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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:03 PM

John Boehner Makes An Offer: Make Tax Rates For Top Group Permanent

John Boehner Makes An Offer: Make Tax Rates For Top Group Permanent

Oh yes, America. Republicans are certainly serious about negotiating in (cough, cough!) good faith. Clearly good faith has a different meaning to them than it does to me, since Boehner's "offer" with regard to making a "deal" on tax rates was to leave them right where they are forever and ever, amen.

Seriously, who calls this a negotiation again? Oh, that's right, the media likes to pretend Republicans are actually behaving in good faith, despite bonehead moves like this, via CNN:

One of the reasons Tuesday night's conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner did not go well was because the GOP House speaker sent the White House a fiscal cliff proposal calling for a permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including for incomes in the top 2%, a Democratic source said Wednesday.

Democrats took the GOP counter offer to mean that tax reform cannot result in any marginal rates higher than current law, according to the source, who said Boehner's proposal was a "sign" to Democrats that "Boehner and the GOP are unwilling or unable to do any sort of deal that can pass the Senate or be signed by the president."


Yes, please. Let's get a little real here, shall we? We just went through 16 months of a Presidential campaign where these rates were the centerpiece of Democrats' platform. And we won. Of course the President will agree to cement the Bush tax cuts in perpetuity. Give me a break.

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kentuck Dec 2012 #1
Mariana Dec 2012 #3
Angry Dragon Dec 2012 #2
librechik Dec 2012 #4
LonePirate Dec 2012 #5
SomethingFishy Dec 2012 #6
theKed Dec 2012 #7

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:06 PM

1. One Congress cannot tie another Congress to such a deal?

That would not hold water.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:38 PM

3. LOL, they can try, can't they?

That's exactly the reaction I had all during Bush's time when they would babble about wanting to make the Bush tax rates "permanent". WTF? You'd think in their positions they'd understand how our government works. Idiots.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:11 PM

2. I agree with the boner

top rates should be set at 70% where they were before Raygun

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:41 PM

4. those tax cuts are 40% of the deficit. Moaner wants to make the deficit permanent

so the repubs will always have something to whine about.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:42 PM

5. Would Ds agree to this if capital gains could be taxed at ordinary earned income rates?

I know this idea would never be offered by either side; but would it be acceptable?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:45 PM

6. I have a deal for Boehner...

I'll teach him and all his friends how to support a family of 6 on $50,000 a year while still paying their taxes, if he will just SHUT THE FUCK UP.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:46 PM

7. ...

"Ok. Our offer is to extend all the Bush tax cuts."

"No."

"Alright. How 'bout this: we make them permanent?"

"Are you an idiot?"

Boehner doesn't know much about negotiation, does he? I imagine, partly, this will aid them saying they made 'numerous' offers to compromise when the cuts expire, no matter how ridiculous they are.

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