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Tax chaos looms in wake of
Boehner’s failed ´Plan B´ proposal

The Hill (DC), by Bernie Becker & Peter Schroeder

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 12/26/2012 5:59:09 AM

The failure of House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” could create chaos for taxpayers across the income spectrum. With a slew of tax provisions scheduled to expire in less than two weeks, a dive off the fiscal cliff could also complicate the chances for a fundamental rewrite of the tax code — something top officials on both sides have said they want. But with the clock ticking, some lawmakers aren’t so sure that their colleagues appreciate the possible upheaval if all current tax policies expire, even for just a few days or weeks.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pickle1, 12/26/2012 6:08:56 AM     (No. 9083751)

He´s not interested. He is interested in the destruction of America and its people.

Reply 2 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/26/2012 6:15:55 AM     (No. 9083754)

I fail to see just why John is being blamed for anything - that snot of a prez wants to spend more and more and more. The worthless Pubbies including Ks. twit need to support him. It is not his fault we have a stinking spendthrift for a prez.




Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 12/26/2012 6:48:23 AM     (No. 9083765)

Good point, #2, Boehner is not to blame.

His Lowness spent trillions of dollars that we did not have to buy his votes and got us into a huge hole. It is his fondest wish to tax us into the poorhouse, ALL of us.

Reply 4 - Posted by: My 2 Cents, 12/26/2012 6:50:01 AM     (No. 9083770)

#2 My thought exactly.

Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 12/26/2012 6:55:12 AM     (No. 9083775)

We knew Boehner was going to get blamed no matter what, so I am glad he is hanging tough. So far.

It is the President´s job to propose, the Congress to dispose, or have we forgotten that?

Obama claims to have presented the solution -- more spending. He claims to have cut trillions in spending but much of that phony figure (which no one seems to want to question) is from the military, which we cannot afford to cut.

O claims he´s done all he can and it´s Boehner´s fault if everyone´s taxes go up. That is simply a lie. When O went into these negotiations, he began with a precondition - no tax cuts. THAT, not Boehner´s action or inaction, is the cause of this problem; there wasn´t even an attempt at good-faith negotiations. It was O´s way or no way.

I hope Mr. B holds tough. Let the D´s own this. Let´s not forget that for 4 years, all of O´s alleged solutions failed, yet he proposes more of them. What makes a rational personal think any of his upcoming solutions will be any better? Besides, any solutions proposed by the GOP, if adopted, will be sabotaged, they´ll fail and we´ll get blamed again.

So, until the media come clean about O´s fake solutions, the GOP will continue to be the whipping boy. Let´s not fall into that trap again.

Reply 6 - Posted by: chiller, 12/26/2012 6:55:15 AM     (No. 9083776)

Boehner can fix this , save himself , save the country, and be a hero. Refuse to budge on deficit limits next month and agree to not one dime of spending even if it means a bold shutdown of govt

Some entitlement checks could flow (sossec), but nothing else and a serious discussion of our nations finances could ensue while we´ve got their attention

Something bold is needed, starting with a denial of use of House chambers for SOTU following Obie´s threats to tar Boehner and republicans. Please stand up to this sad excuse of a president or step aside.

Another protracted negotiation with meaningless spending cuts "over the next ten years" will not be accepted.

Reply 7 - Posted by: krause, 12/26/2012 7:05:41 AM     (No. 9083787)

Stupid headline, and premise. Even if B´s plan was passed in the house, Obama and the dems wouldn´t have gone with it.




Reply 8 - Posted by: reilly, 12/26/2012 7:18:44 AM     (No. 9083794)

Use the debt limit to starve the beasts. It´s too important and there´s no election for two years. That´s two centuries in politics. People will see who are serious and who are Democrat.

Reply 9 - Posted by: franq, 12/26/2012 7:23:44 AM     (No. 9083800)

If the GOP had any spine they would boycott the SOTU. Wouldn´t that give the media something to chatter about?

Reply 10 - Posted by: Really?, 12/26/2012 7:24:49 AM     (No. 9083801)

Whenthere is NO BUDGET there is no barometer and no testing the logic of any proposal.

Make that idiot pass a budget !

Reply 11 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/26/2012 7:29:27 AM     (No. 9083804)

Obviously, to the media, Boehner´s ´Plan B failure´ is not related in any way to Obama´s Plan A failure-a ridiculous power grabbing joke delivered by the tax dodging Geitner.

Reply 12 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/26/2012 7:36:13 AM     (No. 9083812)

Absolutely #2 and everyone else who sees what this pathetic blame-game is trying to accomplish. The fact that obama and the demonrats haven´t even passed a budget for four years has nothing to do with this "chaos" in the empty-heads of the "media". Oh no. It´s all John Boehner´s and the mean ol´ Republicans fault. How dumb are we supposed to be?....Never mind.




Reply 13 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/26/2012 7:43:43 AM     (No. 9083817)

Do any Democrats know that there is 27 billion in Stimulus tax credits paid to taxpayers that will end at year end? Do they know how much the government is spending on emergency extensions of unemployment benefits that will expire? They would know if they had prepared a budget the last 3 years. Only 42 billion of the 451 billion new revenue in 2013 is from higher rates on the rich. We need the discussion of how redistribution takes from many to offer special benefits to some.

Reply 14 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 12/26/2012 7:49:33 AM     (No. 9083822)

It is a representatives job to go to Congress and REPRESENT his voters.... not stand by silently supporting policies he does not believe in or that his constituents don´t want.

Boehner failed from the git-go by coming out the day after the election - THE DAY AFTER - and begging for mercy. He put himself in this tenuous position of being the loser in the deal. Therefore, he destined himself to be portrayed as the Loser by the media. His bargain plan left his belly wide open. He has risen above being a mere representative of his district - he is supposed to be the leader of all the House Republicans, but to do that, he should make some effort to find out what their positions are, and work with THEM FIRST to come up with solutions to present to the pResident and the Democrats.

He did all this, or failed to do all this, himself. To punish young congressmen for standing true and strong to the beliefs that got them elected, by terminating their committee assignments and positions, was petty and they know it, and we know it.

Democrats never speak out against each other, that´s true. Is that what we want to become? Democrats? Democrat-Lite will not get us anywhere as a country - only further as politicians.

I stand by the country, and I stand by those congressmen who remain strong to their core principles. Negotiating is one thing.... extortion and punishment by your own side for your beliefs is ... progressive.

Reply 15 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 12/26/2012 8:08:27 AM     (No. 9083839)

I DO blame Boehner for the spending and tax crisis he allowed Obama to get us into. Boehner proved it back in August of 2011 when he had a chance to stop Obama´s reckless spending by limiting his borrowing, but he just kicked the can down the road again. Also I am tired of Boehner´s Kabuki theater with Obama. You can bet he is going to make some secret deal with Obama behind our backs, taxes will go up for high earners and Obama will be the winner again. Dump Boehner NOW.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/26/2012 8:15:06 AM     (No. 9083845)

So, the George W Bush tax CUTS for everyone are a good thing in the eyes of democrats now??
Remember how they demonized them..Obama in particular. Go look back at quotes from the dirty democrats.

Reply 17 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 12/26/2012 8:15:14 AM     (No. 9083846)

The makers now work for the takers.
It´s too bad that the Mayans were wrong.




Reply 18 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/26/2012 8:18:39 AM     (No. 9083854)

This is all a set up so drama queen Obama can ride in on his sleigh and be a hero.

Reply 19 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/26/2012 8:26:50 AM     (No. 9083864)

This isn´t on Boehner´s neck. Remember, this was Obie´s strategy to split and divide the repubs during the lame duck congress. This is on Obie´s neck, he is just more clever not to show it. Narcissists work this way.

Dont forget about the liberal play book, folks. Obie´s thought control ploy is one of the oldest tricks in the rules for radicals book.

We need to get off Boehner´s back and understand where the real problem is. True, he can´t talk out of both sides of his mouth like Obie and Reid can, but, let´s not allow Obie´s ploy to split the pubs up to set the stage for 2013.

Reply 20 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/26/2012 8:27:04 AM     (No. 9083865)

That "Ks twit", Rep Tim Huelskamp, is doing the job he was sent there to do. Would that more of the Washington crowd would do the same. The issue is spending, not higher taxes. Boehner let himself get boxed into a discussion on taxes while on spending Obama was doing a Wimpey promising "I´d gladly pay you next Tuesday for a hamburger today". Make REAL cuts in spending!

Reply 21 - Posted by: JimS, 12/26/2012 8:29:48 AM     (No. 9083874)

Tax Chaos Looms in Wake of Obama´s Failed Presidency.
There. Fixed that bogus headline.
Tough not to have tax and economic chaos when you don´t pass a budget for almost 4 years, spend money we don´t have, lavish taxpayer money on entitlements for illegals, union paybacks, phony green energy scams, and cronyism.

Reply 22 - Posted by: LZK, 12/26/2012 8:37:43 AM     (No. 9083890)

I agree poster #2 -- why is it only Boehner´s fault?

obama is off sunning and funning and some how it´s everyone´s else fault????????

WE all know who´s to blame for this mess. It´s the revenge/pres and his "in your face" RULING style.




Reply 23 - Posted by: shamus, 12/26/2012 8:40:25 AM     (No. 9083893)

Going over the cliff is best.

If US citizens want bloated entitlement programs, then they ought to pay for them. Getting more loans from the Chinese is a really bad idea.

Reply 24 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 12/26/2012 8:44:59 AM     (No. 9083904)

Its all part of Da Won´s plan. He spent his first term blaming his lousy economy on Bush. He will spend his second term blaming the lousy economy on the fiscal cliff.

Liberalism means never taking responsibility for your own choices.

Reply 25 - Posted by: vesicant, 12/26/2012 8:56:13 AM     (No. 9083926)

We need some kind of Plan B, given that what scumbama and the Democrats are feeding the country is the financial and moral equivalent of Rohypnol.

Reply 26 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/26/2012 9:00:24 AM     (No. 9083933)

#s 1,2,& 3, Gingrich was not to blame for "Medicare Cuts" either. But Bubba told the big lie again and again and made it stick. Thats how life in Washington works. Boehner WILL be blamed but should stand firm nevertheless.

Reply 27 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 12/26/2012 9:14:44 AM     (No. 9083951)

Obama would have nothing to spend and spend if the House Republicans under Boehner hadn´t given it to him. Boehner needs to go....yesterday.

Reply 28 - Posted by: rplat, 12/26/2012 9:24:10 AM     (No. 9083964)

Ho hum . . . how long are we going to participate in this charade? Get ready for your taxes to go up and your standard of living to go down. Obama needs your money and Boehner needs a brain.

Reply 29 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 12/26/2012 9:41:23 AM     (No. 9083983)

While I agree with many Ldotters on this thread, I think it is the fault of all three branches of government. None of the three is following the U.S. Constitution. If they were, Obama would not be the president, Obamacare would not have been passed (in all likelihood), and there would have been a budget every year.

It seems to me that we need to go back to the drawing board: Obama, should be removed from office. Unfortunately, he won´t be removed because no one is following the Constitution.

Therefore we are in this pickle. No one has the intestinal fortitude to start the ball rolling, because of fear:
a. fear of how the MSM would try to destroy them
b. fear of riots by the takers of all nationalities and skin colors
c. fear of losing.

Look to the Founding Fathers - they were not certain they would win anything! They pledged "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor". Our wimps in Washington DC, with the exception of the TEA Party-elected, have forgotten. All others need reminding.

Reply 30 - Posted by: OhMy, 12/26/2012 9:58:32 AM     (No. 9084014)

The failure of Plan B was always symbolic because the Senate Rats and Obama both made clear they would not pass it into law. Now this is the source of all our problems?? Why not pass a bill to eliminate all taxes. That´s right folks, call it the fairest tax of all. The federal government can continue to print money to cover all it´s expenses and this comes equally from every dollar of currency in circulation by reducing it value. All the administrative costs of the IRS and the invasion of privacy it involves can be eliminated. All wealth, income, pensions, welfare, stimulus slush funds - everything will be taxed right out of your pocket on the way to the market to buy something. No paperwork is needed, Warren Buffet will pay as much as his secretary and even Tim Geithner will pay his fair share! The perfect solution to the fiscal cliff!/s

Reply 31 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/26/2012 11:00:34 AM     (No. 9084139)

Jan. 1st is 5 days away. Anything could happen in that time. Obama may just sign a 2 month extension of the current rates in order to hammer the GOP in the State of the Union speech. Every decision, speech or talking point by the Libs from now until the 2014 mid-term elections is designed to take back the House - and thus reinserting Naggy Pelosi as Speaker once again.

Reply 32 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 12/26/2012 11:07:10 AM     (No. 9084150)

Its the ´Presidency by crisis´ as the Obama Administration never manages anything but lurches from one self-created emergency to the next.

Reply 33 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/26/2012 11:07:49 AM     (No. 9084151)

Why the inaction by the House. That is Boehner´s fault because he hasn´t seen fit to send a bill to the Senate extending the Bush Tax Cuts for another two years. That would have put the ball back in Reid´s court to do what he always does which is nothing. As it is, the Incompetent One gets to go on vacation and blabber sour nothings, about a subject he knows nothing about... finances. All this because Boehner can´t even get his own House in order. Instead he saw fit to start a war within his own membership.

Sending that bill to the Senate would have allowed Republicans to complain about Democrat inaction. It would have given them talking points and a possible win at the end of the line. If they don´t raise the Debt Limit and also send a Budget to the Senate with trillions of dollars in cuts to the bureaucratic work force, then they are certainly just giving up and being outmaneuvered again.

Of course it is Boehner´s fault. Enjoy your tax increases. It isn´t the 96% that voted for Obama that will pay them or any taxes at all.

Reply 34 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/26/2012 11:17:12 AM     (No. 9084184)

Then I say do away with all the"... tax on income from whatever source derived ..."

Like our Founders originally stated.

Reply 35 - Posted by: chicodon, 12/26/2012 11:40:06 AM     (No. 9084236)

Tax chaos isn´t the only problem. The only thing preventing urban chaos are the billions Obama is pouring into various welfare programs. A 45% inner city black unemployment rate without a peep of protest? I suspect he used early voting to bus welfare recipients and other dependent groups to the polls in the days preceding the election. The threat was that Romney would cut or eliminate their programs. SEIU affiliated groups spread the word on the street. Obama will use this army again in the next four years. For what? Who knows. One thing for sure. He will blame Republicans or Tea Party "fanatics".

Reply 36 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 12/26/2012 12:18:38 PM     (No. 9084319)

Not from this article , but, elsewhere.
Boehner and the House had already passed legislation to stop all tax rate increases,
in addition to the spending cuts bill.
“Earlier this year, the House passed a bill that extends current rates on everybody for one year,
with instructions for expedited comprehensive tax reform by next year."
McConnell blasted Obama and the Democrats for refusing to even consider it.
The Senate refused to take it up and
Obama vowed to veto it.
Unfortunately, positive news about Boehner and his leadership ( and McConnell over in the Senate )
does not make
it to the national media or
to the right wing talkers who seem to enjoy banging on Boehner more than they do Barry.
If you just rely on Hannity or Limbaugh for accurate news, you´re not getting accurate news.
They´re as bad as the national media.

Reply 37 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/26/2012 12:18:52 PM     (No. 9084323)

The GOP should have punted this to the Democrats and Obama. Then they would have had the explaining to do. Now it just looks like we want to protect millionaires. Very dumb.

Reply 38 - Posted by: saveamerica, 12/26/2012 1:04:55 PM     (No. 9084426)

Boehner has the Debt ceiling card. Close down the govt and no debt ceiling increase.
Simple: Cut all depts by 20%. Increase standards for on entitlements. No SSI for legals, illegals. Increase age for SSI. Welfare people must do volunteer work. Cut pay in half to Congress and all public employees. I can go on and on what to cut and not hurt the economy. Post Office-Cut Wednesday delivery I never get mail on Wednesday.

Reply 39 - Posted by: forward, 12/26/2012 1:11:03 PM     (No. 9084441)

And so another round of ammo gets fired in the "This is the Republicans´ fault" PR campaign.

Reply 40 - Posted by: JAN, 12/26/2012 1:13:03 PM     (No. 9084447)

It´s Obama´s failure.

No amount of spinning and lies is going to change that.

And it´s deliberate.

Reply 41 - Posted by: OhMy, 12/26/2012 1:14:19 PM     (No. 9084448)

If we can´t cut the tax rates and exemptions at the very least we should pass a bill to make the Bush tax cuts permanent - not just a two year extension. When was the last time the libs passed a spending bill with a sunset date on it? Never happens! The stimulus is added to the baseline budget every year and there is no talk of cutting that out. Obama can add a trillion to the spending and then can´t find a dime to cut. If we go back to the marvellous tax rates of the Clinton era why not also go back to the Clinton spending levels? ( all the tarp and stimulus spending dropped ) Sound´s perfectly reasonable to me. That way we undo all of the horrible Bush policies that caused so much damage! Right??

Reply 42 - Posted by: Billyc, 12/26/2012 1:34:35 PM     (No. 9084471)

#1 you are correct Obama is not eager to come to a financial resolution. Speaker Boehner still does not get it. Scenario, tax cheat Geithner waving Obamas plan in Boehners face. First the plan is laughable . ludicrous, does not make sense ,he wants two things ,to spend more of our tax dollars you can call it a stimulli or John Maynard Keynes socialist economic boondoggle, which NEVER worked .Second he want complete uninterrupted access to the Debt ceiling cookie jar ($16.5 Trillion, $147.7K per taxpayer) Keynesian Economics was introduced to bring a country out of a deep depression by EXCESSIVE SPENDING. no savings, no economic discipline, no fiscal responsibility et al/ Bankruptcy and foreclosure under a Keynesian model encourages government to spend spend and spend itself back to prosperity . Again it Never Worked. Obama will let this country fiscally deteriorate and the USA will become a Greek basketcase.Mr Speaker you are wasting precious time arguing with this incompetant in the WH.Ensure the Bush tax cuts remain in position and please get into step with GOP Moderates Conservatives etc that are pushing for tax cuts and is one of the main factors that will start improving hiring and a reason for companies to expand.There has to be a change of GOP leadership . someone who will stand up to this idiot Obama . Fortunately ,one person stands out for this job and that is Rep Ryan.

Reply 43 - Posted by: bob913, 12/26/2012 2:30:00 PM     (No. 9084564)

Plan C: Cut Cut Cut Spending!!

Reply 44 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/26/2012 2:33:52 PM     (No. 9084573)

Ignore the blame noises. They’ll be there no matter what happens.

The debt limit is not a Republican obstacle to Obama’s spending, it’s a constitutional obstacle to Obama’s spending plans. Let him argue with the Founders if he wants to.

Boehner should let the cliff come, and let the Senate deal with it. Tell Reid, when you present a long-overdue budget, then we can talk fiscal cliff plans.

Reply 45 - Posted by: Really?, 12/26/2012 3:10:14 PM     (No. 9084631)

Why do we let people call this "the fiscal cliff" when we SHOULD be saying "going back to the ´Clinton Tax Rates´" ?

Reply 46 - Posted by: saguni, 12/26/2012 4:09:49 PM     (No. 9084699)

Weeks...months ago, Boehner and the Republicans passed a bill to avoid the "fiscal cliff." One of dozens that Harry Reid will not even allow to be debated on the floor of the Senate.

There is a do nothing component to Congress...and it resides in the Senate...the same Senate that hasn´t voted on any budget the House has passed since Duh Wun took office.

I searched this subject and found this:


which has this quote: "The House bill (H.R. 8), passed on August 1, 2012, would extend for one additional year (through 2013) the current tax rate structure (also known as the Bush tax cuts). The House bill also calls for a two-year patch for the alternative minimum tax (for 2012 and 2013). The House bill was backed mostly by Republican legislators, "The 256-171 vote..."

I wish the Republicans would beg, borrow or steal some testosterone and shove this in their faces every time a LIEberal tries to blame the House.

Reply 47 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/26/2012 5:30:43 PM     (No. 9084779)

Weeks ago, months ago the House passed bills to resolve this dilemma. The problem is they (John Boehner), did not stand on these resolutions. He should not have budged, but no, John said otherwise. The problem is spineless Speaker, John Boehner. He had solved a problem, yet wouldn´t support the House solution. Why? Because he is of the elite, and wants power at any cost to the country.

Reply 48 - Posted by: hamrman, 12/26/2012 6:23:59 PM     (No. 9084835)

Why does this carry the liberal spin of Boehner´s failed Plan "B" Proposal? I would wager to say that this worn out routine that we are seeing where the US House presents a plan (the House controls the purse strings as in the Constitution---remember this document?) and the President says no it is not enough, or bring me another rock is getting old. It never seems to enough because his administration has already spent us into oblivion in a little under four years...what grand feat? And these constant hums drum of continuing to blame people that are bringing ideas forward when you have none is an insult to our national pride and intelligence. When in the last four years has this administration come up with a budget…I rest my case. We are sorely need a Leader who leads from the front, and not from the rear or in the shadows!

Reply 49 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/26/2012 6:30:27 PM     (No. 9084849)

Reid already said he wouldn´t schedule any Plan B legislation for Senate vote. The Hill should be ashamed of themselves.

Reply 50 - Posted by: pepperblue, 12/26/2012 6:31:17 PM     (No. 9084850)

Blame Boehner from Rinos, no less. The fiscal cliff is an FDR design and is nearing completion.

Reply 51 - Posted by: get er done, 12/26/2012 6:37:22 PM     (No. 9084860)

The House, led by Tea Party and other conservative Republicans, should refuse to ratify the presidential election for a myriad of reasons -- widespread election fraud including 0´s acceptance of foreign campaign money, 0´s multiple social security numbers, 0´s bogus draft record, 0´s surrender of law license, 0´s involvement in Fast and Furious gun running scandal, 0´s involvement in Benghazi murders and arms running, 0´s using our military without declaration of war, and last but not least, 0´s ineligibility to hold the office of president due to his foreign citizenship, British and/or Indonesian.

Reply 52 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/26/2012 9:21:07 PM     (No. 9085011)

Agree, #2, Boehner isn´t to blame for this mess. The narcissistic Marxist, and the democrats, bear the blame.

Unfortunately, the MSM says differently, and the Low Information Citizens will believe them.

Reply 53 - Posted by: asu86pe, 12/26/2012 10:59:50 PM     (No. 9085109)

#2´s RIGHT!

Boehner should plan a trip to Hawaii for golf and family time next week.

Let Harry and O´Dini take the hat & fire of rax hikes.

Reply 54 - Posted by: eoddad, 12/26/2012 11:24:32 PM     (No. 9085127)

Boehner should take some pointers from Wayne La Pierre of the NRA. Stand your ground and quote the 2nd amendment to the Constitution in the NRA´s case and Boehner state the fact that the Democrat Senate has not produced a budget in over three years and all spending originates in the House. Obama will blink.

Reply 55 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/27/2012 1:42:22 AM     (No. 9085201)

Hopelesss John, silent to the end, no clue,
leading us backward, appears like he may be too drugged up to speak. He certainly makes no sense, and he´s supposed to be our front man. Never an encouraging word even from traitorous John.

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The problems keep stacking up for the partial implementation of Obamacare on October 1. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that the Department of Health and Human Services has cut back on the number of training hours required for the Obamacare "navigators," federal workers who under the health care law are tasked with helping consumers purchase insurance through the state exchanges. Here´s the Journal: Grants to hire and train the workers aren´t expected to be released for another two weeks for the 34 states where the federal government is running all or part of the marketplaces,

The Inequality That Matters
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 5:18:28 AM     Post Reply
I’ve written more than once that I don’t care about inequality. I care a lot about the absolute condition of the poor...but I don´t care whether Bill Gates is living in a house that cost 19 squintillion dollars. I care whether everyone else in the country has a warm, dry abode with indoor plumbing and all the other mod cons. That view changed while I was researching an article on late marriage. Marriage has basically followed the same path as income over the last 50 years. The college-educated have it better than ever --

President kick-me
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 5:13:18 AM     Post Reply
Vladimir Putin must be crying in his vodka now that President Obama has canceled a one-on-one meeting that had been scheduled during next month’s G-20 gathering in Russia. Not. Granting political asylum to the fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was just the latest in a series of Russian provocations. On issues from Iran and Syria to North Korea and trade, the much-vaunted reset button is stuck. But if the president seriously believes that canceling a meeting will cause Putin to abruptly change course, he’s dreaming. Because Obama has shown no sign that he’s prepared to impose any serious consequences for opposing the US.

Obama´s Russia reset unravels
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:57:48 AM     Post Reply
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden extended his 15 minutes of fame Wednesday, as headlines tied his saga to President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a planned summit meeting in Moscow next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But analysts said the talk of Snowden’s role in the cancellation obscured a more basic reality: The U.S.-Russia relationship is now so frosty that it didn’t appear the two presidents would actually accomplish enough to merit such a high-profile meeting. After four years, the much-vaunted reset in U.S.-Russian relations has devolved into a chilly standoff over issues like the Kremlin’s support for Syria

Meet the Terrorist Who Most
Terrifies America’s Terrorist Hunters
Daily Beast, by Daniel Klaidman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:53:15 AM     Post Reply
The terror threat emanating from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen has focused attention on the group’s cunning leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi. And for good reason. Wuhayshi, who was personally groomed by Osama bin Laden, is said to be a highly effective organizer and charismatic leader in the mold of his now-deceased mentor. Recently, Wuhayshi was elevated to the No. 2 position in al Qaeda’s core organization, even while running AQAP. But despite Wuhayshi’s growing stature among terror masterminds, no AQAP operative worries the United States more than Ibrahim al-Asiri, the group’s diabolically clever bombmaker,

An Examination Of Obama’s Economy
Speechapalooza From Outside The Cult
PJ Media, by Steven Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:43:05 AM     Post Reply
No more Dem cocktail parties for her… The president is great when it comes to platitudes. At Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Obama laid out the “cornerstones” of what it means to be middle class in America: a good job, a good education, a home of one’s own, a secure retirement and affordable health care. He’s less adept at outlining the policies needed to achieve those goals. (Snip) A few examples will suffice. No. 1. Because Obama speaks with such authority, it often takes several repetitions before I realize that what he’s saying is total nonsense.

Obama can’t remember
Dr. Jill Biden’s name or
where the Gulf of Mexico is
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/8/2013 4:37:13 AM     Post Reply
Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wife’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s work on behalf of military families, only he couldn’t remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose:(Snip for video)And, on Jay Leno’s show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nation’s ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida —

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Broad U.S. terror alert mystifies experts;
‘It’s crazy pants,’ one says

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McClatchy Newspapers, by Hannah Allam    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/7/2013 7:05:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.

Obama Who?
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PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2013 5:04:01 AM     Post Reply
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little

I’m a guy again! ABC newsman who
switched genders wants to switch back

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New York Post, by Tara Palmeri    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/6/2013 9:56:32 AM     Post Reply
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing

Romney warns against shutdown
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 8/7/2013 9:17:01 AM     Post Reply
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.

Made-up Threat Rehabilitates
the Big Brother

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Prava ru., by Lyuba Lyulko    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 8/7/2013 6:24:28 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Barney Frank: I’m A
‘Pot-Smoking Atheist’

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CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 8/6/2013 2:21:21 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”

Obama cancels meeting with
Putin amid Snowden tensions

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2013 9:28:50 AM     Post Reply
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.

Alaskans Prefer Hillary Clinton
Over Sarah Palin, Poll Finds

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USA News, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 8/6/2013 6:16:08 PM     Post Reply
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –

Benghazi: Is the Alleged
CIA Scandal Real?

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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/7/2013 6:06:18 AM     Post Reply
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda

Obama to give speech 50
years after ´I Have a Dream´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/7/2013 8:43:45 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is slated to deliver a speech later this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same place where King spoke 50 years ago. The Let Freedom Ring ceremony will be held Aug. 28. "It’s obviously a historic, seminal event in the country. It’s part of my generation’s formative memory and it’s a good time for us to do some reflection,"

‘Didn’t Know It Was This Bad’:
McCain, Graham Warn Egypt ‘Days,
Weeks Away From All Out Bloodshed’

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/7/2013 11:22:38 AM     Post Reply
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.

Call for Russia to be stripped
of Olympics over gay law

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Agence France-Presse, by Anna Malpas    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 8/7/2013 7:23:58 PM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — Russia on Wednesday faced a mounting campaign against its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after passing what campaigners called "barbaric" anti-gay legislation, six months before the opening of its biggest ever sporting event. British actor Stephen Fry called for Russia to be barred from hosting the Games in the Black Sea resort while gay rights campaigners handed over a 320,000-signature petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging it to condemn the law. Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed into law legislation that punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors

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