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Democrats Say the Darndest Things: Schumer Acknowledges Americans Want to Cut Size of Government/Repeal Obamacare

Apologies for the slow blogging, but have been quite busy editing the final draft of my dissertation.  Via Hotair, caught something revealing would-be Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer said:

Schumer, who handily won re-election this year, acknowledged the anger vented by tea partyers and others during the election but insisted that didn’t extend to upper-income tax cuts.

Voters “did say ‘repeal health care,’ they did say ‘reduce the size of government.’ But not a single one of them from the tea party or anywhere said ‘give tax breaks to the wealthiest,’” Schumer said in a rare moment of candor.

This led Allahpundit to quip:

So the midterms were a referendum on repealing ObamaCare, by the Democrats’ own admission? There’s your tax-cut compromise, then: Republicans will agree to let the cuts lapse for households earning over a quarter mil in return for the left agreeing to torpedo our new health-care boondoggle, per the voters’ wishes according to none other than Charles Schumer himself.

There you have it fellas (& gals), Charles Schumer believes voters want to reduce the size of government and repeal Obamacare.  I trust this Democrat to get the ball rolling on helping them achieve these goals.

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  1. Contra Schumer, at least one voter (me) did say ‘give tax breaks to the wealthiest’.

    But hey, I’m with Allah this time. I’d give it up if it meant we could repeal ObamaCareless (thank you TGC).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 5, 2010 @ 12:32 pm - December 5, 2010

  2. Please, honey. If you’re writing your thesis on ‘how Athena’s relationship with Tiresias (this paragon of wisdom to the ancient Greeks being the only individual who had lived as both a man an a woman) fits in’ you’ll still be living in your mom’s attic and she’ll be paying for your health insurance up until you qualify for social security – not that you’ll have paid into it.

    A good portion of the antipathy for ObamaCare you’re claiming comes from us Left of the Dems who think it didn’t go far enough.

    Comment by Auntie Dogma — December 5, 2010 @ 1:01 pm - December 5, 2010

  3. I think it’s time that we called out the left, every time they use the expression “giving them tax breaks”.

    The government is not giving anyone, anything. The government doesn’t have any money of it’s own. It should be forced to state a compelling claim BEFORE it seizes private property.

    If a mugger steals your wallet, what is a fair compromise on the amount of money inside?
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 5, 2010 @ 1:10 pm - December 5, 2010

  4. gg: If the thief has your wallet and decides not to take everything, yes he’s giving you a break.

    Is he still a thief, who should be in prison? Yes again.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — December 5, 2010 @ 1:42 pm - December 5, 2010

  5. Remember a few years back when the same economic geniuses who are now telling us how that we have to give Obama Keynesian stimulus more time and money to work were then predicting the the Euro would crush the dollar and replace it as the global currency of choice (because Eurosocialism was such a way better economic model than America’s regulated capitalism)?

    It ain’t workin’ out that way.

    Question: Who was right about this? Elite economists who predicted the Euro would put the smack on the dollar? Or dumb conservatives who said that Eurosocialism would eventually make a unified currency unsustainable?

    Comment by V the K — December 5, 2010 @ 2:17 pm - December 5, 2010

  6. Now if the liberal left is making an accusation against the “Rich Fat Cats”, and suggesting that they’ve committed a crime against the “poor”-poor, then i’m willing to listen.

    In order for any restitution to take place, guilt must be first proven in a court of law. (The Judicial branch of government.) There should be a case reference number somewhere that reflects judgment on behalf of the plaintiff (the poor), against the defendant (the rich). Could it be on the ‘Social Justice’ website maybe?

    It’s not like the US Congress (The Legislative branch of government.) has ANY judicial powers that would allow them to determine ‘damages’, without ever hearing a case. The non-delegation doctrine specifically prohibits that.

    No branch of government may delegate it’s power to any other branch. (see: US Constitution, Article 1, Section 1, and Article 3, Section 1) To do so would change the very nature of the American government.
    .

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 5, 2010 @ 3:34 pm - December 5, 2010

  7. And Claire McCaskill apparently said:

    “It Really Is Time For Americans To Take Up Pitchforks”

    Isn’t that a lawmaker threatening violence?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 5, 2010 @ 4:07 pm - December 5, 2010

  8. Voters also said “repeal the healthcare that was passed because it wasn’t enough and is a flawed compromise and give us single payer while you’re at it.” Voters “say” a lot of things that media and/or politicians assume/interpret/twist/make up/ad nauseum. There were a handful of successful Tea Party candidates, another handful of more prominent unsuccessful Tea Party candidates, but overall several successful plain old conservative Republicans. Also many of these candidates won back traditionally Republican seats from blue dog Democrats, Democrats that were only there by the good graces of the previous sweeping elections.

    After all that’s ever said on this forum, why is it that the off-hand comment by a single politician become the unexamined prima facie for your logic? Would you let your political rivals get away with it themselves?

    Comment by Countervail — December 5, 2010 @ 5:03 pm - December 5, 2010

  9. A good portion of the antipathy for ObamaCare you’re claiming comes from us Left of the Dems who think it didn’t go far enough.

    Voters also said “repeal the healthcare that was passed because it wasn’t enough and is a flawed compromise and give us single payer while you’re at it.”

    You have to hand it to the far left – when given a meme, they preach it from the mountaintops, en masse.

    But as far as Countervail’s contribution is concerned, I’d ask him how many of those voters he claims don’t believe BarryCare goes far enough bothered to show up at the polls to defend the shit sandwich they did manage to cram down our throats.

    Apparently, not enough to stop Chuckie from indicating a willingness to flush it altogether…

    Comment by Eric Olsen — December 5, 2010 @ 5:32 pm - December 5, 2010

  10. Democrats that were only there by the good graces of the previous sweeping elections.

    They were only there because the fooled enough people into believing they were actually conservatives. Just like the Affirmative Action president fooled enough people into thinking he was a moderate. Well that and voter intimidation.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 5, 2010 @ 6:03 pm - December 5, 2010

  11. Granny Goodness can’t refute what Schumer said, so she attacks the poster. How original.

    As to ‘paying for his own health insurance’ I do. It’s called part of the benefits I get for working.

    Contributing to the conversation might be life changing… no wonder Granny doesn’t.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 5, 2010 @ 6:08 pm - December 5, 2010

  12. Auntie, am trying to understand the depths of your hate, why you feel you need make a personal attack (while getting the subject of my dissertation wrong) in your attempt at a response.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — December 5, 2010 @ 7:54 pm - December 5, 2010

  13. She seems to be like a KOShole poster. It doesn’t have to make a damn bit of sense, just unload a pile of bullshit and take off. It’s a drive-by hit.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — December 6, 2010 @ 6:41 am - December 6, 2010

  14. Back on topic. Hoyer seems to be one of the kind of people who honestly believes he knows best, and plans to drag us kicking and screaming into his future.

    Apparently the change we want, he can’t believe in.

    Comment by The_Livewire — December 6, 2010 @ 7:24 am - December 6, 2010

  15. That brings to mind another question:

    What elevates ‘Elite’ thinkers above the intellect of the rest of the human race?

    And it also brings to mind a quote:

    “Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    Comment by gastorgrab — December 6, 2010 @ 9:43 am - December 6, 2010

  16. Evileene in #2 shows us two things:

    1. Why it is important for all Americans to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and:

    2. Why we formed the Tea Party in the first place.

    It ain’t YOUR money, honey – it’s OURS.

    Checkmate.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — December 6, 2010 @ 10:33 am - December 6, 2010

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  19. Ouch. Their internal polling must paint a very grim picture indeed.

    Comment by Ben — December 6, 2010 @ 8:02 pm - December 6, 2010

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