Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:54 PM
ProSense (116,464 posts)
Bernie Sanders: "Boehner has no control over his extreme right-wing faction"
President Obama and members of the Senate began returning to Washington on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that time was running out to pass budget legislation before the new year. With no resolution in sight, Reid faulted the failure of House Republicans to even consider a Senate-passed measure that would extend lower tax rates on household income up to $250,000. Reid called the House performance a “debacle.” “Chaos” was the word Sen. Bernie Sanders had used to describe the House Republican caucus . “There is a great deal of concern that the Republican Party failed to do anything and that it seems that in the House now (Speaker John) Boehner has no control over his extreme right-wing faction,” Sanders told NBC’s Luke Russert.
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“The American people, Luke, are very clear about what they want, and what they want is to ask the wealthiest people in this country who are doing phenomenally well to start paying their fair share of taxes. There was just a poll out the other day which said that over 70 percent of the American people think folks that are making over $250,000 a year should start paying their fair share. They understand that one out of four corporations are paying nothing in taxes, and I think the American people are very, very clear throughout this election and in polling as well saying do not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
“And then you have, over in the House, a situation where the Republicans are saying, ‘Hey, we don't think billionaires should pay a nickel more in taxes, but we do think there should be devastating cuts in programs that are impacting working families who are already hurting as a result of the recession.’
“So,” Sanders concluded, “that's the problem that we have.”
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Bernie Sanders: "Boehner has no control over his extreme right-wing faction" (Original post)
|R. Daneel Olivaw||Dec 2012||#2|
Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)
Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:41 PM
R. Daneel Olivaw (12,585 posts)
2. Yes they are crazy. IMHO they are committing political suicide with this.
Why is it that Luke Russert seems to be everywhere right now? Are they trying to brand him as somebody of importance?
Response to ProSense (Original post)
Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:44 PM
Honeycombe8 (18,738 posts)
3. As long as stupid people keep electing the righwingnut tea partiers, they're going to have
problems in the Republican Party, seems like. But the people elected them.