Obama aide hopes for more bipartisan spirit after Nov. 2

Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:13am EDT

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* Republican midterm gains could aid cooperation-Axelrod

* Legislative agenda will be trimmed if Democrats retreat

By Alister Bull and Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Republican gains in U.S. elections next month, rather than spelling gridlock, could in fact yield more bipartisan cooperation with the Obama administration, a top White House official said on Sunday.

"I'm hoping that with more seats, the Republicans will feel a greater responsibility to work with us to solve some of these problems," David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told CBS's "Face the Nation."

Analysts expect a somewhat less ambitious legislative agenda from Obama in the second two years of his presidency, with the focus on delicate issues that demand a bipartisan approach like immigration and energy legislation.

Obama has branded Republicans as the party of 'no' for their bitter opposition to his landmark healthcare and Wall Street reforms, and for blocking more government spending to boost hiring from fear of adding to the record U.S. budget deficit.

But voters, worried by the economy and stubbornly high unemployment near 10 percent, are expected to punish his Democrats at in the November midterm congressional ballot, and could hand control of the U.S. of Representatives to Republicans. Republicans are expected to make gains in the Democratic-controlled Senate as well.

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Axelrod said he did not believe Democrats would lose control of the House, but he was hopeful for more cooperation with Republicans than had been the case in the past.

"The posture of the Republican party from the moment we got here has been basically to deprive the president of bipartisan support so they could accuse him of not being bipartisan," he said.

Republicans say they opposed Obama because they believe his policies took the country in the wrong direction.


In the process, they have tapped into smoldering public anger over government bailouts of Wall Street - sponsored by his Republican predecessor President George W Bush to tackle the 2008 financial crisis - energizing conservatives with an anti-big government, pro tax-cutting message.

"We need to actually come together and begin to cut spending, rein in the size of government and get people back to work," Eric Cantor, number two in the Republican House leadership, told "Fox News Sunday."

Obama has already hinted at a quieter legislative period in the next two years of his presidency.

On Monday, the president acknowledged the reforms he said he was forced to put in place to fix the problems that led up to the financial crisis now merited "a period of healing and consolidation and implementation that is less disruptive".

Other Democrats say a resurgent Republican Party on Capitol Hill that trimmed the size of the Democratic majority would clearly impact the kind of legislation which could be tackled.

"It may well be the case that there are some issues that we would have gotten passed last time that would not be able to pass this time," Representative Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN's "State Of The Union." (Editing by Jackie Frank)

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TomMariner wrote:
Bi-Partisan? You mean like the 111′th Congress where the Republicans could have stayed home because the House and Senate Leaders publicly and proudly used their ignoring the Minority Party as a political dirty trick?

Unfortunately, the playing with the rules of both houses has opened up whole new precedences for the party in majority power to use to erase compromise and damage the goverment. Democrats — Reap what you have sown.

Oct 10, 2010 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ApostasyUSA wrote:
The party of no wants you to know that they are right.

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Brittanicus wrote:
Los Angeles County is a prime example is just one haven for illegal aliens where expenditures will keep skyrocketing upwards, if the majority of Democratic Liberals in Sacramento are not removed. California cannot pay its bills, because the amount expended to support the 2.5 million illegal alien households in the county. In the midterm elections watch cautiously illegal aliens violating federal voting laws. Be particularly observant of absentee balloting, as it’s not that complicated for foreigners to vote and alter the direction of voting numbers. The whole system of “Honor Voting” has been compromised in the last ten years and may have severe implications in close races in LA and in every other precinct across the country. The Tea Party, moderate Conservatives neither genuflect to either the GOP elites or the Liberal Democrats. Learn who is buying and selling your families future, by allowing this rising incursion into our country.

It’s been the obligation of both parties and is they are entirely to blame through the years. This DOJ states they are arresting more illegal aliens than ever before, but what they are silent about–it’s only the criminals and for the most part they are releasing average illegals without a criminal history back to our streets. YOU CAME TO THE US WITHOUT BEING INSPECTED, YOUR A CRIMINAL.Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who has used the race card and has the same Modus Operandi as Sen. Harry Reid in enacting new laws to maintain illegal immigration. First bill in the next session of the Senate will be another try at Amnesty by Reid, Pelosi and Napolitano. Voting–YES–on funding Sanctuary Cities (March 2008), even when deaths at the hands of illegal alien criminals has spiraled out of control; Voted—YES–on Comprehensive Immigration Reform–Amnesty; Voted–NO–In declaring the English official language of government; that would save millions of dollars in judicial documents in 176 foreign languages and professional translators for court appearances (June 2007).

Voted–YES–on another Guest Worker program (May 2006), resembling the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act gave Amnesty that upped the population and in addition voted–YES–on illegal aliens being able to participate in our Social Security system (May 2006), that is on the rocks now and then providing Social Services to non citizens. Heaven help us—Americans have worked all their lives to collect Social Security, to keep them afloat for the rest of their lives. But Barbara Boxer has attracted the people’s outrage to join the rest of the Liberal crowd to enact this legislation, allowing foreigners who have never paid into this financial pool access to our Social Security? In my view as a Tea Party advocate–ALL these incumbents should be shown the road out of town, tarred and feathered.

Federal law already has mandated free health care for anybody, who can dodge the US border Guards, plus education for their children and an overcrowded prison system. Estimates are over a hundred billion dollars a year, with a large proportion spent to support the instant citizenship of babies intentionally born here. None of these massive taxpayer funds cover the draining of public welfare at the State, County and city outpouring of welfare payment in services and cash. IF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WAS EVER HONEST ABOUT STOPPING THIS UNVOICED INVASION, THEY WOULD HAVE MADE ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO AMERICA A FIRST CLASS FELONY. It’s easy to speculate that the majority of illegal aliens who appear here are far from the highly educated, the individual and their families that are not business owners, wealthy or those with any special abilities. This cut throat illegal labor are sought by degenerate employers, for the value of no traditional obligations of offering benefits such as health care. Once again the US taxpayer takes up the slack for these federal obligations of free emergency room visits, free schooling for their kids, that has exploded in billions upon billions of dollars throughout this sovereign land.

The people who flee from south of the border, Latin countries, Asia are people who have no job skills, desperate and penniless. They come to USA with the compliments of their countries officials, since our society has been negligent and a dumping ground with a border easily circumvented. American taxpayers have become unfortunate subservient pushovers by years of our administration in supporting these recipients of our welfare system. They arrive from countries that are overpopulated through religious conviction, dictatorships and our nation has developed into a behemoth relief valve to all other lands woes. Below our border those governments have never placed any restrictions on their people illegally migrating here, explicitly since estimates of 60 billion dollars are transferred from the illegal workers remittances to their foreign banks annually. The newest outrage is that foreign governments and corporations can now lawfully influence Americans, through paying for expensive political ads according to a ruling of the Supreme Court. This is a dangerous presidence as their is no measure to disclose the organization who is spending millions of dollars to alter the course of our people’s future?

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