The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. (Snip) Dealt a weak hand, Boehner managed to 99% outfox, on tax policy, a president who had the massive apparatus of the executive branch, the Senate majority, and a left-leaning national elite media whooping it up for a whopping tax increase. Even more impressively, Boehner pulled it off with steady nerves while under heavy pressure from the anti-spending hawks in his own caucus.
Uncle, uncle. Perhaps the Speaker was not weeping with desperation but crying for joy? If he has indeed done the almost impossible, let´s go for the dark one´s pants next time round. No shirt, no pants, no shoes. The emperor needs a new wardrobe. John perhaps I was a tad hard on you if wrong, I sincerely apologize. Time will tell. If true, here´s a high five.
Sadly tho oblamer built in spending increases back 2 years ago and then we had only to deal with increases on those. So zippy already got spending increases in before anyone realized we had to fight to claw back further increases. And with all the prior spending authorizations (in lieu of budgets) the dems have been happily increasing the baseline. So while I am happy for an AMT permanent patch, we still have a HUGE spending problem that I doubt cry baby has the &*)(*- to fight against.
Here comes the sequester. Heh heh heh. Let it happen.
Someone brought up Obamacare. The lynchpins of Obamacare are the state insurance exchanges. Without them, Obamacare comes crashing down like a house of cards with nothing left of it but the taxes it imposes. What makes that interesting is that those states with liberal democrat governments, which are most inclined to be supportive of Obamacare, can´t afford to set up the exchanges. They are broke. They simply don´t have the money to do it. And the states that CAN afford to set them up are in that position because they have fiscally responsible governments (read Republican), so they WON´T set them up. In short, it is not looking good for Obamacare in 2013.
With mandatory across-the-board spending cuts for the progressives´ pet domestic programs kicking in under the sequester, and a crashing Obamacare framework, 2013 is looking to be a no good very bad year for Obama.
If indeed this is a stroke of genius (I personally believe it is propaganda aimed at improving Boehner´s image, since he´s less popular than Pelosi, and that´s with the repubs) the repubs will still find a way to blow it.
They appear to only care about everyone the democrats care about, not the citizens they represent.
A word on all this crying you are talking about. When Boehner was elected Speaker he was overcome by emotion. Looking back at his youth and remenbering how far down he once was, down enough to have to do, as he said, every filthy, disgusting job you could imagine, tears came to his eyes. This is not weakness. Weakness would have been staying at that level instead of pulling himself up to were he now is.
Having blasted Boehner as an utter incompetent, I am now claiming a Congressional privilege, that being the right to revise and extend my remarks for the record.
Boehner appears to be far smarter than I´d give him credit for being. Securing 99% of the Bush Tax cuts as permanent is truly astonishing. His willingness to allow the sequester to go into effect appears to be equally brilliant.
My apologies to Speaker Boehner. Sometimes we are all too ready to succumb to the MFM´s narrative of our Republican leaders being too stupid and gutless to succeed. We must remember that the MFM´s ultimate goal is to demoralize us.
Well done, John Boehner. I may just open up the pocketbook again for my GOP brethren.
And let´s not forget Fauxbama´s doofus move re: social security. He cut payments--making it look much more like a tax than a retirement plan--but now that party has ended. Everybody just got less money in their January check. Whoyougonnacall? Not Boehner. Call the doofus; he did it to you. All of a sudden the American workers have realized that ´taxes have gone up under Obama´.
Never forget--Pres. Obama grew up an only child with a single mother. Speaker Boehner grew up in a small house in a family with twelve siblings! John Boehner is a much better negotiator than Obama will ever be. Obama assumed the GOP would object to defense cuts. Boehner didn´t take the bait, and now the whole sequester drawdown will take effect starting in May. And, those wretched Bush tax cuts ´for the rich´ are permament. The best part was watching the MSM heap scorn on the Speaker, which gave the boy-king a false sense of security. The Speaker played the MSM, too.
Reply 30 - Posted by:
Bad Dog, 1/30/2013 7:58:03 AM (No. 9147943)
I just have to comment first on the home page photo..... is Barcky claiming to be a ballerina now too?
Now to this article: The author himself refers to the ´left-leaning national elite media´ and their ability to reshape the narrative. Once they realize they´ve been had, they´ll report it as something of disdain, and Obama will still come out of it sympathetic. Am I the only one who hears the ´John Boehner and the Republican elite lied to the President to achieve a goal that causes massive financial disaster to the middle class´ coming?
I too hold my elation in reserve until this plays out..... hopefully, as planned by Boehner. And of course, by then, there will be another situation to be dealt with.
I will believe it when I see it. Until then I default to the Republican Establishments track record of promises followed up by further promises that lead to more promises, all the while spending remains unchecked and uncut.
A GOP sweep of the 2014 midterm elections would be very encouraging. It would indicate the repudiation of the incompetence and anti jobs agendas of Obama and socialist Democrats. Major GOP wins would also show clearly that Obama has no mandate at all and was not elected by the taxpaying working family people of this nation.
Here I was ready to abandon the Republicans. They are nerely suffering in the liberal press as always. Expect liberals to lie in order to advance their hapless agenda. Now and then the facts will let us win, alongside our own tough hides.
I will fess up to misjudging the Speaker in this instance. However I´ll withhold final judgement to see if he handles himself similarly in the fights that are coming our way in the next few months. I hope this wasn´t just a ´one off´. Unfortunately, I´ve been fooled before, though.
I believe Boehner originally thought he could negotiate with BO during the last debt ceiling battle. He found out that BO is not an honest broker. So, he figured out how to give BO what he harps about, which is all BO is focused on, and win lots of other points and create a better strategic position.
Will it work? Maybe. But this administration has shown that it doesn´t consider itself bound by the rules. The courts are just starting to catch up with the administration´s actions by rejecting recess appointments, etc. But that won´t stop them from spending more than they have. And without the concurrence of the Senate and a wimpy court, it´s hard to control the administration´s behavior. So Boehner may win the legislative points but not what actually happens.
This administration is lawless. They do what they want like a throwback to old Western towns run by a boss. The law was what he said it was. State Marshalls and Courts put and end to that. What will put an end to BO´s lawlessness?
It sure is wonderful to read good news for a change. The court decision last week and now this. I wish Cavuto had covered this because he has a way of presenting things with great clarity. Maybe he will. I sure hope this is all true because I too will have renewed hope with Speaker Boehner and will have to apologize to him for hateful remarks. If we had a media that functioned properly we would have been advised of this.
I don´t think you understand. This regime is illegitimate and unlawful. They do not follow the law. Any "victory" by the Republicans will be quashed by an executive order. My fellow patriots; it does not matter what the house does because we are in a de facto communist dictatorship. The communist/democrats will do whatever they want and the Republicans will be powerless to stop them. They have already demonstrated their zeal in breaking any law that may constrain them. It pains me to think about it because I have young grandchildren that I dearly love; but there is going to be unprecedented violence in the near future and it will not start with our side.
I´m in the crowd that wants to wait and see what the card on the river turns up. As yet, there have to be some things that we don´t know. Do, I´ll wait untill the pot is raked in.
And for those celebrating the federal courts overturning the Obozo recess appaintments, I don´t see any action happening except the WH totally ignoring the courts. And they have stated their intention to do so. The NLRB countinues along it´s merry way with the say appointees.
To quote Johnny Cash, "Dream on, dream on, teenage queen..." Unfortunately, there´s one little logic flaw in the author´s pronouncement of the Bush tax cuts being preserved as a "victory:" the large number of Americans who don´t pay federal income taxes and the low information voters don´t care and STILL believe Boehner was handed his lunch by Obammy. Thus, the end result is, they will continue to vote for the handouts and the likes of Zero.
Loudmouths huh... this country is in deep trouble and the last time I looked, everyone´s taxes went up in 2013, not just the one percent, and that is if you still have a job. Who was it that won that fiscal fight. The economy shrunk in the last quarter of 2012 and the GDP is now in minus at -0.1%. Rick Santelli said that we are now Europe. He´s right, we are still cruising along piling up Trillion dollar budget debts with no relief in sight.
In the Senate they just named John Kerry SOS with just 3 Republicans voting against him and Benghazi Hillary just opened a Presidential PAC to run for President in 2016. Now what did Boehner do again... delay a vote until the first part of 2013. Isn´t that just like voting present?
No. 26, I have to admit I am with you. . .i am not clear of the meaning either. I googled the term and found this link at the top. (it is from Auburn.). There are probably other sites that will explain sequester in simpler terms. But you remind me, we need to be educated if we have any hope of overcoming this pResident´s policies . . Thank you. http://www.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/sequestration
# 20 LOL ! The right, led by Limbaugh and Levin , are always trashing Republicans . They never give credit to them or discuss what they have accomplished which is amazing considering their mathematical and Constitutional disadvantages. McConnell got Reid to agree to new filibuster rules which help the 45 Senate Republicans. The left was outraged and they were calling for Reid to be replaced. McCain and Graham led the fight against Susan Rice . No matter what Republicans do, they never get credit from the far right.
I certainly hope that we can stop riding the amnesty hobby horse. The Pilgrims were illegal immigrants. Waving off the violations of law by illegal immigrants is not the best course; but we have to weigh the gravity of the offense. Crossing the border to feed one´s family is not on the scale of axe murder. It´s time to wake up and smell the coffee. The issue is not going to go away and the GOP brand is corroded by its constant presence. Write a tough law, welcome the educated, the investors, and the workers and get us off the razor´s edge. Some seem to want to wait in the bunker and rail against the world. The "amnesty" war is lost rhetorically and politically.
First, the Dems always mouthed that they wanted to repeal the Bush tax cuts, but they didn´t mean it. They, too, wanted them permanent for the 95% to 98%. The tax hike in the highest bracket still hurts and there is no AMT relief for that bracket. Jobs will be hurt and the economy may not improve for a while.
We shall see come what May in the debt ceiling. Boehner may have a negotiating chip over the sequester, but it´s not really spending in general that is the problem -- we need entitlement reform, including (ugh are we there already?) Obamacare reform. Those are the tough nuts that Boehner and the Republicans have not been able to crack.
Advantage still leans to the Dems and libs, I´m afraid.
Reviewing recent history it seems that "never" is the time to fight. It was not time in debt ceiling #1 or the fiscal cliff, or debt ceiling #2 or the sequestration fight. I ask Boehner fans to go on the record. When is the time to fight?
One point the article doesn´t make, but which is relevant: what with nothing but continuing resolutions in place and an effective spending freeze, there is no money budgeted for ObamaCare. The Democrats wanted to hide ObamaCare´s costs by pushing them past the 2012 election, and wanted to hide their hideous spending spree by refusing to pass new budgets. So the last Federal budget in place is the one from 2009, which includes no ObamaCare costs (it didn´t exist then), and thus are they hoist by their own petard. Assuming the Republicans hang tough and Obama spends money only as appropriated by Congress. Two large assumptions, I know, but it´s better than the other way around.
Does anyone really believe any of this matters? Bread and circuses for the masses, like watching the WWF and thinking it´s "real". This is nothing but a Shirts & Skins game. They´re all actually on the same team.
i lived through one depression and though very young it left a lasting impression on me. my mother used to go food shopping at 90 p.m. on a saturday night to buy food that the sellers would sell for practically nothing rather than throw it away. we did not have food dislikes. listen to people talk of the depression. it will open your eyes.
#64, My dad lived thru the depression too. When he was 5 and his brother 6, they would go out in the evening when the train passed by to see if any coal fell out so that they could heat the house (this is North Dakota). He and his brother had the attic and icicles hung from the beams during the winter. Years later, he determined that the railmen were actually pitching some coal out to them. God Bless those men.
I think his depression & poverty stories made him an incredible human - in fact, everyone I have ever known to have the same kind of stories were likewise thoughtful, humble beings.
I am hoping that a fiscal crisis isn´t necessary to change the arrogance and narcisism of so many politicians and their followers but I do understand that poverty can be an effective teacher.
Reply 67 - Posted by:
Ida Lil, 1/31/2013 12:11:56 AM (No. 9149679)
The point is some people cannot understand that sometimes a hammer isn´t the correct tool to use where a screw driver is needed. Your taxes went up because Obe´s little tax holiday for 2012 was only an illusion that was never intended to last beyond the election and was not originated by the House. Have you read yet that the mandate tax on non insured is filled with exclusions that may doom the entire Supreme ruling it´s legal as a tax mandate if your state refused to set up an exchange?
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