Boehner: White House willing to "slow-walk" up to "fiscal cliff"

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Eric93 wrote:

FISCAL CLIFF??? It’s more like a shallow slope over ten years. What a bunch of BS and a total HOAX EXPRESSION. We need the taxes to return to pre-Bush era rates and we need expenses slashed as per the agreement. BRAVO. Keep on walking.

Dec 13, 2012 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

I much prefer the fiscal cliff to Obama’s bogus plan…another recession will be the least of our fears when our impending debt crisis capitulates.

I know Obama told you everything would be alright if “millionaires and billionaires just pay a little bit more…” but it’s NOT TRUE! WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM AMERICA!

Dec 13, 2012 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
Ashishnfl wrote:

Boehneor:SHFU and start doing your Job, We the people will need Referendum on revoking PAY to congress for Last 4 years for not doing anything and getting paid. And maybe Boehner: you make 250k from your tanning saloon and salary congress. I am small business and i don’t go over 250k so i don’t care if they expire. And how many people out 300 some million american people make 250k < 12% ?

Dec 13, 2012 11:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
ColonialNews wrote:

Republicans know what it means to slow-walk because they have been willing to slow-walk the economy for the past 4 years in order to oust the president. They have deliberately opposed every opportunity to work with the president. They have been willing to let the nation and the world suffer in order to get the black man out of office. They show no signs of changing.

Dec 13, 2012 11:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:

Bernanke must stop the money printing press, else this will be a danger to the USD and world economy. Republicans are doing the right thing. Cut your coat according to cloth.

Dec 13, 2012 11:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
endtimes wrote:

It’s the fading echo of the Republican’s “My way or the Highway” approach. Speaker Bohner, the world isn’t flat. There are enough varied approaches to very similar problems the world over that the proper tactic shouldn’t be so very difficult to zero in on. The tactics you are digging in your heels in defense of are rapidly being demonstrated to make the situation worse.
You’re a pretty poor representative of the American people if all you and Senator McConnell can think of is your miserable political parties and your miserable egos.
I hear the Republicans are planning to make a mess of the debt ceiling vote again as well. Is the only way to keep the country functional at all to eliminate the Republicans from politics entirely?
I hear the 1% doesn’t want you to allow their taxes to go up because if they do the 1% couldn’t afford to buy as many Republican politicians…

Dec 13, 2012 11:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bubba311 wrote:

The GOP have nothing to lose in the “fiscal cliff”
debate. If we go off the cliff, they will be blamed. If we do not,
credit will go to the Democrats. It is also becoming apparent that, as a
purely political strategy, the President is willing to let the country
go off the cliff rather than compromise with the GOP. Since the GOP are already in the toilet with the public and the media, they and the country will be best served if they just stick to their position regarding the issues of taxing and spending.

Dec 13, 2012 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

This only serves to show us the real problem in this country: 0.1% of the people have the power, through the Republican Party, to hold the economies of the other 99.9% hostage to get anything they want. They clearly are willing to sacrifice the economic well-being of 99.9% of us just to avoid an additional 4.6% percentage points in taxes. That tiny 0.1% will be able to continue bullying the rest of us as long as the Republican Party holds any power.

Dec 13, 2012 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
vhpeddler wrote:

John, McConell and Cantor have slow walked for 4 years keeping the economy hostage , unable to work with the President and crying at every turn. Payback comes with a price. You started the game and stopped progress with the president as well as the economy. End the Bush temp tax cuts that hurt this country so much and do your job as most Americans do every day.

Dec 13, 2012 12:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

jaham
I much prefer the fiscal cliff to Obama’s bogus plan…me too. At least the cliff is fair and equal.

ColonialNews
For the first two years obama got everything he wanted. Even what will prove to be the fall of our economy and medicare-obamacare. The second two years it was hurting so bad the American people said slow down and lets have a look at what is going on. We can not continue to allow this guy to go unchecked. This election the people said ok he wants a chance to redeem himself…but we will keep a check in place-the House. So here we are…..bring on the cliff. When we do hit the bottom and it becomes CLEAR who is to blame-and what-we will clean the White House and move on.

Dec 13, 2012 12:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
malachite wrote:

What a joke–the head of the GOP complaining about an agreement to decrease spending across all budget categories that the GOP INSISTED upon in return for increasing the debt ceiling.

When the GOP (and Dems) had NO difficulty raising the debt ceiling many times under Bush II or going along w/his “off budget” DoD increases for his fake “gotta get those WMDs”/cakewalk/oil revenues will pay for reconstruction invasion and his “Bin-Laden, dead or alive/but it’s not about reconstruction” invasion of Afghanistan.

While I think the social safety net should be strengthened, not further weakened (as the GOP wish) or just destroyed, the DoD budget, excluding veterans benefits & lower level (grunt) military pay and benefits, could be cut by 50% and we’d be better off. Especially if the DoD finally had to do a real audit.

No bigger “entitlement” program in the US then the MIC.

Dec 13, 2012 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
malachite wrote:

What a joke–the head of the GOP complaining about an agreement to decrease spending across all budget categories that the GOP INSISTED upon in return for increasing the debt ceiling.

When the GOP (and Dems) had NO difficulty raising the debt ceiling many times under Bush II or going along w/his “off budget” DoD increases for his fake “gotta get those WMDs”/cakewalk/oil revenues will pay for reconstruction invasion and his “Bin-Laden, dead or alive/but it’s not about reconstruction” invasion of Afghanistan.

While I think the social safety net should be strengthened, not further weakened (as the GOP wish) or just destroyed, the DoD budget, excluding veterans benefits & lower level (grunt) military pay and benefits, could be cut by 50% and we’d be better off. Especially if the DoD finally had to do a real audit.

No bigger “entitlement” program in the US then the MIC.

Dec 13, 2012 12:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
StarLight wrote:

Can the speaker and congress pass a law to prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income?

The cliff will make Democrats happy on tax raises on the rich
while Republicans happy on the spending cuts ….

Isnt that simple ????

Dec 13, 2012 12:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Let ‘em have their taxes. Can’t wait for them to get their tax raise so they can see it didn’t do anything…except drive the people with money further away. Who’s barry gonna blame next when the whole ‘Robin Hood’ thing don’t pan out?

Dec 13, 2012 12:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

Obama has given away billions to undeserving crooks and now claims we’re out of money. But the sheep re-elected him anyway so the majority still have exactly what they deserve. Once again, God help the rest of us.

Dec 13, 2012 12:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gunste wrote:

Let us remember that it was Ronald Reagan who doubled the debt in the 1980s and George W. did it in spades in the 2000 decade, waging two wars without paying for them and cutting taxes when there was a recurring deficit. – Lastly, Paul Ryan’s Budget, approved by the GOP last year, would add 6 trillion to the debt over 10 years.
That raises the question on how fiscally responsible the House Republicans were and are –> NOT.

Dec 13, 2012 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
injuntrouble wrote:

Actually Boehner and the republicans who would rather protect the top 2% instead of the bottom 98%. As far as they are concerned, the country can go into default or a recession or a depression, as long as the top 2% are doing OK, the republicans are happy.

Dec 13, 2012 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
injuntrouble wrote:

Actually Boehner and the republicans who would rather protect the top 2% instead of the bottom 98%. As far as they are concerned, the country can go into default or a recession or a depression, as long as the top 2% are doing OK, the republicans are happy.

Dec 13, 2012 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AmericanLady wrote:

I’m right there with the president. I know the GOP doesn’t want tax increases for the wealthy and I don’t believe they are truly serious about spending cuts.

Dec 13, 2012 12:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
soulice wrote:

interesting, just went from 22 to 19 posts. Is Reuters filtering after the fact?

Dec 13, 2012 3:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

@AmericanLady…do you believe Obama is serious about spending cuts and, if so, why hasn’t he offered any specifics?

Dec 13, 2012 3:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rich_F wrote:

reuters is censoring comments that are in no way violating any policies i’ve ever heard of. thought control is what it’s all about.

Dec 13, 2012 4:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
soulice wrote:

I guess the minute you put facts in that support the right, you get nixed. :)

Dec 13, 2012 6:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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