Democrats and Republicans are so far off in their expectations for the next steps of fiscal talks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed he cannot understand the Republican Speaker’s brain. Senate Democratic leaders are growing frustrated by what they say is the lack of a specific plan from House Republicans to raise tax revenues or cut entitlement spending. Democrats say the onus is on Republicans to provide a counteroffer to their plan to let the Bush-era tax rates on families earning above $250,000 expire. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told reporters the ball
Comments: There´s no irony in that statement. s/o Hey Dingy Harry, instead of running around making asinine statements how about passing a budget and 0bama putting something in writing?
I hope the Repugs do not lose the game on who is responsible for the economy.
Let the Dimms raise taxes on the "rich", but draw a line in the sand on deficit spending. The DImms have no moral foundation for their spending habits and this will be seen by the MSN and the electorate.
That´s because a brain is a foreign thing to you, Harry. How about the Republicans propose a tax cut..something along the line of 10% for the middle class? How about that, Harry? You ARE for the middle class, right?
I think it was the nation´s great loss that Romney did not win, but what was he thinking meeting with Obama today? A photo will be released making Obama look ´bipartisan,´ all the while he is a sheer failure as a leader in these budget negotiations (as in so many other areas.)
Obama has been beating to death the rich don´t pay their fair share baloney. How about a proposal that only the rich foot the bill for the governments taxes, only? Obama and his ilk would probably have a conniption at such a proposal, as they always depended on the ordinary sheeple workers to foot the majority of their tax revenues. Obama´s War on the Rich would certainly implode with such a proposition?
#1, I am upset with the professional politicians who the voters put into office over and over again, but I really find it objectionable when someone here slanders my entire party by calling them something that the leftists or democrats would call them out of sheer nastiness. That said, the Republican Party is the people, the citizens, NOT the professional pols who don´t represent us like they should.
House should pass a bill providing 10% tax cut to the middle class with a 70% tax rate for anyone making a million dollars or more involved in the movie making industry. When the democratic senate votes it down, pass another bill wiht a 20% tax cut to the middle class with a 80% tax rate for anyone making a million dollars or more involved in the movie making industry. When the democratic senate votes that down pass another bill that provides a 30% tax cut for the middle class.....you get the idea.
If the House GOP doesn´t get a good deal with cuts NOW - then they should call Obama´s bluff and let ALL the Bush Tax Cuts expire. After the New Year they can bargain for tax reform NOT restoring the Bush cuts for the middle class.
Obama owns this economy and he owns he presidency´s leadership role. The pubbies have plenty of time to make thier case before NOv 2014.
The dems demand a detailed and complete grand plan that simultaneously raises revenue 10 fold and supports entitlement spending with a proven deficit reduction plan covering the next decade. Anything short of this is considered derelection of duty and obstructionism.
The left requires this monumental and detailed master fiannacial plan to counter their three word bumper sticker solution to all our financial woes:
"Tax the Rich".
Hint to the dems, leadership is not demanding your opponent provide reams of detaisl and a complete solution while you chant worn out campaign slogans.
How about we see a Democrat plan with one thousandth the detail they are demanding of the republicans? Or is that asking too much?
Its soooo much easier to simply chant "tax the evil rich".
Harry´s wholly owned democrat-marxist senate has not produced a budget in over three years and he does not understand Boehner´s brain. If we only had a Press in this country to tie Harry down on the corruption he has created in the senate many problems would start to subside. Ain´t gonna happen. Train wreck is ON TIME, America´s producers tighten seat belts were going over that cliff !!!
Enough. No further talks on revenues, fiscal cliff or otherwise until we see a concrete proposal from the Dems for real and immediate spending cuts. It seems it won´t come from the President (of course), but are there ANY adults to talk to on the other side?
[Yo, Nevada -- you´ve got the top dog (hmmm -- apt) in the Senate, and your unemployment rate is what? How many points above the national average? Ya wanna start a recall petition sometime soon, maybe?]
Poor Harry is just jealous because he doesn´t have a brain...like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz..."if I only had a brain...". Hey Harry cut spending and forget about raising taxes...it is a dumb idea. Just like every other normal person or family, it is past time for th US Government to balance the checkbook. Fiscal cliff hog wash, you all want to raise taxes so that you can continue this insane spending spree!
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