"Obama's initial budget offer was a calculated insult, involving, by
some accounts, an actual spending increase. He has demanded unlimited
debt-ceiling increases — a constitutional innovation of Mohamed Morsi-like
ambition. And Obama has been in full, anti-Republican campaign mode around the
country, as if the election had never ended."There you go folks!
Obama's true ambitions have never been said better!
What the public is missing due to the pathetically poor job by journalists:Pres. Obama produced a fairly detailed budget, multi-paged proposal,
addressing revenue and budget cuts. The Republicans countered with
a 2 page proposal, including ONE SENTENCE regarding revenue and VERY FEW
DETAILS, even LESS DETAIL on budget cuts than Pres. Obama's proposal. Not
a serious or good faith effort by any measure. The House
Republicans, who are supposed to write legislation are waiting for Obama to do
their job for them. They are trying to avoid taking a political hit from what
they want, expecting Obama to craft a bill cutting Medicare so they can then
say, we didn't cut Medicare, Pres. Obama did. They expect Pres. Obama to
negotiate with himself. What a joke.
@Truthseeker: Republicans know it's a waste of time to write detailed
proposals without some idea of what a deal would look like. They passed a budget
that the Senate and President refused to even consider. So what's wrong
with negotiating a deal before putting stuff on paper that will go nowhere?Republicans need to offer comprehensive tax and entitlement reform. We
can't have one without the other. Obama seems to care only about political
victories with no regard for doing the right thing for the country. If he was as
smart as people say he is he would take on entitlement reform thus doing the
right thing, AND blame it on the Republicans, thus acheiving political victory.
re:InvisibleHand" So what's wrong with negotiating a deal before
putting stuff on paper?"Is that what Obama should've done
too? Made some vague recommendations? "Obama’s plan is
detailed and complex. To raise revenues, families making over $250,000 a year
would pay more, but he also has an extensive list of tax breaks he would
eliminate. They can be arcane. For example: • Repeal
last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting for inventories •
Determine the foreign tax credit on a pooling basis • Repeal
lower-of-cost-or-market inventory accounting method • Eliminate
special treatment of carried interest On the spending side, the
president proposes $580 billion in cuts to a number of programs that range from
agricultural subsidies to rental assistance to airport construction. In 2011,
Obama proposed some $320 billion in health program cuts. The federal government
would pay less to drug makers and nursing homes. In the long run, many states
would shoulder a larger share of Medicaid costs."(politifact)House Republicans need to do their job. Put forth a serious proposal with
some specificity. Obama did. Obama compromised with Republicans in 2010,
extended all tax cuts, going against his party.
re:VSTObama's budget was never voted on. Senate Republican
Jeff Sessions took Obama's 2000 page budget, turned it into a 56 page bill,
a mere shell (without details or specifics) and put it up for a vote. Senate Democrat Kent Conrad of So. Dakota explained the vote:“I think it’s readily apparent there is a big difference between
the president’s budget, which I hold in my hands, and what Sen. Sessions
has presented as being the president’s budget. This is not the
president’s budget. So, of course, we’re not going to support it.
It’s not what the president proposed.”To sum it up:
another example of pure political games by the GOP.
BO WANTS us to go over the cliff, he WANTS the talks to fail. He sees that as
the easiest way for the dems to retake the house. Dems in control of the house
is more important to him than the good of the country.Truthseeker,Medicaid was mandated by congress; why should the states pay
for it? the SCOTUS said medicaid expansion was something the states could opt
out of, regardless of what politomislead says.
Obama has made essentially only one non-negotiable point of a slightly higher
tax rate for the rich. Every thing else is on the table. All the Republicans can
do is talk about how to stick it to everyone else and how to protect the rich. I
don't know how much more obvious you can get about who they serve, and it
isn't the vast majority of the people or the country.
"He has demanded unlimited debt-ceiling increases — a constitutional
innovation of Mohamed Morsi-like ambition."Yes Mountanman.
Unlimited debt-ceiling increases. How ambitious. Were you aware
that this idea was introduced in the Senate last year by Mitch McConnell?As far as budget talks, Yes, the dems want to raise the tax rates.They have put out specifics on what they want.Conversely, the GOP
wants spending cuts. However, what are those cuts? We have no idea.Just
like during the presidential election process, the GOP has yet to define where
they want to make cuts.Cmon GOP. Where are your plans. What cuts
do you propose. Lets SEE IT. NEGOTIATE.
Joe, there you go again, playing loose with the facts. $800 billion in spending
cuts and closing tax loopholes have been on the negotiation table from the
Republicans for weeks. Obama rejected them. Can you name ONE entitlement
spending cut Obama has offered?
"Joe, there you go again, playing loose with the facts. $800 billion in
spending cuts and closing tax loopholes have been on the negotiation table from
the Republicans for weeks."My apologies, if what you say are
true.But, even with a quick look, I cannot find SPECIFICALLY, what
spending cuts and loopholes the GOP is proposing to cut.I am not
talking about someone saying "we propose spending cuts of $XXX billion
dollars"I am talking about specifics. "we propose cutting
Medicare by XX dollars. We will close (Specific) tax loophole which will raise
XX dollars.If that plan is there, can you point me to it?
The proposal from the Republicans was to NEGOTIATE where those cuts would
actually happen and which loopholes would be closed. Obama has refused to
negotiate anything on spending cuts. Won't even discuss it! Negotiations
only happen when two or more people give and take on a specific proposal(s) or
idea(s). So far nothing on cuts from Obama, only tax increases. Draw your own
conclusions.Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Hey JoeBlow, by his words, your friend Mountanman confirms that the Republicans
have no plan. Liek McConnell doing a filibuster on his own bill, the GOP is
just playing games. And you know what? Polls show that the American public is
onto their games. The only question is will they remember in the Fall of 2014.
@ Esquire. Suggestion for you; read Mr. Gerson's letter. Disagree with him
(or myself) if you will but get the facts first.
Esquire,a SLIGHTLY higher tax rate? he is talking a 460 basis point
increase which is a 13% increase in taxes, since 4.6 is 13% of 35. If 13% is only a slight increase, what do you consider a large increase? How
much is enough to satisfy libs? How much of other people's
money do you want to confiscate? Are you EVER satisfied? When you
kill the horse that pulls the cart will you still say he is not doing his share?
‘Michael Gerson: Is President Obama bargaining in good faith, or does he
want a failure?’============ "I Hope HE fails!
There, I said it!" ~ Republican radio hack, Rush Limbaugh"The single most important thing we [the GOP] want to achieve is for
President Obama to be a one-term president." ~ GOP Senate Minority Leader,
Mitch McConnell. Seems to me that the only one's hoping and
praying for America's failure seem to be promonant Republicans.
"How much of other people's money do you want to confiscate?"As much as it takes to run the programs that our leaders enact.Want to cut taxes? Great. So do I. First cut the spending that eats up the
taxes.Want to go to war? Raise taxes or cut spending to pay for
it.I see the GOP constantly cutting tax rates. Have you seen them
cut spending?You know, when they control the govt. What spending do
they cut when they are in power to do it?
Republican are only serving the wealthy, and grover's ego. What is
pathetic is the same few neocon rabid radio fans repeating the same empty
rhetoric day after day.Bumper sticker solutions to complex problems for
simpletons is not going to save the nation from the republican plan to
create a plutocracy, then we can all eat cake, from China.
I'm not saying it's never happened, but will someone enlighten me when
the last time was that the Deseret News published an op-ed by someone even
slightly left of center. It's always Gergen or Krauthammer or someone on
varying levels of the right. Might be nice to see a bit of diversity of thought
somewhere besides in the comments section.
Obama's "budget" is revealing. Truthseeker told us that the Senate
rejected a "Republican" summary of Obama's budget. Where is the
"Democrat" summary? If they believed in Obama's budget, why
didn't the Democrats write a bill that included all of his "points"
and then present that bill to the Senate? The Democrats have control. They
could pass Obama's "budget" without help from any Republican. Why
don't they do that?The answer is simple. They know that
promoting Obama's "budget" is political suicide. They know that if
they vote for Obama's "principles" that their budget vote will cost
them their next election. They are cowards for not telling Obama
that he knows nothing about running a lemonade stand, much less being the CEO of
the United States.Obama goal is to "change" America into his
version of a 3rd rate nation. Those who believe in him reject everything that
made America an outstanding nation. They want to go back to pre-revolutionary
days. They want a "king" to bully them with outrageous taxes so that he
can buy votes from his "subjects".
"a constitutional innovation of Mohamed Morsi-like ambition."That's just ridiculous. An unlimited debt ceiling means absolutely
nothing when Congress still has to vote to authorize any spending. What is
nonsense is our current system where Congress can authorize spending like with
this years' budget and then not raise the debt ceiling to cover the
spending they just allowed. How does that make any sense? I usually
like Michael Gerson's writing, but this one is just completely off base.
Obama wants failure. Just look at what he is doing.The Republicans
are willing to do what he asked for in 2011, now he wants something different.
Obama originally asked for cutting loopholes and $800 billion in new revenue.Now, Obama wants $1.6 Trillion in new revenue and wants to get it by
raising rates and not cutting loopholes.Meanwhile, to show how
important the fiscal cliff is to him, Obama schedules a 20 day Hawaii vacation
from December 17th to January 6th. If the fiscal cliff was so important to him,
why go on vacation for over 2 weeks during the critical crunch time?
Redshirt1701Deep Space 9, UtObama wants failure. [Ya,
Suuree he does...haha, snicker, sniker.]The Republicans are willing
to do what he asked for in 2011, now he wants something different. Obama
originally asked for cutting loopholes and $800 billion in new revenue.
[Republicans also LOST seats. Whatever doesn't get passed now in this
Congress, has an even lesser chance in the next even Lesser Republican Congress,
AFTER going over the cliff to be blamed on Republicans. The President clearly
has the upperhand.]Now, Obama wants $1.6 Trillion in new revenue and
wants to get it by raising rates and not cutting loopholes.[No entirely
true. new revenue is needed - has been for 12 years now, and he has a list of
loopholes needing to be closed. Mitt Romney had perfect chance to name ONE, and
blew-it on National TV.].Meanwhile, to show how important the fiscal
cliff is to him, Obama schedules a 20 day Hawaii vacation from December 17th to
January 6th. If the fiscal cliff was so important to him, why go on vacation for
over 2 weeks during the critical crunch time?[Why not, he's earned
it!]Obama - 1GOP - 0
LDS libOf COURSE we want BO to fail. When he succeeds the US loses, when
he fails the US succeeds.Happy Valley Heretic,The GOP only
serves the rich? That’s why the poor and middle class received a higher
percentage decrease in taxes than the wealthy under the bush tax cuts.But then you have said 49.2% and 43.7% represent majorities, so you have shown
how proficient you are at math and how credible you really are.
To "LDS Liberal" great point for Obama. PUshing the US over the fiscal
cliff. I guess if you want to keep score for Obama's economic failures vs.
the GOP, the Obama is winnning!! Yea!!! Obama has more failures than the
GOP!!!Obama gets a point for taking off when things are critical.
He gets 1 point for each downgrade in the US credit rating. He gets a point for
each year he allowed deficits to be greater than Bush. How about we give him
one more for each year without a budget.Yea, Obama has 13 points to
the GOP 0. Yea!!! Obama is pushing the US into a hole!!! Lets celebrate. We
are so much better than Rome. We can watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS to watch
Obama play the violin as the economy burns.I notice that you
don't disagree with me, you just have to put up strawman arguments that
have nothing to do with what I posted. Even in your disagreement, you agree
that Obama's actions show he is not bargaining in good faith.
Failure?Check with rush, mitch and jim.The trifecta of