President Obama, fresh off his victory lap, is about to overplay his hand. The most recent proposals from the White House aimed at averting the fiscal cliff included not only the president’s cherished tax hikes, but other demands that will strike any neutral observer as absurd. Even the liberal media couldn’t swallow the fantasy launched by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; the New York Times described the plan as “loaded with Democratic priorities and short on detailed spending cuts.” Mr. Geithner, acting as the president’s missionary, proposed extending the payroll tax cut (something both parties earlier opposed),
It all depends on how united the Republicans stand, and with wishy washy comments by some, and even Peter King,. whom we otherwise respect, re: giving in on tax hikes "for the rich" (e.g. the people who own small business´s and invest in others) Obama is THRILLED and encouraged. Krautheimer is right.........the Devil wirth ´em. We have YET to get any shrinking down the road and both Reagan and Bush were suckered.
Obama doubles his demands insulting the GOP and expecting them to cave on everything. Other libs tell us this is "just the beginning" They are out of their mind! The house has the power of the purse and they should use it. Money is what feeds the democrat dependency creating vote buying machine. Cut it off while you can. Giving the Rats money is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Never raise the debt ceiling or taxes. The "cliff" gives the rats the clinton rates which will result in a recession and less revenue. Enough! The GOP needs new leaders who understand these things and are principled and articulate.
The geitner game is working on the 2014 election for the demorats. That´s why the demorats will never take this situation seriously....
Soooooooo --- I say --- let it fall....
The demorats wanted to be in charge -- soooooo -- let them be in charge. WE conservatives will survive. The welfare class however -- will struggle and that´s the obama class....a free phone and free welfare and free birth control.....AND no one to pay for all the "stuff"...
Since November 7th -- my funds are safe, my cupboard is full of long/term food, I´m locked and loaded. Bring it on!!
Will Republicans please get their talking points together and keep repeating them over and over? Obama is not serious about reducing the dificit. He wants more money to SPEND more money. Geithner needs to be taken away in a straight-jacket.
Barry never seems to lose any argument and goes completely unchallenged by a singe member of the mainstream media. Government schools and a government media are tough to beat. If the truth has power, eventually we will win but it will take a clear message and a winning communication plan - both of which have been sadly lacking from our ´leadership´.
It doesnt matter. This white male has gone full "Galt". I will never give to charity again and I am on survival mode. I have no faith in our country and believe we are doomed. The faster the collapse comes, the faster that a new order can be produced. RIP, USA.
The liberal media can and ARE swallowing everything Obama is saying---pay attention. The ONLY oneswho are faltering slightly are those (like Jay Leno---where was HE these past 4 years?) who are siuddenly being hit in the pocketbook. The absolutely hypocritical head of Costco and other Obama backers are actually doing cash outs NOW before Jan. lst and the new (15% to 40% tax) rates on them. They deserve such contempt!!!!!!
Apparently no one has ever negotiated for/about anything. The first step is to ask for the World and when you settle for your goal of just America you can pretend both sides got something. The bottom line is the R´s will fold like the cheap suits they are.
Say goodbye to your 401K´s, and 403b´s kids. Yes the GOP WILL cave because falling down, rolling over and soiling themselves is all they know. In addition, always remember, Obama and his Marxists are NOT the problem. The problem begins with a V and ends with an OTERS.
I have left coast relatives (feminazis) who insist we must take care of those who have less than we do. If the useful idiots cannot distinguish between rape and making love, how can they tell the difference between giving charity and being mugged.
I can understand why the left wing media parrot the 0bama line about a fiscal cliff. But why do the right wing media do the same? They both compare the current rates paid by low income taxpayers with the prospective rates that will be paid by high income taxpayers if no change is made.
But if we compare things within a given tax bracket, all that will happen is that everyone will experience an increase of a few per cent in their tax bill.
Considering that we have been in a Depression for four years and we have over 16% unemployment, this small increase is not the main item of business. Instead we have to focus on crippling the monster in the White House and electing a stronger Congress.
It amazes me how all of you keep thinking what Obama does is awful.... we thought that before the election and he was elected by a lot of people and that leaves us conservatives sitting here wondering what is going to happen to this country. We knew if he got reelected, it would be bad. We knew that and there is nothing we can do. We are in a snake pit and there is no way out. I don;t even think that it will end in four years. It is forever. We have lost it alllllllll.
The MSM will still find a way to protect their golden boy from Kenya, i.e. those heartless republicans caused a second and deeper recession. Even though the recession that started in 2008 never ended but was exacerbated by obama´s wild spending spree.
As far as your money goes, it isn´t safe no matter where it is unless it has been turned into real assets like weapons, defensible property, ammo and food. The dollar won´t be worth a buffalo-head nickel when the democrats get done destroying our country. Once America goes down the tubes, the rest of the world will quickly follow because we control all of their marbles. It won´t be just the inner-city hordes that will be threatening those who are prepared but ex school teachers, union workers, government drones and delusional liberals will all be out there in search of your food. Good luck and good hunting.
Numbers reported last week on the calendar year 2013 show that the tax hike on the rich would target 42 billion, while the rest of the expiring cuts would bring in 179 billion from the middle class and 84 billion from everyone else. Ending Payroll Holiday would bring in 95 billion and the remaining Stimulus, 27. He´s got the world focused on 42 billion, the other 385 billion he will let slide another year. But in return he wants new taxes. Don´t bite. Let all the extensions expire and say here´s 427 billion a year (90% from other than the rich), lets balance the budget. What are the 427 billion cuts you will make in calendar year 2013? The Sequester only cuts tens of billions in 2013.
The fiscal cliff is just what the Obamaphone people need to feel a shot of reality. Don´t get wobbly thinking that the Repubs will be blamed, they are to blame for everthing in any case. Spending is the job of the House, and we control the HOuse. Close the wallet and starve the beast. Let the Obama zombies howl into thier Obamaphones. Let´s settle this maker/taker thing right now.
The simple truth is that Dems want more money so that they can blow it on cute things like Solyndra, cars that catch on fie if you look at them wrong, , and aid to people like the Gaza -dwelling murderers.
The other truth is that we should not be surprised that the lower two thirds of the country (economically), most of whom pay no income taxes, want the top third to pay more taxes. That is because of the well known Stopstoreload maxim that other people´s money is too easy to spend.
Only a charlatan and an economic ignoramus would cater to the wishes of these people, mentioning no names, of course.
I´m happy to see this column and Marc Thiessen´s column from earlier this week get support from my fellow conservatives.
Republicans have protected the people who voted for bigger government for too long. All the spending has just been passed on to future generations. Let´s see what happens when their taxes go up too and they have to pay for their choices.
Obama´s poll numbers are irrelevant. He was re-elected by the extremely stupid half of the country who buy into his crap. We all knew there would be a price to pay for this election and unfortunately the innocent will pay along with the guilty. I barely could tolerate liberals before -now I won´t even speak to them. Let America rot.
#35 hit the nail on the head and unfortunately it is only going to get worse, because the number of takers in the country will only accelerate into the future.
One prime generator of that is both the mass uncontrolled illegal alien situation, and the legal immigration programs, that feed about a million or so generally uneducated people mostly from socialist oriented third world countries into the USA every year with them eventually being granted US voting rights.
As time goes by more and more of those people will be given US voting rights, thus changing forever the political balance of the country.
Back in 1965, Ted Kennedy knew what he was doing when he changed the immigration laws to ensure that the preponderance of the classes of immigrants allowed into the country would be tailored using family reunification objectives which assists mostly poor and generally uneducated immigrants to come to the USA, who he knew from historical evidence would help to keep the liberal Democrats in power indefinitely.
When all that has been going on now for decades, the wimpy Republicans always frightened of being called out as racists by the liberal Democrats, have just gone along to get along. Now that aspect of American history is catching up with the Republicans, who unless they completely change and liberalize their party political and social philosophies will never again have the votes to win national elections.
"........also a “permanent” ability to raise the debt ceiling, independent of Congress."
Who the heck does Obama think he is, there is no way anyone in this country should allow this to happen. If it does then we just should disband Congress and shut the door because then we will have no say in anything. The only thing standing between us and a dictator is the Congress.
I´m with #´s 7, 11, et al. I have no faith in our country´s future or any of our ´leaders´. I´m cashing out all of my investments. The cash may be worthless in a couple of years but at least the government will get less of it if I cash out now than if I wait until after Jan. 1. I have a year´s worth of food, medical supplies, etc. stockpiled and plenty of ammo. I have 10 acres to farm and my own water source. I´m eliminating all liberal acquaintances ( haven´t had liberal friends for at least a decade ) from my life and am concentrating on my family and my relationship with God.
It is apparent that 2012 dem pols covet winning politically at ANY cost. Literally!
Could even America the Beautiful simply disappear, ´´under the bus,´´ driven by the statist dems´ flim/flam policy Scrooge?!
Sen. Tom Coburn is leaving the Senate but he relates exactly what & why these stumbling blocks are now confronting America´s future in a discussion of, ´´The Debt Bomb,´´ on C-Span earlier today, which will be repeated later tonight.
The last big reserve of money in the U.S. is your 401k"s your pensions and your bank accounts, they will "Federalize" them similar to the Social Security program ,issue you I.O.U.s and ALLOW you to withdraw so much a month,under the guise of yor patriotic duty.
Obama will never lose ground. He made a ridiculous offer, and there will not be a better offer, because he wants the republicans to take the blame for taxes going up by refusing it. No mystery. Wants the House to flip back in 2014 because republican voters are angry and don´t vote.
47 percent are taking every freebe possible and 40% more are forgetting that less than a month ago they were claiming to be the big brave GOP who were taking back the country--- Now it´s proven is they were waiting for somebody to do that for them. The media won´t --Yawn-- did they ever? The elected leaders are all impotent fools--- Are they? Or are they just the whipping posts for the ones who failed to back them up or gosh even vote? All in all can we begin to understand at least 67% don´t deserve a free nation. Well that about matches the numbers that let the minute men give them the original American Constitution instead of joining the fight.
The garbage media continues to carry Chairman Zero´s water by describing his idiocy as his plan for "middle class tax cuts". They have abdicated all responsibilities of their profession in favor of becoming cheerleaders for a criminal regime.
I have no faith that the Republican Congress people and the so called Republican leadership WON´T cave. Why any group with the term Republican as a prefix or a person with that word appended should expect donations is beyond me.
If Barry & his moocher demonrats get all that tax money by letting all the Bush tax cuts expire, you can bet your last nickel that they will spend not only that total amount but probably twice as much.
Speaking of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace - anyone watch the roundtable discussion? Former Senator Bayh (cannot stand that smirky smile of his) said that he belives that Obama will exert "leadership" on the fiscal cliff...hahahaha
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