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Boehner’s Gambit
National Review Online, by Robert Costa

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/19/2012 1:25:24 PM

On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner unveiled “Plan B,” his latest fiscal-cliff proposal, but few lawmakers expect the plan to be signed into law. Instead, the move is seen as part of Boehner’s larger strategy as he negotiates a final agreement with President Barack Obama. In short, Boehner wants the president to raise his threshold for tax-rate increases. At the moment, Obama has offered to make the threshold $400,000 — tax rates would be kept the same if you make less than $400,000, but increased if your income is above that mark. Boehner thinks that number is far too low.

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Grover Norquist has advised that a vote for Plan B is not a violation of the tax pledge some have signed.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 12/19/2012 1:38:50 PM     (No. 9074610)

Even a million would kill small businesses. The LPs in the alphabet networks and Fox still kinda accidentally forget to mention this in their ´reporting´ on this matter.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: plex, 12/19/2012 2:04:30 PM     (No. 9074655)

It is my opinion that no matter what the result of these negotiations is, the economy is going to tank in the next two years. Boehner´s Gambit may be part of a process to make sure that the Democrats own the failing economy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mws50, 12/19/2012 2:17:52 PM     (No. 9074689)

It´s all show, and no go. Boehner will roll over and play dead in about a week. There will be no cuts in spending, and the upper echelon of our citizens will see their taxes escalate.

It is what the Elite want. Too bad we did not elect Sarah Palin. She has a history of stomping the Elite into the ground.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 12/19/2012 2:21:13 PM     (No. 9074704)

You rarely see losing defined as a "gambit."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/19/2012 2:29:53 PM     (No. 9074725)

If the negotiations go on, there are going to extensions the Payroll Tax Holiday, some of Obama´s Low Earned Income Credits, some lost deductions, and who knows what else. I really hate sacrificing any taxpayers to the wolves out of ´expediency´. Abdication of the House control on spending would be unforgivable. It would better that we have a real lesson of how hurtful big government can be. Let everyone´s rate go up and lets see how supportive the People are.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bob913, 12/19/2012 2:30:06 PM     (No. 9074726)

Boehner’s Gambit but OUR Money!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/19/2012 2:31:55 PM     (No. 9074735)

I dunno, #3. Even the vaunted Sarah Palin might have had a problem "stomping the Elite into the ground" in just a half-term.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 12/19/2012 3:17:59 PM     (No. 9074821)

But, Plan B accepts spending cuts "later." How absolutely dirt dumb is that!!!!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JAN, 12/19/2012 3:36:08 PM     (No. 9074859)

IMHO Boehner has been brilliant.

He set O up for a fall.

Too bad the loons on our side couldn´t keep their mouths shut long enough for this to play out.

Too busy blaming republicans for all O´s evil ways.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/19/2012 3:37:04 PM     (No. 9074861)

It was OBAMA´s offer to go $400k? I thought it was Boehner´s. Hmm.

So Obama admits that his original proposal would kill the economy, hmm?

I hope Boehner knows how to answer back to Obama´s snotty insults.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: viking diver, 12/19/2012 3:58:29 PM     (No. 9074888)

Boner is going to give up, and reach across the isle even though he has the majority and the purse strings. What a blooming idiot, probably going to go cry now because no one listens to him! We don´t have a budget, and haven´t had one for 4 years, and yet he does nothing. Just stop the governement until a budget is passed and make sure no tax increases and cut spending to bring the bottom line back into control. If I ran my house hold accounts like the government does I would be thrown in jail and the key locked away.... Maybe the same should happen to all our representatives

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver, 12/19/2012 5:34:23 PM     (No. 9075038)

Nothing works if government spending is not cut by 50% within the next month.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: oldsfc, 12/19/2012 6:42:35 PM     (No. 9075127)

#9, I don´t think boehner has the smarts, or the will, to "set obama up." He is a prototype rino.

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