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Friday, November 05, 2010

Republican leaders and President Obama make statements regarding the meaning of midterm election victories.

Each party has a different take on the apparent voter mandate. Democrats will be wasting their energy by reaching across any Congressional aisles looking for the compromise President Obama assumes voters want.
Rather than assume any willingness to reach agreement with Democrats, we should take the Republican Congressional leadership at its word. Senator McConnell and Speaker-to-be Boehner could understandably assume that their "just say no" stances were wildly successful as the means of taking over the U.S. House of Representatives, at least. Why let go of what has worked so well politically?
Amplify’d from
Victorious at the polls, congressional Republicans asserted their newfound political strength Thursday, vowing to seek a quick $100 billion in federal spending cuts and force repeated votes on the repeal of President Barack Obama's prized healthcare overhaul.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, in line to become the new House speaker, brushed aside talk that the No. 1 GOP goal was to make sure Obama is defeated at the polls in 2012.
"That's Sen. McConnell's statement and his opinion," he told ABC, referring to Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party's leader in the Senate.
McConnell, R-Ky., said the only way to achieve key party legislative goals such as ending government bailouts, cutting spending and repealing the healthcare law "is to put someone in the White House who won't veto" them.
"There's just no getting around it," he added.
Many House Republicans campaigned on a platform of cutting government spending to levels in effect in 2008, before enactment of an economic stimulus bill and other increases that Democrats passed.

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