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Destination Gridlock? GOP 'Determined to Stop the Obama Agenda'

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With their sweeping victories now behind them, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate said Wednesday that the midterm elections were nothing short of a repudiation of President Obama and his policies. Although the GOP leaders said they would be willing to work with the administration in the future, they said they would do so only "if the president comes in our direction."

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, made it clear that the GOP senators will not look for compromise for the sake of appeasing Obama. "We're determined to stop the agenda Americans have rejected and to turn the ship around," McConnell said. "What our friends on the other side learned is that choosing the president over your constituents is not a good strategy."

House Minority Leader John Boehner, who will likely become the next House speaker, called the elections a referendum on the president and his priorities, which the American people rejected. "The real question now is are we going to listen to the American people?" Boehner said.

At the top of the GOP's to do list with the new House majority will be cutting federal spending, creating jobs, and repealing and replacing the health care law that Democrats passed this year, which Boehner warned will "kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world and bankrupt our country."

McConnell said that if the president is willing to "come in our direction," Republicans will be happy to work with him. But he warned that change is coming to Washington, and it won't be GOP senators and House members changing their ways.

"Our friends on the other side can change now and work with us to address the issues that are important to the American people that we all understood," McConnell said. "Or further change can happen in 2012."
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When will we all grow up?? This stuff with politics is getting out of hand, I mean, are they running a country or fighting over their favorite toy. It really is a disgrace to an american family, especially if your in the middle class, and have to struggle to make ends meet. It is ashame that rich people, or well off people are careless with their money because they have it like that. The average family in the middle class has to watch these individuals drive around in their mercedes or BMW's, while these middle class families are struggling to keep the roof over their children's heads. Where are our morals! If you don't hear what I am saying then you must have it like that. remember that our country was living better until these wars broke out in the middle east. thanks to Mr Bush! falling into the fear that these extremists delivered on 911. There was a better way to deal with this issue, all we did by going to war with the al-queda extremists is gave them attention and made their hopes for fear in us a reality. In the meanwhile our children are dying and some churches are applauding this, when the lord says revenge is mine, be humble. These extremists did what brittany spears, and sarah palin do to make money or recruits. They advertised through their actions. it obviously works because sarah and brittany are well known and the extremists are not going away. I may sound bitter, and it is probably becuse the energy that is evolving through this so called gridlock situation that our government is showing us. we are living in a time of fear and dishonor to the freedom that is suppose to be in our constitution. What a mess!!

November 10 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

When a rogue driver is about to drive headlong over a cliff, it's a good idea to slam on the brakes and stop the disaster. Call it gridlock if you like, but it is really like "saving the Republic" from a headlong rush to European style socialism. Anything to stop the "change you can fear" is a great idea.

November 06 2010 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whenever the GOP are in power or in office, they make such a mess and are all talk about the American people when in fact, it is always about their personal agenda and supportive of big business/corportion milking the American people. Just take a look at those banks and Wall Street. The voters really should have seen it but with money being funding to the GOP secretly which was mostly used with negative ads, the GOP won merely on their negative attack. But those who voted for the GOP to seize control of the house, are going to be disappointed very soon.

November 04 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Noticed nobodys said anything bout him ruining our space program, shallow water drilling, unions controlling the whitehouse, czars, soro's. His effect in those areas needs to be undone quickly too or we will truely be a 2d rate country

November 04 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rpokeytruck's comment

Do you actually understand the nonsense you posted her? drilling in shallow water?? Have you no sense of the damage being done to the environment. The space program wasn't ruined as you claimed. Get your fact together.

November 04 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Change? What change? Until the constituents of McConnell, Pelosi and Boehner vote them out of office, nothing with ever change for the good of the people. And since Pelosi garnered SEVENTY-THREE percent of the vote in her district and Boehner garnered SIXTY-NINE, you can count on their ultra-partisan zombies to keep voting those idiots right back in office no matter what they do.

November 04 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Kevinj, for the last 2 years the Republicans have been shut out of our legislative process. Instead the Democrats have been passing bills without reading them in the middle of the night on weekends to the tune of 3 Trillion$.

November 04 2010 at 7:47 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

The one and only thing, if anything, Obama feels bad about is getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar before he could accomplish all he set out to do. Health Care & Cap/Tax are only the tip of the landmark "historic accomplishments" on the agenda to complete during his first term. Obama knew & had no intention of a second term .. these "historic" (as if the word added any credibilty) bills needed to be signed into law at lightening speed. Obama hit the ground running, spending, spending & spending some more to complete bankrupting the United States BEFORE the Stupid American people caught on. I must add he has certainly enjoyed the goodies i.e. Airforce One all the while running up that tab to be paid by tax payers also. Make no mistake .. China will call in their "notes", which we cannot pay but Not to worry China being a charitable country will out of the goodness of their hearts allow the United States to give them say, California .. in which we then can consider our debit satisfied. Think about that one! Be ready it will get worse before it gets better .. and it will get BETTER. "We" the People are collectively, Intelligent, Independent, Determined, Sharing, and Caring Defenders of All People's Right's! "We" are Not Stupid ... Never Ever Mistake our Kindness for Stupidity!

November 04 2010 at 6:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to carolann113's comment

Never ever mistake a Republican President taking us into two wars and wrecking the dollar based economy of the world with the leader of the United States doing the right thing. He and the GOP thoroughly trashed all of us. Enjoy working until you die.

November 05 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Republicans are blocking everything Obama proposes because they are afraid that they might work. They would rather continue destroying the economy and putting Americans out of work. All the while taking campaine money from Arabs and China.

November 04 2010 at 6:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to motorprops's comment

All that damage were done by the GOP for more than 8 years and then Obama came in office holding that bag of damage and trying to clean it up to put the country back together. You cannot do it in less than two years. Anyone would need time to get things together. I believe things are improving even though it is moving slowly but that is because the economy was badly damaged even before Obama came to office.

November 04 2010 at 11:15 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Amazing how so many people are accusing Obama of doing what the republicans have ALWAYS done. It blows my mind really...GWB spends 8 years royally screwing our economy and Obama sucks because he hasn't fixed it in 2 years??? If the problems we have were that simple, they really wouldn't be problems...It just seems more and more to me that the American people suffer willfully from self-inflicted amnesia...

November 04 2010 at 6:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The first thing they need to stop is this 2 billion dollar trip to India. Why can't nobama just get on his jet and go without taking half of dc with him. I would also like to know how many of his freinds from chicago are going. At a time when America is struggling, can he afford to spend 200 million a day for ten days just to go bother the indian people? Stay home nobama and take your lumps like a man.

November 04 2010 at 6:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


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