Thursday, December 13, 2012

Boehner Tries Power Play Without Power

House Speaker
John Boehner
U.S. House speaker John Boehner told reporters a couple of days ago that President Barack Obama needs to come up with a new proposal to avert the “fiscal cliff” the United States is heading for if a deal is not cut soon. The thing is, the House has his proposal, and the President has the backing of the nation on it.

Poll after poll rejects the Republican plan to avert the monetary calamity by cutting spending only and fixing the crisis by eliminating a number of tax deductions. This is also the plan pretty much widely rejected by the voters at the ballot box on November 6 when it was touted as a solution by then Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney.

The President has a more balanced approach of spending cuts and a return to the Clinton-era tax rates for the top two percent of earners in the U.S. For 98 percent of us, we will not see our tax rates change at all. Republicans argue that the President’s plan hurts small businesses and job providers and continue to sit arms folded and refusing to acknowledge the results of last month’s election.

If the United States is allowed to go over the fiscal cliff, it could trigger another recession with extreme spending cuts and major tax increases. President Obama claims this would amount to $2,000 more in taxes paid by average American families.

Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying the President’s plan is perfect. I am saying that the President has more of a political tailwind at this point than a Congress with just a 10 percent approval rating. That will go down even more if this crisis doesn’t get solved. I know I don’t have $2,000 more to pay Uncle Sam, do you?


Paul K. Ogden said...

Boehner just had the American people re-elect a majority of Republicans to the House. And the Democrats don't have anything close to a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. Boehner and the congressional Republicans have plenty of power. The 2012 election was about as close to a status quo election as there could have possibly been.

Anonymous said...

But it's OK that Republicans be put in jail because they don't agree with your socialist agenda? Really.Just more proof what this whole thing is really all about. Obama wants us in jail because we dont agree with him..Heil Obama.

Even the socialist agenda of Vi Simpson should cringe at this.

Anonymous said...

..except that Obama got 5 million more votes than Romney and the electoral vote was 332 to 206. There is a strong message there if the Republicans ever decide to even admit that they lost.