Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Anyone wishing to avoid the "fiscal cliff" needs to acknowledge
something: they are in favor of higher deficits. Going over the "cliff"
cuts the deficit in half, so all those who claim to be deficit hawks (like me)
should be in favor. Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but
stupid seems like the only way we can get congress to do anything.
It's about time.
"do as I wish, or I will drive this bus off the cliff and you will get the
blame."The GOP would get the blame, only because it will be
clear to the masses that they would be at fault.Even Bill Kristol
(hyper conservative) said this week - "You know what? It
won’t kill the country if Republicans raise taxes a little bit on
millionaires. It really won’t, I don’t think.I
don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s
offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000. Make it $500,000, make it a
million.Really? The Republican party is gonna fall on its sword to
defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic, and half of whom
live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republicans?
That has been the president's message to congressional republicans since he
took office, except for the first 2 years there were no bones offered.Well summerized Mr. Brown!It would be nice if he took a class in
how to negotiate with others for the common good. Making threats and demands
will not help this country move forward. But sadly that is what we can expect
for 4 more years.
One thing I took away from the press conference...Obama admitted that he (the
White House)sent Susan Rice out, five days after the terrorist attack, to go
"forward" (yes, pun intended) with the false narrative of the video.
The survey by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post found 51 percent
of those polled said they don’t think President Barack Obama and Congress
will be able to agree on a package of tax increases and spending cuts to replace
the automatic reductions in government spending and the expiration of the
Bush-era tax cuts scheduled for Jan. 1. Thirty-eight percent said they expected
Obama and Congress to cut a deal.If lawmakers fail to reach a deal,
53 percent said Republicans in Congress will bear responsibility, compared with
29 percent who said Obama will be at fault and 10 percent who chose both
No, even if you do play nice, he STILL won't say anything nice about
them.Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but
stupid seems like the only way we can get BO and reid to do anything.The truth is, BO and the dems know how to manipulate the masses, along with
their complicit lamestream media.
Mr. Obama is the President. He has no legislative authority. All budget bills
originate in the House. (Article I, Section 7: "All Bills for raising
Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may
propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. . .")Notice
that nothing is said that the Senate must agree on the budget; however, the
Senate may NOT originate budget bills. Obama has no Constitutional authority in
the budget. The Senate has no Constitutional authority to force the House to do
anything with the budget.The House has a majority of Republicans.
Republicans are clearly in charge, not Obama.Revenue MUST be
increased, but tax rates must NOT be raised. More workers will increase
revenues and will decrease government welfare payments. Providing incentives
for businessmen to hire more workers is the lowest cost path to increasing
revenues.Obama opposes hiring workers. He has crippled business.
He increased welfare has added to the deficit. He needs to sit back and let
businessmen solve the financial mess by hiring more workers who pay income
taxes. Taking one million workers off welfare will save $30 billion in welfare
payments and it will generate tax revenue.
So Mr. Brown you missed the part where the President when pressed by Chuck Todd
on the tax increases said he wasn't wedded to increasing taxes but was
committed to increasing revenues from those making over $250,000. That's
not just a wink to the Repbulican leadership it's a gift of epic
proportions. So Mr. Brown and Christian 24-7 you're both absolutely wrong
about the Presidents attitude and his negotiating skills..but then why would
anyone be surprised at that. Republicans demonstrated over the past year that
their view of reality is a big illusion.
Mr. Brown is completely right about the first point. President Obama is the
legally elected president of the United States. Mitt lost. This is how a
republic works. Your guy doesn't always win.
Lost in DC: "Granted, it's a stupid way to reduce the deficit, but
stupid seems like the only way we can get BO and reid to do anything."This is a budget showdown that Republicans overwhelmingly approved. The
president is just pointing out that elections have consequences, and if the GOP
hopes to get any credit whatsoever for deficit reduction they can only do so by
intelligently playing the hand that they dealt themselves.But
speaking of "stupid," I like this the best.AP news story
from Tuesday, reporting on Republican governor Bobby Jindal's remarks to
the Republican Governors Association:"Louisiana's Indian
American Governor Bobby Jindal has asked Republicans to "stop being the
stupid party" as he forcefully rejected Mitt Romney's claim that
President Barack Obama won with "gifts" to minorities and young
voters."Amazing! A grown-up has dared rear his head in the GOP!
If Obama is serious about reducing the deficit, let him donate $1 million to the
treasury today. Let him lead by example. If there is one person in America who
could give away $1 million without sacrificing his home, his meals, his
transportation, or his entertainment, it would be the President. Everything
paid for by the people. He will not be hungry. He will not be homeless. He
will not walk around in rags. Let him lead by example. Let him get
the rich Democrats in Congress to donate their millions to the treasury. Let
him get the rich entertainers to donate their millions to the treasury.All he is doing is being a miser even as he tells Republicans that they need
to raise taxes on others.Let him lead by example.Let him
show us how giving HIS money to the government will help US.
Obama already compromised with Republicans when he extended all the Bush tax
cuts in 2010. Now it is the Republican's turn to step forward and forge a
compromise with Obama.
It's not hard to see who has the common man's interests at heart.Hint: It's not the GOP.
Mike,Reducing unemployment from 7.9 percent to 3 percent would not
give us enough revenue. We need to increase revenue substantially, which means
closing loopholes AND raising tax rates. A majority of Americans favor
increasing taxes. The super rich know they need to pay more, and groups of them
have banded together to lobby Congress along these lines. It is only the
Republican Party apparatus, which has been hijacked by Grover Norquist, that
will fall on its sword to defend the rights of millionaires and billionaires to
save 4.6 percent of their taxable income (the result of allowing the Bush tax
cuts to expire. Oh, by the way, those tax cuts were intended to be temporary.
That's why Congress put an expiration date on them. HELLO.
The GOP has the tax payers (common man) interest at heart. If higher taxes
reduced the deficit and were not wasted by the government, I would gladly pay.
We cannot afford more crony wasting like the 38 failing or failed green
industries funded at the common man's expense or the General Accounting
Office spending more than $900,000 on a Vegas party. Obama won the election buy
Romney's 49% of the voted clearly shows that Obama does not have a mandate
to be a dictator. Obama has chosen Hugo Chavez as his role model.
Ummmm1. Yes, he is the President, get over it.2. Yes,
Republicans had better start compromising or they WILL get the blame.I might add:3. There's another House Congressional election in 2
years. All 435 seats will be up for grabs. Congress only has a 14% approval
rating as is -- The GOP only remains in power today due to the gerrymandering of
voting disctricts [According to Princeton University, The GOP lost the popular
vote in the House last week]. The GOP LOST seats in both the House and the
Senate this race -- One more bone-head stalemate this time around will doom the
Republican Party for the next 10-12 years.Republicans need to
"stop being the party of stupid" ~ Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.Loosing the elections and then taking America hostage by pointing a gun
at our head is a cowardly fool's way of getting what you want. It
won't end pretty is all I can say.
@mike richards the tax cuts that where suppose to lead to more workers has
not worked for 11 years why do you think it is magically going to work now? Save
your magical thinking for religion.
@Mike RichardsIn one sentence you say Congress is in charge, the next
sentence you are saying Obama crippled business, how is this possible in your
" All budget bills originate in the House. ..." The Senate has no
Constitutional authority to force the House to do anything with the
budget.""The House has a majority of Republicans.
Republicans are clearly in charge, not Obama."And yet, you
constantly blame Obama for not passing a budget.Which way is it
Mike. Consistency. Thats all I ask for.
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