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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:54 PM

John Boehner nervously eyes the clock

John Boehner nervously eyes the clock

Posted by Greg Sargent

John Boehner held a presser in the Capitol just now, to press the message that there has been no progress in the fiscal cliff talks, and that Boehner’s plan — proposed last week — tosses the ball back into Obama’s court. It’s unclear what this presser accomplished for him. He resembled nothing so much as a football coach nervously eying the clock with time running out — with his team losing and no new set of plays to run.

Here’s what Boehner said:

This isn’t a progress report because there’s no progress to report. <...>

The President wants to raise tax rates. But even if the President got the tax hike rate that he wanted, understand that we could continue to see trillion dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see. Washington’s got a spending problem, not a revenue problem. If the president doesn’t agree with our proposal, I believe that he’s got an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own — a plan that can pass both chambers of the Congress. <...>

When is he going to take a step towards us?

Assuming the idea here was to inject the GOP’s version of events into the bloodstream in advance of the weekend, what exactly did this accomplish? Boehner said the talks are going nowhere. Fine, but polls show that majorities blame the GOP for the failure to reach a compromise. Boehner said that “Washington’s got a spending problem, not a revenue problem.” Okay, but the American people disagree: Polls consistently show that a majority wants a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes to solve our fiscal problems. The public understands that, yes, to some degree, we do have a revenue problem.

Boehner said Obama has an obligation to offer a plan that can pass both Houses of Congress. But even some Republicans, such as Reps. Tom Cole and Tim Scott — believe that extending just the middle class tax cuts — which Obama is demanding — could pass the House. Boehner has this option; it’s on him if he isn’t taking it.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/07/john-boehner-nervously-eyes-the-clock/

Boehner is looking at the clock and over his shoulder.

The lunatics are restless:

The Meltdown Gets Ugly as Conservatives ATTEMPT A COUP To Overthrow Boehner
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021935777



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ProSense Dec 2012 OP
question everything Dec 2012 #1
lunatica Dec 2012 #2
ProSense Dec 2012 #6
former-republican Dec 2012 #3
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #10
LineLineLineNew Reply .
former-republican Dec 2012 #11
Dread Pirate Roberts Dec 2012 #4
rocktivity Dec 2012 #5
Earth_First Dec 2012 #7
KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #8
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #12
ProSense Dec 2012 #13
KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #14
ProSense Dec 2012 #15
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #9
applegrove Dec 2012 #16
ProSense Dec 2012 #17

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:04 PM

1. And crying? (nt)

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:06 PM

2. Everything the GOP leadership says is a bluff

I haven't heard them tell the truth or anything that doesn't sound like bluff since President Obama was elected the first time. The GOP leadership in both houses are fucking scared to death of the teabag party.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:12 PM

6. Yup, and now that point (bluffing) has

been exposed as part of the official record.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021937851





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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:09 PM

3. A deal will be reached in the last hours

 

The republicans will give in .
They have no choice .

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Response to former-republican (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:25 PM

10. I hear whining ...

The Whinepublicans are weeping and gnashing their teeth.

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Response to SummerSnow (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:26 PM

11. .

 

fuck them ,I'm so sick of that party I can't put it into words.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:11 PM

4. Just Remember This.....

Whenever Boehner speaks!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:11 PM

5. But Mr. Grim Weeper, Obama isn't "obligated" to do SHIT.

The 98% isn't going to blame Obama if their taxes go up -- there's a deficit going on, and it's you and your party that created it. In other words, Obama wins no matter what he does...up to and including doing NOTHING.


rocktivity

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:13 PM

7. Please consider that "lunatics" has been judiciously removed from the Congressional lexicon...

Please update your records accordingly.

Also, we are also putting a cover sheet on all the TPS reports; per memo.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:21 PM

8. Boner Is Cornered...

This dude is one shitty poker player. He's "telling" all over the place.

It's apparent he doesn't have enough support on his side to pass any kind of tax cuts on the upper 2% and if he dares to patch together the 25 "moderates"; along with the Democrats to pass making the cuts for 98% permanent, he'll face a rebellion in his caucus. His tenure will be over.

But...he also knows that the President and the Democrats are focused and unified on the cuts...and they'll let that go over the cliff which removes any remaining leverage Boner has in preserving any of the cuts to the rich. They're definitely breathing down his neck to get something done. So he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. His membership in the teabag caucus vs. his membership at the posh country club with his deep pocket buddies?

Boner knows he's got a lame hand...he's losing in public opinion and knows he can only bluff so long. He's trying to stretch it out in hopes of making time stand still...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:30 PM

12. It's time for a...

Mr.Boner to have a nice stiff drink.

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:50 PM

13. Yup! Here are

Boehner's choices:

1) Accept the President's proposal with "dividends to be taxed as ordinary income" and the "estate tax to be levied at 45 percent on inheritances over $3.5 million."

2) Pass the Senate bill, "which currently taxes inheritances over $5 million at 35 percent," but excludes Obama's dividend proposal.

3) Go over the cliff when "the estate tax is scheduled to rise to 55 percent beginning with inheritances exceeding $1 million."

In each case, the tax cuts for the rich end. Your move, Mr. Tears.

G.O.P. Balks at White House Plan on Fiscal Crisis
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/us/politics/fiscal-talks-in-congress-seem-to-reach-impasse.html

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Response to ProSense (Reply #13)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:07 PM

14. What's Beautiful Here...

...is Boner and his ilk were so short-sighted last year in agreeing to the deal that had these triggers...hoping that President Obama would be defeated and the dubya cuts would be made permanent and even "enhanced". He agreed to a deal that he didn't think about what would happen if President Obama had won...what a fool.

BTW...I think if the old inheritance tax rules go back in play, the taxes kick in after the first $500 or $750k. There's a lot of nervous sperm lottery jackpot winners out there who are nervous.

Cheers...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:11 PM

15. Yup,

"He agreed to a deal that he didn't think about what would happen if President Obama had won...what a fool."

Mr. "98 percent" Tears.



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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:22 PM

9. The clock goes...

Tick tock tick tock tick tock .........BOOM!!!!!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:04 PM

16. Because Boehner was attacked by other GOP yesterday I assumed he had

caved. I was wrong.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:36 PM

17. Botton line:

"Because Boehner was attacked by other GOP yesterday I assumed he had caved. I was wrong."

Never trust Republicans and the RW.

The plan the right is pretending not to like
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021925273

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