House speaker John Boehner cancels vote on fiscal 'Plan B'

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 23, 2012 10:31 p.m.


    The President cannot put a bill forward that will appease the "nut cases" and will pass the Senate. So in essence what we have is 40-50 members of the tea party in the house controlling this entire process.

    The solution is actually very simple. Mr. Boehner needs to go back to negotiating with the President. By all accounts they were very close to an agreement. They need one more compromise and then Mr. Boehner needs to take the bill back to the house. The democrats combined with the reasonable republicans can pass a compromise bill and move it to the senate and by pass the "nut cases".

    The problem is Mr. Boehner is unwilling to bring a bill to the floor that does not have tea party support. With that being said, he has in essence said that their 40-50 votes constitute a majority and the other 475 elected congressmen and the President are irrelevant.

    I hate seeing us go over the cliff, but I think as bad as that is, it is worse to allow the will of the people to be circumvented by a small group of house members.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 22, 2012 6:45 p.m.


    If I understand you correctly, you are saying that because the republicans care more about their pledge to Grover Nordquist and holding onto their "principles" that it is the responsibility of the democrats to put country first and try to come up with a plan that will appease the 40-50 extreme members of the republican party in the house. You obviously know that you then allow the extreme right to claim victory.

    This reminds me of a parent and a spoiled child who doesn't get what they want and so they throw a temper tantrum and then the parent gives in to them. In a weird sort of a way you may be right. It is clear that Grover Nordquist and his stupid pledge matter more to the far right than does the American economy.

    I have no confidence in either party, but I do believe that the democrats are more likely to try and do what is best for the American people than the republicans who are so afraid of the special interest groups who are financing them that they cannot do what is best for America.

  • cpafred SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    @ VST
    Then we are a country of fools who deserve the approaching consequences.

  • cpafred SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    I disagree. It is now the job of the voters to get rid of congressmen in the House who have risked throwing the U.S. economy back into a recession and put millions of people out of work rather than do their jobs and compromise.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    The GOP is a mess. At least the Democrats can govern and lead. You may not like where they got us but they address problems and pass legislation. Utah-wake up! Our representatives are some of the biggest problems in today's dysfunctional goverment. They need to be removed from office, have their penisions stripped and replaced with people who can compromise and govern.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 21, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    Perhaps if Boehner could find something for his tea party cohorts to vote against, he could bring something to the floor. The House Republican caucus is a mess. In many ways I do hope we go over the cliff so these hard headed members of congress understand that rhetoric has consequences.... and this rhetoric is going to take us back into recession.

    So much for jobs being the main concern.