Fiscal cliff threatens 700,000 jobs. Democrats claim anything that doesn’t include a tax increase on the wealthy is a non-starter, and Republicans assert that they will reject any plan that raises anyone’s marginal tax rates. Reid is vowing to change filibuster rules for the next Congress to limit Republican disruption of his agenda.
The GOP resorts to the filibuster because of the heavy-handed rules Harry Reid already employs. “He’s abusing rules of the Senate by repeatedly denying the Republicans in the Senate the opportunity to present their own amendments,” Lee said. “To the extent the filibuster rule has been utilized more by Republicans, it’s been largely in response to that abuse.” Lee said Reid uses one tactic in particular that shuts down free and open debate.
“He has utilized a procedure known as ‘filling the tree,’ whereby the majority leader may in some circumstances restrict the ability of other members to file amendments, to propose legislation,” he said. “This is a critical part of the debate process. This is part of what makes the Senate – and has historically made it – the world’s greatest deliberative legislative body. So he’s got to stop filling the tree and denying our right to file amendments. That’s really the problem.” Lee said Reid’s strategy may be to eliminate the procedure requiring 60 votes to open debate, which would then remove the need to find 60 votes to cut off debate and move to a final vote. What Reid wants to do is far more egregious than what the GOP was mulling several years ago.“This deals with the legislative power, and in this context it’s even more important that we maintain our filibuster rights.
There are very important reasons that the GOP can’t go along with tax hikes – even if they’re only on “the rich.” “The reason that we as Republicans don’t want anyone’s taxes going up is that we understand if you raise taxes on the poor, it hurts the poor. If you raise taxes on the rich, that too hurts to the poor,” Lee said. “Ernst & Young has predicted that even if you raise income taxes on the top two rate brackets, we will lose 700,000 jobs. “I was the sponsor of the Cut, Cap & Balance Act the last time around. I’ve introduced a new, update version of it this time around. The basic gist of the ‘Cut, Cap & Balance’ approach is to say that, ‘We may need to raise the debt limit, but we’re not going to do it. That would include some kind of a budget plan that will bring us to balance within a few years and would also require Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment and submit it to the states for ratification.”
From 1982 to 2012, the federal government has had seventeen debt and deficit commissions. The national debt has gone from 1.14 trillion to $16 trillion. Each time, the tax code has grown more complicated and spending has never really been cut. Today, they tell us we need a balanced approach of tax increases and spending cuts. The truth is they don’t want to cut spending. Neither side really does. They structured their last deal to fail so they could scare the American people.The President is offering nothing substantive and has walked back from his claims of 3 to 1 spending cuts to tax increases. He just wants the tax increases and nothing else. Again, spending cuts won’t happen if the GOP takes the deal. Nothing good can come of negotiating further. The GOP should pass what they want and promptly go home. Let the Democrats stay and sort things out.
OBAMA WANTS TO INCREASE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL.
One of his proposals is to allow HIM to automatically increase the debt limit — without Congressional approval! Folks, we now have a dictator — the Dictator of Debt! He’s proposing to end the debt ceiling by giving himself unlimited power to spend without Congressional approval. Obama Wants Power to Spend Without Limit.
For a $1.6 trillion tax increase, $50 billion in infrastructure spending in 2013 and new power to raise the federal debt limit, a provocative set of demands that Republicans said represented a step backward in efforts to avoid looming tax increases and spending cuts…”This is truly frightening, because he could then spend ad infinitum and it would make Congress almost irrelevant. In the Constitution, the budgetary powers reside in Congress, not the Executive branch. The fact that he wants nearly infinite powers to spend would gut Congress of its single greatest power — the power of the purse strings — and transfer that authority to the President instead. He’s seeking virtually unlimited power through the back door! And the mainstream media — the propaganda press — is nearly silent about this! Last week, in another article on the WSJ website, Treas Sec. Geithner called for ELIMINATION of the debt ceiling. At the time, I thought that it was a galling suggestion. Now we see that the White House has a literal plan to do just that!
Nation to Get “Big, Ugly” Debt Bag for Christmas. In the “spirit of the season,” the Congress of the United States will likely put together a huge grab bag “with a lot of stuff in it,” including tax- and debt-ceiling increases. A ugly bill with a lot of stuff in it, including raising the debt ceiling by a couple trillion dollars. They’ll squish it into one bill. Anti-tax pledge promoted by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Some key Republicans who took that pledge have indicated on the Sunday talk shows and other venues a willingness to consider tax increases, along with spending cuts, in an effort to avoid the much-discussed “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board spending cuts mandated by the budget agreement of 2011, and the tax increases that will occur without another extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, to reduce spending and taxes and oppose programs and actions of the federal government for which there is no constitutional grant of federal power or authority. Paul blamed the stalemate in efforts to reach an agreement on taxes and spending on what he said is the Democrats’ desire to increase both.”So you can see why we’re at somewhat of an impasse,” he said. “We have different philosophies about government. I think you should balance budgets, not spend more than comes in.
We can reduce the military spending, that’s a compromise. Democrats should compromise also — entitlements and welfare, the spending can come down.” “States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions,” Paul said last week. “I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.” He also believes less draconian penalties for marijuana possession and use would help Republicans with younger voters.
While he maintains border security is a top priority, he has also expressed an openness to offering a path to citizenship to people who have been living here illegally for a long time.
REPUBLICANS AND THE FISCAL CLIFF:
Republicans will have to cave to President Obama’s demands or they will bear responsibility for going over the fiscal cliff. The politicians and the news media, have created a mythical threat which can only be solved by Republicans surrendering their principles and abandoning their allies. At any point they wanted to, the President and the Congress could reduce the “cliff” to a series of foothills by breaking the problem into ten or twenty component parts.
Public understanding, however, would limit the level of waste, favoritism, and special interests which could be funded. Tom Wolfe’s essay, “Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers” (1970). Wolfe describes a San Francisco welfare office in which the senior management hides away on the second floor and hires young, underpaid people to catch the flak of the welfare recipients who show up angry and unhappy. It is the job of the junior staff to endure the hostility while protecting the calm and isolation of the senior leaders.
The political and news media Left have fashioned an artificial club called “the fiscal cliff”. They are now standing on national television pounding their club and describing more and more horrifying outcomes if Republicans refuse to surrender their principles and appease the fiscal cliff Gods as defined by the Left.
“fiscal cliff” just remember it is an artificial invention of the Left. Every time you hear a dire warning about the coming crisis remember the Samoans pounding their war clubs and chanting. House Republicans should start legislating solutions they believe in, allow President Obama’s alternatives the honest chance to win a floor vote, and move forward.
The current negotiations are phony, dishonest, and calculated to produce either a failure to be blamed on the Republicans or a success defined by the collapse of the Republican policy.
Sources—wnd, Erick Erickson, state powerful conservative, Kathryn mcewen, wsj, jack Kenny home us news