Fiscal cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner's 'Plan B,' which would extend Bush-era tax cuts

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Real Bass,

    Winning an election is as close to a mandate as you can get especially when republicans lost seats in both houses. The republicans are the ones driving this thing off the cliff. The President talking to Boehner is really a waste of time because Boehner can't even secure the votes in his own party for his version of compromise. The republicans in the house want it their way or drive off the cliff.

    Unfortunately even though the tea party lost several elections, low information voters put enough of them back in that combined with the other Grover Nordquist pledge signers they are unwilling to compromise one inch for the best interest of the country.

    Bottom line we have the Grover Nordquist pledge and the tea party to blame for this mess.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 20, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    The problem is not the GOP. It's a president that somehow thinks he has a mandate where none exists!

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    @Pack: I respectfullyl disagree. I support a progressive tax. Perhaps we can think of a progressive tax as a flat tax on disposable income. I agree with your other points about shared sacrifice.

  • Pack Layton, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    FT, our country is a mess. We can point fingers and blame all we want, but the reality is that both parties are too prideful to reach an agreement which would benefit the majority of Americans. It seems as if we all want cuts or taxes raised as long as it doesn't affect our own lives. We are all going to have to be a part of the solution to the problem, not just the wealthy, not just the middle class, not just those in poverty. A flat tax with no deductions or loop holes would be fair for all Americans and businesses in America. With no deductions or loopholes, the government would not have to refund any money back which has already been collected. This would also eliminate earned income where people get more money refunded than they have actually paid.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    GOP is a mess. Their leaders can't even lead their own party, let alone the country. Seems they are intent on pushing us off the fiscal cliff. Business leaders and State Goverments plead with them to cut a deal but they seem to pay more attention to the zealots within their party than the public at large.