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McConnell ´Burst Into Laughter´
as Geithner Outlined Obama´s Plan

Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/29/2012 10:39:13 PM

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff. He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts.Geithner’s visit to his office left McConnell discouraged about reaching a “balanced” deal on tax hikes and spending reductions designed to prevent a shock to the economy in January. “Nothing good is happening” in the negotiations, McConnell says, because of Obama’s insistence on tax rate hikes for the wealthy

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: johnnygeneric, 11/29/2012 10:51:25 PM     (No. 9040465)

I think we are head toward revolution.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 11/29/2012 10:54:27 PM     (No. 9040467)

He might be laughing but as a working stiff I am crying.
How did we let the dems frame this argument as Reps hate the little guy and only care about the wealthy and that somehow the rich don´t already pay MORE than their fair share.

The only solution is spending cuts. Tax increase shouldn´t even be in the discussion.

How about someone float the argument that EVERYONE needs to pay into the system (especially since the poorer tend to use more of the social services).

No more earned income tax credit. For Pete´s sake, if you don´t pay tax you certainly shouldn´t get money (in addition to all the other welfare).


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Reply 3 - Posted by: ccyr, 11/29/2012 11:08:47 PM     (No. 9040476)

Higher taxes for the wealthy is not the same as higher taxes for the top incomes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 11/29/2012 11:08:58 PM     (No. 9040477)

Something we should all be doing regularly at the idiocy of this administration.

Why the talk radio folks don´t play their clips with a laugh track is beyond me.

"Ah ain´t no wayze tharrrd"

Laughter

"Millionaires and Billionaires"

Laughter. . .

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/29/2012 11:22:30 PM     (No. 9040485)

There´s nothing to win by negotiating. The default is the Clinton tax rates, the end of the Obama tax credits, the end of unemployment benefit extensions, and sequestration of entitlement and military funds. That is the Democrat default from last year. Let them explain it to their voters.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: grounded, 11/29/2012 11:27:50 PM     (No. 9040489)

The Bamsterites will run out the clock by either continually making these unrealistic proposals or being MIA, as on a three week Hawaiian holiday sojourn. All the tax rates will return to the Clinton era level on 1-1-13 which is what Obama wants anyway. Military spending takes an automatic hit generating few tears on the left. The lapdog media excoriates the Republicans for letting it all happen. Obama gets a win. win, win, and we get rolled again.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Az Roadrunner, 11/29/2012 11:30:57 PM     (No. 9040491)

Laughter, the best medicine.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/29/2012 11:49:05 PM     (No. 9040504)

Hey Mitch stop laughing and start going public with WHY Obama´s policies will destroy the country and explain how tax cuts always lead to increased revenue.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/29/2012 11:50:34 PM     (No. 9040506)

There is no reason for the GOP to cave on anything. Obama is a lame duck president. This is his economy. He owns it. Keep the upper tax bracket where it is, reduce middle class tax rates and make those 47% not paying anything pay s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g!!! Skin in the game, right Joe?? Right Barack??


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Reply 10 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 11/29/2012 11:55:21 PM     (No. 9040511)

Say, Timmy, your degree in Asian studies from a prestigious institution doesn´t seem to be working here. Appears Econ 101 was not part of the program.

Oh, and, by the way, have you paid your taxes?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/30/2012 12:40:13 AM     (No. 9040538)

A smart reporter would come out with a list of federal employees who owe taxes.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: veritas, 11/30/2012 1:32:19 AM     (No. 9040574)

Yeah, good, great, Mitch.

Tell me what you are doing to stop the spending.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: steveW, 11/30/2012 2:52:42 AM     (No. 9040608)

Laughter. It´s a start. I´m hoping for some real ridicule and ruthless mocking.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/30/2012 4:36:07 AM     (No. 9040634)

Reply 9, we can´t make the 47 per cent pay taxes. we only have the House. Obama is turning loose his Czars, his Cabinet officers, the EPA, et al, the Senate, the Media, the Unions, and all of the public that he can arouse to intimidate us and our Congressmen. In short, he has declared war and demands unconditional surrender.

The House of Representatives has to stop negotiating in good faith and refuse to authorize any payments of money they can and let themselves be blamed. We will probably lose the House anyway in the next election. Might as well go down fighting.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: hamrman, 11/30/2012 6:09:59 AM     (No. 9040661)

I would too, little Timmy is quite the actor!!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: arkfamily, 11/30/2012 6:10:22 AM     (No. 9040662)

Everyone keeps asking what Mitch McConnell or the Republicans are doing about this. How about what are we doing about it? We (conservatives, Tea Party, or Republicans) need to get out there too. We have been too quiet and the Democrats think they won by large numbers. They didn´t.

I would laugh at the outline that was presented too.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: hamrman, 11/30/2012 6:12:29 AM     (No. 9040666)

#14...great then Barry should unconditionally surrender!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: privateer, 11/30/2012 9:14:07 AM     (No. 9040954)

I didn´t think Droopy had it in him! How about a 75% tax on high salaries of movie stars, rock stars and major league sports figures? And 5% off all entitlements? That would give them the satisfaction on knowing they contributed something Oh wait! You can´t milk a leech.

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