Negotiations over 'fiscal cliff' begin: Obama tells Hill that people want action, cooperation (+video)

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 19, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    With a month and a half left, we still don't know how much taxes will increase.

    For the passed four years, this country has not had a budget plan.


  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 18, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    How pathetic. A sixteen trillion dollar debt equals $550,000 dollars for every second in a year.

    Was this an accident, or planned?

    Like walking into a trap, political leaders are no longer our employee, but rulers.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    This is not any different than it has been for 4 years from this President. Even his own Democratic Controlled Congress had the same problem in 2009 and 2010. They didn't know what the man wanted or his objectives were. If you don't have a plan, no one, not even his own house knows what he really wants. That is because his agenda is not open. Pass it and I will sign it and then you can read. To have a Secretary of the Treasury without any commonsense or ability to come up with a budget is unfathomable. Congress is at least a living body of people that Represent real people, not just the select few the hen has under his wing. The House at least has sent the President a plan for a budget, which the Senate won't work on as the President in reality controls Harry Reid's process. The Senator doesn't want something the President won't sign and that has been obvious during the whole campaign.

    Governor Romney, bless his heart, let this President know for 1 1/2 years that the economy was the main issue of the election. The President's tactic was do nothing.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    To "Fred44" did Chaffetz and Lee say that they are looking to compromise, or did they say that they oppose tax increases?

    If they said that they oppose tax increases, and have stuck to their word, then they are honest men. However, we have Obama saying that he wants cooperation and compromise, then turns around and says that unless it is his way he won't sign the bill.

    Mr. Boehner is still willing to compromise with the President. Yesterday in the article "Boehner: No tax rate boost to avert fiscal cliff" in The Denver Post, he said that he is willing to make some compromises on keeping tax rates the same while increasing taxes on the wealthy. That sure sounds like he is willing to compromise, unlike Obama.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Nov. 16, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I hope we have 4 years of grid lock in Washington--then maybe no bad laws will be passed.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2012 12:53 p.m.


    As opposed to Utah republicans Chaffetz and Lee and many other republicans saying there will be no tax increases. I guess cooperation and compromise are in the eye of the beholder. I would prefer that NEITHER SIDE stake out positions. Both sides should come in with a true willingness to put everything on the table. It is however being disingenuous to imply that the president is the only one staking out positions. Mr Boehner implied cooperation on the day after the election and ever since then has been pulling back from his initial statement.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Obama is all for compromise... as long as it's not him doing the compromising!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Ok, lets connect some dots using stories in the DN today.

    We have this one, where Obama says we need cooperation, then we have the article "Obama says Republicans must agree to tax wealthy to avoid 'fiscal cliff'" also in today's paper.

    So, which is it? Do you want cooperation or do you just want to force people to do what you demand?

    The other article qotes Obama as saying "What I'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it." It doesn't sound like he wants to cooperate or compromise with anybody.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    The President hasn't shown a budget forever so now he is basically diverting the attention away from Benghazi and his national Security problems that are decaying our prestige and power as a country that leads the world by example, even if a poor example, right now.

    Now that Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan has shown the President the way that is possible to do a fiscal responsibility of trying to fix a country who hasn't had a working budget for 4 years and a Secretary of the Treasury that doesn't know he is required to pay taxes.

    It is good to see that the President and the Senate are finally going across the aisle to work with the Republican House and Congressman Ryan on a budget, maybe in the next 4 years. This President rejected anything Governor Romney would state just to show he was the Commander-in-Chief. He got elected by rejecting everything the Republicans have offered in 4 years.

    The Republicans offered to help but the President didn't want to look like he was not in complete control. He has used the "I" did everything that has been done, except for the Benghazi incident and Vegas.

  • What is the truth? Sandy, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    Oh for heaven's sake... let's call it what it is. NOT a tax hike, but a expiration of VERY ill-concieved tax cuts. Hopefully Congress will let a portion of them expire...