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So Plan B is it, no Plan C?

So Plan B is it, no Plan C?

Obama held a press conference today about gun legislation, but almost all of the press questions were about the “fiscal cliff.”

Obama’s responses were truly amazing, a spiking-of-the-football approach in which he pocketed Boehner’s concession on tax rates for those making over $1 million, then moved the class warfare down to those making less.

Here’s a taste of the press conference, be glad you didn’t have to listen to the whole thing.

Obama even suggested that because of the Newtown shooting, Republicans should stop fighting with him.

Boehner responded with a 50-second live statement, in which he says the House will pass Plan B and send it to the Senate. 

Boehner appears to be taking my suggestion of passing something and then going home, but rather than merely preserve the status quo pending further negotiations next quarter (Plan C), Plan B protects everyone making under $1 million as a final solution on tax rates.

I still think the Christmas Strategy is a better strategy, but what do I know.

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What a condescending arrogant prick.

    Zhombre in reply to jdkchem. | December 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    You got that right, brother. A supercilious creep is how I describe him. And I stopped listening to anything he says.

Boehner needs to get something through the House, it is the only way he shifts out of the rhetorical pattern he’s been locked into.

He also need to explain to the House (and the public) that a vote to keep certain tax rates is not a vote to raise other rates. It is simply a take what you can get approach when attempting to cut a deal with an obstinate opponent.

Once these rates are approved by the Senate – which says it is against middle class tax increases, then the other rates can be addressed.

And if the Senate doesn’t approve them? Well, then we all know which party wanted rate increases on everyone.

Start with the low hanging fruit.

Obama evoked Sandy and the Newtown monstrosity in the same sentence as reasons he should be given his way.

This was a speech expressly for the moron demographic.

I have an idea. How about “folks like” and his spendthrift wife him not take another vacation this month that at a cost to taxpayers of multi-millions of dollars.

average josephine | December 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

God Bless Boehner for keeping his response short and sweet. Maybe he’s getting the hang of this whole messaging thing.

Obama even suggested that because of the Newtown shooting, Republicans should stop fighting with him.
Obama never fails to scale new heights of Mt Narcissus.

Simply put: Professor, you’re a better negotiator. Don’t give up a trillion in tax increases, and THEN go back to the negotiating table later. Which is what they’ll all do sometime in the next 12 months, even if Plan B passes.

Sigh – you know you’ve got a bad negotiator, when your side was better off before he opened his mouth.

[…] Obama and Speaker John Boehner make statements about the impending “fiscal […]

BannedbytheGuardian | December 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

In the US you have a Cult of Personality running the show & manipulating all traditions & events.

A very pertinent event just happened in the UK. For the first time since The English Civil War & the subsequent beginnings of the Westminster system , Queen Elizabeth at 64 years of age utilized her Right & monitored a Parliamentary cabinet meeting . Though she did not speak there is no way she was not putting down the Hammer & demanding better governance & more.

An interesting comparison . QE2 or Obama The First.

Are you sure you can’t get Liz to sack Obama?

Damn.

BannedbytheGuardian | December 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Make that 84 + years of age.

“Plan B protects everyone making under $1 million as a final solution on tax rates.”.

For how long? A little bit here and a littel bit there. Eventually we will all be paying higher rates. And on top of obamacare and inflation, it is lunsustainable. It will come to barely making ends meet for even the higher earners.

I think this million dollar limit was obama’s goal all along. That is an old gimmick to ask for what you know you can’t have on the theory you will get more than the opposition wanted to give you to start with. Any fool knows someone making $250,000 in NYC or DC is not at all rich. Not with the city and state rates in those cities; not to mention the cost of living..

Sadly, all the politicians and media are talking about tax rates. The problem isn’t taxes, its spending.

The sad part isn’t that politicians are afraid of being voted out if they reign in the out of control spending. The sad part is that the citizens might actually vote out the politicians if they start acting like adults and reign in the out of control spending.

LMAO. Barack Obama now claiming that, because the Repubs said they are willing to raise taxes on millionaires, that means everybody else has to pay, too.

The stupid working MF’ers that voted for him, thinking that he was ONLY going to raise taxes on the rich, deserve what’s coming. I pity the rest of us, and all of our children.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Valerie. | December 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

    H.L. Mencken

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