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Obama Urges GOP Leaders to Back His 'Cliff' Plan or Offer Acceptable Alternative


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Fiscal cliff, higher taxes, 2%, government, ethics, congress, elections, republicans )

Carrie
- 607 days ago - washingtonpost.com
President Obama called on Republican leaders Friday to support his plan to let taxes rise on income over $250,000 a year or to offer a clear alternative for averting the year-end "fiscal cliff" that could win Democratic support.



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Cam V. (417)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:01 pm
Your moron in chief has no idea how to lead.
 

Diane O. (149)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:36 pm
Yes ge does, Cam. He leads from behind. LOL!

The republicans need to let Obama go over the cliff....raise taxes on everyone. Let the liberals own this fiasco. The republicans were sent to Washington to stop the excessive spending and they are doing exactly what they campaigned to do if elected.
 

Diane O. (149)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:40 pm
Those darn typos: "Yes HE does, Cam....."
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:32 pm
Yes Diane, the republicans are doing exactly what they were elected to do - Nothing! Going "over the cliff" will be blamed on the do nothing tea party in the House. That is as it should be. No one except FOX News and their uneducated followers will blame Obama.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1645)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:39 pm
Yes, he actually DOES know what he's doing. Obama is trying very hard to get the Republicans and Democrats to reach an agreement before the deadline. Do not call my President 'moron!' At least he is doing something about the situation. TY Carrie.
 

Thomas P. (468)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:19 pm
Noted...thanks Carrie. That's exactly who will be blamed. And there are even those who appear on Fox News that realize the Republicans will be blamed (e.g. Ann Coulter and Bill Kristol, to name two). BarbCat....very nice! Diane O...um, we know what you meant, typos notwithstanding. Actually, this was started by your guy...President Bush. The so-called Bush tax cuts were designed and scheduled to expire at the end of 2011. President Obama extended them for one year and said at the time he wouldn't renew them, as I'm sure you know. The only way the Democrats could "own" going over the cliff would be steal it from the Republicans, and specifically, the tea party.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday December 28, 2012, 7:27 pm
not here to argue-- I support my president!!
 

JL A. (275)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:37 pm
A joint op-ed from a conservative think tank member and a liberal appeared with both agreeing that any failure to reach agreement so the fiscal cliff occurs will be the sole responsibility and fault of the GOP in Congress...hard not to agree when all across the political spectrum see it the same way unless one is in denial of facts and reality and clinging to fictions and myths,
 

Linda S. (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 12:25 pm
As a senior disabled Canadian, I am worried about how the Republicans portray their values and views of Americans. As a party they seem to ignore all but the wealthy 1%.

Since Canada's financial economy is affected by the U.S. we could end up in a similar situation. I am an admirer of Obama. He has made public how ridiculous the U.S. governing system has been acting. The U.S. is being observed by the international community. The decisions made during the next few days, well, we are holding our breath and praying.
 

Gary A L. (133)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:06 pm
so two rightwing nutjob spin doctors are here trying to continue the republinazi lies I would have thought that they would have stopped paying you two after the election and the drubing you tratior republicans took just wait till 2014 when the country kicks out the rest of the scumbag republinazi's
 

Gary A L. (133)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:09 pm
oh BTW thanks Carrie if we keep telling the truth some of these dopey republinazi morons might grow a brain
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:38 pm
DECREASE THE MILITARY BUDGET, DECREASE THE NASA BUDGET, RAISE THE TAXS ON THE TOP 2%!!!!This is FOR STARTERS!! DON'T TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICAID, MEDICARE!!!! Capitol letters on purpose!!!
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:43 pm
For NO more stalling on getting things done in DC, Vote democratic in 2014!!
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:51 pm
Donald, spoken like a true socialist!! Nanny state comes to mind......wish I could post a picture of Greece here for you so that you can see what happens when you have the majority of people on government handouts and you've run out of rich people to pay for it.

Linda, the US is being observed today as being a much weakened economy, facing massive debt and borrowing $.42 for every dollar we spend.....and they see Obama as a weak leader for the US. You are right....they are watching us alright.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:06 pm
I stand with the President. I gather the above individual must be in that 1% bracket and is a little bit worried that she might have to pay her fair share. Poor thing.
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:12 pm
Sorry, Ann, I never mind paying my taxes. I pay them on time every year.
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 4:17 pm
In fact, I believe in the flat tax because all Americans should be paying taxes not just 47% of us.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 11:39 pm
@Bab: No spam!!!
 

Madeleine watt (256)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 5:37 am
Thank you President Obama. It's time for Republicans to understand middle and lower class people will not pay taxes for the richest 2%. "You First" is my new mantra. Congres and Senate members don't need their insurance nor perks, corporations do not need tax breaks or incentives nor subsidies for outsourcing manufacturing jobs.
They need to understand that we do not buy the company line that bringing jobs back home would make them too expensive. What we do buy is that maybe THEY could do with a little less. Their is no reason for them to expect over 400% markups, 4 homes, 12 cars, or designer everything.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:05 am
Sounds like another way of Obama saying my way or the highway! Some leadership and compromise.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:14 am
Taxes without an equal cost control balance (which BO knows nothing about according to his own friend and personal physician of some 20+ years, David Scheiner ... combined with the Senate's equal ignorance (no budget passed in the past 3 years where the Dems rule, says to me LET'S JUMP.

Wasted time of at least 5 weeks to "egt serious" now jumped to the final hours or else just doesn't fly. As Rahm Emanuel, BO's first and forever prompter, always says: never let a good crisis go to waste, i,e. Chicago politics.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:44 am
Wake up republicans. You lost the election and now you are going to support the president or lose more elections.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:54 am
@ Diane O: I won't name names, but someone sent me a star, SO, if my comment makes me a Socialist, then SO be it!!
On the light side, Diane, Happy New Year!! Here's Wishing Obama the Bets of Luck in 2013!!!!
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 8:10 am
Unfortunately also appropriate for this thread (from Black's Law Dictionary):

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Arielle S. (317)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 10:12 am
"Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower" - this from Forbes Magazine - Donald, I'd send you another star if I could. And Diane? You can plant your lips on my ever-expanding posterior and kiss away....it's a new form of "socialism" for those who simply refuse to face facts.
 

James Maynard (68)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:06 pm
Well, I'm still not holding my breath.
Would rather the foolish cuts expire
on everyone than to keep playing
these silly games.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 3:26 pm
I believe the "fiscal cliff" is there for members of the GOP to push each other off of. And, to respond to Diane's push for a "flat tax"----this ALWAYS and ONLY benefits the wealthiest among us. It would be a catastrophe to place a flat tax on 98% of us. Let's all nip that mention in the bud.
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:43 pm
Tried to flag " Bei", wouldn't take for me.
 
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