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(Huffington Post)   House GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, all of which were pure political theater and had zero chance of actually achieving their aim, cost taxpayers $50 million. How's that for smaller government?   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2012-07-12 10:35:21 AM  
not to mention those were 33 votes on something that had NOTHING to do with jobs.
 
2012-07-12 10:45:36 AM  
Of course the GOP spin will be "That $50 million was in an effort to save the country NINE HUNDRED AND ELEVENTY-SEVEN TRILLION OBAMADOLLAS that will be wasted on keeping poor people from dying a slow, flopping, eyes-open death on curbs everywhere"
 
2012-07-12 10:48:25 AM  

markie_farkie: Of course the GOP spin will be "That $50 million was in an effort to save the country NINE HUNDRED AND ELEVENTY-SEVEN TRILLION OBAMADOLLAS that will be wasted on keeping poor people from dying a slow, flopping, eyes-open death on curbs everywhere"


trouble is, obamacare actually reduces the deficit.
 
2012-07-12 10:53:06 AM  
Thirty-three votes and he continues to insist on remaining black.
 
2012-07-12 10:54:11 AM  

FlashHarry: markie_farkie: Of course the GOP spin will be "That $50 million was in an effort to save the country NINE HUNDRED AND ELEVENTY-SEVEN TRILLION OBAMADOLLAS that will be wasted on keeping poor people from dying a slow, flopping, eyes-open death on curbs everywhere"

trouble is, obamacare actually reduces the deficit.


Just think of the profit we'll get from all those coin operated Death Panel suicide booths.
 
2012-07-12 10:54:14 AM  

bronyaur1: Thirty-three votes and he continues to insist on remaining black.


Not just that, but he's presidentin' while doing it. Talk about elitist!
 
2012-07-12 10:55:30 AM  
I'd love to see the GOP defending utterly pointless government waste that they alone are responsible for.

Of course you'll never see this in the liberal media.
 
2012-07-12 11:03:06 AM  
TFA is misleading. Congress votes on a number of BS issues, to say that the 2 weeks they've spent voting on the issue cost $48million is rather dubious since that's 2 weeks that Congress would be paid anyway. If it cost an additional $50 million, then they'd have a point.
 
2012-07-12 11:03:49 AM  

GAT_00: I'd love to see the GOP defending utterly pointless government waste that they alone are responsible for.

Of course you'll never see this in the liberal media.


They'll blame the democrats.
 
2012-07-12 11:06:35 AM  

gilgigamesh: GAT_00: I'd love to see the GOP defending utterly pointless government waste that they alone are responsible for.

Of course you'll never see this in the liberal media.

They'll blame the democrats.


If the obstructionist Democrats had been willing to compromise by agreeing to everything the Republicans demanded the first time, the GOP wouldn't have had to spend all that time voting on pointless gestures.
 
2012-07-12 11:08:06 AM  

slayer199: TFA is misleading. Congress votes on a number of BS issues, to say that the 2 weeks they've spent voting on the issue cost $48million is rather dubious since that's 2 weeks that Congress would be paid anyway. If it cost an additional $50 million, then they'd have a point.


If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.
 
2012-07-12 11:15:30 AM  

slayer199: TFA is misleading. Congress votes on a number of BS issues, to say that the 2 weeks they've spent voting on the issue cost $48million is rather dubious since that's 2 weeks that Congress would be paid anyway. If it cost an additional $50 million, then they'd have a point.


Well if I sat on my ass doing essentially nothing or pointless make-work and was getting paid for it, then my employer would have every right in declaring that I "cost" them XXXX dollars.
 
2012-07-12 11:16:31 AM  

gilgigamesh: If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.


As we sit here on Fark, posting during what I assume are your normal work hours, too!

:/
 
2012-07-12 11:32:36 AM  

markie_farkie: gilgigamesh: If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.

As we sit here on Fark, posting during what I assume are your normal work hours, too!

:/


Gil is a lawyer. I'm sure the time he spends on Fark is billed to his customers as research.

;)

/Just like mine is "waiting for that patch download to finish..."
 
2012-07-12 11:33:45 AM  
As i said in another thread, that cost is for them showing up - and at least they didn't order $2 billion dollar planes one day and proceed on from there.
 
2012-07-12 11:41:03 AM  

RobertBruce: at least they didn't order $2 billion dollar planes one day and proceed on from there.


That's a rather cynical way of looking at it.
 
2012-07-12 11:43:03 AM  

gilgigamesh: If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.


The less Congress does, the better.
 
2012-07-12 11:51:04 AM  

RobertBruce: As i said in another thread, that cost is for them showing up


showing up to not do their jobs - 33 farking times.
 
2012-07-12 11:53:09 AM  

FlashHarry: not to mention those were 33 votes on something that had NOTHING to do with jobs.


have they had any votes that had anything to do with jobs?
 
2012-07-12 11:55:46 AM  

ManateeGag: FlashHarry: not to mention those were 33 votes on something that had NOTHING to do with jobs.

have they had any votes that had anything to do with jobs?


Defunding Planned Parenthood and NPR are *kinds* of jobs.
 
2012-07-12 12:11:54 PM  

FlashHarry: not to mention those were 33 votes on something that had NOTHING to do with jobs.


Not true!

For example, someone had to make all that paper for those meaningless bills.....
 
2012-07-12 12:55:00 PM  

Flab: markie_farkie: gilgigamesh: If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.

As we sit here on Fark, posting during what I assume are your normal work hours, too!

:/

Gil is a lawyer. I'm sure the time he spends on Fark is billed to his customers as research.


Absolutely not!

*cough*

But the point stands. I'm self employed, and I twiddle around on fark in between appointments and other downtime.
 
2012-07-12 01:08:51 PM  
Let's be honest here. Congress does a lot of meaningless crap. This is only being brought up as an expense because it's this particular issue.
 
2012-07-12 01:11:33 PM  

slayer199: Let's be honest here. Congress does a lot of meaningless crap. This is only being brought up as an expense because it's this particular issue.


That's a decent dodge. Of course, you'd be screaming and demanding they stop wasting money if a Democratic Congress had wasted money on votes like this, but then you couldn't pretend both sides were equally bad.
 
2012-07-12 01:15:46 PM  

FlashHarry: markie_farkie: Of course the GOP spin will be "That $50 million was in an effort to save the country NINE HUNDRED AND ELEVENTY-SEVEN TRILLION OBAMADOLLAS that will be wasted on keeping poor people from dying a slow, flopping, eyes-open death on curbs everywhere"

trouble is, obamacare actually reduces the deficit.


There you go with your highfalutin "math." Go back to Europe, commie.
 
2012-07-12 01:24:23 PM  
Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.
 
2012-07-12 01:31:34 PM  

gilgigamesh: GAT_00: I'd love to see the GOP defending utterly pointless government waste that they alone are responsible for.

Of course you'll never see this in the liberal media.

They'll blame the democrats.


Well yeah. Damn dumb dems in the Senate keep blocking this shiat. You bang on stupid's door enough times you'd think they would get the point, but no, not yet anyway. Complete obstructionists. This is on them and them alone. And just why the hell does it cost $24 MILLION to run the house for a week!? Talk about government waste. Am I doing this right? I think I am.
 
2012-07-12 01:33:04 PM  

SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.


Fair enough.

When will the House of Representatives start doing their job, though?
 
2012-07-12 01:37:29 PM  

GAT_00: That's a decent dodge. Of course, you'd be screaming and demanding they stop wasting money if a Democratic Congress had wasted money on votes like this, but then you couldn't pretend both sides were equally bad.


Actually, as I stated earlier...the less Congress does...the better. Hell, I LOVE it when there's gridlock. The best success we've had as a country in my lifetime is when there's gridlock in Congress vs. Presidency. Congress does less and bills are moderated because you need both parties to get something passed.
 
2012-07-12 01:40:51 PM  

slayer199: GAT_00: That's a decent dodge. Of course, you'd be screaming and demanding they stop wasting money if a Democratic Congress had wasted money on votes like this, but then you couldn't pretend both sides were equally bad.

Actually, as I stated earlier...the less Congress does...the better. Hell, I LOVE it when there's gridlock. The best success we've had as a country in my lifetime is when there's gridlock in Congress vs. Presidency. Congress does less and bills are moderated because you need both parties to get something passed.


Only a moron thinks the system is best when it is completely failing to work.
 
2012-07-12 01:42:52 PM  

violentsalvation: gilgigamesh: GAT_00: I'd love to see the GOP defending utterly pointless government waste that they alone are responsible for.

Of course you'll never see this in the liberal media.

They'll blame the democrats.

Well yeah. Damn dumb dems in the Senate keep blocking this shiat. You bang on stupid's door enough times you'd think they would get the point, but no, not yet anyway. Complete obstructionists. This is on them and them alone. And just why the hell does it cost $24 MILLION to run the house for a week!? Talk about government waste. Am I doing this right? I think I am.


Well, reps take I think 150 a year, more for leadership. That alone is 1.5M a week.
 
2012-07-12 01:43:09 PM  

SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.


Called it!
 
2012-07-12 01:44:20 PM  

SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.


I once went into a bar and ordered Jagermeister. The bartender said he was out of it. So I ordered it again. He said he didn't have any, they were all out. So I ordered it again. He said no, I couldn't have any, because he couldn't get it for me. So I ordered it again.

Just because the bartender doesn't have any jagermeister doesn't mean I can't keep ordering it.
 
2012-07-12 01:46:58 PM  

slayer199: gilgigamesh: If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.

The less Congress does, the better.


Yeah, that's working out so well for us.
 
2012-07-12 01:49:50 PM  

Diogenes: SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.

Fair enough.

When will the House of Representatives start doing their job, though?


Repealing Obamacare is their job. Their job is to represent the people, and the people want to see Obamacare repealed.
 
2012-07-12 01:51:39 PM  
I'm loving how the BIG ISSUE they were sure would win them the election is slowly petering out.

They decided to hang all their hopes on this thing. It's going to be sweet when it turns around to bite them.
 
2012-07-12 01:54:35 PM  

vernonFL: SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.

I once went into a bar and ordered Jagermeister. The bartender said he was out of it. So I ordered it again. He said he didn't have any, they were all out. So I ordered it again. He said no, I couldn't have any, because he couldn't get it for me. So I ordered it again.

Just because the bartender doesn't have any jagermeister doesn't mean I can't keep ordering it.


Yeah, well arrogant Harry Reid isn't out of Jagermeister, he's just refusing to pour it.
 
2012-07-12 01:55:53 PM  

SkinnyHead: Diogenes: SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.

Fair enough.

When will the House of Representatives start doing their job, though?

Repealing Obamacare is their job. Their job is to represent the people, and the people want to see Obamacare repealed.


I thought people wanted them to fix the economy and create jobs.
 
2012-07-12 02:05:06 PM  

SkinnyHead: Diogenes: SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.

Fair enough.

When will the House of Representatives start doing their job, though?

Repealing Obamacare is their job. Their job is to represent the people, and the people want to see Obamacare repealed.


Only stupid people want to see it repealed--the ones that equate it to "soshulism" and say it is destroying "freedom" or has ended 'Merka as we know it. One reason to create representative democracy is to keep stupid people like that from having direct control of the system.

Unfortunately, a bunch of confused people elected some of those very stupid people to office in 2010 because apathetic, but otherwise intelligent people were too farking lazy to go vote. Now this is the penalty we all have to face.
 
2012-07-12 02:08:20 PM  

SkinnyHead: Diogenes: SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.

Fair enough.

When will the House of Representatives start doing their job, though?

Repealing Obamacare is their job. Their job is to represent the people, and the people want to see Obamacare repealed.


The people would like you and Speaker Boehner to stop misrepresenting them.
 
2012-07-12 02:11:43 PM  

GAT_00: Only a moron thinks the system is best when it is completely failing to work.


No, it's at it's worst when one party has control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Only a moron believes it's a good thing when one party dominates the entire political landscape. Then again, you'd be in that group because you'd be perfectly fine with the Democratic party dominating as it did the first 2 years of Obama as opposed to the first 6 years of Bush. Hypocrite much?

In the absence of a third party I'd rather have a moderated and gridlocked Congress than one party dominating.
 
2012-07-12 02:12:17 PM  

SkinnyHead: Just because arrogant Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to allow a vote on the issue doesn't mean that the House of Representatives should stop doing their job.


yes, how DARE harry reid, the senate majority leader, not allow a vote on something he completely 100 percent disagrees with!
 
2012-07-12 02:14:07 PM  
"Arrogant Harry Reid" sounds like a 19th century bare knuckle boxer.
 
2012-07-12 02:15:33 PM  

sigdiamond2000: "Arrogant Harry Reid" sounds like a 19th century bare knuckle boxer.


And as luck would have it, he really is a boxer!
 
2012-07-12 02:27:48 PM  

slayer199: you'd be in that group because you'd be perfectly fine with the Democratic party dominating as it did the first 2 years of Obama as opposed to the first 6 years of Bush. Hypocrite much?


Actually, Democratic 'domination' of both houses and the presidency was the narrow window between the seating of Franken and the passing of Kennedy, so all of about 5 months.
 
2012-07-12 02:30:44 PM  

Flab: I thought people wanted them to fix the economy and create jobs.


Yes of course. That's exactly why the people want to see Obamacare repealed.
 
2012-07-12 02:31:31 PM  

SkinnyHead: Their job is to represent the people, and the people want to see Obamacare repealed.


No.
 
2012-07-12 02:32:49 PM  

unyon: slayer199: you'd be in that group because you'd be perfectly fine with the Democratic party dominating as it did the first 2 years of Obama as opposed to the first 6 years of Bush. Hypocrite much?

Actually, Democratic 'domination' of both houses and the presidency was the narrow window between the seating of Franken and the passing of Kennedy, so all of about 5 months.


And even then with all the Blue Dogs/Republican Lite the Democrats have never been a solid block.
 
2012-07-12 02:33:51 PM  

markie_farkie: slayer199: TFA is misleading. Congress votes on a number of BS issues, to say that the 2 weeks they've spent voting on the issue cost $48million is rather dubious since that's 2 weeks that Congress would be paid anyway. If it cost an additional $50 million, then they'd have a point.

Well if I sat on my ass doing essentially nothing or pointless make-work and was getting paid for it, then my employer would have every right in declaring that I "cost" them XXXX dollars.


Their job is to do precisely that. Tell me, do you really want succesful actions taken on every matter that they propose? No, you want them to fail most of the time. As a result, most of the stuff they do is pointless. Democratic government is inefficient and wasteful, but it's better than the alternative, which is one guy tell you what you should be doing and leaving you no recourse.

The good news is this: while they're yanking it over something that they can't change, they're not proposing other BS initiatives guaranteed to screw things up should they be proposed. In essence, you paid Congress $50 million to not screw things up. That's a hell of a deal if you ask me.
 
2012-07-12 02:51:02 PM  

gilgigamesh: slayer199: TFA is misleading. Congress votes on a number of BS issues, to say that the 2 weeks they've spent voting on the issue cost $48million is rather dubious since that's 2 weeks that Congress would be paid anyway. If it cost an additional $50 million, then they'd have a point.

If most Americans sat around on their jobs engaging in pointless wankery for two weeks, their bosses would not justify it by saying, "oh well, they would be getting paid anyway". They'd fire them.


I don't know. My company still hasn't fired the "technical support engineer" who's been working here for a year but still can't figure out that checking the log files is a good first step to diagnosing a bug report.
 
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