, the whole Democratic Party was usurped by Communists. They didn't say "We are Communists! Vote for me!" They lied, saying "We're for Progress!" Everything they did for a hundred years was Regressive by definition! It is a lie, by definition to generalize! But some of these lies are seven layers deep! General, oversimplified, false statistics, false counts, to the wrong purpose, false Science, doing the opposite of what you say! Obama says "Green Jobs!" and it is a seven-way lie with a cover-up!

      Who has the brain power to refute a deluge of super sophisticted lies? But it all boils down to the Constitutional High Crime, failing by Oath to Represent! Well? Prosecute them!

    31. Roy , Ky says:

      If you want to know what Hussien is up to, don't listen to what he says, but watch what he does. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket and Hussien is worried about gay marriages. Well isn't that just peachy. I suspect, no I know, that he (Hussien) doesn't have a clue on how to handle any situation. The bad part about all of this is, he can't just vote present! I hope this country can last another 2 years or perhaps there are other legal ways to remove him from office. When it comes to foriegn affairs his cognitive abilitly is totally void. And, when it comes to standing up to anyone, you would be hard pressed to find a spine. The world thinks he is a fool and so do I.

    32. Doug Whaley, Lake Ha says:

      I think you are giving way too much credit to Harry Reid and his fellow democrats in the senate. They aren't interested in what is good for the country. That should be evident to anyone with half a brain. Their goal is for total control of the country by the democratic party. One party rule so they can remain in power forever. Any activity that supports this outcome is okay with them.

      What is happening in WI, IN, OH and soon to be in other states if successful in these states has the democrats scared to death because this would ruin their money laundering scheme of getting private sector tax payers paying their union allies union dues along with their salaries and outlandish pensions. So Harry Reid and his pals not taking care of business is pretty tame stuff compared to what is going on in the states.

    33. toledofan says:

      It is crystal clear to me that the ball is in the Democrats court, they can either say yea or nea, but it is their choice if the governent shuts down. It's obvious that the Democrats have no real regard for the welfare of the country, the people or the Constitution and are squarely centered on thenselves and doing whatever it takes to retain their power. The irony in all of this is that by running away and hiding to avoid making a decision is a glaring example of their arrogance and the immaturity of the left in general. If I can't play or you don't want to follow my rules, I'm taking my ball and going home. Well, others have brought there balls and now they will start to play their own game forcing the left to sit on the sidelines and watch. Wasn't it Obama who said to the Republicans back in 2009 that we won, not you. Wasn't November 2010 a good enough wake up call?

    34. Mike from Long Islan says:

      I have long since stopped believing anything that a politcian says to me. They act too much like children. They will say one thing when they really mean to do something entirely different. My answer to them is "OK, do it. I will sit back and watch you, so I know you are doing it the right way!"

    35. BobNY says:

      These budget cuts the Republicans are pushing is a start, we need to tackle the 800lb gorilla in the room, the entitlements. Many will cry against cutting them, but the Democrats (led by Obama, who drove the bus out of the ditch the Republicans drove it into) are now driving this bus off a cliff. We need to cut now and minimalize the pain, or wait and possibly have the mounting debt destroy the best country in the world.

    36. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Whether Reid runs and hides makes little difference. We know what his is and how he got reelected. We know his Dem ilk refuse to face their constituents but run and hide like the gutless cowards they are. Does anyone not realize these worthless Dem lawmakers are being instructed and paid by the DNC and supported by Obama?

      Does anyone doubt Meida Matters, unions, and the DNC are arranging and controlling these demonstrations in Winconsin and other states? Does anyone not know they are busing in anarchist and freaks to insight more civil unrest in hopes these state governments will back down. Yet Obama's controlled nation media is distroting the fact and carefully omitting filming the communist and socialist, openly carrying their banners high, that show exactly who and what they are. Only FNN is documenting the truth but getting condemned, and in some cases physically attacked for doing the job Obama's media outlets refuse to do.

      It's time to wake up America. This battle with the far left will determine the future of our nation. We must support those that are fighting for all of us.

    37. Jayne in Scottsdale says:

      I propose that We the People hire Watson from IBM. Input all federal budget information along with the Constitution. Instruct this new "thinking" computer that only Constitutional budget items should be funded. Let Watson produce the budget and sharply reduce the deficit.

      Neither party would be saddled with the blame for making the tough decisions and the American people just might come out with a decent budget.

      One caution, Entitlements are not Constitutional.

    38. Roger TN says:

      Too bad the Republicans did not flee when the vote on Obamacare came up. But I suppose thats the price you pay for having principles. If the Democrats stay long enough in IL, maybe they could be taxpaers and contribute to the huge taxes necessry to try to control the deficit. Not working so far, bet the highways leading out of IL are still crowded. As for Harry, let him stay in DC or NV with the idiots that reelected him.

    39. georga collins, nm says:

      As long as the Dems are fleeing…I just wish they'd flee permanently to, say, Canada or Mexico….even better. And stay there.

    40. Lynne Mandeville Cap says:

      Lets see… the democrates protrayed the republicans as the party of NO- Now they are showing that they are the party of NO SHOW!

    41. paul,the villages fl says:

      Wake up America,Obama knows exactly what he is doing.With all these budget cut they are not really looking at the right things.Medicare and social security are not entildiments.We have paid for these benefits and continue to do so.

      let's start talking about some real issues. 1. stop paying for such rediculous retirements after congressmen are no longer in office. Put them into the social security system,and make them cotribute.When they retire,after having term limits, have them receive their payments and pay for medicare the same as everyone else. 2. Deport all illegals and seal the borders so no more can enter.Inforce E-Verify and fine any company that continues to hire them.Open these jobs to Americans no are quaified. Anyone on welfare who refuses to thke a job that is offered should net receive payment .Stop allowing prisoners from filing income taxes. 3. Since we are so far in debt stop all foreign assistance.

      4. Getout of the U N, or at least demand that since their building is in our country that be considered our contribution.5. If we are going to send our troops

      into battle, let them do thei job and use what is availble to saveguard to win, then

      bring them home.

    42. Lee-White Tanks AZ says:

      What Liberals, including Democrats do not seem to grasp is that We The People have in fact spoken. We have in language most intelligent politicians should understand, votes, got it? votes. Those votes went decidedly against the Democrats and public unions, Obamacare, Cap and Trade, other EPA dreams and all of the rest of Liberalism's leftist agenda. These votes were not only at the Federal level but state legislatures changed hands at an astonishing percentage.

      The current rash of legislative hide-and-seek is so childish it begs description. How on earth do these people think that they can ever, ever don the cloak of adulthood and respect after these antics of very, very spoiled brats.

      I have talked to some Canadian friends and they stand aghast at what is going on within the borders of their late great southern neighbor. They are appalled, as any thinking American should be.

      Our media has become an intellectual cesspool not even worthy of derision. Our Universities foster an environment that allows spitting and fowl language in the face of a disabled veteran. And, our political elite hide in closets.

      Sanity must be returned or I truly fear for our children and grandchildren.

    43. Ben Sibley, Maitland says:

      I am 80 yrs old , lot of water under the bridge , been a Republican and conservative all my life …Where in the world would anybody find 'legislators' running like scared rats , to keep from doing the job they were elected too .. There should be something in the State Constitution about elected official doing the job they are getting paid for … or should resign or be impeached !!!

    44. Ben Sibley, Maitland says:

      The elected officials should either do the job they were elected too , or resign or be impeached ..How can this be tolerated , the idea that the are all running like a bunch of wimps , that don,t have the internal fortitude to stand up and be counted whether on the winning side or loosing side .. what in the world is this country coming too ??

    45. Al, Glenwood says:

      I see the HF and many posters her heaping ALL this spending issue problem on President Obama, Reid and the left. GWB added the un-funded drug plan. POLITICIANS and their supporters got us into this mess! ALL of them!

      The GOP led House is spinless! Call your Representative and tell him/her they are out, unless they speaks up.

    46. L. Ryan. Chandler, A says:

      Why aren't we petitioning the president to end this chaos in Wisconsin and Indiana? Shouldn't he, as our country's leader, be speaking to those in his own party to get back to work? I am so completely baffled as to why this is allowed to continue while our "leader" seems to be ignoring it! What a complete shame that our United States seems to be taking its cues from the chaos going on in other foreign countries!

      Let's get a petition out!

    47. Anne Kauffmann Saras says:

      I always try to make time to read Morning Bell. Today it took me longer to read because there were so many grammatical errors, as well as one misspelled word; I had to stop to rework the grammar for better understanding. I suggest that you pass your work to a grammarian before you post it; it would take but five minutes.

    48. Hermes C LIBERTY New says:

      Hey the Speaker is from West-Chester OH; he is not from IL even tough the places are four hour safe drive one the other.

      Democrats ough to accept to see reality as it is and We The People should not release the pressing break on them. That's all. Cut Spending, repealing Obamacare, Creating jobs by boasting the Private Sector as America should always be are all a must. The era of Bigs must end, and our vigilance is the best garant of it.

    49. Mike, Chicago says:


    50. gary sheldon AZ says:

      The longer I observe the left the more joy in my heart that I did not remain in such a disgusting state of twisted non-existence. Thank God liberalism does not have to be a terminal disease in all cases and the terminal disease of Obama care has a cure as does spendaholism. Amazing that those who work for U.S. are the elites and "" earn?"" higher wages than most of their employers.

    51. Barb, LA says:

      just a comment regarding social security. I am all for doing away with it. The sad thing is if it collapses, we will still be paying into it….or am i wrong?

    52. R.. Sands. L.A.,CA. says:

      The American people don’t want a $61 billion tax cut; we want a $1 trillion tax cut. We will settle for a minimum cut of $100 billion until entitlement cuts are included for the next budget. The house is not listening to their voters. The ruling class republican party is dead and must be replaced by conservatives, or America will be dead or helpless!

    53. Joe Minor, West Palm says:

      Though the proposed budget cuts are more helpful than those proposed by the disingenuous Democrats, they fall way short of goals their 2010 supporters expected. Also, there seems to be no recognition or effort to address the serious increases in oil prices which are becoming punitive to the working middle class. I hope the Heritage Foundation begins to address this issue.

    54. gaetano says:

      I think most democrats of America have realized that if the democratic party was truly for the poor people,then why are they still poor after one hundred years. The Nov. 2010 election showed that! The Democratic party is over and done with. Also, the republicans know that they are on probation,and better come through, or they will be finished too. This great country will always be run by the people. And if we have to change the rules , We, the American people will make

      the final changes.

    55. Dr. Henry D. Sinopol says:

      Wouldn't it be wonderful if the politicians would discuss cutting their salary, eliminating their perks, eliminating their pensions and cost of living increases? It may be a drop in the bucket but it would show an ethical standard absent in Washington.

    56. June says:

      No doubt, prince harry (lower case intentional) will "run away" when he's cornered – -all "cowards and liars" do the same thing. Why do you think barry has taken so many vacations?? If he's not there, he doesn't have to face hard facts and can blame it on the "other guy"! Barry needs to be removed from office "now" and prince harry's "Republican Governor of Nevada" needs to recall him so we can actually get some positive results from Congress and the Senate!

    57. Wes in cincy says:

      Okay, let's think about this. If the Republicans decide to copy

      the "cut and run " dems then how would we ever get anything done.

      If the dems keep doing more of this stupid stuff, it should be another 20 years

      before we ever elect them again.

    58. Jackson, Denton, TX says:

      Harry Reid should go hide out in CA. He would fit comfortably into far-left land. Besides, that is where a good portion of NV money comes from – Vegas/Reno probably take in billions each year at casino tables and machines (oh, and Brothels). The good news for NV residents is no state taxes as a result of CA gambling subsidy.

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