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Obama Throws Down Gauntlet to GOP on Fiscal Cliff: 'Extend Middle-Class Tax Cuts Now'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: fiscal cliff, obama, usa, politics, republicans, democrats, government, congress, americans )

Cal
- 745 days ago - alternet.org
In a defiant set of remarks, the president told middle-class citizens that the only hold-up to the extension of their tax cuts was in the House of Representatives.



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Past Member (0)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 4:29 am
Has he learned that throwing down the gauntlet doesn't work?
 

jan b. (3)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:13 am
Republican congress has an approval rating of around 10% and Boehner still insists he knows what the people want ?
I believe in voting for the PARTY platform and this is the way to VOTE..........rather than how the candidate smiles, based on his personal life if he hasn't robbed a bank or killed anyone........ and they all say things that involve so many other people that the individual promises are not often met.
 

Laura Mancuso (63)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:23 am
Someone should get Boehner to Church. I am a Catholic, and listened to him brag, last year, when he led the Hostage Situation, regarding the Debt.
He proclaims Christianity, yet, gives way to the forms and petitions, and affadavits from the likes of Grover L. C'mon, John B. quit your crying, ask what's right for the people.
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 7:42 am
I can only hope that the "no more Mr Nice Guy" works - The Party of obstruction might bring upon us our demise, but there's fight left - and it's the Rich who will go down - karma!!!
 

Yvonne White (232)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 11:28 am
I'm glad he came out swinging & I hope he Learned from RepubliCONs to keep spouting a key phrase & NO Mercy to the Rich!!!!!
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 5:58 pm
Noted. First sign that Obama might cave, each & every one of us must contact him through WhiteHouse.gov and leave a message supporting an end to tax cuts for the wealthiest. After the past 4 yrs, we don't want our Pres. compromising any further. He nearly compromised himself out of the White House. He should be reminded that we've given him a mandate, and he has a legacy to leave.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:33 pm
I was upset, all along, that Pres. Obama did not put more focus on the intransigence of the House of Reps. during the campaign. Truman won fighting a "Do Nothing congress," and it seems that the House has been "Do Nothing," on steroids.
I believe that the Republican issue about small businesses and the tax on the wealthy, is nothing more than a snow job.
 

Rita White (1)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 8:48 pm
The gauntlet should be thrown down. We as the voters need to throw down the gauntlet at each election. Our Senators and Represenatives need to know we mean business about working together for solutions.
 

John B. (158)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 10:13 pm
Thanks Cal for the link. I'm not so sure he was throwing down the gauntlet as much as telling the American voters to put pressure on their Senators and Representatives on the budget issues. I guess we will see if bipartisanship shows up in the lame duck session but I'm not holding my breath. Read and noted.
 

John Gregoire (261)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 6:22 am
Looks to me that we are right back at the beginning. Obama squeeked out a win but he is obviously not ready to be a leader or to compromise. Four more years of gridlock and pain.
 

Gloria picchetti (299)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:20 am
The only problem I have with raising taxes on the wealthy is the level at which the higher taxation begins. $250,000 is not a lot of money unless you have made it multiple years in a row. I think it should be an even million for at least two or three years in a row before the higher taxation rate begins.
I am not suggesting that "tax cuts create jobs." If that were so we would all have as many jobs as we need. It's simply not so.
What I am saying is give someone a chance to be really wealthy before you tax them.
Never mind the social security tax cap also. Everyone gets social security & medicare so everyone pays full taxes on it.
If the wealthy don't want to pay a higher tax rate then let's eleminate who pays taxes at the bottom. If you don't make $50,000 a year - no taxes.
 
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