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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:33 PM

John Boehner: No Tax Rate Boost To Avert Fiscal Cliff

What would you do if you were in the President's shoes??

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans want to cooperate with President Barack Obama on reducing federal deficits, but not by raising income tax rates.

Boehner spoke soon after Obama told reporters the GOP-run House should let taxes rise on the richest Americans. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said that would hurt job creation.

The speaker said there has been a spirit of cooperation between congressional Republicans and the White House. He said he is optimistic about talks beginning Friday between the White House and congressional leaders about averting the fiscal cliff tax increases and spending cuts occurring automatically in January unless lawmakers reach a compromise to avert them.

Obama campaigned for re-election on boosting taxes on the wealthy, but said Wednesday he could compromise on how to do that.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/john-boehner-fiscal-cliff_n_2134040.html

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Reply John Boehner: No Tax Rate Boost To Avert Fiscal Cliff (Original post)
kentuck Nov 2012 OP
Warpy Nov 2012 #1
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #2
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #3
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #12
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 2012 #4
theglammistress Nov 2012 #6
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 2012 #11
msongs Nov 2012 #5
Salviati Nov 2012 #8
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #13
Permanut Nov 2012 #7
kentuck Nov 2012 #9
krawhitham Nov 2012 #10
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #14
Autumn Nov 2012 #15
reformist2 Nov 2012 #16
TheKentuckian Nov 2012 #17

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:35 PM

1. Then he's just going to have to scream

while he watches the precious Pentagon get put on a strict diet.

C'mon. You knew these clowns would all close ranks to protect their sugar daddies.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:35 PM

2. If the President does nothing the Bush tax cuts expire. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 PM

3. Oh well

Then over we go.

Sorry John.


The Bush tax giveaway expires. Ain't nothin' you can do about that.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:12 PM

12. +1000 nt

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 PM

4. I thought that these guys were "serious" about reducing the deficit?

Guess not- or they just assumed that we would be impressed by their 2010 "mandate" and agree to cut Social Security, Medicare, and just about every program they don't like but extend the Bush Tax Cuts and/or make them permanent and unnecessarily boost defense spending? Have I got that right?

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:40 PM

6. You are right.

The thugs want everything their way. Too bad, cause it ain't happening.

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Response to theglammistress (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:07 PM

11. and, ironically, only have themselves to blame

if they had just raised the #$(*(*)%(#&@( debt ceiling and/or pushed for/supported a genuinely bipartisan plan to reduce the deficit, they wouldn't have been put in this position. And, remember, whenever a right winger starts trying to revise history to make it seem that mean ol' President Obama bullied and pushed Boehner, McConnell, et. al, just remind them that Boehner was happy about the deal at the time and told all of us that he got "98%" of what he wanted. And remind them of how horribly Boehner failed to lead his caucus to get something done in the "Supercommittee".

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:40 PM

5. just wait til jan 2 and reintroduce middle class only tax cuts and let repubs vote against that nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:44 PM

8. This.

Full stop. The hostage taking has got to stop.

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Response to Salviati (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:13 PM

13. That!

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:43 PM

7. I think this meets the dictionary definition of extortion..

Or attempted extortion. If it is successful, there will be more. A lot more.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:45 PM

9. In my opinion...

...The President should talk "compromise" right up to December 31st. At that time, the ball is then in their court. They have to do something.

Also, the President can keep them in Washington over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in emergency session until they decide to get their stuff together.

Also, he could request that they work on an over-all tax reform, based on the knowledge attained thru the tax returns of Mitt Romney, their late and great nominee. We need to close those loopholes.

We will stay here until the people's business is done.

It is your call, Mr Boehner...

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:46 PM

10. Call his bluff

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:18 PM

14. The cliff is our friend!

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:28 PM

15. Embrace the cliff, be one with the cliff

Go cliff!!!!!!!


Fuck you boner.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:35 PM

16. Free Obamaphones for all Repugs who cross the aisle?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:41 PM

17. We should have terminated them upon having the Presidency.

Failing that they should have sunset hell or high water.

Certainly, we should have never went into the sequester deal but everyone thought it was cool to take money out of the economy so there it is but no way, no how should we let this tar ball collect any more hostages to keep it rolling.

Everybody should knuckle down and be ready to pay their Clinton level taxes and our officials should then be prepared to put forward legislation to provide some relief to low earners and make the TeaPubliKlans to vote them down without the ability to hide behind "opposing tax increases for all".

The tax cuts are pretty much their ideological spine. The refusal to snap it is fucking maddening.

We need tee shirts and signs that say something like "I'm ready to my taxes are you, Grover?" and "Hey, Koch brothers you're paying your taxes even if I have to as well" or "America, we're all going to pay for it" or "We'll vote on cutting my taxes next year".

Something that says "make my day, fiscal cliff".

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