Here’s a question for many conservatives: Whom would you rather have negotiating a business deal for you–Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or those House Republicans who would have had us sailing over the cliff rather than accept any compromise with the president? Personally, I’d hire the Minority Leader. Since the deal, middle class workers and businessmen have been happier, the stock market has soared, retirement accounts are going up and most of the Bush tax cuts that affect people like me have been preserved. (Snip)Even McConnell’s detractors should concede that he was not dealt the best of hands
Schwab says that investors got the best of this deal, but down the road, someone´s going to have to pay. The problem of course is spending, not a lack of revenue and ways to extract it. That is why The Won´s reelection is truly a tragedy for our country.
Good article. Boehner and McConnell did better than expected. Have some patience and hang in there folks. Things are not all black and white, there are a lot of shades of gray. It´s going to be a long road back for us conservatives and we have to stop fighting each other.
Agree with #4 the GOP managed to establish much of the "Bush" Tax Cuts permanent taking this cudgel away from the mendacious lying libtards who have maintained they only benefited the rich for the last 9 years. Plus the estate tax is set at 35% for most estates(40% for very large ones) with a $5 million exemption for single and $10 million for married couples´ estates. Now, finally, folks can make informed decisions in their estate planning and small business owners, farmers and ranchers can hand down their hard earned estates to their children without selling them to pay off Uncle Sam.
Seems to me they miss the point. I do not mind so much paying more taxes if it helped with debt. It does not. All this does is give Obama and corrupt pols more to give away. Stop saying the gov NEEDS more money. It does not. It NEEDS to cut spending. We give well enough to fund a good government. Unfortunately we are funding a corrupt government that no amount of higher taxes can satisfy. That is the main reason I dislike our leaders..they do not tell the public about the debt and spending and corruption. They enable Obama: Boehner/McConnel just made is possible for Obama to pay more to his supporters not rid us of debt. That is the point. Stop supporting those who are no better than Democrats. We need to cut spending. Not pay more.
Well the problem I have is that Republicans are now on record as agreeing with the Democrats that the "rich" need to be taxed at a much higher rate. When was the last time a "poor" person offered you a job? We need more "rich" not less. The real problem is the continuing spending resolutions that the House passes which results in Trillion dollar deficits and the Senate not having to pass a budget. The tax fix is just a band aid on the real problem. A trillion dollars a year and no one in the House has the guts to turn the spigot off. Any proposed spending cuts are so far out in the future they are meaningless. We´ll see how well McConnell and Boehner handle this spending madness. I doubt much will be done.
The country went over the fiscal cliff quite some time ago. The recent deal does little, if anything to change the trajectory of the country´s economy. It is the excess government spending and regulation that´s killing the economy.
I was looking forward to seeing the bottom of the cliff and seeing if we, as a nation, could survive it or would start anew. As it is now, we´ll live with one foot on and one foot over, with no way to pull ourselves back up.
It´s going to be most exciting to see what Boehner and his troops do with the debt ceiling issue. If Barkey makes good on his threat to take over their purse, will they fight back? I´d like to think so but I´m not betting on the House to stand up for the constitution- if they do, it should result in a beginning of a sincere dialogue of impeachment .
"The deficit exists not because the American people are taxed too little but because their government spends too much". Where have you heard that? It is the spending. The real test is if Boehner/McConnell can hold together the caucus against threats of stopping SS checks and Medicare payments that are coming.
I´d prefer to have had us go over the cliff. It is time the rubes see the cost of big government, and Boehner/McConnell once again played Kabuki theatre, then roled over. They then could have passed tax reform, and made zippy and the senate vote against lowering tax rates.
As long as the repubs let zippy and the Dems slow roll the destruction, no one will wake up. We need a viable third party.
How about just for once let´s try NOT compromising. Compromise has landed this country in 17 trillion dollar debt territory, soon to be more.
If they had not bent over for Zero, then maybe when EVERYONE´S taxes went up, the majority would have gotten mad enough to do something about it.
As it stands now, only 2% of the people, minus imbeciles like Warren Buffett, are "mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore". That´s not enough. This was nothing more than another game of kick the can.
The problem with this whole premise by Mr. Ryskind is that he appears to believe that Obama is capable of compromise. There is no compromise with Obama, and this was evidenced by Obama´s comments immediately after the House vote was taken. He´ll be going after more, and more, and more. What´s pitiful is that he has four full years in which to do it. If the House falls to the Left in 2014, we are doomed as a country.
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