U.S. poised to go off "fiscal cliff": Senator Reid

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AlDorman wrote:

We get military cuts and tax increases. A happy new year for sane and rational Americans!

Dec 27, 2012 10:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Malloy wrote:

I agree, Good. Let’s go over the cliff and show the Teapublicans as they truly are. Democracy requires compromise, not pledges. The Teapublicans goal is undo all the social changes and social programs instiuted since FDR. They are trying to return to the Robber Barren Age where the worker was merely chattle. For all the talk of what the founding faters intended, the true purpose is to make the rich richer and poor poorer.

Dec 27, 2012 11:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
mikemm wrote:

This should be a no brainer. The majority of voters will blame the GOP if no deal is reached. Half a loaf (preserving tax cuts up to $250K) is still better than raising everybody’s rates. Any bridging legislation can be tweaked and amended in the months ahead, but at least put a bridge in place.

If no deal is passed, the GOP will have a hard time holding on to open seats in the next election unless they run some moderates in the primaries to beat their sitting candidates. There’s just too much voter remorse for the Tea Party and hard right wingers that talked their way in as problem solvers and now can only offer obstructionism as their solutions to real problems that cannot just be kicked down the road.

Dec 27, 2012 11:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

There is no fiscal cliff. The republicans are delusional. Raising revenue and cutting spending is not a cliff. It is the goal.

Dec 27, 2012 11:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
YouGoYo wrote:

Send in the clowns! Getting the Do-Nothing Congress to actually pass a bill that might benefit the American people is a joke! They preach about needing to reduce the debt, which translates into sticking it to the poor and elderly, never by having millionaires pass a fair share in taxes! Poor people and those on Medicare/SSI don’t make political contributions large enough to grab their attention. They created this fiscal cliff last year, with hopes that they’d have control of the White House by now. Now its come full circle and they still have no clue. Any day now the credit of the US will be downgraded and it’ll be more expensive to borrow our money, digging the hole a little deeper..

Dec 27, 2012 11:44am EST  --  Report as abuse
gacha wrote:

Let them eat their Xmas turkey. Whatever happens happens. History will have a say. The present is closed for intransigence on both sides.

Dec 27, 2012 12:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

It takes two to tango. From what I heard and read on Obama’s rhetoric, he will “meet in the middle” but certain items are off the table for discussion. Its a bit difficult to discuss and meet at the middle when BOTH sides will not move. The Dems had a majority in Congress for first two years of Obama”s term but failed to address the fiscal issues other than kick the problem down the road. Plenty of blame all around!

Dec 27, 2012 2:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

Since half the country has no skin in the game (ie they do not pay taxes) why should they worry.

The real crime is that for almost 4 years the Senate has not passed a budget for the country, which is a constitutional obligation. I guess Harry Reid is too busy to bother about that. The entire Senate (Dems & Reps) should be held in contempt of congress. Withhold their pay until they pass a budget. The cliff issue will be solved immediately.

Dec 27, 2012 2:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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