Congress At Work: Reid On Boehner: "He's A Coward", Boehner Responds: "Bullshit"

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If one wants to see what it looks like when the Federal Reserve has enabled the US government to become completely irrelevant in a world in which fiscal policy is completely meaningless and all that matters is how high the S&P500 is on any given day courtesy of trillions in monetary policy injections stimulating "confidence" and the wealth effect, then look no further than this article by Politico recapping the bad blood in Congress among the four feuding leaders.

First Reid:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately told fellow Democratic senators this week what he really thought of Speaker John Boehner.


“He’s a coward,” Reid angrily said, referring to Boehner’s private push for federal health care contributions for lawmakers and their staff. Boehner later backed legislation to end those subsidies in order to win points with House GOP conservatives. “He’s a coward!” Reid exclaimed.

Next Boehner:

Asked to respond to Reid’s remarks calling the speaker a “coward,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said: “We have to work together if we’re going to get anything done, and all this bullshit — the name-calling, leaking private emails — just makes it harder to do the work the American people sent us here to do.”

On the "hurt feelings" between the two:

"Some recent stories have even suggested the speaker’s keeping government shut because I hurt his feelings,” Reid told reporters Thursday. “If that’s true, I’m sorry that I hurt your feelings."

Then their aides:

Mike Sommers, Boehner’s chief of staff, described David Krone, Reid’s top aide, as “a snake” after Sommers’ emails were leaked detailing how the speaker secretly sought to protect federal contributions to staffers’ and lawmakers’ health insurance coverage. POLITICO reported the emails just as Boehner was pushing a House GOP bill to keep the government running in exchange for slashing those very same subsidies.

There is much more on the teenage girl convention in the full Politico article but the gist is beyond simple: just like the Fed hinted it will not taper because of a dysfunctional Congress (and was proven right), the Congress has been increasingly more dysfunctional because it knew the Fed would not Taper (and was proven right), and Mr. Chairman "could get to work."

Perhaps instead of the petty childish squabbels between the politicians which make for great primetime melodrama by partisan TV echo-chambers, the country could finally address the main issue at play: the more the Fed intervenes by centrally planning the US, and global, economy, the more irrelevant the stooges shown below become.

Or rather, the more irrelevant they are exposed as having been all along.

Because in a world of Dow Jones 36,000, who needs any fiscal policy?

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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:10 | 4022282 The Gooch
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:11 | 4022285 JPM Hater001
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Why?  This is going splendidly.  I couldn't ask for Libertarians to have a better chance in 2014 than this.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:13 | 4022295 Headbanger
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So now it's devolved into personal attacks while the country suffers through this mess they created for their own political power. What shit heads!

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:20 | 4022319 MillionDollarBonus_
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The only solution to this mess is to eliminate the debt ceiling. Silly arguments about whether we should raise the debt ceiling are consuming our energy as a nation. This is precisely when we need to be moving ahead with the economy, but instead we're debating about whether we should shut down the entire government. It's ridiculous!

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:23 | 4022336 malikai
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I'm getting bored of you..

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:29 | 4022363 Stackers
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Just throw 'em in a pit dressed in loinclothes and give each of them a broken beer bottle and settle this like men already.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:24 | 4022645 kralizec
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I keep saying it...

Bringing back dueling will separate the loud mouth candy-assed bullies from serious people!

Once enough start getting dropped the bullshit will end amazingly fast...

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:12 | 4022844 Sofa King Confused
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Everyone who wants this shit to end,  call your representative and tell them to get the treasury to print their own money debt free.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:51 | 4022985 Ident 7777 economy
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Left half brain: "Every one wants this to end"


Right half brain: "No, not all. You make some mighty rash assumptions, pilgrim."


(Sorry if I appear to be negotiating with myself)



Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:37 | 4022939 Quantum Nucleonics
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If you do that we end up with Nancy. She's a vile, awful creature of government. But, she's a mean, vicious bitch that would disembowel those three twerps. She wouldn't even need the bottle. Just a stiletto pump and those necklaces she wears.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:55 | 4023001 Jugdish787
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I know Nancy Pelosi is a complete bitch and horrible person but there is something kinda hot about her.  She is old, but still, there is something about her that tells me she is great in the sack.  Maybe it is the crazy eyes.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:06 | 4023036 L G Butz PhD
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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:15 | 4023064 Jugdish787
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She is better than Debbie Wasserman Schultz...Maybe it is the power factor.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:31 | 4022385 Tabarnaque
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What pisses me off is that our taxes probably pay for his salary...

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:44 | 4022453 Chupacabra-322
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I've said it once & I'll say it again,

We're being governed by children, morons & Criminals.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:00 | 4022528 CrimsonAvenger
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What about the cowards? Don't diss the cowards.

Well, actually, go ahead and diss them - they're not gonna do anything about it..

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:04 | 4022548 oddjob
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Not just children, but spoiled children of privilege.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:05 | 4022813 Crash Overide
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You call what they are doing "governing"? It's like a bad TV show you can't turn off, it's a fucking joke... Smoke and mirrors.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:47 | 4023143 Kayman
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Childish, moronic criminals. Not mutually exclusive.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:03 | 4022544 grekko
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No. Our taxes are spent elsewhere. Their salaries are borrowed from the PRC.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 14:11 | 4023241 jerry_theking_lawler
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wrong. our taxes probably pay 1/2 his salary.....your children, their childre, and their childrens children will pay the other half (with compounded interest)..

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:33 | 4022391 pods
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Poor Johnny boy, got caught being the fucking hypocirte that he is, well, they all are.

Time to send this government out on an ice floe.

They don't work for us, they work for themselves and whoever stuffs their pockets with loot to buy protection/favors. 


Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:40 | 4022430 BurningFuld
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I'm pulling for Michelle Buchmann to come along and be the voice of reason in all this.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:48 | 4022474 Blammo
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I don't understand why these 4 lefties can't agree

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:10 | 4022578 NotApplicable
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Sadly, the one thing they can always agree upon is to never let a crisis go to waste.

In the future, depending upon who you ask, two of these four (along with Obummer, or Shrub) will be blamed for the collapse of society, when as Tyler clearly states, the truth is, "It's the Fed, stupid!"

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:29 | 4022678 Oldwood
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The majority of all government employees, elected or otherwise support a larger government as they firmly believe that someone has to be in charge of us for our own good, and if it happens to provide them a paycheck and maybe some prestige, all the better. The fights are partially over who is in control and partly to sustain public interest, like trash talk on football and wrestling tours, but very little to do with actual policy. The few outliers who do attempt to stand on principle are the radicals and must be stopped. If reality was introduced to this game and solutions presented, it would bring the whole system down. This form of deceit and corruption is like any other Ponzi, in that truth and transparency disolves its foundation. And yet they accuse those who are willing to stand on principle and suffer the "mainstream" attacks as self promoting sideshows, when in fact it is those very mainstream folks that are dependent upon retaining the illusion.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:24 | 4022343 AlaricBalth
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More cowbell MDB. This one is lame.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:34 | 4022399 Mr. Magoo
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I agree with MDB, Eliminate the debt ceiling this way our demise will happen allot quicker for a GIANT reset

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:56 | 4022512 ATM
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Eliminating the debt ceiling will be the signal that the end is finally near. Until then we can have 5, 10 or even 20 more years of the same BS.

When they take the cap off the bottle then we can really get to work burning this fucker down.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:28 | 4022655 Kirk2NCC1701
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+1.  Bingo!  That's exactly what I've been saying. As recently as yesterday (Thu, 10/03/2013 - 18:04 | 4020520)

Which is why the Debt Ceiling MUST be RAISED.  As high as possible and as fast as possible.  If it can't be reversed, it needs to be accelerated.  Why?  To stop the scumbag Elite looting (trading bits of paper/confetti for real assets), by getting to The End ASAP.

Yet most ZHers don't seem to get this, as it goes against their conditioned sense of fiscal values.  Their conditioning is short-circuiting their logic, creating a blind spot in an otherwise rational landscape.

A lifetime of Conditioning plus Cognitive Dissonance is hard to overcome for most people.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:27 | 4022358 GeezerGeek
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I'm OK with eliminating the debt ceiling if it's accompanied by eliminating all government employees simultaneously. Time to start anew.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:26 | 4022361 LawsofPhysics
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Hurry up and start buying those bonds MDB!!!

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:59 | 4022523 ATM
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Bonds are a good trade right now. Obama wants the stock market to crash to instill fear and anger across the land, so it will. The Bernanke. Lloyd and Jaime will make sure of it. That means a rush to "safety". 

Then a rush out.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:28 | 4022375 XitSam
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How can the government invest in something better that the people from which they stole the Federal Reserve Notes?

And 'invest in the middle class'?  Investing in the same people that they pointed a gun at and stole from? 

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:33 | 4022390 ArisAron
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Eliminate the debt ceiling? Yes, that's a splendid idea. Moving ahead with the economy? You obviously have your head so far up your ass you can't see reality.

MDB. You are a fucking idiot.



Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:00 | 4022524 grekko
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Actually it was a great idea. It would mean the reset button would be pushed sooner and we could start rebuilding the republic.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:52 | 4023165 JB
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the Republic won't be rebuilt, sadly.

'the end' will usher in a global fascist government and several billion dead.

ordo ab chao, get it? 

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 22:29 | 4026951 Promethus
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ORDO AB CHAO. A Latin expression, meaning Order out of Chaos.

I googled it for the folks like me who thought it was some sort of Umpa Lumpa chant from Willie Wanka.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:52 | 4022493 glenlloyd
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MDB....once again there is no logic to your so called solution.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:58 | 4022513 Eireann go Brach
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MDB, your cover is blown as we know who you are now via your shite newsletter! In fact, I know a girl who met you at a bar and says you have the tiniest pecker she has ever witnessed, your breath fucking stinks, and you talked up this big game about being a big time financial advisor.

You are a pathetic human being and you should do us all a favor by hopping in your car and drive it over a bridge.


Everyone and your mother

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:11 | 4022560 akak
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His dog bites him even when he feeds it.

In the park, he is attacked by enraged butterflies.

At birth, the doctor slapped him ... hard.  And again.  And again.

He is .... the most hated man in the world.


"I don't always out-Bernanke Bernanke, but when I do, I drink Krugman's piss."

"Stay financially indentured my friends."

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:49 | 4022971 Blues Traveler
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Eireann go Brach...."everyone and your mother", I just lol so loud they are turning the plane around

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:02 | 4022543 j0nx
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MDB is lost edge. Borus is now best troll for ZH.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:06 | 4022551 EmmittFitzhume
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Is that you Obama?

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:20 | 4022323 rtalcott
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Same as it has been...for decades.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:37 | 4022413 Croesus
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Honk (green arrow) If you don't believe a f---ing word these clowns say!

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:15 | 4022301 The Gooch
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I see dead people. (voting)

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:17 | 4022310 remain calm
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Boehner should of called him a "limp dick" and then kicked him in the balls.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:25 | 4022342 the not so migh...
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he should have poked him in the eye three stooges style

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 10:31 | 4022383 GeezerGeek
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Let's bring back dueling. Boehner vs. Reid at 5 paces, each armed with an M-15 and two 30-round clips. (None of that AR-15 semi-automatic stuff; this is serious.)

Or maybe Boehner vs. Obama in a game of hoops. President 2for22 is not a shoe-in, although I have no clue about Boehner's prowess in basketball.

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