January 6th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

House GOP breaking promises after only one day?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

That didn't take very long, did it? Republicans have officially been in control of the House of Representatives for a day now, and they're already backpedaling on some of the promises of transparency they made during the campaign.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/01/06/art.swear.in.jpg caption="Members of the 112th Congress are sworn into office on January 5, 2011 in Washington, DC."]
For starters, Republicans promised all bills would go through a regular committee process. Not exactly.

Wouldn't you know that the bill to repeal the health care law won't go through a single committee?

Republicans say it's because the committees haven't been fully formed yet and they want to move quickly. They also insist the repeal bill will be "a very straightforward document," whatever that means.

When Democrats were in charge, Republicans complained they didn't allow unlimited amendments and debate on a single bill. So they promised a more open amendment process for bills. Not exactly. With the bill to repeal health care reform, there will be practically no amendments.

You have to give the Republicans credit. It's not easy to break this many promises in a single day. House Republicans said they wanted to publish committee attendance lists - you know, so the people who elect them could see who was actually showing up for work.

That one never had a chance. They claim it wouldn't work since multiple committee hearings can happen at the same time.

Lastly, the Republicans had said they would include a constitutional justification with every bill. Not happening either.

All this comes after we learned that the estimate for how much the GOP would shave off the budget is now about half what it was in their "Pledge with America." So apparently that was a lie, too.

The more things change in Washington, the more they stay the same.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if House Republicans are breaking promises after only one day?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jay writes:
It means they are not even trying anymore to hide their agenda. This is real transparency: "Hey voters, we'll sell you whatever bag of lies we think you'll buy around election time, and then get right to work doing what we feel like, regardless of what we promised." At least you have to admire their fortitude.

Lance in California writes:
Jack, Give me a break! So how many amendments germane to the repeal of Obamacare do you think are needed? The repeal is 2 pages long, has been on the web since Tuesday, the vote is next Thursday. Open debate and amendments, and the bill will languish in the House until hell freezes. Let's get this vote done so the public can see who says yes and who says no.

Richard in Kansas writes:
It means, to quote former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green, "They are who we thought they were."

James in San Diego writes:
It means that the Tea Party voters are shown to be the fools, dupes or idiots that we on the "professional" left knew they were. Business as usual for the GOP.

Ralph in Texas writes:
It means our House is not in order and no matter how big the gavel, promises unravel.

Jeff in Santa Barbara, California writes:
Most Americans do not seem to have very long attention spans, so promises are pretty meaningless anyway.

Ben in Maryland writes:
Shocking! Jack, I suppose you also believe everything your used car salesman told you before you bought that Edsel?

Dick writes:
I think this means that the Cafferty File should have enough ammunition to go back to three questions a day.

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soundoff (160 Responses)

    It means the election is over, and we won't hear any mention of promises for about 18 months when re-election time rears it's ugly head again.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  2. Dick B

    I think this means that Cafferty File should have enough ammunition to go back to three questions a day.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jane - WI

    It's interesting how the media is suddenly so focused on a political party keeping it's promises. I don't recall this same media frenzy when Democrats came into power 4 years ago in Congress and immediately broke their promises. I don't recall the media getting up in arms when President Obama came into office and immediately started breaking promises. Why only now is the media so focused on promises? Why only now do they think closed door meetings and not allowing the other party to offer amendments is a bad thing? These things were going on the 4 years that Democrats totally controlled congress, yet I don't recall seeing the media working themselves up over it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Chuck / La Garita, CO

    Republican, Democrat, both translate to lie after lie. Lets do this,
    every time a promise is broken the maker of the promise must live on the median american income for a year. This will lead to fewer promises and a fewer lies. After all it is obvious that they are more intrested in the money than anything else.

    Someone in Congress PLEASE step up to the pump and save our

    January 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  5. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It means they are wasting time and money and they are not focused on jobs creation for the american people.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  6. Bob in Fla

    Well, if anyone is surprised about that, it means they just arrived from some place that does not have access to CNN. Is there such a place Jack?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  7. Karl in Mich

    In reading up on the "Contract" of 1994 and its implementation, it looks like the "Pledge" of 2010 is just another Republican fraud to get votes and dupe the mindless into thinking maybe this time something will get done, which we all know won't. As for a meaning, it means we got lied to again and fell for their old snake oil. Remember, Clinton still got reelected in 1996. History will repeat itself.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  8. Birddog in Mississippi

    You forgot another one Jack, the republicans promised to cut the deficit by 100 billion the first year; they've already dropped that number to $50 billion or maybe $30 billion, or maybe a nickel ( I made that last one up about the nickel). Anyway, when they vote to repeal health care reform, they'll be voting to add $145 billion to the deficit – so, so much for them being debt reducers. Did you all really buy into that nonsense? These are republicans we're talking about here folks. Every democratic president in that last 70 years has decreased the debt – every republican has increased it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  9. Kathie

    Campaign promises are always forgotten as soon as the election is over. The republicans are only interested in corporate America, their own self interests and the next election. If you thought they were actually going to represent us and the best interests of the US you are gravely mistaken. Wisconsin has already lost jobs and business because of our new govenor who seems determined to give big business more control and less restricitons.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  10. Gigi Oregon

    It means we told you so Jack, and you ignored are comments. The Republicans job is to work for the rich and snow job the people. The Democrat job is to work for the people and keep their nose to the grind stone. Neither do a very good job. I think it's because they both are to busy accepting monies from lobbyist and building their own empires. And the sad part is the American people don't understand the difference between the parties. It amazes me when the people vote against themselves. And allow their tax monies be used against them and for the rich to have their tax burden lightened.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  11. Jill

    I'm 39 and was raised by conservative republicans. They continue to fall for all the slogan hieadlines.

    They complain about 'too much government' and 'cut welfare'.

    Yet they both, BOTH of my parents are on disability ! my dad started at 52 -and they get medicare ! in addition to the pension !

    They're on a gov't plan but apparently no one else should be ??? !!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Dave, British Columbia

    Jack, do you remember the Seinfeld bit about "Morning Guy" always being mad at "Night Guy" for keeping him up too late, and them both being the same guy? ... Politicians are like that. "Campaign Guy" (Gal) makes promises that gets "Elected Guy" into hot water when he breaks them. Perhaps your question should be: What does it mean if voters are always surprised when elected officials break campaign promises?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  13. Ben from Boston


    Give the Republicans a break! A lot of them are new to all this and just learning the ropes. It will take a few more weeks to learn to make hollow promises that they can keep.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    The sooner we realize that all of the Republicans and most of the Democrats are liars, lacking common decency and integrity, who are wholly owned and only in this to benefit their bottom lines, the better chance we have of saving ourselves. Sadly, we won't.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Judy

    What a surprise! Politicians who don't keep campaign promises. Don't care much for the house speakers explanations either. All hat and no cowboy! This country is in a lot of trouble if we let this bunch get to the helm again.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  16. AG

    It means nothing! I think we've seen this long enough to already know it was going to happen.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  17. Daniel

    Very simple, Jack.
    It means they made those promises just to get elected, knowing that it would be almost impossible to keep them.
    What else is new?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  18. Jane - WI

    I really don't care if "only" $30 billion is shaved off our spending rather than $100 billion. Any cuts are better than what we have seen since Democrats took over total control of Congress 4 years ago.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  19. Ryan Armistead

    It means S.O.S. Jack...
    I 'm sure you can figure it out.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  20. Matt, Little Rock

    All it means is that they are all politicians, and nothing that they say can be trusted, or promises made be expected to be carried out, unless it is in their own interests, or the interests of their biggest campaign contributors.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  21. janet

    it means that the teapartiers aren't the only ones that are being used by the GOP–also those who voted these rats back into office.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  22. Jay Monson

    If I lied on my job, I would either be repremanded or fired. It's that simple.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  23. Mark in Arkansas

    Silly Jack... It means business as usual. It means that politicians, especially Republicant's do what they always do. LIE.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  24. pat

    No surprises from the Republicans as they were lying from the beginning.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  25. Martha Campbell

    Jack, The GOP hoodwinked the American people, and the people fell for it. Be careful what you ask for because you're liable to get it.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  26. Fred in Nevada

    Two words, Jack. We're Doomed!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  27. Tom from Harding.

    Is anyone really surprised?
    Just a new group of liars and thieves.

    Politics as usual.

    And why is there not even one everyday Joe placed on any committee????

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  28. dcb

    What does it mean – simple. As Harry Reid so famously said about buying the Nebraska vote for ObamaCare – "It's just politics".

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  29. Tillie / Texas

    The only plan the Republicans have is to get President Obama out of the White House by any "means necessry". They do not plan on cutting spending or anything else.

    I bet you are not going to display this comment are you CNN!!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  30. david

    Jack when I hear the terms republican or democrat and wonder whose better too run the country, I think of getting bit by a poisnous snake, and then being ask by the doctor, was it a male or female, does it really Friggin matter!
    Dave from NH.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  31. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It means we are the idiots.

    How does the quip go; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    After decade upon decade of fooling us during and after each election, shame on us as we keep lapping up the bull crap.

    Actually a definition for dysfunction is; the more we try to change the more we remain the same, it is all of us who are dysfunctional.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  32. Sam

    It's simple Jack, they've suckered every last person who voted for them!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  33. notgivingup

    It means that all those Democrats that crossed party lines and voted Republican in the mid-term elections, have been bamboozled, led astray, run amuck, etc., etc., – be careful what you wish for!!!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  34. Denny Green

    They are who we thought they were, and we let em off the hook!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  35. Jay Monson

    If I lied on my job, I would either be repremanded or fired. It's that easy,

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  36. john Groom

    It means they are who we thought they were. Hypocrites, dishonest and self-serving, the same allegations they made against the Democrats. Too bad too many American voters were so easily duped by the lies and rhetoric spouted during the campaigns. Too bad they allowed all the yelling at these so-called Tea Party rallies to overwhelm the whispers of the critics who warned this would happen. Bring on 2012!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  37. Robert Bradley

    It proves what every American already knew that it will always be business as usual in congress no matter who is in charge.

    Moreno Valley, California

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  38. Otho Nogo

    From Houston

    So the Republicans are lying already. Just what we expected.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  39. JKC

    What does it mean when the GoP breaks promises after only one day in power?

    It means they're playing their old game, as always. As always, Republicans take the country, wreck its economy and make poor people poorer. As always, they will take results from bipartisan organisation and disregard their results entirely so long as it goes against their principles. And as always, Republican voters will play along as if the Party is doing anything to help them, when really all they're doing is voting for the party they think will keep America from sinking into some ambiguous moral quagmire.

    Meanwhile, moderates and Libertarians wait for the day the Ridiculous Republicans can leave and give us our Abraham Lincoln party back.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  40. Ralph

    It means business as usual. Same old crap.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  41. Lynn

    This is only the beginning; to not tell the American people which repugs are going to keep their healthcare is the first obvious lie. I hope to God we can limit the damage they do until we can re-elect Obama.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  42. Julian Sanchez

    The left tried to fix a balloon that had too much air by pumping more air into it... they are fools. The right will fix everything by promising heaven and beyond... they are fools.

    If you elected either, well guess what that makes you.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  43. Ken in NC

    It means the guy that said, "Careful what you wish for" was a voter back when the Republicans took control of the House and Senate under W.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  44. Jay

    Once a liar always a liar. Did you really expect the Republicans to change. They lie to get power and lie to keep it, the only people they are interested in is their wealthy constituents.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  45. Garrett

    Welcome to the world of politics. People will make say and promise almost anything to get elected.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  46. janet Indiana

    the only people surprised by this deception are the teapartiers and those who voted these rats back in after 8 long years of Bush/Cheney regime.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  47. cindy

    Broken promises and cutting only half of the budget spending that GOP promised they would cut...No big surprise!!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  48. Gabrielle

    Another example of the "grass is greener" complex that Americans have. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how many issues they back paddle on, their core supporters will see no wrong.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  49. Eric

    Jack, you pose the question as if broken promises are something new! Republicans will do whatever it takes to outflank the Democrats even if it means treading on the American people. The party of the rustic log cabin has turned into the party of imperial bread and circuses. We only have ourselves to blame for electing impersonators.


    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  50. william Jacobs

    Really Jack, did you really expect otherwise?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  51. ben burke

    my answer is simple according to america they are liars... but according to politicians ... they obviously did there job.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  52. Ray

    Jack, for Pete's sake, give them some time. This was their first time. Why don't you review Obama's promises, like closing GITMO?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  53. guy

    Yep...".it's same -, different shovel"......What a suprise!!!!.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  54. ermias

    you will see more breaking promises they never keep it

    January 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  55. Allen from Illinois

    Jack, what do you expect? They lied through the entire election cycle & the American people bought it hook, line, & sinker. This is the same old party of big business and the wealthy. Don't expect anything but grief for the middle class.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  56. Armand M

    In the business community, if I hired someone to work for me and all they did was sit around or not show up to work, they would be fired after a week. Maybe we should wait until the end of the week with the republicans?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  57. Steve D

    It means they will tell you what they think you want to hear to get elected and once in they will do as they damn well please. The nerve of you radicals to think you have a chance of changing this process.

    Steve D
    New Windsor, Maryland

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  58. Phil H

    So what is NEW? Both parties tell voters what the voters want to hear, then do something else when elected. Let's just eliminate the charade, and let everyone vote online every evening for things that need to be done including the price of doing it and their share to be collected by taxes. At least we would be creating our own chaos with no one else to blame.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  59. Steve

    It means Americans bought another vial of snake oil, containing eye of newt, tea bags, and a pit bull's lipstick.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  60. Angela Savage Austin

    "YES THEY CAN"....I guess the honeymoon is over with the American people and The Republicans are filing for divorce from their promises. The "I Do's are now I Don't"

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  61. Nancy, Tennessee

    Scene one, take twenty. We can't get it right. No matter who is elected the American people are disappointed with the performance of our lawmakers. We need a new way to pick our members of Congress. Maybe if we had a reality show and eliminated the bad apples a few at a time we could find one good apple. One thing for sure, more of the American public would be watching what is happening if it's a reality show. Until we get more people involved and hold these elected officials to their word, we are stuck with politics as usual.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  62. Austin

    It means that its politics as usual in Washington. Both Republicans and Democrats will say anything they need to in order to get elected; but when its crunch time, both choose to do what easy instead of solving the deficit, fixing the economy, or getting us out of Afghanistan. First it was change we can believe in, then it was a pledge to America. How about we stop the partisan planning and focus in on the issues.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  63. Janice

    Business as usual regardless of the party. Anyone who thought it would change isn't thinking.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Dave

    It means they're republicans.

    1000 Oaks CA

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  65. Ikie

    Jack Jack Jack, did you not see that coming? As we say, "if its too good to be true, its a damn lie" Wixth pride and the love of power in abundance in Washington, you cannot expect Politicians to tell the truth a lose.

    The way I see it, you cannot spell politician without the root for lies "li" If I were you Jack I would start a new segment called How many lies a Party can break in one Session of Congress" Anderson has keeping them Honest, you can a daily track sheet of the lies day by day. Its Day 1, get started Jack

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  66. Ron

    It means, we replaced one group of lying idiots with another group of lying idiots.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  67. Lisa

    Haste makes waste! It means we better get on our knees, divine intervention is the only thing that is going to save this country.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  68. dcb

    dcb from Villa Rica, GA

    What does it mean – simple. As Harry Reid so famously said about buying the Nebraska vote for ObamaCare – "It's just politics".

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  69. Darryle

    It means Business as usual. They learned the practice from the Democrats. I ask my Father about how to pick a polictician to vote for. His only advice was. They all lie
    He was a very wise man!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  70. Anne

    It didn't take a rocket scientist to see what they were up to in their campaign. They are more interested in the upper crust of American society. Too many people must have watched Fox.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Kenneth

    It means they have obviously have absolutely no ideas on how to fix anything. They used the Tea Party for votes just like how they always use the Christians for votes. They just don't know what to do with those votes.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  72. Bill Jordan

    Same old republican lies as expected. Sounds like cheny is back there running the show or at least advising the. All the campaigning about no new jobs and the economy is as bad or worse then when President Obama began 2 years ago. Well another lie, Jobs are opening up everywhere if you look for the. And the market is back to near its old level. So many lies. And the rich had to get a tax break, so we borrow nearly a trillion bucks to give it to them, Wow, who pays for that, you and me, the middle class so they get there tax break. republicans only care about the rich and play up to them. God I hope by next election there are enough intelligent people voting to eject so many of the republican liars once and for all.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  73. Barbara

    Jack, voters who elected the Republicans have already stopped paying attention, and won't have a clue that promises have already turned to lies. They're already tuned in to a new season of "The Bachelor," and the rest of the junk, that amuses way too many Americans these days.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  74. George, Riverside, CA

    The promises made were not intended to be kept.
    They got the necessary votes, and the conservatives are stuck with the politicians they elected. They will feel betrayed, but they have no other options, so they will grumble now, swallow their anger, and vote the same way next time.
    Moderates and liberals will not forget and the Republicans will lose the house in 2012.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  75. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – It means that, once again, the Republicans have won an election on false pretenses. The watchword of the G W Bush Administration was "let's not, and say we did." Well, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "there you go again!" Note that the Democrats did what they said they would – agree with them or not, they did not run on one platform and govern on another. Republican politics for the past three decades has been a constant stream of lies, meaningless slogans and arrant nonsense. I hope the voters remember this in the next election.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  76. Gerry

    House Republicans, lead by John Crybaby, are bought and paid for by big Corporations, Banks and Oil Companies. They will keep their secret promises to this bunch. But those made to the rest of us are of little importance to them.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  77. Jim from Nicholson, PA

    Among other things, it means that this new congress has set a record for establishing voter remorse that will never be topped.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Sue Emmett

    What does it mean? POLITICS AS USUAL is what it means. And unless the press does a better job of calling ALL politicans on their serial hypocrisy, it will continue ad naseum - with the American public basically clueless about why Congress continues to be such a laughable sideshow!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  79. Joe fromTennessee

    That's an easy one Jack.
    It means that they are the exact same bunch of crooks and liars that we threw out four years ago. It's amazing how STUPID and gullible a large portion the voters really are and how short their memories are.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  80. Mark Tabaja

    Doesn't surprise me at all once a cheater always a cheater right. The republicans just tell you what you want to here and we're all suckers that believe in corrupt party's. But this is America where we would rather hear about dead birds and fish. So i don't expect much.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  81. Alex in Wisconsin

    For House Republicans to break so many promises so fast shows just how well they played the Tea Party for fools. They don't even respect the Tea Party enough to spread out their broken promises. Fortunately for House republicans, the Tea Party didn't really care about those issues in the first place, this was all about striking back at the President, not about making this country a better place to live for middle class citizens..

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  82. kelly

    Here's what I want to know Jack, where is the tea party out cry? The Republicans have been in power for two days now, that is about how long they gave Obama to get things in order. Where are the rally's? the Republicans wasted a whole day on reading the constitution, how is that being fiscally responsible. Should they not have read that before being sworn in? Where are the jobs?? I guess the tea parties true intentions are about to come to light, and given the record on promises so far, I will wait with baded breath to see how creative their signs get on this one!!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Samuel Raines

    Even though I'm a Liberal, for the sake of being fair my first reaction was, "It's not like this is new. Republicans and Democrats break campaign promises all the time." But after I thought about it for a few seconds, I realized we should hold any person accountable who does something right after they get through saying they're not going to do something. It's not a Liberal versus Conservative issue. It's a right versus wrong issue. If we don't hold them accountable, no matter the party, it's never going to change.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  84. Bob Coolidge

    It means they are dishonest.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  85. nt

    To be honest i'm not surpised. It all sounded too good to be true. As the saying goes, if it sounds too good, it probably is. (not that any of it sounded good but many were fooled.) Today is proof.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  86. vtxrider

    To paraphrase our new speaker, "hell yes' they are breaking promises. They don't care about the American people or big government. They only care about big business and big money.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Vinnie

    Republicans took advantage of the media to confuse and anger voters to put them in power. Now they can have the opportunity do what they want, not what America wants. Americans all want very different things anyway so it's not really possible to simply do things for the American People.
    Nothing is done for the people it is all done to boost politicians careers, money and power. Same goes for most politicians sadly. Even sadder we can be fooled so easily.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  88. chris, dayton OH

    What a surprise! All you moderates just got fleeced.

    Enjoy the next 4 years of a recession, brought to you originally by the republican party and now perpetuated by it.

    When are you going to realize that these rich elites only serve the most wealthy in our nation? And all of you who voted most certainly do not fit into that category. Face it: You bought the lies and now your nation will go down because of it. Hope you had fun while the celebration lasted!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  89. Jeffer65

    The more things change in government, the more they stay the same. That goes for all of our elected officials, at least at the national and state levels of government.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  90. tom chaffiotte, raleigh NC

    Jack, You really didn't believe any of that crap did you? It's like the abusive husband, who always promises he's changed. So please take me back. I can only shake my head at all those teaparty people. I wonder how foolish they must feel.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  91. kathy peoria az

    Come on Jack, did you really think that things would change? Say anything to get elected. When are people going to learn to stop being so gullible when it comes to Congress. Never!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  92. ECan

    GOP will say anything to get elected.


    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  93. Carnut0913

    Well, that just shows the Republicans are as bad as the Democrats. Cant trust a politician, regardless of party affiliation.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  94. Randy

    It means what most thinking people already know... this country is a fascist paradise. When the rich and corporations have all three branches of gov't in it's pockets and dupes out in the street marching for paris to keep her tax cuts, it's over. The not-so-secret class war that the rich have been fighting since reagan has already been won.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  95. John

    Didn't the Republicans say something about reducing the deficit? Even before the beginning of this term of Congress, they blackmailed the Democrats into including $700 Billion in tax breaks for the wealthy on top of those the Democrats wanted to pass for middle class Americans.

    Now, the Republicans have vowed to ignore the CBO's analysis that says that repealing the health reform act will increase the deficit by $240 BILLION in the next 10 years (nearly a Trillion in the first 20 years!).

    Who do the Republicans work for again?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Bruce Lee

    When will Americans learn that the Republicans in Congress are hypocrites and liars. They are masters of the "shell" game and good at padding their own pockets. I just wish those Americans that voted for them will wake up and realize their game. Didn't take me a day to realize the Republicans will renege on their promises. Wake up.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  97. Luckson

    The republicans already backtracking on their promises? A recipe for disaster! More debt, more borrowing, I perceive an indirect dictatorship on its way...

    God bless us all!

    Sacramento, Ca

    January 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  98. Tony (Rockville, MD)

    What it means, very simply, is that the GOP is no different than before. Long on rhetoric, short on delivery. During the "Gingrich revolution," their mantra was "term limits." You couldn't talk to a single Republican with hearing the phrase. Once they attained power, you never heard of it again. Even some Congressmen who campaigned on pledges of limiting their own terms in office backed down pretty quickly once they tasted the perks associated with life on Capitol Hill. Next, let's ask them how they'd like to go without taxpayer funded health insurance.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  99. Carol - Chattanooga, Tn.

    It means that the Republicans have, once again, managed to snooker the majority of the people in the country who showed up to vote last Nov. The Republicans showed their true colors back in the Bush administration and they continue to lie just like they did then. Anyone who believes what they said during the campaign that they 'lost their direction' during the Bush years and actually voted for this bunch of liars, deserves what they got. The sad thing is that the rest of us who never believed one word they said are having to pay, right along with the faithful. It's too bad the Constitution doesn't allow for recall elections! Oh, sorry, it does but I think that it is called Impeachment. Since the majority party is the one doing the lying, there isn't much chance that that will happen.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  100. cecil

    Hi Jack, The lies mean not a darn thing. It just shows
    How gullible are the american voters. They fall for anything and don't seem to have a clue of what's going on in your country. God help us all. Is the country of Iraq better off now, after your republican boys spent trillions on a war which had no base for ever starting.

    Cecil, Ottawa, Canada

    January 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  101. Daniel

    I actually thought that the GOP would keep the promises they made. At least out of fear of the Tea Party. I am a Democrat and I was really hoping that the 112th Congress was going to be different. That IS what the GOP and the Tea Party candidates promised, if elected, right?
    So, it look like the GOP is going to repeate the 2008 Congress, bloat the budget, lie to the voters, and repeal nothing. We need a new third party or switch to socialism. Democracy just doesn't seem to work in America.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  102. Cookie

    As you stated "the more things change, the more they stay the same'." This shows the Republicans for the liars they are and how the people
    are naive and uneducated when it comes to the political system. The Republicans have, always, resorted to lies to get what they want or has the Bush campaign of fear vs Kerry been forgotten so soon? They will do and say whatever it takes to get what they want. An example of this is the Health Care law. They did not want it and decided to use their scare tactics and some people fell for it. This law is important or would people rather have others who need help with health care infect others? I guess the Republicans think all who get sick can be put in colonies, like lepers, never to be allowed in their society until they get better or die, whichever comes first. I hope the voters learn a lesson, although I doubt it, and vote for those who are truly trying to help the masses and not, just, their friends.
    Sylmar, Ca

    January 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  103. Eric

    After not doing anything for last 2 years...the Repug Party of "No" has moved to the Party of "Not Exactly" and quickly got to work breaking their own promises....! I guess it was it easier doing nothing and maintaining their current healthcare coverage.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  104. Deb

    It cracks me up that anyone believes any political promises. Anyway the voters didn't vote em because of a promise on committee process. They voted em in because Americans are impatient about everything, have short memories and a tremendous sense of entitlement to change which they think should come without paying taxes or any sacrifice on their part... So some idiots get up and say "I can reform this gosh darn it just send me to Washington" and the less than thoughtful voter pulls the lever, like something might come of it. If you don't like American politics or policy, just wait 2 years and vote the last guy out... Any corporation in America would tell you that is bad management style but..

    January 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  105. Jon

    It means nothing. It means there was no mandate from America, and there is no great change. These are things that are used to win elections, but whither away under the realities of governing a nation as large and complex as ours. I only wish that these lies and tricks wouldn't be used during elections and that the American people would finally face the fact that it takes more than a 2 year congress to fix our problems.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  106. Bill from Texas

    Come on, Jack. These are politicians. You're not surprised that they actually lied to get the votes, are you?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  107. Tom

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. If anyone can identify backpedaling and finding someone else to blame, it's Democrats. They're the experts.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  108. Ed

    These are the same folks that where willing to put our country's fate in the hands of that Palin nut. They (Republicans) where the only one's who believed in there contract with (and to screw) America....(again!!) in the first place. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Dems = Some for all and Republicans = All for some....PERIOD! Bush destroyed what was left of the Republican name so they changed it to the Tea Party. Same people, new name, but just as full of "doo-doo".

    January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  109. Steve in Tenn.

    How do you know a Republican is lying? They're lips are moving.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  110. PRO in CO

    Well we got the change folks voted for. But the only change is the flavor of the deception, corruption and pomposity. No one will actually be held to account. The rich will rule the poor (read as everybody else) will pay. So what's new about this?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  111. Linda in Arizona

    It "means" we've been had... again. Anyone who would believe a gooper deserves to be made a fool of because they are idiots.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  112. Glen

    we have been dupe deceived and bamboozled.
    the GOP (Goofy Old Punks) they have been up to no good again.
    lies and promises the FCC should arrest them for misleading the American people and selling deceptive statements over the airwaves.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  113. beachbum

    It means that once again the American people are idiots for believing these guys. These liars have one goal in mind: destroy the middle class. They have been doing it for decades and are now closer than ever. So as far as lying goes, is there anyone who really expected them to tell the truth? And if someone did believe them, then this should be all the proof ever needed to never, ever believe a word any of them says.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  114. Catherina

    What took them so long. It took them 8 years to double the deficit from 5.5 trillion to over 11 trillion, 1 1/2 years to blame it on Obama and it should take about six months to drag us back to the "great recession" of 2008 and another year and a half to win the next election, blaming Obama for not creating jobs. Oh Well....I'm just in awe of their great powers. Too bad they don't use their great imagination to help the American people, rather than beat us into the dirt.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  115. Gia in Los Angeles

    Hopefully, it means they'll be voted out as quickly as they were voted in!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  116. whitmanguy

    What is it that Will Rogers once said about the day after Elections Day? Something along the lines of "Today's the day the lyin' season ends and the alibi-in' season begins." It appears he was right, about this bunch at least. All politicians and political parties break campaign promises. I guess what's a bit startling here is that these sanctimonious Republicans are reneging so swiftly and flagrantly.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  117. Amarissa

    It means they have only been there one day and already they are being attacked! You gave Obama two years before you started criticizing him! Republicans should investigate all the secret dealings of this Administration. Everything was done behind closed doors and I don't hear any of you complaining!

    Miami, Florida

    January 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  118. Luci

    It means they lied and are still telling those whoppers.
    I wonder how many of them even know how to spell constitution, let alone know what it says. I am so tired of hearing them use that word.
    It's about time they grew up and also to admit to the fact that our President is a United States Citizen. Grow up Republicans.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  119. scott

    it is tough to lower the bar when it is resting on the ground! scottl

    January 6, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  120. TheTruth

    What does it mean if House Republicans are breaking promises after only one day?

    It means you get what you pay for America. As my father would always say when I was younger, "Good luck with that."

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  121. Doris

    It means you have been had. Big surprise!

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  122. Josephine

    You forgot the promise of how they will not pass any bills unless they can pay for them, and before they even took over, they passed a bill that continues tax breaks for the rich (which includes themselves).

    I hope the conservative base is happy with themselves. Kind of strange how quiet the Tea Party has gotten since they were elected, isn't it?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  123. Gary H. Boyd

    What if we were to just shut off all news out of Washington completely for 6 months and come back in July. This daily abuse is getting on my nerves.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  124. Cleavette Brown

    These Idiots haven't broken any promises because only HUMANS can break promises. I feel so bad for the millions that voted for these clowns. If we could only sell the tears from the new Speaker of the House, all financial troubles would be solved.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  125. Mary

    You know the old joke – How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is open. – Both sides lie to the voting public and this will not change because we let them get away with it. Sorry but we are sheep and they know it so they will continue in their lying and corrupt ways.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  126. Rob Vaughan

    Whats the difference between republicans, democrats and the american people? they are rich and dont care. we dont have a say or choice.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  127. BJ the DJ

    No surprise...both parties now reflect the truism that government is broken and has strayed afar from the intent of representation so eloquently laid out by our forefathers. It is time for real change – term limits and age limits, reduction of state governments to a single legislative body, balanced budget amendments, and the like. It is also time for the American to pony up and pay for what we use – tolls, gas taxes, and licensing that pay for roads, school fees that reflect costs for student education, social security payouts tied more closely to what is put in, taxes on cigarettes and alcohol that fund medicare for the increased use of benefits, reduction in outflow to fund protection of other nations, export taxes on labor shipped outside borders balanced with reductions in payroll taxes...need I go on?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  128. HURRICANEPAUL from Hawaii

    Funny how all of the Democrats who said "We should give Obama some time before we pass judgement on him", just after he was elected, are already out there building the gallows for the newly elected Republicans.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  129. Mari, Utah

    Unfortunately, America voted for the GOP-baggers to take control of the House. America fell for the lies once again.

    Doesn't anyone remember 2008...... and where we were after 8years of Republican presidency?!

    Doesn't anyone remember WHO de-regulated the Banks and Wall Street so their greed could run amok and drive our Nation's economy into the ditch?!! The GOP controlled the House & Senate from Jan. 1995- Jan. 2007........... now they are back!

    Well, America, you get what you asked for! More failed policies, more pandering to the Corporations that ship American JOBS overseas.

    Good luck.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  130. Ken Ross

    It took them that long??????

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  131. Mike

    This shows Republicans are back to their disengenious ways. They would say anything to get elected, however, when it comes to actually governing reality gets in the way. They will break their own rules to satisfy their ideological agenda or whoever is bankrolling them.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  132. RayRay

    No surprises there!!!!!!!! The Republicans believe in the old quotation"there is a sucker born every minute".

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  133. Frank Adcock

    Same old same old, the power of no really works when it comes to the powers that be in Washington. I for one can't believe the voters didn't see this coming.I still haven't heard very much about how they'll cut the budget,with the exception of the so called entitelments that people depend on when they retire.The common men and women pay for their nice pensions and benefits, that are breaking the budgets of our states and Washington.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  134. steve shipley

    talk is very cheap now days, the urgency of the situation does not allow for our reps to bone-up on the constitution which should be the first requirement when one aspires to have a career in politics. maybe an exam should be part of being elected to office. kind of like telling voters they have to pass a test to be eligible to vote. if this first day is an example of things to come we are only going to witness the end life that all Americans have enjoyed up to this point, almost 10 million foreclosures and 10 million jobs lost and their are already debating about the content of what is to be read on the house floor, this is just another tactic from the party of NO. if Americans are expecting any different I have some lovely OCEAN front property for sale in Nebraska.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  135. Jim Campbell, Simi Valley..

    The republicans don't attack issue, they ignore issues for their party's interest. Past party actions have not created good government, they drag their power and control to unregulate corporate activities for their own profiteering. Thanks for voting them in office, even thro they made a mess of this country during the Bush control. We deserve the outcome.....

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  136. Peter

    It means they are Republicans Jack.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  137. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Jack, may be they are not breaking promises on some aspects at least. When you mentioned attendance list, did you consider those people who may be telecommunting or video conferencing to save costs ? They may be trying reduce spending too by not showing up to work which is another promise that they made.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  138. chris

    I am not sure I totally agree with the health care law, but... What really scares me is that the republicans have the guts to say they want to repeal a law, which by repealing it, will cost the country billions of dollars. How can anybody stand up in front of the populace and try to sell that? "I am going to repeal a law that may have provided millions of you with health care that you do not currently have, but desperately need, and would have reduced the federal deficit, but I, for political and idealogical reasons, would rather screw the country i.e., YOU the taxpayer and person, without insurance, for my own political agenda to make a point to the Democrats!" If this was a used car salesman, would you buy the car?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  139. Jacob

    half of the country bought their lies and put them in control! that's shocking!

    my question is, now that the GOP has been in charge for a whole day, why have they NOT fixed the economy yet!?!?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  140. Charles in NJ

    What's the difference. The Democrats rammed the Health bill through the House. This is just pay back and means nothing since there is no chance of over turning this in the Senate. There is no point of discussing this in committee since the vote would break evenly on party line. So get this pointless show over with and start doing real work for the people. If not. I'll vote against them next time out.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Liza

    This means they are digging a hole deeper and deeper and they won't stop digging. They never have and they never will.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  142. Jerri

    First of all, I am not surprise. Even when they were compaigning, they could not give a direct answer on anything . For some reason, the voters who elected them in to office did not noticethis. They also never said what there plans were in the first place or at least how they were going to do these things. So, a liar is just a liar. Unfortunately, we allow hate emotions to override our common sense at times.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Renee from Texas

    It means whoever fell for the razzle dazzle dog and pony show (I'm speaking to you tea-baggers, and birthers) of the election season might be dawning to the fact that they were used like toilet paper at a portopotty at the state fair- or they would be if they listen to anything but Fauxnews. Those top one percent wealthiest in the world are high-fiving eacth other, while they have their whores light their cubanos with hundred dollar bills, while they ponder over how much cheaper it is to buy Republicans now a days.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  144. DRE

    It is very simple...business as usual.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  145. Frankie

    The only Republican thing that is actually happening is that the Governor of Arizona's death panel has killed two citizens. I am basically horrified.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  146. codywalsh

    Isn't it obvious? The Republicans are pulling the oldest trick in the book. They make promises to the American people just so they could take The House just to further their cause, but they know they couldn't make those promises in the first place. They make up excuses just to cover their tracks further insulting our intelligence and trust for our own government. Its times like these when i wonder if America will ever be able to trust Washington again.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  147. Jamie Ford

    A career politician's word doesn't mean jack! (NO OFFENSE) I think it's time to fire EVERYONE right down to the secretaries and start over again! I would be more comfortable with an accountant from Springfield Mo handling public money than some of these clowns.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  148. KCRICK


    That is because everyone read and memorized the 2200 page healthcare bill when it passed the first time, so why do we have to waste anytime running it through committee.? How many congressional committees does it take to kill a bill? Don't you see the irony here, Jack?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  149. Barry

    It means nothing to me because I never believed anything they said. It probably doesn't mean anything to their constituents either because they don't follow the game that closely so will never know.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  150. Julie Labrouste

    It means that republican, "representatives", are the lying, criminal servants of corporate interests, which has made a flailing, dull-witted, minion out of the First American Republic.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  151. Udofia

    Why would this surprise anybody? Until the American public actually educate themselves and start voting on issues that affect them directly, and not political affiliations, we will continue to live with the same nonsense, hypocrisy and irresponsibility no matter which party is in control of either houses of congress or the white house.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  152. Dave

    You said it Jack. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. The problem with the "throw the bums out" mentality, is that the same people voted the old bums out, are voting the new bums in.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  153. Sean

    "Every democratic president in that last 70 years has decreased the debt – every republican has increased it."

    Wrong. The last time the debt has decreased from one year to the next was 1957. It has increased each and every year since then, regardless of the party in power. And leave us not forget Mr. Obama himself, who is responsible for adding more to the debt in the space of two years than any other president in history has managed in their full term.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  154. chris wood

    there are promises to be elected, then there is reality. Does anyone over the age of 12 really think the reublicans can deliver on their outrageous promises?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  155. Nomar

    It means that on the first day of Congress you have already held the Republicans to a higher standard than you ever have President Obama. I won't hold my breath waiting for you to recount the wide variety of promises that President Obama has broken.

    from Virginia

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  156. Barbara

    It means they should be replaced at the earliest opportunity. That would be the next election unless a scandal gets them first.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  157. tcaros

    What took them so long??? They are Republicans remember, only the Devil himself takes longer to lie.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  158. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN


    The Republicants break the promise before they are done making the promise. We are in for some very bad times.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  159. Jerry

    It means nothing, the republicans breaking promises is symptomatic of all of us as we deal with the problems of this nation. We want healthcare for all, but simply put we don't want to pay for it. So do we really want healthcare? Do we want social security for all, while we say yes, I believe the real answer is no since we are unable to find anything that will correct the problem without costing each of us something. So Jack, I think the republicans are only mirroring what the majority of the US citizenry are doing. As a matter of fact that's exactly why they took back control of the House. Things will be better in the future and you won't have to pay a dime. They lied to us, we liked the lies that they were telling us, and we voted for them. Shame, shame on us for our own lying and accepting it as part of their behavior.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  160. Patrick

    Its means that their tactics of lies, distortion, fear, anger, and greed worked. Nothing more, nothing less.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm |