Still time to dodge the cliff, Obama, Boehner say

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 24, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    The solution is very simple. Mr Boehner and the President were very close to an agreement. Come back on the day after Christmas and have one more meeting and reach a compromise deal much like was done in the summer of 2011. This time Mr. Boehner needs to bring that compromise back to the house and let them vote. There are enough reasonable republicans combined with the democrats to pass the bill and move it on to the senate.

    There are probably close to 500 members of congress that understand the need to compromise and put America first. Right now Mr Boehner is allowing the "40-50 tea party "chuckleheads" as Steven LaTourette (R-OH) referred to them drive us over the cliff.

    All but the low information voters understand that the tea party members of the house are pushing us out onto this cliff. Lets hope that some of those chuckleheads will not be reelected in 2012.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 23, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero , 55 BC

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Dec. 23, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    Negotiating? Compromise? Working together for the best outcome for America?
    Well, we now know that Mitt Romney really did not want to be the President, according to his family.
    Just think..... negotiating with someone running our country who doesn't even want to be President?
    Are other Republicans feeling as Mitt Romney does?
    Senators and Congressmen situated in elected positions who may not want to be there? And...who gives a rip about the American people?
    Well, the country certainly dodged one bullet. More of them out there?
    Does this make any difference in the way we should look upon the Republican party and their reluctance to strike a deal with President Obama?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 5:06 a.m.

    Going over the cliff only applies to federal spending and I think this country could use a less spenidng for a change. The rest of the country and working class are sinking in the sea of poverty and this man Obama is worried about his credit limit on his expense account? Unconscionable and irresponsible is all it amounts to.

    The only people who care about credit ratings are the dummies who want to live on debt. Its time to cut the umbilical cord to debt and no more compromising of the state of our nation. Debt and credit ratings is something that congress should be working to abolish, not feed it.

    No more compromise, stand your ground and forget about anything else. Write your budget, give it to the Senate, and let the accountable take their due credit. Live it or leave it is always an option for Obama as well.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    Let's see what the possible outcomes are:

    1) Obama compromises and fiscal cliff is avoided. Conclusion: it's the Republicans' fault.
    2) Republicans give in to Obama's deal and fiscal cliff is avoided. Conclusion: it's the Republicans' fault.
    3) No side can come to an agreement and we go over the fiscal cliff. Conclusion: it's the Republicans' fault.

    Either way, it's the Republicans' fault. That's the way Obama sees things, anyway.

  • Why would I? Farmington, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    Why would I not be surprised to see that at the last moment a deal is reached that was decided upon secretly weeks ago?

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 22, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    Wish I could go on a vacation when I hadn't done my job.

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    Dec. 22, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    What's going on right now is why the US Gov't debt rating was lowered last time. and i predict it will be lowered again within weeks.

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    What's wrong with these turkeys in DC? All Boehner has to do is pass a bill and send it to the Senate. That's the way things are supposed to work. The House is in charge of fiscal bills. Why does Boehner think he has to run over to the White House or to the Senate to get approval? He doesn't. He is an independent branch of government charged with managing the government finances. It's not the president's job to decide how much the government should be spending each year. It's the job of the Senate and specifically the House. Pass a bill, Boehner, and get it over to the Senate. Let Harry Reid decide whether he wants to send up over a cliff or not.