The Senate approved a scaled-down package early Tuesday morning aimed at halting historic tax hikes for most Americans and postponing across-the-board spending cuts, just hours after Congress missed a midnight deadline for action. The Senate voted 89-8 in favor of the package, which was hastily pulled together after a late-night deal between White House and Senate Republican negotiators. For the near-term, it appears a tax hike will technically go into effect on Jan. 1, as the midnight deadline was missed. In total, $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts are scheduled to hit in the new year
Comments: *[Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report].
And so, in the dead of night, like most things hiding from the light, the dRATS charade goes forward.
This entire process is a travesty. I am keeping close track on those GOP members who voted for this deal. I hope they enjoyed their congressional run because our movement will do everything possible to punish and replace their heartless unAmerican soles.
Oh, Pshaw! These are the hoodlums and gangsters that got us into this mess.....spending more than we took in, raiding S.S. and Medicare accounts -- all for boosting their own political prestige and personal gain. Now we are supposed to fall in reverence to their late-night struggles and "agreement?" Heck, no! Stand firm, House conservatives -- NO tax increases on anybody! Any Joe American can go in there and raise taxes, but that´s not where true courage and fortitude lie. Any Joe American who loves his country can go in there and make spending cuts, significant spending cuts and set examples that Americans will not take it anymore -- cut Congressional and Executive perks by at least 50 percent.
The whole idea behind this foolish exercise was to"freeze the target",that is House tea party people and make them the top villains in 2014. If Boehner brings this to the floor,it will pass with dim votes,so his only choice is not bring it to the floor and the "crisis" could go on for weeks with the media stabbing the tea party people,every single day.
Obama wants to crow victory if everything goes right or blame Biden/McConnell if it goes wrong.What a farce him coming back to DC is/was.He probably just misses the WH booze cabinet.
Well, I just want to congratulate congress, especially those long-termers for the magnificent way they have handled the people´s money over the years...16+ trillion in debt. But don´t worry, these same people will solve this problem! And they all make a minimum of $174,000 per year. Oops, I forgot, they just got a raise to a minimum $174,900.
I thought I heard the sound of an empty can being kicked by empty suits in DC. Both my senators, Burr (R) and Hagan (D) voted for the bill. Where´s the backbone? Let´s hope the House will do the right thing.
Ronald Reagan knew what we going to happen and in 1985 told us in an address to the country: Every time in the past, when a government taxed the people past a certain level, trust in government began to erode. It would begin with efforts to avoid paying the full tax. This would become outright cheating and eventually a distrust in government itself until there would be a breakdown in law and order. How many times have we watched luxuries casually written off to be paid for by somebody else, that somebody being us the taxpayers. Sound familiar? We´re headed for a breakdown in law and order right now with Hobby Lobby being only one example. 27 States have filed suit against Obamacare (which is a tax) with others ready to join in. Has John Kerry paid his yacht tax yet? Our problem may be due in part to a lack of revenue, but it is certainly not due to the lack of taxes. We´ve seen them do nothing but go up! The country´s fiscal issues are due to the insane, irresponsible spending of a dysfunctional government that is drunk with power so much so that even in the face of a crippling deficit, it can´t wait to spend even more on raises, waste, fraud and hand-outs which has only resulted in a lack of confidence to invest here. Cut the spending big time. Do what makes sense and restore confidence in the American system and we will see investment come back along with a successful economy and plenty of revenue as a result. Sadly however, does anyone really expect this administration to actually do something that makes sense in light of the fact that they have not done so in four years?
What about that pesky Constitution? Art 1 Section 7 states:
"All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives"
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Senate can initiate bills that create revenue, but ONLY if the revenue is incidental and not directly a tax. In US v Munoz-Flores (495 US 385 ), the Court said, "Because the bill at issue here was not one for raising revenue, it could not have been passed in violation of the Origination Clause."
Don´t quote the Constitution to this people, especially the potus. To quote the potus "a flawed and irrelevant document". Seems our congress agrees with him.
Can you imagine running your own home/finances this way? Have no idea what your budget is, be heavily in debt, do nothing to curb spending or pay down your debt, just find another credit card and....CHARGE!
A guest on Fox and Friends during the 6 a.m. Hour from American Majority Action said he thought the bill would be passed by the House Dems with a couple dozen moderate House GOPers to complete the votes needed. If it comes to a vote it will be interesting to see how the GOP leadership votes. Will they be voting their own demise? This guest said he thought well over 100 conservative House members would not vote FOR this solution.
My Senator John Cornyn from Texas voted to increase taxes on the "rich"! He´s part of the problem and he needs to go. The spending cuts will never materialize. What a joke the Republican party has become. If the House approves this load of bull droppings I will leave the Republican party!
"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
I don´t think that anyone should take comfort that the House hasn´t yet passed this monstrosity. As previously posted, all it takes is a handful of RINO´s to vote for it along will all the Dims, and it will be on it´s way to Obozo. And then the bragging about it will began in earnest.
As for handling spending cuts during the next round of debit ceiling negotiations, don´t bet the farm on it. I´m still waiting for the cuts promised to Regan, by Clinton, and to W. Bush. If we have those spending cuts, we wouldn´t need to raise the debit ceiling again. In short, there aren´t going to be any spending cuts, now or as long as dims control the Senate and the W.H.
We are witness to the biggest con in history. The grifters in Washington DC have pulled off, once again, nothing more than trickery in order to commit theft. Just once, I wish that the Republicans would stand on their principles but they ALWAYS cave which indicates to me they have no honor. The major concern for most of these knuckleheads is considering what the vote will do to effect their chances of re-election. Every Republican should have declined the pay raise that Lord Bountiful signed by Executive Order. It may be a small gesture but by accepting a raise when we are in dire financial straits is very telling. The mindset in Washington DC is so engrained in their thinking, that nothing will change it. They are the epitome of the entitlement class. We are living under a tyrannical government not much different than that of King George III. All that is missing are the powered wigs and spiffy red coats.
This bill gets us nothing. A few billion more for these worthless politicians to spend. Obama talks about the deficit like he just got to Washington yesterday. His comments from the standard liberal playbook about how much tax cuts ´cost´ the government are typical and expected, like all income is theirs and what they let us keep is a gift. They are all a depressing bunch of incompetent arrogant fools and we are stuck with them and keep re-electing them. I am sorry to say I no longer really care what happens to this country.
This is what I´ve been hoping for in the realm of realistic hopes - staving off the tax spikes and raising the income limit from $250,000 to $400,000. I do hope and assume the House will consent; otherwise, I will write the Republicans off as idiots for sure. I cannot afford to stand on principle on this and go down with the ship.
As far as I´m concerned, little spineless mitch and the majority of senate so-called republicans can go straight to H-LL. mitch has sold us down the river once too many times. All compromise means to a democRAT is when "I drop my drawers, you kiss my butt".
Tell me where in the constitution it says that historic tax and spend bills shall be arrived at, not by our elected representatives in open and thoughtful debate in Congress, but by the Vice President and Senate Minority leader in closed room in the dark of night?
Washington is broken. I no longer trust them with my money, and don’t want any from them. Include me out.
I am now beginning to respect Obama. He fights for his beliefs; he respects his base; he uses the power he won in an election; he is not ashamed of his left wing ideology; he refuses to appear on news programs that are not friendly; he spits on the opposition; he doesn´t answer questions he doesn´t like. Now the Republicans are a bunch of chicken #@%^&*%$ butt kissers, compromising losers; arrogant haters of the regular guy(the base); wannabe lovers of the MSM; unprincipled money hogs. Just remember republican politicians: people feed pigs, they slaughter hogs.
I have so-o little respect for the entire process and the elected officials on both sides. What kind of business rams a complex contract through in the dead of night and at the very last second! This is another case of not having time to read the bill and not finding out what is in it until after it passes. Major spending is just acquiesced to (such as green energy subsidies) because there are other major issues to fight for. That is a HUGE slush fund for Obama supporters that the Repubs just agreed to without close analysis. "We´ll give you energy and you give us milk subsidies." We will all be told "we don´t really like it, but it is the best we could do."
What company agrees to a contract that is disastrous for their business? Realizing how impossible it will be to prevail, I am getting close to wanting a 3rd party, or at least re-registering as a Conservative. The Republicans are impotent and will let you down every time.
The “feminist nightmare” is recurring. Unbowed by Politico labeling her with this epithet a couple of weeks ago, Michelle Obama continues to do what her critics regard as frightening behaviors. Last week, she assaulted independent women by showing off the White House Christmas decorations. “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story,” she explained to an audience of military families in the East Room, where her two-tone gray dress matched the silver ornaments on the trees. She spoke of Christmas trees made from stacks of books (“they’re very cool!”) and described the “first dog display”
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
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Tokyo - Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognize China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signaling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. China on Saturday said its “air defense identification zone” would give it the right to identify and possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. China’s announcement appeared to be the latest step in what analysts have called a strategy to chip away at Japan’s claims of control of the islands.
Seattle - Boeing´s ties to the Pacific Northwest date back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory. In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, (Snip) In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected the proposal with 67 percent of the votes. Union members who called for a no vote did so in protest of Boeing´s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." It´s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression´s popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
Washington - Problems with the federal health insurance website have prevented tens of thousands of low-income people from signing up for Medicaid even though they are eligible, federal and state officials say, undermining one of the chief goals of the 2010 health care law. The website, HealthCare.gov, is primarily seen as a place to buy private insurance with federal subsidies, but it is also a gateway to Medicaid, which generally provides more benefits at less cost to consumers. That door has been closed for the last six weeks, with the federal government unable to transfer its files to state Medicaid
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Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
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In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
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The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences. New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners. “It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to