This is a leverage ploy, right? The House passes Plan B, Reid kills it in the Senate, and then Boehner gets to say, “We did what Democrats wanted by taxing millionaires and they still prefer to go over the cliff.” But … what if it doesn’t even pass the House? Then Democrats get to turn around and say that the GOP caucus won’t even agree to tax the rich when it’s their own Speaker asking them to do so. As of last night, per National Journal, GOP vote counters weren’t sure that Boehner had the votes.
What is wrong with the Republicans? They hold the power in the House. They need to take the lead in cutting the out-of-control spending.
Cut every federal department budget by 1% (effective January 1, 2013), and give the democrats their token tax increase on the millionaires (effective January 1, 2014), then go home for Christmas. This is not a difficult concept to understand...
There´s not a lot the GOP can do on spending cuts if they won´t go through the senate or get signed by obama.Liberalism simply can´t exist without gov´t spending,they know that and will go to the mat to protect it.If I was Boehner I would at least target the loan divison of the energy dept.which is nothing but a left wing slush fund.
I wanted Boehner to do something like this two weeks ago,put Obama and reid on the spot.
The automatic spending cuts will happen with plan B. Not perfect but spending cuts none the less. This is far from what I would like. I hate that the Rebublicans caved on taxes (but expected it). However, this deprives Obambi and the Dems of the soak the rich argument as it allows them to soak the rich (just this plans includes those most of us think are rich, not the Al Gore definition of rich). And cuts that will be meaningful will happen. That includes reducing those that receive our money for their unemployment.
The $70 billion that will be confiscated in their soak the rich plan will barely pay for the pork filled Hurricane Sandy fund and then we go back to our usual deficit spending and total state of denial. This is just Obama´s opening shot. He will be coming after all of us soon with the Clintonesque sorrowful look as he explains that we are all going to have to sacrifice our paychecks to pay for the new liberal lifestyle. I hope Boehner gets zero votes for this scam.
The GOP has been hurt because Plan B has been secret. The press has done a miserable job of extracting details. 1) All current tax rates from Bush are made permanent except on those making more than 1 million (these aren´t raised, they are just not made permanent). 2) The AMT is permanently adjusted for inflation. 3) Death taxes and gift taxes are made permanent at Bush rates. 4) Obama´s payments of credits to the working poor end. 5) Payroll tax holiday expires
Obama strategy has solely focused on taxing the rich. He accused the GOP of holding everything else hostage. Boehner has responded, OK, here´s a bill protecting our vision of everything else. Ball´s in your court. Amendments now become owned by Democrats.
I know the details are basically right because the left wing media has been screaming about tax increases on the poor (Obama´s stimulus modifications going away).
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