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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:44 AM

Boehner to propose Plan B to House Republicans

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON With the "fiscal cliff" looming, House Speaker John Boehner will tell fellow GOP lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to move forward with a bill that will raise tax rates for Americans making more the $1 million

Plan B does not mean that Boehner has given up on negotiations with the White House, but the speaker believes that the threat of current tax rates expiring rising for all Americans is too great not to have a backup plan, according to a congressional source who was not authorized to speak on the issue.

"For weeks, Senate Republicans and a growing number of you have been pushing for us to pivot to a 'Plan B,'" Boehner will tell House Republicans, according to excerpts of his remarks. "I think there's a better way. But the White House just can't seem to bring itself to agree to a 'balanced' approach, and time is running short. Taxes are going up on everyone on Jan. 1. They're baked into current law. And we have to stop whatever tax rate increases we can. In the absence of an alternative, as of this morning, a 'modified Plan B' is the plan."

Boehner and Obama met on Monday. After the meeting, persons familiar with the talks told the Associated Press that the president was now seeking higher tax rates beginning at incomes over $400,000 for couples, moving from his stance on the campaign trail to let the George W. Bush-era tax rates expire on those making more than $250,000.


Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/12/18/boehner-fiscal-cliff-planb-house-republicans/1777205/



I know that some folks are screaming about the concessions that President Obama offered, which even the corporate media describes as "substantial." Yet, here you have Boehner already planning to walk away from these concessions, take far less in spending cuts, including the cuts they asked for in entitlement programs AND seeking to send a bill to the Senate in the hopes that Harry Reid will undercut the President!

Why? Because Boehner is a weak speaker and more and more people know it. Boehner really has two problems: (1) many House Republicans will vote against any deal with the President because they hate Democrats and believe the President was born in Kenya, and (2) the House Republicans can't resist the opportunity to undercut their own leaders in the effort to move up the rungs of power in the house (see Tom Price).

The problem is that this "negotiation" was always destined to fail, because Boehner is the weakest Speaker in history. This is why Boehner is now proposing to send a bill to the Senate that is DOA. Because now that Boehner just learned that he can't get his members to back him on anything, he has no choice but to grand stand as a Tea Partier in chief.

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TomCADem Dec 2012 OP
peacebird Dec 2012 #1
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slackmaster Dec 2012 #2
Demeter Dec 2012 #3
thesquanderer Dec 2012 #4
4dsc Dec 2012 #5
TomCADem Dec 2012 #7
olegramps Dec 2012 #8

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:46 AM

1. The President offers an olive branch & bonehead totally ignores it.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:59 AM

6. Earlier Today - "John Boehner Begins Make-or-Break Fiscal Cliff Meetings with House GOP"

Just to explain Boehner's newest and dumbest offer, Boehner had just emerged from a meeting with the House GOP that is referenced below. I guess Boehner once again demonstrated that he can't get his caucas to support any deal that he negotiates with the President. Boehner should just resign and let Tom Price assume the speaker position so that the crazy is in full display. Boehner merely serves as the sane (weeping) face of an extreme caucas that holds tax cuts to the rich sacrosanct. Thus, Boehner is propsoing a Plan B that he knows will not pass in a purely political effort to try to blame his failure to control his caucas on Democrats.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/influencealley/2012/12/john-boehner-begins-make-or-break-fiscal-cliff-meetings-with-house-gop-18

House Speaker John Boehner was tight lipped going into Tuesday morning's fiscal cliff meeting, declining to preview his message to colleagues.

After last night's fiscal cliff proposal from the White House, it's now up to Boehner to sell a deal with his GOP conference during crucial meetings Tuesday.

Perhaps sensing a tough crowd, Boehner told National Journal "It's gonna be fun," and then rolled his eyes.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:47 AM

2. Oh, THAT kind of Plan B.

 

Not this one.



Never mind.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:50 AM

3. It is, alas, far too late for Plan B

By an average age of 65 or 70 years...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:51 AM

4. yeah, might have been a better plan to suggest that fewer Republicans reproduce (n/t)

(this was supposed to post as a reply to post #2)

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:57 AM

5. Hope the President doesn't cave

because like the other GOP plans this should be DOA.

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Response to 4dsc (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:01 AM

7. No Danger That The House Will Sign On Any Deal...

...shot of the Ryan plan and everyone knows it. As referenced above, Boehner has lost control of his caucas at got a vote of no confidence at Tuesday morning's meeting.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:47 AM

8. It pisses me off that Obama is conceding anything.

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