Skip to comments.Eshoo (D, CA) on Congressional Dysfunction
Posted on 02/24/2012 3:36:58 PM PST by martin_fierro
Eshoo on Congressional Dysfunction
Editor's note: Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-PaloAlto, visited the Press-Banner office this week to discuss recent government policy.
We asked her how the present Congress compares with those she has served with since she was first elected in 1992. Below is a transcript of her response. The short answer: She is unsatisfied with this Congress.
This Congress the new,very large number of new mem bers that came in, (some with) Tea Party affiliations, they've never looked the word "compromise" up in the dictionary. Our system cannot work unless there's compromise. It's always, always been the case. Does that mean there shouldn't be heated debates about major, major policies and what's best for the country? That's at the heart of democracy.
They don't know what the meaning of compromise is. If you disagree with them, then you're an enemy. That's a toxic brew for the country. You can see what the outcomes have been. One crisis after another. Created crisis. How many times have you heard on the news all of last year that the government may shut down?
Now, this is an unthinkable thing. I think it's unthinkable, but it's become the norm. I think they're know-nothings, but they're very proud of it.
That's not good for the country.
Really, the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, was last year during the debt ceiling debate. They viewed this as writing a check to the president. That's not what it is. This is about the full faith and credit of the United States of America.... I never dreamed that there would be members of Congress that would deliber ately damage that. We're not a deadbeat nation we pay our bills, and we are still a country that has the broadest, deepest markets in the world.
The point of the realm is con fidence. There were businesses that said, as that debate was going on, everything came to a screeching halt. And they were willing to play with fire. Very, very dangerous. I judge them "How many times have you heard on the news all of last year that the government may shut down? Now, this is an unthinkable thing. I think it's unthinkable, but it's become the norm." by their very judgment to have done that to the country.
Do I think that's an easy vote? I've never thought that it was an easy vote, but if you talked to someone a year and a half ago and asked them what's the debt ceiling, they wouldn't know. Why? Because Republicans and Democrats always understood. There'd always be a few that would vote against it... but you have a responsibility to the nation.
Elections have consequences. People were very angry in 2010; I don't blame them.... So they marched to the polls and said, look, we want to change this thing, and I don't blame them for that. But this is what came in, and we'll see if there is buy er's remorse, and, of course, it's a presidential election year.
Those are the ingredients to it. You can see where the Speaker (John Boehner) agrees to the structure of a deal and goes back to his caucus and they hand his head to him. He says, well, I have to go with the will of the House, and he has (House Majority Leader Eric) Canter with a knife in his back They're fighting mightily amongst one another. They're hav ing a really rough time. I think, at the end of the day, they have the same recipe. Huge tax cuts for the top. It's a big, big thing, that on the very first day of the new Congress they eliminated the "Pay Go" rule to protect not having to pay for tax cuts. It seems to me we've tried this and it hasn't worked, but they do cling to that. I think we should, as Democrats, pay attention to the weight and bur den of regulations and where they don't make sense.
A obediently canine re-publication by my local Springfield Shopper-esque local rag of the local Representative-for-Life's verbal diarrhea.
True to form, it took her < 25 words to blame the Republicans.
Have at it, FReepers.
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Start compromising then and quit whining.
Start compromising then and quit whining.
Hypocrisy is an ugly thing.
Democrat hypocrisy is the ugliest of all, because it's done in the name of honesty.
"Compromise" means that both sides give up something in exchange for getting what they want.
Democrats have always considered "compromise" to be an unending spiral of increasing taxes and increasing spending. The only "compromise" is by how much.
The Tea Party elected candidates to put a stop to it. When you are ready to compromise about how much to reduce taxes and spending, then we'll talk.
Compromise to a democrat means they get what they want. Compromise to a republican is the democrats get what they want but just a bit delayed from when they want it.
A Congressfool with a name like that, haling from the allergy capital of the Western World...
And what a title for a thread...
...with photos, themselves a study in the dim of wit.
You have outdone yourself Mr. Fierro. Sigh.
How? How is it possible, that idiots like this end up as... "our leaders." I'd swear, the astrobuck glitterati of Woodside, PV, Menlo, Sand Hill Rd., and Redwood City (west of 280), the people who put up such pompous dullards as "substantial" or "visionary" have to be doing it as an exercise in humor, the final insult of terrible power.
Oh, and don't get me wrong, she's having "visions" all right, but no amount of RK is going to fix them, a lurid fantasy world of harmless depravity celebrated with rabid glee. Lord have mercy.
And please don't insult the intelligence of my dog. At least dogs can be useful.
I remember way back when this bimbo was initially running for congress; she wanted to get rid of all the “sacred cows” (her words), and now she is one!!
hey, give Anna some credit!
She made it all the way through Canada College to get her AA in English!
And she was only 33 when she graduated!
Woman’s a rokit scientist!
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