House Republican leaders endorsed a far-reaching plan Monday to rein in the national debt that would raise $800 billion in new tax revenue, slice $600 billion from federal health programs and apply a stingier measure of inflation to Social Security benefits. In a letter to President Obama, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and other senior Republicans suggested that the framework, first laid out by Democrat Erskine Bowles during last year’s budget battles, should serve as a starting point for budget talks aimed at averting the year-end “fiscal cliff.” “With the fiscal cliff nearing,
Comments: It makes no mention of the debt limit. You would have thought that would be included since 0bama wants to behave like a King.
A partial solution to the Obama tax extensions (Bush tax cuts) is actually no solution. We are in the current situation because we delayed decisions in order to not have to make hasty decisions. Congress has been unable or unwilling to develop a solution to this ongoing problem. We are in a financial mess that we can´t spend ourselves out of. I cannot support a solution that "kicks the can down the road" for another few months knowing that we will be in this same situation 4 weeks before the next extension expires. The current House, Senate, and President are responsible for this situation. President Bush and the 110th Congress have been gone for a long time. The worst thing congress can do is to cobble some legislation together that they have to pass quickly in order to find out what is in it
Time is growing short, so John Boehner should immediately invite Erskine Bowles to appear with him at a joint press conference endorsing Mr. Bowles´s budget framework as as a bi-partisan basis for getting the fiscal-cliff talks going again.
If Erskine Bowles refuses to show up to publicly affirm his own proposal, then John Boehner should speak alone with an empty chair by his side labeled ´´Reserved for Erskine Bowles.´´
Right now they are just doing a dance for the benefit of each party´s base. Real negotiations will start next week in private when they will stop making public pronouncements everyday and go on till the very end of Dec. when a deal will be approved.
Remindful of that pitiful scene in Deliverence. Substitute Boehner for Ned Beatty and Obama for the hillbilly behind him, twisting his ears and saying "squeal like a pig". Boehner squealing away for his life...oh and the toothless guy laughing while looking on would be Harry Reid.
Pretty soon they´ll raise the SS "retirement" age to 85. Meanwhile, the lavish spending, fraud, waste, and outright foolishness will continue unabated. We´ve lost the fight, folks. Even the ones, like Boner, who are supposedly on our side are now cowering in closet, permanently folded up in the fetal position, crying their eyes out, and whimpering "Stop, stop, whatever you want...please STOP". And when it´s over, they´ll all go to nice parties every night, play golf every day, and continue to receive the lavish percs that they´ve voted for themselves. Meanwhile, we´ll be riding bicycles, eating pasta sans sauce 3 times a day, and waiting for that final decision from the Death Panel. They all should be locked in stocks, tarred, feathered, and pi$$ed on.
The GOP needs to propose that SS be means-tested in the future. It is indeed a welfare program that, like all of these schemes, has gotten out of control. Also propose that the full benefit age be raised to 68-70.
Buy television time to say that people making millions in retirement should give up their benefit. That SS is bankrupt and it must be saved. They will have to buy the time because the regular media will distort what they propose. It´s only a couple of thousand a month max benefit anyway. If you have an income of over $250,000 a year in retirement you can do without the extra two grand.
I know that this is a huge stealth tax increase but we have no options left. Our politicians have financially ruined this country. They have also encouraged a huge percent of our less intelligent population that SS will take care of their retirement years. This myth has to be busted to encourage them to be more responsible.
#5 is right. The fact that we allow these pols to have no skin in the game shows me that indeed, there is no hope. Boehner will continue to kick the can down the road. Congress´ personal bank accounts will continue to be nice and secure.
In May of 2010 while operating in southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as an infantryman, I was attached to a unit that was employing a female engagement team to supplement their already robust outreach campaign to the local villagers of Marjah. While the Marines—or “lioness” team—did an admirable job, it was clear that their presence in the midst of an all-male infantry company currently involved in combat operations clearly restructured the dynamic on the ground. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Macginnis in his book Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women into Combat proposes that
Texas Democratic Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa and Beto O’Rourke are pushing back against efforts to further secure the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing that more migrants would die while illegally crossing the border into America. “They come here to work hard and they come here to be reunited with their families. The sad truth is that many do not make it to accomplish any of those joyful things that I just described. Many of them lose their lives in the dry cactus and mesquite-filled lands of south Texas where I come from, the area that I represent,”
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Comedian Jim Carrey angered many on the right with his venomous tweets against the Second Amendment as well as those who embrace it. He (much) later apologized, but hard feelings likely remain. The Ace Ventura star´s latest political tweet won´t win him any conservative fans back. Carrey commented on vandals splashing green paint on the Lincoln Memorial with a predictably left of center viewpoint: Green paint on Lincoln memorial. Ppl are getting tired of corporate tyranny disguised as democracy. ;^\ http://say.ly/iqj6mai
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Union leaders are calling on Congress and President Obama to provide a federal bailout to the city of Detroit. The executive council of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, called for an “immediate infusion of federal assistance for Detroit” to be matched by Michigan, which they say has not done enough to keep the city from going through bankruptcy. “Bankruptcy must not be used as a tool to impoverish city of Detroit workers or retirees. City workers have already made severe concessions to keep the city afloat,” the executive council said in a statement.
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Conservative bloggers went wild Monday when they got wind of the Congressional Black Caucus’ suggestion that President Obama pick Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston for the post of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Rich Cooper, avid blogger for Security Debrief, responded to the news of the Jackson Lee recommendation in a post by saying, “Apparently, it is not a joke. For reasons that baffle any sense of reality, it is a serious gesture on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to encourage President Obama to nominate Rep. Jackson Lee
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