In addition to raising taxes on those making over $250,000, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama want to raise the debt ceiling as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. Reid on Tuesday said raising the debt ceiling must also be included in any fiscal cliff deal because he did not want to negotiate separately with Republicans over the debt ceiling six weeks later. “We would be somewhat foolish to work out something on stopping us from going over the cliff and then a month or six weeks later Republicans pull the same game they did before and say,
Comments: It sickens and enrages me what the Democrats are doing to this country and the Republicans act like spineless fools. The fact that spending is never, ever mentioned in these discussions is outrageous. It´s so very depressing.
Does anyone else notice that the Democrats are telling us what we should include, but we never hear what they will put on the table? Rush was just talking about that...I guess because they won the election and we didn´t.
Yes, how about a budget, a standard of no more than 19% GDP for spending, the penny mac bill for cutting spending, entitlement reform. No, negotiating with these weenies who are in a campaign mode 100% of the time won´t work. Buchanan said pass 2 bills: retain the payroll tax cut and retain the Bush tax cuts for another year and wait. Let the Rats sign it or leave it on the table and own the cliff. There are few good options with these folks.
I recommend we take the dive off the fiscal cliff. This is the only way to get the mandatory domestic spending cuts. Once off the cliff the House (because that is where all budget matters must originate) pass a permanent tax relief bill reinstating the Bush Tax rates. Let Obama and the Democrats vote against middle class tax relief, good for 2014. Then, pass a second bill to relieve the military of 1/2 the mandatory budget cuts. Let Obama and the Democrats vote against supporting our military during a time of war. Another winning issue for 2014. I sure hope someone in the GOP Leadership reads Lucianne. This is a no brainer...the only way we the people will get the domestic spending cuts.
What makes dirty Harry think there will be a "Deal"? At this point, I am all for diving off the Fiscal Cliff! It is time to take the punishment for allowing this disaster to happen. Let the chips fall where they may!
Obama & Reid are far craftier than smart, for they know how to have the media blame the GOP for everything they and the Dems do wrong. Don´t increase the debt ceiling, then seniors won ´t get SS checks. Don´t agree upon raising taxes on the "rich", then retailers have a bleak Christmas. Ask for entitlement reform, then the poor and elderly won´t get to see a doctor. Act to reduce growth of spending, then AIDs sufferers go naked. The old, white GOP not only is soulless, it is heartless. No matter how false, this is the narrative that national media will run with, especially with Christmas approaching.
Go over the Fiscal Cliff to be sure we´re all in this together. (We can reverse the Tax Increases when we have cut enough wasted spending to do so.)
Leave the Debt Ceiling frozen to require the Federal Reserve to cover all overspending by expanding the money supply. (They already do so by buying up our expiring debt.)
Put Obama on Quarterly Probationary Budgeting. (The federal workforce must have maximum skin in the game, and Obama must face the music every quarter.) - Freeze every Department´s Budget in inflated dollars, with zero growth trajectory and zero inflation offset, until the Budget is balanced. - Freeze compensation of the non-Defense federal workforce until the Budget is balanced. - Replace Continuing Budget Resolutions with Quarterly Probationary Budgets that make real quarterly cuts across the board for every department. - Reduce each non-Defense Department´s Quarterly Budget by 1% from the prior Quarter as a cut in Waste, Fraud and Abuse, and define its unique performance metric for return on spending. - Institute quarterly House Reviews of every Department´s performance before passing the next Quarterly Budget. - Support the Reviews with a House Budget Oversight Department (BOD) to (1) verify spending control, (2) report return on spending, and (3) investigate Waste, Fraud and Abuse by Department. Fund the BOD with an allocation of 1% from every Department´s Budget. [Let Romney run it.]
I´ve heard nothing but what the socialists want - higher tax rates, debt ceiling increase, no spending cuts. Why should there be any kind of deal? What are they willing to give up to get all this? To hell with them.
Let them keep demanding and don´t say a word. The extensions will expire on unemployment benefits, the Bush tax rates, and the Obama Payroll Tax Holiday. The Sequester they proposed will take effect. Reality has to set in sometime.
Not sure why the opposition to Reid´s comment. Makes sense, doesn´t it? Why play games. Either make a deal or dive off the cliff. Why pretend to deal today and do it all over again in 6 weeks. What´s going to change between now and then?
The Dems are essentially stealing money from the next generation and spending it all now. But they think ahead no further than the next 24 hours (just like their supporters). It won´t be a pretty day when it suddenly has to stop.
At this point I don´t believe anything either party says. All we get is endless Kabuki theater from this bunch. We know Boehner does secret deals with the DemocRATS behind closed doors. All we can be certain of is nothing will change, spending will go up and taxes will go up. We do not have a representative government any more. We have government by Crime Family.
Dr. K is right. Republicans have one card, one card only to play. If they do not do this, there won´t be disagreement any longer that all is lost for the GOP. Allow us to go over the fiscal cliff. So WHAT if Pubbies get "blamed?" When is it time for Boehner and company to stop making decisions because they will get "blamed" for something?? Ths move would ruin Obama´s second term! Do it. If you love this country at all anymore, Mr. Speaker, just do it.
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